Visiting Scholar Profiles

Current Visiting Scholar Profiles

Associate Professor, TED University

Visiting Research Scholar in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching

Dr. Sibel Akin-Sabuncu's research project focuses on the qualities of an effective mentor and effective mentorship, as well as the selection, preparation, and certification of effective mentors for high quality teacher preparation. This research has scientific merit in that it will help to identify the mechanisms by which a stronger faculty-school partnership can be established. Identifying and explaining these mechanisms can, in turn, inform research, teacher education, and practice.

Nationality: Turkey

Research Interests: Effective mentor; selection, preparation, and evaluation of effective mentors; faculty-school partnership; pre-service teacher education; case study


Ilia State University

Visiting Research Scholar in the Department of International and Transcultural Studies 

People who are involved in the field of education acknowledge the decisive role of a teacher’s attitude in making inclusive education a reality. During her stay at Teachers College as a Fulbright Research Scholar, Ms. Chanturia engages in policy-relevant study (embracing mixed approach) examining inclusive education from the perspective of human rights, social justice and equity, and uncover special and regular teachers attitudes toward the inclusion of students with disabilities in regular classroom settings in Georgia.

Nationality: Georgia

Research Interests: Special education, access to education, teachers professional development, inclusive education, bilingual education

Associate Professor, Middle East Technical University

Visiting Research Scholar in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching

“When we learn to live with differences
We will also learn to remove our distances
Only then do all hearts fully experience unity and peace”

Dr. Eret focuses on how to train inclusive teachers. At Teachers College-Columbia University, she will do research to understand practices that foster teachers' inclusiveness through graduate education. Through focus groups, one-to-one interviews, lesson observations, and curriculum evaluation, she will gain a comprehensive perspective and share her experiences.

Nationality: Turkey

Research Interests: Teacher education, inclusiveness, curriculum evaluation, improving teaching and learning, faculty development, graduate education on teaching

Dr. Ariela Oliveira Holanda, Instituto Federal do Paraná - Campus Londrina

Visiting Research Scholar in the Department of Health and Behavior Studies

The main goal of Dr. Holanda's research is to understand how the CABAS® model works and to identify how its relevant features can be adapted and implemented in the Brazilian educational system in collaboration with the studies and research developed by the teams coordinated by the host faculty.

Nationality: Brazil

Research Interests: CABAS® Model; Autism Spectrum Disorder; Verbal Behavior; Behavioral Economics

Past Visiting Scholar Profiles

Professor, Keio University

Professor Fujimoto currently teaches at Keio University in Japan. As an action researcher, Professor Fujimoto is involved in lesson study meetings at junior high schools and elementary schools across Japan.

Professor, Korea National University of Education

Professor Kang is currently pursuing reasearch in science/physics teacher education and teacher professional development

Professor, Department of Education, Sukkur IBA University

Professor Irfan Ahmed Rind currently holds academic appointment at Sukkur IBA University, Pakistan

Ramon y Cajal Senior Researcher at the Department of Theory and History of Education, University of Barcelona.

Dr. Ruiz-Eugenio is the Ramon y Cajal senior researcher in the Department of Theory and History of Education at the University of Barcelona. 

Dr. Ruiz-Eugenio is also a part of CREA, Community of Research on Excellence for All. As member of CREA, Dr. Ruiz-Eugenio works on the analysis of the social impact of successful educational actions implemented in Schools as Learning Communities; among them the dialogic literary gatherings, the family involvement and the dialogic model of conflict prevention and resolution, within the framework of preventive socialization of violence.

Professor Japanese painting

Professor Shimizu currently teaches Japanese painting at the Department of Japanese Painting, Faculty of Fine Arts, Aichi University of the Arts 

Associate Professor of Education

Dr. Unwin is currently an Associate Professor at the University College London, Institute of Education, United Kingdom. 

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