2018 Recipients

Chinaza Uleanya

Chinaza Uleanya

University of Zululand, South Africa.

Chinaza Uleanya recently completed his doctoral programme in the Social Sciences Education at the University of Zululand, South Africa. His niche research area includes rural education, decolonization, and Africanization. He has presented in various local and international conferences and have assisted in empowering young people in different capacities: academically and research wise. Among his recent publications are: “Access with Success: Approaches to Sustainable Social Changes in Developing African Societies: Case study of South Africa; Comparative Learning Challenges among Undergraduate University Students in Nigeria and South Africa; Localizing Educational Curriculum of Tertiary Institutions: Approach to Sustainable Development”.

Dawit Rumicha

Dawit Rumicha

University of Florida, USA.

Dawit Rumicha received two Bachelors of Science from Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in Biological Sciences and in Neuroscience/Behavior with a honors thesis in Breast Cancer Immunotherapy. He is currently a Master of Public Health candidate concentrating in Social & Behavioral Sciences at the University of Florida. Previously, Dawit served 2 years as FAU’s Director of Multicultural Programming and as Chair of the Multicultural Assembly. His strategic planning and efforts with his team lead to an average increase in active student participation of over 200%. Under his guidance, the program earned the Boca Raton Campus Program of the Year Award. Dawit also served as a teaching assistant for Organic Chemistry and College Physics for a total of 6 semesters working with over 1,200 students in this time frame. He has presented at the Seventh International Conference for Religion & Spirituality in Society held at Imperial College in London and the Seventeenth International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations.

Fariha Asif

Fariha Asif

University of Malaysia Terengganu, Malaysia.

Fariha Asif is a Teacher Trainer, Certified Mentor, researcher, presenter and an English Language Lecturer/Coordinator-Mentoring Committee at King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia. She has more than 13 years of teaching experience at university level. She is doing her PhD-Applied Linguistics from Malaysia.

Recently, She has presented her research paper at the University of Oxford, Oxford, UK on 21-23 Mar 2018. She also has presented in Applied Linguistics & Language Teaching Conference at Zayed University, Dubai, UAE on 8-10 March 2018. She has honored with a prestigious award of one-year Leadership Mentoring Program by TESOL Arabia 2017. She also has been selected as a Conference Ambassador for TACON2017.

Furthermore, She has attended China-Europe Dialogue at Media Communication Studies Summer School, Switzerland in July 2016 and presented her research paper there. She got Graduate Scholar Award-2015 for presenting her research paper in 13th International Conference of New Direction in Humanities at British Columbia University, Canada. In March 2014, she presented her research paper at Harvard University and Nevada University, USA and In July 2013, she attended 19th International Congress of Linguists, Geneva, Switzerland and met Father of Linguistics, Mr. Noam Chomsky there.

Karen D. Sacdalan

Karen D. Sacdalan

University of the Philippines, Philippines.

Karen D. Sacdalan is a registered industrial and organizational psychologist and a university professor of Psychology in the Philippines. She has nineteen years of combined work experience in human resource management practice from various industries both in talent management consulting and non-profit organizations. Over the years, Kay has devoted her professional services to help companies optimize and align their business processes to adapt to the dynamic needs of workers, participate in high-level operational initiative and integration for growth, deal with issues of organizational change and obtain organizational effectiveness as well as individual and professional development.

Kay has been an advocate of diversity and inclusion particularly for workers and children with special needs by devoting research studies to expand knowledge and increase awareness of various disabilities. Kay obtained both her bachelor and masters of science degrees both in Psychology and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Special Education at the University of the Philippines. Her publications include different interests in Positive and Cultural Psychology, Human Resources, and Change Management and Organizational Development related to workplace behaviors, and support toward special needs learning.

Kristen McInerney

Kristen McInerney

The George Washington University, USA.

Kristen McInerney is a doctoral student of Curriculum and Instruction at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. As a former Spanish teacher and avid international traveler, she developed a love for working with English learners. Her passion led to her current position as an Assistant Principal of Instruction and Student Support in a Secondary Newcomer Program. Through this position, she is pursuing research in programming, policy, and practice for newly arrived immigrant youth. She is hopeful that this research will improve educational approaches and outcomes for linguistically diverse students. Correspondence with this Emerging Scholar can be sent to Kristen.McInerney@gmail.com.

Leah M. Van Vaerenewyck

Leah M. Van Vaerenewyck

Lesley University, USA.

Leah M. Van Vaerenewyck holds an MFA from Lesley University, where she is currently a doctoral candidate in Education. She was a 2016 Education Pioneers Fellow, and has received numerous awards for her scholarship, volunteer work, and creative writing, including an Alpha Kappa Alpha Merit Award (2015), Lesley University’s Dean’s Merit Scholarship (2017), Harvard Medical School’s Community Service Award (2012), a Vermont Studio Center Residency Grant (2015), and a finalist award for her very short fiction from Glimmer Train (2012). Her academic work is featured in The Reading Teacher, Literacy Research and Instruction, Comparative Education Review, and The English Journal.

