OGE visiting scholars

We invite distinguished academics to participate in research and scholarship activities at ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. Our visiting faculty members and scholars are typically on leave from their home institutions. To learn more about becoming a visiting scholar, see the MLFTC visiting scholar program below.

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Olena Tanchyk (Ukraine)

Aug. 2021 - May 2022

Olena Tanchyk is a dean of the Faculty of Economics at Donetsk State University of Management (Ukraine, Mariupol city). Olena is a PhD in Economics, but her passion for the English language led her to teaching English as a second language. She has extensive experience working with different age groups, including abroad. Olena is involved in such projects as the Access Microscholarship Program and English for NGOs and Civil Society; she is a facilitator of the English for Media Literacy and Very Verified, a course on media literacy projects in Ukraine. In addition, Olena was an initiator and an author of the IMPULSE project for English teachers' skills enhancement in her community and an English teacher for the Ukrainian Academy of Leadership in Mariupol affiliate. Olena’s current research interests are in special and inclusive education. As a Fulbright Scholar, she aims to integrate individuals with disabilities into educational settings, revise current syllabi and study courses to ensure new learning environments for students, and learn new methods and knowledge to teach English as a second language for different learners. During her time at ASU, she aims to gain greater insight into the topic and empower educators to facilitate a transition towards a fully inclusive education system. Olena says: "The Fulbright experience will enhance me personally and professionally, molding from an educator-traveler to an educator-guide capable of adventuring and accompanying teachers in their remarkable professional journeys".

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Iva Boneva (Bulgaria)

Oct. 2021 - Feb. 2022

Iva Boneva, PhD, is the founder and CEO of the Association for Shared Learning ELA (formerly the Centre for Inclusive Education), a Bulgarian NGO working to support all children getting quality education. She is also a teaching fellow at Sofia University, Department of Education. Dr Boneva worked for UNDP, Catholic Relief Services and as an independent consultant. She was formerly Director of Save the Children UK in Bulgaria and has a PhD in Social Pedagogy from Sofia University, an MA in Social Policy and Social Development from the Institute for Development Policy and Management at University of Manchester in UK and MA in Librarian and Informational Sciences from Sofia University. Iva is one of the founders of the Bulgarian Platform for International Development, former Board member of the Bulgarian National Network for Children, Chevening Foreign and Commonwealth Office Scholar, German Memorial Marshall Fund Fellow. She is awarded the Honorary sign of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria for outstanding contribution and merit in protecting children's rights. As a Fulbright research scholar at ASU, Iva is exploring factors underlying attitude formation towards equity in teachers. Teachers are expected to redefine their roles and to share responsibility in finding a new standing point that will allow them to view every student as part of their class and as capable of achieving. Her research will contribute to the research gap in understanding of factors that form teachers’ positive attitudes towards equity and inclusion. This, in turn, will raise new research questions and create a basis for further qualitative and quantitative research, both in Bulgaria and USA.

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Huiping Sun (China)

Sep. 2021 – Aug. 2022

Huiping Sun, currently a doctoral student working on her degree in Foundations of Educational Theories at East China Normal University. Her areas of theoretical research focuses on education policy, relationship between social ideology and social policy. During her Ph.D., she has published four academic papers. Recently she has been focusing on the policy of labor education, reconsidering Marx’s discussion on the need of labor. She is most interested in the following questions which are should measures be taken to prevent the commercialization, materialization and alienation of people, and what kind of freedom do we need? Over the past few years, she has held a few lectures regarding the topics of family education, rational freedom, volunteered in several extracurricular activities, and she is working on several projects related to her research interests. During her time at ASU, she is looking forward to learn from experienced professionals who will enhance and enrich her self-study and ambitions as well as doing research. She is always open-minded to all perspectives on her research interest because it will allow her to better understand her topic as well as gain enriching learning experiences. She believes her experience and strong motivation will have a valuable contribution.

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Hanan Mahmoud Ali Atia (Egypt)

Mar. 2021 – Feb. 2022

Hanan is Assistant lecturer at the Psychiatric and Mental Health Department in the Faculty of Nursing, Mansoura University. She received a Bachelors of Nursing Science degree and has been recruited as an instructor (teaching and research assistant) since December 2011. She has conducted a practicum of psychiatric and mental health courses for undergraduate students at the Faculty of Nursing. In 2018, Hanan conducted masters’ research and published the findings in the International Journal of Nursing, examining the relationship between adaptive functioning and severity of symptoms among children with ADHD in Egypt, Mansoura university. The results revealed a significant negative relation among studied subjects’ adaptive functioning and ADHD severity, reflecting a lot of stressors on parents. This made Hanan passionate about pursuing a PhD program, which focuses on the development of a psychoeducational program to help ADHD parents cope with these stressors. Hanan says: "Visiting scholarship at ASU will enhance me personally and professionally. This opportunity will allow me to update my knowledge, practice, and research skills." During her time at ASU as a visiting scholar, she aims to gain greater insight into the topics of her PhD research.

