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Teachers College, Columbia University
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ICE Alumni Profiles > Annie Smiley

Annie Smiley

TC degree, program and concentration: Ed.D., IED/African Education

Geographical focus: Africa

Advisor: Monisha Bajaj

Previous graduate school experience:
M.A. in Education Policy from the University of California at Davis.

Research and scholarly interests:
education in emergencies and post-conflict reconstruction, international humanitarian issues, peace education, HIV/AIDS, orphans and vulnerable children, secondary education.

Recent Presentations and Publications:
Smiley, A. “Issues in African Education: Case Studies from Emergency Contexts.” Lecture given to B.Ed. Honors students in Educational Development at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. (April 2010).

Smiley, A. & Letsatsi, S. “Schooling for Orphans and Vulnerable Children: Lesotho’s Secondary Education Bursary Scheme.” Paper Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern African Comparative and Historical Education Society, Stellenbosch, South Africa. (November 2009).

Smiley, A. “Schooling for Orphans and Vulnerable Children: Evaluating the Implementation of Lesotho’s Secondary Education Bursary Scheme.” Paper Presented at the Annual Comparative and International Education Society Meeting, Charleston, SC. (March 2009).

Smiley, A. “Inclusive Education as a Quality Reform: New Models of Care and Support in African Schools.” Paper Presented at the Student Symposium on African Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. (February 2009).

Smiley, A. “Women’s Literacy in Southern Sudan: Examining the Links Between Discourse and Practice.” Paper Presented at the Annual Comparative and International Education Society Meeting, Teachers College, New York. (March 2008).

Awards/Grants: U.S. Student Fulbright for study in Lesotho (2009-2010); Teachers College Office of Policy and Research Fellowship (2009-2010); Teachers College President’s Grant for Student Research in Diversity (2009)

Something special about your TC experience:
Interning at the International Rescue Committee in 2007 in their refugee resettlement office was a great way to get involved with educational issues in New York. I've also had the opportunity to work on a large-scale UNICEF study led by TC faculty. Most importantly, a great community of students and faculty make TC a very supportive and dynamic environment for the study of international educational development.