MIchael Havilland

Michael reports on some of his more recent activities:

 

I am working with a group striving to establish a Peace Corps museum in DC.  It’s a steep curve, but we are making progress. Check out the web site with the link above.

 

During the coming months my Rotary group is sending a container of medical equipment to a small town hospital in El Salvador.  I also led three projects in Costa Rica over the past couple of years.  I play tennis in good weather and fly fishing whenever I get near a... Continue Reading

Gordon Schimmel

Gordon's reflections on CIE's 50th and the state of the nation - With our nation currently in what seems like an upside-down world in international relations, it is gratifying to look back at five decades of accomplishment with more than five hundred graduates from nearly 50 countries, dedicated to international education, understanding and economic development. I was privileged to be a part of the Center in 1968 as it was being organized and much of the credit for its success goes to a dedicated staff, talented students and, most of all, to David Evans for his persistent leadership as... Continue Reading

Alan Hurwitz

Alan, a.k.a. Dr. Hurwitz, has continued his very eclectic OD practice, though at a slower pace than at most times during his checkered career - e.g. coaching et al with a Global Health project in Washington, helping to reinvent an environmental monitoring organization in the Adirondacks, helping a large Mexican magazine company turning itself into a full media operation, among others. He currently considers himself semi-retired, with the accent sometimes more on the "semi", and other times more on the "retired." He is definitely open to relevant consulting activities related to the Center'... Continue Reading

Guild Stephen

After serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone and working in the Peace Corps headquarters in Washington, DC and the Virgin Islands Training Center, I came to the new School of Education at UMass as a founding member of CIE and a planning doctoral student.  We spent many hours, and not a small amount of uncertainty and confusion deciding what a center for international education was and should be.  Although it did take some years to create the Center, those years were exciting times, full of exploration and creativity.  I received my doctoral degree in 1973 and was director of... Continue Reading

McNerney & Yijie

Frank McNerney and Yijie Zhao, husband and wife graduates of the Center, are now both in Washington,D.C. Yijie is teaching Chinese at the Foreign Service Institute. After working at AIR for awhile, Frank is now a freelancing consultant and a volunteer development worker.

 

Frank describes some of his consulting work:

 

I have been working in Nepal, Bangladesh and Myanmar for the past five years, mostly as a volunteer/consultant with the Partnership for Transparency Fund based in Washington DC.  We have been strengthening CSOs in these countries to interact... Continue Reading

Paul Frisoli

Paul Frisoli is the Associate Director for Education in Conflict and Crisis (EiCC) at FHI360. He is leading FHI 360's new practice area that integrates programs with colleagues in the Education, Employment and Engagement Business Unit to establish evidence-based conflict-sensitive interventions that focus on equitable access to quality education. He currently leads FHI 360's... Continue Reading

Haleh Arbab

Since graduating my career has focused on building systems that permit individuals, groups and institutions to gain knowledge and abilities to participate in constructive societal change.

 

From 2005 until 2018 I served as Director of the Institute for Studies in Global Prosperity (ISGP).  The Institute develops learning environments - engaging in research, writing materials, training people, and implementing programs - oriented toward bettering social conditions.  With a strong team of collaborators, the Institute has developed... Continue Reading

Kefah Barham

After my graduation in 2014, I returned home to West Bank, Palestine. There, I started teaching at An-Najah National University in the Faculty of Educational Sciences and Teacher Training. Besides my teaching, I got involved as a trainer - training material designers, and as the cluster coordinator in Leadership and Teacher Development (LTD), and with the Teacher Education Improvement Program TEIP 2. These projects were funded by USAID and the World Bank and aimed at enhancing in-service teacher competencies.

 

Recently... Continue Reading

Kevin Jacobson

Based in Chicago, Kevin works in the Global Mission unit of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) as Manager for Relationships to East and Southern Africa.  Kevin's main responsibility is facilitating and strengthening existing relationships between various Lutheran churches across the East and Southern Africa region with different expressions of the ELCA: congregations, synods, colleges/universities and seminaries.  He is involved in strategic planning for the relationships, conducting orientation programs and seminars for travelers and visitors, establishing dynamic networks... Continue Reading

Wendy Schaerer

Greetings from Ithaca, New York!   I retired from Cornell University in 2009 after 28 years in international student services including advising, admission, recruitment and many professional activities with colleagues at other universities and schools around the world.   I must have feared not being busy enough, and so often found myself working long hours with the Unitarian Society board and in the refugee community in Ithaca.  I’m getting better, slowing down to enjoy extended family, friends and all this vibrant community has to offer and – oh yea – the health club.

 

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Kaki Rusmore

The statement from the new director of CIE prompted some reflections from Kaki about her experience at CIE.

 

One of the joys of joining CIE after 15 years in the field was finding a group of people committed to liberationist, emancipatory perspectives and approaches.  As I called it, reading books by people who thought like I did, and then having a healthy, grounded debate about what works or doesn't in the real world. The diversity of ideas and perspectives available was fabulous.

 

One of the ideas I took away from CIE is that of being a deep practitioner, of... Continue Reading

Ashley & Darren Hertz

Husband and wife CIE graduates, Ashley Clayton Hertz and Darren Hertz, recently relocated to Bangkok, Thailand. Ashley completed her doctorate in September 2017 and is now consulting remotely with the University Research Co, LLC supporting Reading within Reach (REACH) to develop tools and resources for members of the Global Reading Network. She is currently leading the development of REACH's Classroom Observation Toolkit which will provide guidance for conducting classroom observations in early grade reading programs. 

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Ashley & Darren Hertz

Husband and wife CIE graduates, Darren Hertz and Ashley Clayton Hertz, recently relocated to Bangkok, Thailand. Darren is working as the Country Director for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) supporting the Burmese refugee population in nine border camps in Thailand.  Ashley completed her doctorate in September 2017 and is now consulting remotely with the University Research Co, LLC supporting Reading within Reach (REACH) to develop tools and resources for members of the Global Reading Network. She is currently... Continue Reading

Michael Acosta

As my Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship at the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology in Pristina, Kosovo comes to an end, here are some of my reflections.

 

During the period from September 2017-July 2018, I worked at the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology (MEST), in the Department of Higher Education (DHE) as an Education Specialist. I also engaged in a side project working with Roma Versitas Kosovo - an EU supported organization that promotes retention/graduation of Roma, Ashkali, and Egyptian-Kosovar students in higher education through various... Continue Reading

Carol Martin

Carol Martin is celebrating 50 years of residing and working in a number of African countries long term in the field of education and social development, starting in newly independent Botswana in 1968. She retired to Capetown, South Africa, in 1996 to pursue her projects in youth creative education, namely jazz music, and with justice and human rights advocacy for people at risk. She has managed two NGOs in the Cape Flats (Gugulethu and Turfhall) engaging youth with music education and performance.

 

Having served three months as a Peace Monitor in the West Bank with EAPPI (... Continue Reading

Mjege Kinyota

As a PhD student at the Institute of International and Comparative Education (IICE) of Beijing Normal University (BNU), PRC, I still cherish my experience at the Center for International Education (CIE) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Not only has that experience influenced my enrollment at BNU, but also the focus of my current research.