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Federico Vasen (Argentina)

Sep. 2021 – Dec. 2021

Federico Vasen is a research fellow at the Institute of Educational Research at the University of Buenos Aires and an Assistant Professor at the National Technological University – Buenos Aires Campus. His research focuses on higher education and science, technology and innovation policies. In particular, he has been researching the connections between research evaluation and social impact. He is currently analyzing how knowledge transfer and mobilization activities are evaluated within higher education institutions. He has previously worked on researcher evaluation and ranking systems in Mexico, Uruguay and Argentina. During his stay at ASU as a Fulbright visiting scholar, his focus was on the tenure-track faculty evaluation processes and their articulation with the "new American University" model. He holds a BA in Philosophy (University of Buenos Aires) and a Ph.D. in Social Science (National University of Quilmes) and has completed postdoctoral training at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City

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Omer Badawood (Saudi Arabia)

Jan. 2022 – Dec. 2022

Omer Badawood, EdD is the Founding Director of the Future Leaders Center at King Abdulaziz University (KAU), Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He works as an Assistance Professor in Education at KAU and was the Head of the Educational Leadership Department for the past 6 years. Omer teaches ethics in education for graduate students and supervises many projects and thesis on Master degree level. Omer assisted in designing additional Master degree programs for his department related to HR in education. His interest in youth leadership is well known among KAU students via Future Leaders Program (FLP). This is a four levels developed program which runs every semester. Omer’s research interest areas are developing the current teacher education programs alongside the youth leadership programs.


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Nan Qin (China)

Oct. 2019 – Oct. 2020

Nan Qin is a PhD student in Educational Principles at South China Normal University. Her research interests include principles of moral education, values education, and social identity. Her thesis project explores the development of juvenile's view of justice from the perspective of social psychology and value philosophy, paying attention to the social life of juveniles, interpreting the mechanisms of social identity, and describing the theoretical and practical prospect of justice education.

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Dr. Nayif Awad (Israel)

Sept. 2019 – Aug. 2020

Dr. Nayif Awad is a lecturer in the area of science and technology, and is currently Head of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Center and the Simulation Center at Sakhnin College for Teacher Education, Israel. He received his BSc degree in Computer Science from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, and his MA and PhD degrees in Science and Technology Education from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, with acknowledgement of excellence in his final paper.

Nayif has rich experience in curriculum development and evaluation in areas such as sound waves and communication systems, robotics, image processing, programming and coding, including teachers’ pre-service and in-service training. Nayif has led many projects aimed at reducing the digital gaps between students. For about 17 years, he has taught computer science for high school classes and served as professional coordinator of the software engineering specialization. In addition, he teaches professional development courses, aimed at promoting innovative approaches to teaching for both pre-service and in-service teachers.

Nayif’s professional background is in computer and electrical engineering. His research area deals with promoting integrated learning of STEM subjects in computer-based learning environments, including subjects such as technology, engineering and science education, robotics, computer science education, collaborative learning, project-based learning, and problem solving using educational technology and creativity. In his efforts to make an original contribution to the field of science and technology education and promote a greater understanding of modern methods for teaching and learning, Nayif participates in international projects and conferences and publishes papers in professional journals.

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Irene Cremades Soler (Spain)

Aug. – Feb. 2020

Irene Cremades Soler is a PhD candidate in Educational Sciences at the University of Granada and a primary school teacher of music education. She earned a Master's Degree in International Peace, Conflict and Development Studies at the University Jaume I of Castelló, specializing in Critical Pedagogy and Education for Peace. Currently she is doing her research on Learning Ecologies related to a Youth Association which overcomes inequality through education. This dissertation is part of the research project "Learning Ecologies in Multiple Contexts, Project Analysis and Citizenship Formation" founded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (2015-2018).

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Geovana Lunardi (Brazil)

Oct. 2018 – Dec. 2019

Geovana Lunardi, a professor in the graduate program in education at Santa Catarina State University in Florianópolis, Brazil, is a researcher in special education and curriculum studies. Her work focuses on the curriculum and school practices fields, particularly on issues related to changes, new technologies and innovations within the school environment, and also on curricular practices aimed at inclusion of disabled people. She earned her postdoctoral degree in curriculum and new technologies at the University of San Andres in Buenos Aires and Ashland University in Ohio. Lunardi is currently the national coordinator of the Education and Diversity Consortium of the CAPES program of the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education.


