Visiting Scholar Profiles

Current Visiting Scholar Profiles

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Professor of Senshu University

Visiting Research Scholar in the Department of Organization and Leadership

Professor Hanawa has studied and analyzed the fiscal structural changes and issues of public K-12 and higher education finance system in the United States. Recently he has been focusing on analysis of fiscal data of local tax, state and federal funding, and bonds to support school districts and public universities, and discussed the adequate roles and redistribution policy by the government.

Nationality: Japan

Research Interests: Public Finance and Policy in K-12 and Public Higher Education, Revenue Bond and Tuition-Based Credit Making, Student Aid Strategy and Endowment-based Fundraising as competition between institutions

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Associate Professor and Fulbright Senior Scholar

Visiting Research Scholar in the Department of Organization and Leadership

Dr Les Joynes is examining creative mentoring and coaching models and tools that enhance the implementation, effectiveness, and measurement of coaching in multicultural organizations. Dr Joynes brings his experience as a Coach and Mentor at Columbia Business School, University of Melbourne, University of London, and Yale. He is now launching India's first Mentoring and Coaching Program serving tribal communities.

Nationality: United States of America

Research Interests: leadership coaching; intercultural collaboration in education; thought leadership, curriculum design for MA and PhD programs, Coaching and Mentoring in Art Management, leadership and academic coaching within universities and museums


Dr. Matthijs Koopmans, Mercy University

Visiting Research Scholar in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching

Dr. Matthijs Koopmans is currently examining the applicability of complex dynamical systems theories to educational leadership and school reform. The complexity paradigm provides a detailed and formal description of the processes underlying stability and change, and therefore, they are potentially very useful to help identify the factors that inhibit and facilitate transformation in educational systems.

Nationality: Netherlands

Research Interests: complexity theory, research methodology, educational leadership

Associate Professor of Education Policy and Law, Osaka University

Visiting Research Scholar in the Department of Education Policy & Social Analysis

Dr. Satoshi Takahashi is researching the right to comprehensive educational opportunities for all kids and adequate working conditions for school teachers. Facing the gross shortage of teachers due to their detrimental working conditions and inadequate school funding, he has embarked on litigation in Japan and modeled the school finance litigation in the U.S. initiated by Professor Michael A. Rebell to mobilize the school funding system. He is also the 2016 grantee of the Fulbright Program.

Nationality: Japan

Research Interests: Equity, Child Rights to Education, Labor Rights of Teachers, Education Policy and Law, School Funding

Professor of Sociology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and research fellow at the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA)

Visiting Research Scholar in the Department of International & Transcultural Studies

Dr. Verger’s research primarily explores educational reform processes through comparative and global policy studies lenses. His work has increasingly focused on educational privatization, school governance, and accountability reforms. He serves as lead editor for the Journal of Education Policy and the World Yearbook of Education and directs the Joint Master’s Degree ‘EducationPolicies for Global Development’ (GLOBED), awarded three consecutive times by the Erasmus Plus programme of the European Union. He is visiting Teachers College as a grantee of the Fulbright Program.

Nationality: Spain

Research Interests:  comparative education policy; education privatization; school governance reforms; school inequalities

Former Visiting Scholar Profiles

Associate Professor, TED University

As an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education at TED University, Dr. Akin-Sabuncu is currently carrying out research on teaching and teacher education for social justice/immigrant and refugee students/disadvantaged students; culturally relevant pedagogy; educational equity; inclusive education; critical pedagogy; effective mentoring; and effective faculty-school partnership for high quality pre-service and in-service teacher education.

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Master Student and AI consultant

Jan is now involved in countless AI projects in projects in Germany, some even dealing with motion-capturing, which was Jan's field of study at TC including the incorporation of deep-learning algorithms.

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Researcher, Teachers College Columbia University

Dr. DeLazzero is currently involved in academic research

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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.

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Professor, Korea National University of Education

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

Assistant Professor, Government College Khairthal, Rajasthan

Dr. Deepak Kumar is currently an Assistant Professor of Hindi Literature in Government College Khairthal, Rajasthan (India). As a teacher of literature, Dr. Kumar works to develop linguistic, literary and artistic expression among students. Dr. Kumar is also the program officer of National Service Scheme working towards developing leadership capabilities and entrepreneurial spirit among the rural youth of India by running various youth development programs.  

Senior Research Associate, The College of St. Scholastica

Dr. DongMei Li is currently based in Texas working in education evaluations.

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Dr. Sang Wook Park is a  teacher at the Ulsan Goun Middle School. Dr. Park's research interest is in philosophy for/with children.

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Professor, Department of Education, Sukkur IBA University

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

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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.

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Professor Japanese painting

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

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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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