 

I am currently analyzing data and writing my dissertation, hoping to graduate in June 1019.  My topic is exploring identity formation among undergraduate women in STEM subjects.  I am looking into how men and women interact... Continue Reading

Anita Anastacio

Anita is currently the Deputy Regional Director for East and Southern Africa of Childfund International, based in Lusaka, Zambia. She is responsible for coordination of regional, country office, and HQ global program initiatives to strengthen program quality and promote the implementation and integration of programs.  Their work focuses on Mozambique, Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, and Zambia.

 

In early 2013, she moved to ChildFund International and became Director of Life Stage Programming—programs for children aged 6-14.... Continue Reading

 

Gopal Midha defended his dissertation proposal in May 2018 and is now officially a doctoral candidate at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. As part of his doctoral research, he plans to study how school principal meetings influence the development and sharing of professional knowledge. For his fieldwork, he will be heading to India to study principal meetings in two municipal schools in Mumbai from August to December 2018.

 

In the five years between graduating from CIE and joining University of Virginia, worked with central and state governments in India... Continue Reading

Jimmy Weir

After finishing my Masters at CIE I subsequently enrolled in  a PhD program in cultural anthropology at the Graduate Center, CUNY.  In 2004, I was based in Kabul to conduct fourteen months of dissertation field research that involved travel to central, northern and western areas of Afghanistan, and the collection over one hundred life story interviews.  During this same period, I organized the Afghan Oral History Project at Kabul University, and directed the American Institute of Afghan Studies.  My dissertation, entitled We Went to the Hills: Four Afghan Life Stories, was successfully... Continue Reading

Mohammad Tareque Rahman

In the spring of 2018 Tareque returned to UMass to visit CIE in its new home.

 

When the Peter Pan bus passed the University lodge I was telling my wife to pay attention to the right-hand side of the road to have a glimpse of the CIE building. We saw a modern building (the Fine arts building), though our eyes were looking for that two story little old building where once I used to go every day, which was my school. Unfortunately, we found a fenced area and my wife was telling me, "probably CIE has moved somewhere else," seeing my disappointed face. 

 

CIE wasn't... Continue Reading

Verity Norman-Tichawangana

Verity Norman-Tichawangana is the Executive Director of Jitegemee Children's Program in Machakos, Kenya. "Jitegemee" means "to sustain yourself" in Kiswahili, and the program provides formal and non-formal educational support and other social services to vulnerable children in the community. Recently, fellow CIE graduate, Martina Ochiel Amoth, joined the Jitegemee Board in Kenya.

 

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Harold Weaver

Hal Weaver is retired but continues to be active in working toward transnational cultural relations, cross-cultural communication, respect and understanding through film, media, education and the arts.

 

In Spring of 2018 he spent time at the Pendle Hilll Quaker center working on his memoirs.  While there he presented an informal evening discussion titled Balck Fire: An African American Quaker Seeker-Activist in a White Supremecist Nation.  He shared insights and experiences from his poursal journey through life.

 

Recent activities include a lecture on “... Continue Reading

Mshauri Khamis

After getting my Master’s degree, I returned to Tanzania and was posted to the Department of Secondary Education as a head of the Secondary Education Division in Zanzibar. Four months later, I moved to Dar es Salaam, after being selected to work with the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC), in the Secretariat. Once again I left my family and worked on the mainland for 14 months.

 

The task was critical and very challenging, though we succeeded in producing a second draft of the new Constitution of Tanzania. On 30 December 2014, the draft was submitted to the President, the... Continue Reading

Paul Jurmo

In April of 2018 we received an update from Paul.

 

Olga (my wife and also a UMass graduate) and I just completed five years in Tonga, where I served as Director of Programming and Training and Country Representative for a national primary school English Literacy Project run by Peace Corps/Tonga in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and other partners.  (Olga served there as Peace Corps Medical Officer.) 

 

The English Literacy Project... Continue Reading

John Pontius

John Pontius, who, after a long struggle, finished his doctorate at CIE in the late 80’s (he doesn’t remember what year exactly) has lived in Indonesia for most of the time since then.  He writes this brief from a café in Jogjakarta, a city of art and longing on the island of Java.  He has lived in the area since 1990. 

 

Over the almost 30 years that he has struggled both professionally and not so professionally in Indonesia he has been associated with several wildly successful projects.  Not a single one of which was found to be less than fantastic despite investigations by... Continue Reading

Lindsay Beverly

At the annual CIES  meeting in Mexico City in March of 2018 Beverly Lindsay (Ed.D. 1976) was recognized as one of two CIES Honorary Fellows for 2018.  The Honorary Fellows award was established in 1982 to honor senior members of the society who, through a period of life-long service and contribution to the field of comparative and international education, have advanced the field qualitatively and significantly. There have been 31 Honorary Fellows since the inauguration of the award, two of whom are from CIE (the other one is dre).

 

Beverly Lindsay, EdD, MA  has been awarded... Continue Reading

Oberto Ochoa

After leaving CIE Alberto Ochoa was hired as a faculty member and served as Chair of the Department of Dual Language and English Learner Education at San Diego State University for 15 years. He also served as the Academic Director of the Joint Doctoral Program between Claremont University and SDSU (1999-2005). In the PLC Department, he has been responsible for the implementation and evaluation of the bilingual teacher education programs at the elementary and secondary levels.

 

He has maintained an... Continue Reading

Catherine Mukimba

The opportunity to grow up with multiple educational and work experiences in a global context has made me the kind of educator I am today: one focused on using the extensive opportunities I have had to foster positive change to improve lives through education. Studying at the Center for International Education at UMass nurtured my practical approach to education and my role as a global citizen.

 

Since my graduation, I have concurrently worked as educator on two fronts that are dear to my personal and professional goals.

 

First, I have worked in various... Continue Reading

David McCurry

David McCurry is Director of Distance Education, Academic Affairs Division at the University of South Carolina Upstate where he is responsible for faculty development, accreditation, quality oversight, and assessment of online and distance education programs and courses. David is also the Palmetto College coordinator for Upstate with senior administrative responsibility for state-wide online degree completion programs. 

 

After leaving CIE in 1995, David worked for the Institute for... Continue Reading

Tom Neilson

May 2018 will be the 30th anniversary of Tom completing his doctorate, but a more significant date for him was February 1986 when colleague Bonnie Mullinix told him he should get together with her husband, Dave McCurry and with Mark Lynd, to start playing music. They encouraged him to record his music and 16 albums later, he has performed his award-winning songs of humor, compassion, and political... Continue Reading

Steve McLaughlin

Steve sent the following update on his activities:

 

I continue doing independent consulting in evaluation of (mostly) educational programs in developing and conflict/transition countries. My assignments in recent years, like my earlier work, have ranged widely in purposes and places: a retrospective evaluation of a long-completed USAID education project (Ghana) as part of a multi-country comparative study; creation of a generic evaluation design for assessing Peace Corps' small project grant program based on two countries' experiences (Ukraine and Senegal); an evaluation of... Continue Reading

Margaret McLaughlin

Margaret McLaughlin (Max) writes:

 

 After a number of decades in the formal employment/international development arena, I’m now "rewiring"- Jan Droegkamp's fabulous term - into the wonderful world of volunteering. In December 2016, I formally "retired" from the U.S. Department of State where I was fortunate enough to direct the Leadership Training Davison of the Foreign Service Institute.  