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Antonio Luzón-Trujillo is Associate Professor at the University of Granada (Spain), where he teaches Comparative and International Education and Comparative Policies. He is a member of the Comparative Education Society in Europe (CESE) and President of the Spanish Comparative Education Society (SEEC). Coordinator of the Research Group "Educational Policies and Reforms" of the Junta de Andalucía, from where he collaborates and participates in various national research projects including, "Analysis and Evaluation of Basic Vocational Training Programs in the Transition of Youth Life to Adulthood" (National Research & Development Project) and “European Policies Supporting Young Adults in their Life Course”, and a “Comparative Perspective of Lifelong Learning and Inclusion in Education and Work in Europe” (Horizon 2020 Program), linked to education and comparative policies. He is director of the master’s degree in "Research, Social Development and Socio-educational Intervention" and director of the Chair "Education and Society" at the same University. He is also an associate editor of the Journal Education Policy Analysis Archives. He has been a visiting professor at European (France, Italy) and Latin American (Mexico, Chile, Brazil) universities. He is the author of numerous publications related to educational policy.

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Dr. Marta Sandoval Mena (Spain)

Aug. – Nov. 2019

Dr. Marta Sandoval Mena is a professor in Teacher Training and Education Faculty at Autonoma de Madrid University. Her research interest is focused on Inclusive Education and the teachers’ support roles, co-teaching and using student voices for improving schools in an inclusive way. She has been special education teacher and counselor for ten years in Primary and Secondary schools in Madrid. She is one of coordinators of Inclusive Education Consortium. For several years she was involved in the Education Ministry for Teaching Inclusive Education to in-service teachers. Furthermore, she is a Teacher Training MOOC (edx)“ Equity, inclusion and diversity”.

She has participated in different national and international projects about inclusive education in Spain and Europe, such as: Teaching Diverse Learners in School Subjects (Tdivers), Responding to Diversity by Engaging with Students’ Voices: a Strategy for Teacher Development and Reaching the ‘hard to reach’: Inclusive responses to diversity through child-teacher dialogue.

Also, she has been an advisor of the European Agency for the Development of the Students with Special Needs and Inclusive education (2014-2017) has conducted two competitive studies, one entitled "Models of schools and teaching experiences in the processes related to support for students at risk of educational exclusion (2011-2013) supported by the Ministry of Education and "Universal Design of Instruction in University Teaching" supported by the Santander Bank (2014-2016).


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Andrés Santos Sharpe (Argentina)

Sept. 2018 – Nov. 2018

Andrés Ignacio Santos Sharpe, a PhD candidate in social sciences at the University of Buenos Aires, has held internships at Sweden’s Uppsala University and the Higher School of Economics National Research University in Moscow. Sharpe’s research has included the projects, “Social representations over the professional practice of the Science of Communication graduate,” “Public university in Argentina: Studies on history, politics and everyday life” and “Public university in historical perspective: Institutional cultures, professors biographies and knowledge experiences.” Currently he is participating in “The frontiers of the public university: Institutions, subjects and knowledge” and “Time of definitions: Educative experience, citizenship and digital culture at the secondary school and higher education” at the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences.

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Marcelo Caruso (Germany)

Oct. – Nov. 2018

Marcelo Caruso is Professor of History of Education at Humboldt University, Berlin. His research interests focus on technologies of compulsory schooling and their transnational circulation, the transformation of educational cultures, and the historical relations between politics and education.

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Zeqir Veselaj (Kosovo)

Aug. 2018 - Dec. 2018

Zeqir Veselaj, a professor in the graduate program at University of Prishtina, Faculty of Education, is a researcher in environmental education and sustainable development. His work focuses on the curriculum development, research, developing teaching resources and introduction of adequate teaching methodologies in the field of sustainable development in teacher education sector in Kosovo, for pre and in-service teachers. He is one of the authors of “Green Pack- Kosovo edition”, a multimedia educational kit about sustainable development for the students of secondary education level in Kosovo. He earned a PhD in Biology in the University of Tirana (Albania). He is currently Member of Steering Board of the University of Prishtina.

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Lucía Fernández Terol (Spain)

October 2018 - December 2018

Fernández Terol is a PhD student in Educational Sciences at the University of Granada and a primary school teacher of special education. Her research interests include student engagement, educational improvement, focusing on aspects of didactics and curriculum, inclusive education and pedagogical counseling. Her thesis project is entitled, “Active methodologies to school improvement in challenging context: Study of cases.”


The MLFTC visiting scholars program

  • Visiting scholars are expected to hold doctoral degrees, though consideration will be given to significant professional expertise in their field.

  • Visiting faculty members and scholars do not hold ASU academic appointments or employment status. They do not receive salaries or benefits, though a small stipend is offered.

  • Appointments range from one month to a full academic year, with the option to renew for a second appointment.

  • Visiting scholars have access to ASU campus and library resources. ASU and CASGE do not provide computers or associated peripherals.

  • Visiting scholars are responsible for arranging their own housing and funding for their expenses, including medical insurance coverage, for the duration of their visit.

  • Visiting scholars agree to comply with the rules and regulations of Arizona State University and those of the Arizona Board of Regents.

To become a visiting scholar at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers’ College, submit the visiting scholar application form.

Additional information is available at “Visiting Faculty and Scholars Guidelines and Procedures,” or by contacting OGE Director Iveta Silova at iveta.silova@asu.edu.

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