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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.

View 2020 visiting scholars

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.

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.

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).

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 (Spain)

Apr. 2019 – Jun. 2019

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 CASGE Director Iveta Silova at