 

Having learned much there about leadership coaching, training and organizational development (OD), I was able to move in January 2017 into a USAID Education contract staff... Continue Reading

Grant Steve

In 2014, Johns Hopkins University Press published Steve's second biography, Collecting Shakespeare: The Story of Henry and Emily Folger. In the four years since then, he has given over 75 talks on the Folgers, including six across the pond in these locations: London, Oxford, Cambridge, Bath, Stratford-upon-Avon, and St. Andrews in Scotland. Book reviews, videos, and book trailer are available on  Steve's Web site. [02/18]

 

His book Peter Strickland: New London Shipmaster, Boston Merchant, First Consul to Senegal (... Continue Reading

Joanie Cohen-Mitchell

Joanie has recently moved from Peace Corps to become a Senior Advisor for Literacy and School Readiness with Creative Associates.  In that role she will be the home office director of READ II, a large, USAID-funded reading program targeting up to 15 million students in Ethiopia. [2/18]

 

In November 2014 Joanie Cohen-Mitchell was promoted to Chief of Programming & Evaluation at Peace Corps in Washington DC. Joanie has been working at the Peace Corps since May 2012, when she began work as a literacy specialist there.

 

As Chief of Programming & Evaluation... Continue Reading

Julio Ramirez-de-Arellano

I have been a Center member for so many years and I still feel  part of this large, multinational community. Most of my career has been in Central American and Afghanistan.

 

I have been in Afghanistan since 2007 as a Chief of Party of a large in-service teacher training project, of a workforce development project and, now, of a Ministry of Education capacity building project. I plan to be here for another year. I have been back in Afghanistan since November 2016 and plan to leave in 2019, when I should be replaced by an Afghan national. Then I will go back home to Maryland... Continue Reading

Yuri Kumagai

Yuri had the following to say about “Life after CIE?”

 

I've been teaching at Smith College as a senior lecturer at the Dept. of East Asian Languages and Literatures after I received my Ed.D. from Language, Literacy and Culture at TECS in 2004. Besides teaching language and culture courses, I have been involved in numerous critical pedagogical projects that are collaboratively designed and conducted with language teaching practitioners all over the world. That resulted in 2 co-authored books... Continue Reading

Susan Carpenter

Looking back over the past four decades of my professional life, I realize how my experiences at CIE, in both in its formal education offerings and CIE’s modeling of collaborative processes, gave me a solid foundation for my future work.

 

I have spent the past four decades as a mediator, facilitator, and trainer developing and managing programs to reach consensus and resolve controversies at the local, state, and national level.  I was the founding director of the Program for Community... Continue Reading

Kathy cash

 

In January 2018 Kathy’s book Sex, Shame and Violence: A Revolutionary Practice of Storytelling in Poor Communities was selected by Choice as an Outstanding Academic Title of 2017.  During 2017 Choice reviewed over 5,300 titles from which they selected 504 as outstanding Academic Titles.  From those the editors chose their top 25 titles which included Kathy’s book.  The book describes her gender-based... Continue Reading

Satomi Kamei

After graduating with her doctorate in May 2016, Satomi began work in Uganda in August with JICA where she is part of a project supporting district governments.

 

My job with JICA covers two sub-regions – West Nile and Acholi – which means that I travel a lot. . Located next to each other in northern Uganda, these sub-regions are quite unique in their own ways and activities with the project are diverse as well. When not traveling, I have my office space within the Planning Department of Arua District Government. Consequently, Arua is like my host district. This work setting... Continue Reading

 

Dan was recently received a national award for teaching undergraduate public health education  The 2018 Riegelman Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Public Health Education.  The award will be presented at the next national meeting - the Association of Schools & Programs for Public Health 2018 Undergraduate Public Health and Global Health Education Summit in Washington DC in  March.

 

Dan Gerber is currently Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Assistant... Continue Reading

Ed Graybill

When I last posted on the CIE website in 2010, I had recently started work as Chief of Party of AED’s Improving the Quality of Primary Education Program in Ethiopia.  That was one of USAID’s last broad basic education improvement programs before early grade reading became the agency’s primary focus in education.  I completed the assignment in Ethiopia in August 2014 (AED in the meantime had morphed into FHI360), took some time off in Florida, and then in March 2015 started work as Chief of Party of RTI’s Early Grade Reading Program (EGRP) in Nepal. 

 

EGRP is a Nepali... Continue Reading

Toon Fuderich

Toon and Rob Fuderich have returned to Amherst, although this time not for the usual two-three week home leaves as has been the case during their three-decade journey, but to stay for a while.   

 

During the past three decades, Toon has been involved in a myriad of interesting and challenging education positions.  Her activities have included working with a USAID teacher training project in Quetta, Pakistan, working as an elementary guidance counselor in the Amherst Schools (while Rob was in Afghanistan), directing an adult... Continue Reading

Tossaporn Sariyant

Pan retired from the Office of Nonformal and Informal Education of the Ministry of Education, Thailand after 37 years of service. She taught part-time at the Chiang Mai University School of Education until October 2016, and is now relaxing and going through old papers, as well as meeting occasionally with her 3 doctoral and 2 master’s advisees from Chiang Mai University.

 

In 2017 she began teaching basic English (after school) for primary school children – see photo.  She also spent time following up on the Hill Areas Education program which she participated in developing... Continue Reading

In July 2017 I began working with a small, independent U.S. government agency (Millennium Challenge Corporation) as the Team Leader for the development of a second compact for Burkina Faso.  Before then I was the Chief of Party on a USAID-funded project - a regional food security project implemented by the International Fertilizer Development Center in Burkina Faso. (12-17)

 

After having "timed out" of the U.S. Peace Corps at 8.5 years in December 2013, I began working as a Chief of Party on the Central Africa Forest Ecosystems Conservation Project for Conservation... Continue Reading

Judith Obiero

Dr. Judith Akinyi Obiero is the Associate Director for the Archer Center for Student Leadership Development at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. The Center is responsible for leadership and professional development of students as well as the non-technical skills they need in order to be successful in their academic and professional engagements.

 

Judith teaches several required courses, coordinates the Professional Leadership Series (PLS), and also facilitates custom-designed workshops and programs for... Continue Reading

Tashi Zangmo

After graduating from CIE, Dr. Tashi Zangmo undertook the challenge of creating an NGO called the Bhutan Nuns Foundation under the patronage of the Queen Mother of Bhutan. The Foundation is dedicated to improving the education and living conditions for the Buddhist Nuns in the country.  Creating a new organization turned out to be a formidable challenge, but she persevered.