Marta Samokishyn

Marta Samokishyn

Saint Paul University, Canada.

Marta Samokishyn is a graduate student, pursuing her advanced teaching degree at Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Canada. She holds an M.L.I.S. degree from the University of Ottawa. She is also an academic librarian responsible for collection development in the multiple subject areas, as well as reference, and teaching. Her academic interests include course-embedded information literacy instruction, intergenerational classroom dynamics, and visual learning. As a young professional, she is eager to find different ways to engage students in a learning process and improve current teaching practices in academic libraries.

Pascal Roubides

Pascal Roubides

Broward College, USA.

Dr. Roubides, a current resident of Miami, FL, has spent more than two decades in the field of higher education, technology, and business. In his career, he has been involved in both face-to-face and distance learning, which has been his main focus for many years, and has contributed to areas spanning from online curriculum and program development to educational assessment and analytics. His academic areas of expertise are mathematics, engineering, learning & instructional design, ICT, educational leadership, educational technology, and e-learning. He has multiple publications in the above areas and he is a frequent presenter, reviewer, and/or organizer at national and international venues. He has been nationally recognized for excellence in learning design and has always been a proponent and leader in technology and online education initiatives. He is currently involved in several innovative international online education and technology collaborative initiatives and he serves on the board of several private technology companies providing leadership in key global business areas.

Bengi Birgili

Bengi Birgili

MEF University/Middle East Technical University, Turkey.

I am a research assistant in the Mathematics Education Department at MEF University, Istanbul. I am currently a PhD candidate on the Department of Educational Sciences Curriculum and Instruction Program at Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara. I am also a participant on the team of academicians at MEF University who are developing the University within School Partnership Project with Ayazaga Middle School in Istanbul. In my role on this team, I have been teaching mathematics to 5th and 6th grade students since 2014.

Emerging Scholars Continued

Hae Na Kim

Hae Na Kim

Sookmyung Women's University, South Korea.

Hae Na Kim obtained her doctoral degree (PhD) and master’s degrees (MA) from the Workforce Development and Education Program in the department of Educational Studies of the Ohio State University in the United States.

Originally from South Korea, she earned her bachelor’s degree (BA) from Sookmyung Women’s University in Seoul, Korea. Also, she studied as an exchange student at York University in Toronto, Canada. Now, she serves as a senior researcher/research professor for the Center of Global Human Resources Development (GHRD) of Sookmyung Institute of Global Governance at Sookmyung Women’s University in Seoul, Korea.

Sara Ratner

Sara Ratner

University of New South Wales, Australia.

Sara Ratner is a PhD Student working with Prof Lesley Farrell and Prof John Hattie at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education to imagine the future of schooling. She is an educational leader, teacher, researcher, consultant and emerging scholar award recipient.

Sara is a passionate advocate for pedagogical best practice that caters for the individual needs of all learners. She has taught all levels from the Early years to Tertiary. She is intelligent, dynamic and a thought leader with strong business acumen keen to work with schools, teachers, educational leaders and industry partners on the transformation and innovation of schooling.

​Georgios N. Kouziokas

​Georgios N. Kouziokas

University of Thessaly, Greece.

Georgios N. Kouziokas is a University Teaching Assistant at the University of Thessaly, where he has finished his Ph.D. He holds three Masters: MSc in Contemporary Learning Environments and Curriculum Development, MSc in Information Systems, and MSc in Spatial Analysis (GIS) and Environmental Management. He is studying for the 4th Master' degree in Applied Mathematics. Awarded with scholarship from the Greek State. He has published more than 40 peer-reviewed articles in international journals, conference proceedings and book chapters. Guest Editor of the S.I. “Artificial Intelligence and Education” in an international journal indexed in web of science, editorial board member, associate editor and referee in many international peer-reviewed journals.

Annabella Fung

Annabella Fung

Monash University, Australia.

Dr Annabella Fung is a recipient of numerous scholarships, fellowships, research grants, and academic and community awards. She is a musician-educator, internationally published composer, and psychotherapist. Annabella completed postgraduate studies in music, psychology and languages. Since 2014, she has been a research-teaching associate in the Faculty of Education at Monash University. Her transdisciplinary research interests include the psychological, sociocultural and philosophical aspects of teaching, learning and being. Annabella is currently working on a cross border collaborative project on international doctoral education. Outside academia, she is engaged in providing pro-bono counselling, teaching adult migrant English and studio music.

In Their Words

Being a Graduate Scholar allowed me to attend a variety of interesting presentations. Experiencing this role made me evaluate myself within the lines that I evaluated the others' presentations, which allowed myself to become a greater presenter."

Maria Espinet Alegre, 2016 Awardee

From this Graduate Scholar experience I now feel confident to cope in a true leader role. This will help me in my aspirations of being a teacher."

Julien Ekiaka-Oblazamengo, 2014 Awardee

Attending an international conference has made me more aware that educational research is being conducted worldwide and that we have colleagues from many different countries and universities with whom we can confer and collaborate."

Rosemary Carolan, 2014 Awardee