 

In September 2011, Tashi was a speaker at a reception to generate support for the Bhutan Nuns Foundation which also featured the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of... Continue Reading

Greta Shultz

Greta Shultz is an independent consultant, conducting applied research, program evaluation, and policy studies for state and federal education agencies, non-profit and philanthropic organizations, and community-based groups. In June 2017, Greta founded a small consulting business, Green River Research, LLC. She is currently building a roster of consultants with diverse backgrounds and skill sets, and is also seeking new client relations. Greta would welcome new or renewed connections with CIE members.

 

From 2000-2016, Greta was a senior research manager in the UMass Donahue... Continue Reading

Lauren Clarke

After getting her doctoral degree, Lauren became Dean for Custom and Comparative Programs at SIT where she worked to integrate the comparative (multi-country) programs of IHP with SIT study abroad, as well as design immersive programs with specific curricular content for U.S. universities. At SIT she worked with CIE graduate Phil Mangis.    Subsequently Lauren was appointed Dean for International Students and Global Engagement at Amherst College which gave her the opportunity to visit CIE more often and participate in an occasional Tuesday dialogue.

 

In 2017 Lauren left... Continue Reading

After many years working in communications, adult education and political action with the garment workers' union, Sherry now oversees an adult education program for the Consortium for Worker Education focusing on ESOL and computer literacy at various sites in New York City. 

 

She serves on the Board of WorkersWrite, a non-profit affiliated with the National Writers' Union that encourages writing and story-telling, and is a Board Member of the ... Continue Reading

Patricia Guild O'Rourke

This past fall my Peace Corps group from Senegal had its 50th reunion.  Most people had not been in touch in many years.  We talked about what Peace Corps had meant to each of us, and our life path in the 50 years since. 

 

For me it led to CIE and a commitment to experiential and cultural education.  I finished my degree when I was a local public school principal in the Amherst area, then moved to Seattle and spent about 20 years as university faculty member and an education consultant, nationally and internationally.  My doctoral work was the basis for a book on learning... Continue Reading

Lillian Baer

Leaving Senegal in the early days of 2007 allowed me to recreate myself in new images. After 32 years living in Dakar, Senegal, working first with Peace Corps, and then a YMCA development program, followed by co-founding Africa Consultants International, aka The Baobab Center for the final 22 years, I thought that it would be interesting, and easy, to take the leap. Mmm...

 

A year in Rome, Italy, sloppily learning Italian and exploring the city on foot and by mouth, and the countryside by wheels, was what I needed and loved. Then a move to Seattle at the end of 2007, thanks... Continue Reading

James MacNeil

James MacNeil is currently Vice President of the Asia and Special Projects Division at World Education, based in Boston and overseeing education and development programs in Nepal, Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar and Laos. [Left - in Thailand]

 

James joined World Education in 1999 after graduating from CIE. He coordinated programs in Asia, with a focus on Indonesia and India. He provided technical assistance and managerial oversight to school governance and nonformal education programs in Indonesia, and... Continue Reading

Rob Fuderich

Rob and Toon Fuderich have returned to Amherst, although this time not for the usual 2-3 week home leaves that have been their practice in the past, but to stay for a while.

 

Rob retired in June 2016, after 30 years in international development/humanitarian affairs since graduating from CIE. He spent 25 of those years with UNICEF, extensively but not exclusively in the Central and Eastern Europe/Commonwealth of Independent States Region (CEE/CIS), and the last 12 years serving as UNICEF County Representative in Kosovo,... Continue Reading

Hye Seung Cho

I am now an Associate Research Fellow at the Korean Women's Development Institute, which is a leading government-funded women's research institute under the Prime Minister's Office in South Korea. My job is in the Center for International Development & Cooperation within the institute. I am in charge of research and projects regarding gender equality issues, especially at the international level. I am also involved in developing international cooperation projects to spread gender-equal culture and to improve awareness of it in... Continue Reading

Jeetendra Joshee

Jeet Joshee is currently Associate Vice President for International Education and Dean of the College of Continuing and Professional Education at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). In the first capacity, he advises the President and Provost on all matters related to international education, including international student admissions and recruitment, study abroad programs and partnerships with overseas institutions. In the second, he is responsible for a wide variety of degree and certificate and online CPE programs.

 

Prior to moving to CSULB, Jeet was Dean of... Continue Reading

John Bing

Recently John reflected on his many years of experience:

 

Looking back, as I complete the decade of my 70s, it seems that we really did not do much good for the world.  We attempted to reduce inequality, but it has since increased, both between and within many countries, most especially the United States.  We tried to improve foreign assistance programs, but on the whole, that hasn't seemed to work much either, especially U.S. foreign assistance programs.  Some of us became involved in politics; I think that worked out better for those of who returned to so-called developing... Continue Reading

John Comings

Before I came to CIE, I worked in Nepal for six years. I started as a Peace Corps Volunteer working in fisheries extension (my BSc in Zoology was preparation to become a marine biologist, and so Peace Corps sent me to a landlocked country), where I became interested in why it was easier to work with farmers who had some education.

 

After my volunteer service ended, I directed some Peace Corps training programs and worked on two research projects. I started at CIE in February 1976. At CIE, I had a chance to explore the question I had when I was working with farmers in Nepal [... Continue Reading

Natalia Kovalyova

Natasha (Natalia) Kovalyova is Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of North Texas at Dallas. Her areas of expertise include communication studies, rhetoric and language and political communication.  

 

Her research interests at UNT Dallas, which she joined in 2010, focus on “the intersections of discourse, power and persuasion in a variety of contexts, from presidential communication to media reporting to interpersonal communication. Her recent research focuses on the emergent public forums... Continue Reading

Robert Russell

“Bro” Russell is still Executive Director of the Cartoonists’ Rights Network International (CRNI), an NGO he founded in 1999.

 

 “We are the only NGO in the world dedicated exclusively to monitoring and protecting the free speech rights of political cartoonists…,” he said. “Political cartoonists all over the world experience differing levels of censorship. This censorship ranges from polite slaps on the wrist by an irritated regime, to severe beatings and occasionally an assassination.”

 

Bro updated... Continue Reading

Karla Sarr

Karla Giuliano Sarr is an assistant professor in International Education at the SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont and a co-chair of that department. She instructs both face-to-face and online and teaches courses focusing on an overview of international education, M&E, Indigenous education, non-formal education and language issues in education.

 

Karla had the pleasure of taking a group of graduate students to Senegal in January... Continue Reading

Elena Khatskevich Nuciforo

Elena received her Master of Education degree at the UMass Center for International Education through an Edmund Muskie Fellowship provided by the US Department of State to the countries of the former Soviet Union. Elena came to CIE in 2000 from the city of Ulan-Ude in Eastern Siberia where she was a lecturer of English at Buryat State University.

 

After completing her Master of Education, Elena returned to Russia to work as a program manager at the Center for Communication Programs of Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Moscow.

 

In 2014, Elena received a... Continue Reading

Jennifer Ladd

Jennifer Ladd is currently an independent consultant and trainer using creativity and the arts to address classism and racism through interactive workshops. Jennifer offers organizational and group facilitation, and is also a life coach and philanthropic advisor. She is based in Florence, MA.

 

Jennifer’s doctoral dissertation, Multicultural Education in a Predominantly White Rural Public Elementary School, focused on anti-racism work in mostly white schools. During and shortly after graduate school she taught Intercultural Communication at Lesley College and the School for... Continue Reading

Suzanne Kindervatter

Suzanne Kindervatter is currently an independent consultant based in Washington DC. She retired from InterAction in the fall of 2013, after 19 years of service.

 

During her 10 years as InterAction’s Vice President of Strategic Impact, Suzanne oversaw work on priority international development issues, gender integration and women’s empowerment.

 

In the course of her career, Suzanne has worked in 20 countries, in the areas of adult and nonformal education, microenterprise development, organizational... Continue Reading

Vachel Miller

Vachel Miller is currently Associate Professor in the Leadership and Educational Studies Department at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. He teaches courses on research methodologies, globalization, sustainability and leadership, connecting local and global contexts.

 

He recently edited a new book on educational leadership titled Apocalyptic Leadership in Education: Facing an Unsustainable World from Where We Stand (2017, Information Age Publishing).  ... Continue Reading

Benjamin Oganga

Benjamin Oganga is currently serving as an Assistant Director for Secondary Education in the President's Office (Regional Administration and Local Government) in Dodoma, Tanzania. He was previously Education Coordinator and Principal Education Coordinator.

 

Oganga has also worked as a monitoring and evaluation specialist for the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training as well as for the Kigoma Regional Administration, focusing on the Kigoma Special Economic Zone.

 

He wrote to CIE about this work after he graduated in 2013:

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Kimberly Parekh

Hi CIE family! I am an EdD candidate. I was part of the CIE community from 2006-2009 and have great deal of gratitude for the knowledge I gained and the relationships I made with both faculty and classmates. I have forged lifelong relationships and these friends continue to be an active part of my life today.

 

I am currently working full-time as a consultant for the World Bank in Washington, DC. Specifically, I work on micro- and macro-education evaluations in the World Bank's Independent Evaluation Group (IEG). At IEG, I contribute to objectives-based evaluations of various... Continue Reading

Genge family

After several years in Bolivia, Cole and Jenny Genge moved to Bangkok, as Cole took a job in a regional environmental protection project in South East Asia. [12/07]

 

Prior to this, Cole was working as Conservation Projects Coordinator for Bolivia in the Southern Andes Conservation Program of the Nature Conservancy. He managed 3 projects: Parks in Peril, which provides assistance to 2 national parks in a high conflict area; Multi-Sites—mostly financial support for the national system of protected areas and cross-border... Continue Reading

Lulu Davies

I am currently involved with some research in Sierra Leone, on the privatization of our alma mater, St. Joseph's Secondary School, in Freetown. I am working with Nalinie Kouame, a British-trained lawyer who served as the most recent outgoing president of our USA alumni organization. She and I are both graduates of St. Joseph's.

 

Our research will examine the viability of privatization as an alternative to the government-funded option currently in place. We will be examining research from other West African countries, especially in Ghana and Nigeria, to gain further insights... Continue Reading

Patrick Fine

Patrick Fine is currently Chief Executive Officer of FHI 360, a non-profit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. 

 

Before joining FHI 360 in 2013, Patrick served as the Vice President for Compact Operations at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), where he helped to shape non-traditional approaches to U.S. bilateral assistance through his oversight... Continue Reading

Majid Khan

Majid Khan is currently a Director at the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) in Islamabad, Pakistan. His role involves strategic management, administration and educational outreach, including development and implementation of educational programs with national and international centers and organizations.

 

He is also co-PI on a research project on high performance work systems funded by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

 

Prior to this, Majid spent 5 years as Assistant Professor in the... Continue Reading

David Bell

David Bell is Associate Professor of International Development and Social Change in the Department of International Development, Community and Environment (IDCE) at Clark University in Worcester, MA. He is also currently IDCE Coordinator of Experiential Learning and IDCE Interim Director. [2/17]

 

After graduating from CIE, David also worked at the Karuna Center for Peacebuilding in Leverett, MA, studying the... Continue Reading

Jan Droegkamp

I have retired a second time! I left Peace Corps in 2012, after serving as Director of Programming and Training for Peace Corps in Albania and Uganda.

 

I decided to try the snowbird life—I bought a house in Florida and am next door neighbors to Bob Miltz and Linda Abrams. We dream of having a CIE neighbourhood. We have had visitors but no buyers: Mike and Jan Basile and Ash and Trish Hartwell.

 

I will split time with... Continue Reading

Karen Campbell Nelson

Karen Campbell-Nelson is a professor in the Faculty of Theology of Artha Wacana Christian University in West Timor, Indonesia. She teaches courses in theological English, gender and theology, and social research methods, and serves on the editorial board of the graduate program’s academic journal, Eureka. Her research focuses on gender, human rights and transitional justice. [2/17]

 

Previously, Karen worked with the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women to set up a program... Continue Reading

Rita Raboin

Rita Raboin is a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur in northern Brazil:

 

I am presently Coordinator for the Pastoral Land Commission, which is a support of the Catholic Church for families who work on small plots of land either in the fields or, in our case, along the rivers. We seek to help the people analyze their situation and see what they can do to remain on the land.

 

The island of Marajó where I live in northern Brasil is the largest navigable archipelago in the world, with 16 counties. We work in 5 counties, which are at great distances from each other. We... Continue Reading

Firuza Gafurova

As a Muskie Fellow, I graduated from CIE in 2005 and returned to Uzbekistan to start a teaching position at a public school.

 

While at CIE, I developed interest in HIV/AIDS and health education, thus, with great enthusiasm I started teaching health education classes to high school students. This was a great experience, starting with developing my own curriculum to seeing how my students were developing confidence in discussing various health issues.

 

Additionally, I was working with elementary school students on their conversational English skills, which was... Continue Reading

Duc Le Nguyen

After graduating from CIE, I decided to continue on the academic path. I was accepted to the Master’s program in Project Management at the George Washington University School of Business. Having enrolled as a part-time student, it takes me longer than usual to finish the degree but I’m happy since I can both work and study at the same time. I’ve changed a couple of jobs and World Learning is my most recent stop.  

I am currently working as a Program Associate for the Global UGRAD program in the Capacity-Building Services Office of World Learning in Washington DC. This is a... Continue Reading

Elias Moning

Elias Moning is currently Director of Gaharu Kencana Estate Villa or “Ghrookeville” in West Java, Indonesia, an agro-eco-property development that emphasizes economic and environmental values by using traditional architecture for building, conserving the endangered Gaharu species by planting Gaharu trees, and facilitating the cultivation of durian and mangosteen fruit trees over their 6 hectares of land.

 

Elias also continues to run Outreach International, a company he founded in 2005 which promotes a program called Jatropha PLUS3, involving the planting of Jatropha trees... Continue Reading

Jeanne Moulton

Jeanne Moulton is a Principal International Technical Advisor in the International Development Division of the Education Development Center (EDC), working in new business development, writing large proposals, and providing technical assistance to projects.

 

Jeanne began work at EDC in November 2010. Prior to that she worked at Creative Associates International for five years, and during the 15 years before that, she was an independent consultant, with a large variety of assignments in international education.

 

Jeanne has worked in Asia, Eastern Europe and... Continue Reading

Mark Lynd

Mark Lynd was just elected as Vice-Chair of the Basic Education Coalition (BEC) Executive Board for 2017-2018. The Coalition is comprised of 26 member organizations working to ensure that all children around the world have access to a quality basic education.

 

Mark co-founded an NGO called School-to-School International (STS) in 2002 and currently serves as its president. STS works on the basis of a “Whole Child Model”, a holistic approach that integrates... Continue Reading

Rebecca Paulson Stone

I was promoted to Senior Researcher and literacy specialist at the American Institutes of Research (AIR) last year. I provide technical assistance to literacy programs around the world and also conduct research on literacy programming in multilingual environments.

 

Currently I am co-Principal Investigator on a literacy formative assessment pilot in Laos and Guatemala. We have developed a toolkit of short and easy-to-administer formative assessments on discrete literacy skills. We are training teachers to use the toolkits on a regular basis to better understand how their... Continue Reading

Hong Sah-myung

I retired from Korea Research Foundation (KRF) in 1998. Since then, I have been teaching at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Korea and now I have one more year to go. I am blessed by God for enabling me to teach at this age.

 

Looking back on my days with the Foundation, I was heavily involved, as director of the Inter-Country Scholar Exchange Program, in the development of Korean Studies at overseas universities. In this regard, I contacted the Five College Consortium to explore the possibility of creating a tenure-track position, to be supported by the Korean... Continue Reading

Lisa Deyo

Lisa Deyo is currently Senior Education Advisor at Cambridge Education in Washington DC. She has worked in Afghanistan, Liberia and Pakistan as well as in the DC area in recent years.

 

Prior to moving back to DC in 2015, Lisa served as a basic curriculum design and literacy development consultant for UNESCO in Kabul, Afghanistan. She provided technical support to the Afghanistan Ministry of Education’s Literacy Department and UNESCO to create a national basic/literacy education curriculum framework for youth and adults and tools to support curriculum development.

 ... Continue Reading

Yang Gyeltshen

Yang Gyeltshen is currently leading a group of five teachers for Lhomon Education, a project of the Samdrup Jongkhar Initiative, a registered civil society organization in Bhutan. The Initiative aims to bring education alternatives to eastern Bhutan and beyond.

 

Lhomon Education (LME) provides students with “the opportunity to learn and prepare themselves for their lives and to fulfil their daily needs through practical hands-on experience. LME endeavors to make... Continue Reading

Mishy Lesser

I am currently Learning Director for the Upstander Project, a small Boston-based organization that helps “bystanders” become “upstanders” through social issue documentary films and related learning resources. I spend much of my time curating primary source materials related to our films, creating learning activities with those materials, and working with secondary history and social studies teachers.

 

Our current film focuses on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in Maine between the Wabanaki people and... Continue Reading

Susie Rauch

Susie Rauch founded and served for 17 years as Executive Director of Interconnections 21 (IC21), a non-profit organisation based in Jackson, Wyoming, dedicated to helping US schools and communities “learn about critical world concerns and take action”.

 

During her time there, she brought in prominent national and international speakers, sponsored Model United Nations conferences and oversaw student study and service learning trips abroad. Other programs included fundraising to build and support a school in Sierra Leone and... Continue Reading

Tariq Habibyar

Tariq Habibyar completed his PhD in Education at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand in 2016. His research there focused on Hegemonic Forces Influencing Education in Afghanistan and Methods of Resistance of Afghan Educational Activists.

 

He wrote to CIE in February 2016:

 

Looking back, this wonderful journey could not have been possible without the valuable experience and knowledge that I gained from CIE… Despite all complexities, I continue to have high hopes for Afghanistan and I am optimistic for a better future... Continue Reading

Steve Anzalone

Steve Anzalone retired from regular work in international development in 2017 after 46 years of service. The last half of his career was spent at Education Development Center (EDC) in Washington DC. He was involved in EDC’s work in educational technology and leading EDC activities in Asia.

 

Starting in 2015, Steve worked with Nancy Devine as Senior Vice President and Co-Director for EDC’s International Development Division (IDD).

 

Shortly after completing his doctorate at CIE, Steve and fellow CIE graduate... Continue Reading

Tigran Tovmasyan

Tigran is currently with UNICEF Armenia as Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Programme Officer. His responsibilities include enhancing project effectiveness in preschools and schools, including special schools; coordinating the development of an action plan for capacity-building activities in education in emergency preparedness and response; supporting national stakeholders for the setup of a coordination mechanism for DRR in education, and promoting the establishment of a national mechanism to provide psychosocial support to and prevent the trafficking of children in emergencies.

 ... Continue Reading

Patricio Barriga

Patricio Barriga is currently a policy advisor to the Presidency of Ecuador. In January 2017, he was also in Honduras running an ethnographic research workshop for graduate students at the School of Medicine in Tegucigalpa. 

 

He wrote to CIE in 2016:

 

I was Chief of Party for CIE's nonformal education project in Ecuador from 1971-1976. This was the beginning of my interest in nonformal education as a tool for social change in Latin America. Since then, I have worked for AED and the UN, with their education and health programs which took me to Colombia,... Continue Reading

Cliff Meyers

Cliff Meyers was most recently working as Education Chief and Senior Education Specialist at UNICEF Myanmar, based in Yangon, from 2014-2016. Prior to this, he was at the UNICEF East Asia-Pacific regional office based in Thailand for 11 years. [01/17]

 

He wrote in 2010:

 

I am still working with UNICEF in Bangkok as the Regional Adviser for Education, supporting UNICEF’s education programmes across East Asia and the Pacific. I have been in this post, and in Bangkok, for 7 years and am still enjoying, though feeling a need for change. I am focussing mainly on... Continue Reading

Askar Mambetaliev

Hailing from Kyrgyzstan, Askar just finished his most recent research with the Canadian Center of Pluralism on the peaceful co-existence of people with different ethnic and religious backgrounds. Prior to that, he led a research project within a UNESCO Global Initiative on the problems of exclusion in schools. Earlier, Askar was a visiting scholar of the Open Society Institute at New York University, where he focused on developing programs in the social and political sciences. During his three year scholarship, he shared his ideas on pressing problems and perspectives around international... Continue Reading

Saida Nabiyeva

First, I have to say that my academic background in International Education gained during my graduate study at UMass Amherst considerably broadened my knowledge and expertise in education. The courses that I took at the UMASS School of Education, particularly in the Center for International Education (CIE), contributed tremendously to my professional growth and helped me acquire advanced practical and research skills, as well as strategies necessary for successfully “navigating” in the job market. The courses such as Program Evaluation, Curriculum Development, Research Methods etc.,... Continue Reading

Dwaine is currently the Director of USAID's Office of West African Affairs, based in Washington, D.C. He is working with the U.S. Government inter-agency across 20 West African countries, to respond to development issues that range from Ebola recovery to overcoming the humanitarian crisis caused by Boko Haram, to countering violent extremism throughout the Sahel.  

 

Dwaine was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uganda from 1995-1997, before he joined CIE, where he earned his MA and Ed.D. He served as CIE's Program Manager for its Malawi Project in 2000-2004 and served with the... Continue Reading

Siddiqullah Barikzai

I returned to Kabul in 2010 and joined Computer Science Department of Natural Science Faculty at Kabul Education University (KEU). In mid-2010, I was elected as the chair of Computer Science Department. I led the department in addition to teaching various courses in both computer science and pedagogy.

 

In fall of 2013, I developed a proposal in coordination with my department members to promote the department to the status of a faculty. I talked to administrators at KEU and the Ministry of Higher Education and presented the reasons the department should be promoted to... Continue Reading

Ali Hikmat

Since graduating from UMass, I have been involved in academic activities here at Bamyan University, Afghanistan. At the beginning of my work I developed a proposal to establish an English department at Bamyan University. Fortunately it was accepted by the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) and the fourth cohort is now celebrating its graduation from the English department. At first, I worked as the head of English department for one year (2010) and then was appointed as the Dean of the Education Faculty, a position which I still hold.... Continue Reading

John D. Hatch

Following my February 2010 retirement, I was pulled back into USAID part-time for about a year as a consultant to my old office to assist with proposal development.  In addition, I immediately was swept up in various volunteer activities/committees/boards here at Asbury, a CCRC. I continue to serve on various committees both in and out of Asbury while also battling weeds to produce some vegetables in my garden. More recently, I've been "mentoring" elementary school kids in an after-school program, and recently was shifted to be a teacher-aide for the middle school's ESOL program. I also... Continue Reading

Fritz Affolter

After 10 years in Afghanistan, Angola, South Africa and Sudan, the Affolter family moved back to the United States in 2012. Fritz took a position as Programme Manager of the Peacebuilding, Education and Advocacy (PBEA) Programme at UNICEF Headquarters in New York, where he is still working presently.

 

The PBEA programme is designed to strengthen resilience, social cohesion and human security in conflict-affected contexts, including countries at risk of, or experiencing and recovering from conflict... Continue Reading

Flavia Ramos Mattoussi

Flavia Ramos is currently Associate Director for the Center for International Studies in Educational Research and Development (CISERD) at Florida State University. Recent projects include a USAID “Reading for Ethiopia’s Achievement Developed Technical Assistance” (READ TA) Project in Ethiopia (2012-2017) and UNICEF “Early Grades Literacy Program for Tuvalu” (2013).

 

Other recent activities include USAID project evaluations in Paraguay, Liberia, Mozambique and Angola.

 

Flavia started at Florida State as a Visiting Associate in Research in 2009, later becoming... Continue Reading

Erin Myers

Since graduating from CIE, I continue to work in direct service and community organizing both in locally and internationally. I am the Programs Director for an organization in Turners Falls called The Brick House Community Resource Center, where Joanie Cohen-Mitchell, also a CIE graduate, was Executive Director in the early 2000s. I discovered this once I was already working at The Brick House. Joanie pioneered a number of remarkable programs, most notably, M.I.N.D., a leadership development program for women in... Continue Reading

Michael Basile

Fully retired from Murray State University for a few years now, I’ve turned my attention to local community activities - all volunteer work in this western corner of Kentucky. Volunteering means being on our free clinic board, as well as membership on a new soup kitchen board, plus a few church activities, among them a diocesan curriculum development project focused on Pope Francis’s Encyclical on Climate Change and Inequality: On Care for Our Common Home. The target audience is adult education for parishes.

 

Jan and I spend time traveling to knock things off the bucket list... Continue Reading

Helen Fox

My most recent book is called Their Highest Vocation: Social Justice and the Millennial Generation (2012, Peter Lang).  It's based on extended interviews with students, faculty, staff, program heads, academic advisors, and others at the University of Michigan where I teach. They - and I - comment on the strengths and foibles of "millennial" college students, who are said to the the most progressive generation in history, yet seem reluctant to question or challenge the system or to go very deeply into the complex issues of social justice. Nevertheless, they are developing their own... Continue Reading

Marilyn Gillespie

Marilyn Gillespie is an educational researcher and specialist in college/career readiness and literacy. Since leaving CIE, her work has focused on research, planning and evaluation of literacy education, English language learning, and workforce education.

 

Recent projects include the Global Reading Network, a community of practice for improving early grade reading in developing countries; revising the literacy and work readiness components of a 3-year program for Liberian youth; and developing standards for the Oregon Adult Basic Education System.

 

Marilyn... Continue Reading

Mark Meassick

Mark Meassick is currently USAID Mission Director in Uganda. He was previously the Uganda Deputy Mission Director for 3 years, and has worked with USAID in Afghanistan (2005), South Sudan (2006), Sudan, and Kenya (2013).

 

In Afghanistan, Mark “created new programs for rural finance and small and medium enterprise development, the two largest such USAID programs in the world at the time.” (USAID)

 

Prior to joining USAID, Mark worked for the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation... Continue Reading

Kathe Conrad

Kathe Conrad is now retired, pursuing interests in memoir writing and photography. She continues to be amazed at how long it takes to produce a written or pictorial slice of her life. She takes classes at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at George Mason University and volunteers with Fairfax County Pets on Wheels Program with canine friend, Casper. She continues to explore the world and write about her travels.

 

Kathe wrote to CIE in 2013:

 

After graduating from CIE, Roger and I spent several years in Africa and Czechoslovakia before we decided to come back... Continue Reading

Lukas Winfield

After graduating, Lukas Winfield spent the summer with the Asia Foundation designing a smart phone app that provides high quality early grade reading content for Skaw Karen children in Northern Thailand who lack books at home in their mother tongue, but have access to smart phones. 

 

Lukas also assisted in the design of browser-based translation tool that simplifies and facilitates the complex task of translating existing open access reading materials into local languages by utilizing teachers and community members. Both the reading app and translation tool are meant to... Continue Reading

Cynthia Shepard Perry

Cynthia Perry is now retired, after serving her country with distinction as US Executive Director of the African Development Bank in Cote d’Ivoire and Tunisia from 2001-2007 and as US Ambassador to Sierra Leone from 1986-1989 and to Burundi from 1989-1993.

 

In a video profile for UMass, she said:

 

When I was still in high school, we were required to take a course called civics. The teacher—his whole concept was service. The reason why you are here on Earth is to help... Continue Reading

Svetlana Pivovar Dimitrieva

After graduating from CIE in 2004, Svetlana Dmitriyeva went on to work at UNDP Ukraine doing M&E of projects in local communities affected by the Chernobyl catastrophe. Afterwards she transferred to the UN coordination office in Moscow where she prepared country programming products including the UN Development Assistance Frameworks and joint UN programs directed towards the Millennium Development Goals.

 

After the birth of her daughter Lada, Svetlana went back to ESL curriculum development, teaching and conducting cross-cultural trainings in Kiev, Ukraine. In 2008,... Continue Reading

M. Javad Ahmadi

Javad Ahmadi completed his degree requirements at the end of 2016 and returned to Afghanistan. His dissertation focused on capacity development and workplace learning at the Afghan Ministry of Education, Department of Planning.

 

During the last couple of years, in addition to working on my dissertation, I had the honor to work with American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) as the Director of Student Affairs and Assistant Professor of Education. AUAF is a young and growing institution that follows the American style of higher education. Because AUAF is a beacon of hope for... Continue Reading

Etling Arlen

To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,— One clover, and a bee, And revery.The revery alone will do, If bees are few.

(Emily Dickinson)

 

Arlen Etling retired as professor emeritus from the University of Nebraska in 2011 after 36 years in higher education at NU, Penn State and the University of Arizona. The highlight of his career was three Fulbright Fellowships (University of Monterrey, Mexico, 1995; University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain, 2005; University of Zagreb, Croatia, 2010). Arlen has worked with faculty, students... Continue Reading

Hassan Ali Mohamed

Dr. Hassan Ali Mohamed is a development practitioner specialized in education program planning and management in both humanitarian and development settings with over 25 years of field experience in North America, South Asia, Middle East and Africa. Hassan holds a Doctorate and Master’s degrees from the Center for International Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

 

In his work he sometimes meets up with other CIE graduates. 

 

Several years ago I ran into Toon and Rob Fuderich in Istanbul, Turkey (pictured right). We were... Continue Reading

Salma Nazar Khan

My doctoral program specialization in international development allowed me to observe the evolution of different educational practices, whereas my voyage in doctoral studies in Educational Planning, Research & Administration (EPRA) provided me an opportunity to gain the knowledge and experience to make research more focused and doable in terms of reliability, resources, and time constraints.

 

Studying at CIE exposed me to various development trends—in educational organizations, and local communities—around the world. My Program of Study was designed to make maximum use... Continue Reading

Sara DeTurk

The paperback edition of Sara DeTurk's recent book on Activism, Alliance Building, and the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center has just been published by Lexington Books.

 

Based on ethnographic work, the book presents "an instructive case study of the importance and challenges of uncompromisingly confronting injustice in all of its manifestations. Through building and maintaining alliances, deploying language strategically, and using artistic expression as a central organizing mechanism, The Esperanza Peace and Justice Center demonstrates... Continue Reading

Mbarou Gassama Mbaye

Mbarou Gassama will retire from UN Women in April 2017. The USAID-funded Senegal reading program implemented by Chemonics and Cambridge offered her an advising position starting in March. She will be doing advocacy for policy change and supporting their research.

 

Until then, she will continue as Program Coordinator for UN Women in Dakar, based in their regional office for West and Central Africa. The objective of the program, which focuses on financing for gender equality, is to increase investment in women through support for making national budgets and sectoral policies... Continue Reading

Manjula Salomon

Manjula Salomon is currently Associate Head of School for Academic Affairs and the first Global Scholar in Residence at Palmer Trinity School in Miami, Florida.

 

At Palmer Trinity, Manjula first focused on developing students’ curriculum when they travel as part of exchanges or immersion programs, as well as expanding service-learning trips. As part of a recent re-accreditation process, she was able to review the curriculum of every department and help teachers explore ways to incorporate a global perspective in their curricula.

 

Before moving to Florida,... Continue Reading

Konda Reddy Chavva

Konda Chavva is a consultant with FAO India. He provides technical assistance in the design and implementation of "Farmer Field Schools (FFS)" in India to improve farmers’ adaptive capacity and strengthen their resilience to climate change and variability.

 

He helped design the FFS curriculum on improved goat management practices for the South Asia Pro-Poor Livestock Promotion Program. He was also part of the global team of FFS trainers and experts who drafted the FFS Guidance Document, which provides insight into programming and implementation.

 

Konda has... Continue Reading

Valerie Haugen

“The SDGs are underpinned by a commitment to inclusive development. But we don't really know how to 'do' inclusive development, including in the education sector…”

 

Valerie Haugen visited CIE in November 2016. She spoke at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Montague House and interacted with current students in an informal meeting the same day. A busy education and international development consultant with extensive... Continue Reading

Michele Sedor

Michele Sedor has worked at the System for Adult Basic Education Support (SABES) in Massachusetts since 1999. Formerly the Western Regional Director, she now works with the SABES PD Center for Educational Leadership and Strengthening Programs. SABES provides professional development for adult basic education programs and staff throughout the state. 

 

Michele was recently appointed to a three-year term on the Adult Basic Education Advisory Council to the Commissioner of Education. She lives in the woods of Shutesbury,... Continue Reading

Mindy Eichhorn

I am currently an assistant professor in the Education Department at Gordon College, where I teach undergraduate and graduate-level courses in special education, assessment, and early childhood / elementary math methods.

 

I am involved in a pilot study investigating the challenges out of school youth face in learning mathematics in Mumbai and Bangalore, India. These students face hardships at home – most of them live in extreme poverty, and encounter many environmental stressors, including trauma, which impact their learning in the classroom.

 

Additionally,... Continue Reading

Jennie Campos

Jennie is currently an international development consultant specializing in participatory research and evaluation. Recent work includes facilitating a kick-off retreat for the USAID Economic Growth Team in Rwanda in December 2015, and consulting for Creative Associates International, including a stint in Kabul, Afghanistan in 2013.

 

She has worked in over 33 developing countries in different parts of the world.  

 

Jennie’s work took “quite a leap in a very different direction” when she became a certified Six Sigma expert working at an engineering company in... Continue Reading

Jane Benbow

Jane is currently retired and living in her home state of North Carolina. She does the occasional education consultancy, while also exploring her interests in politics, art, music and documentary research.

 

Most recently, she has been involved in work around early grade reading. She provided leadership in developing an international network for early grade reading, including supporting training for professionals in the early literacy community. She has also designed projects and workshops in early grade reading and education in emergencies, and provided field-based technical... Continue Reading

Endang Sumantri Nawawi

Endang Sumantri is retired and is Professor Emeritus at the Indonesia University of Education (UPI, formerly IKIP Bandung), where he served as Senate Chairman from 2006 to 2011.

 

Endang and his family came to Amherst for a visit in October 2016. He was happy to be back on campus after so many years—he completed his Master’s degree at CIE in 1980 and his doctorate in 1988. During his recent visit, he met with the interim Dean, toured the new College of Education facilities and reunited with DRE, who was the chair of... Continue Reading

Jean Blaise

After graduating with my doctoral degree in the Department of Educational Policy, Research and Administration at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, I have taught at number of institutions of higher education in Western Massachusetts, including Westfield State University, Elms College, and Springfield Technical Community College. This includes courses in Sociology, Educational Foundations, Applied Linguistics, and English as Second Language.

 

As a teacher, I attempt both to connect with my students and challenge them in order to build a community of critical thinkers in... Continue Reading

Recently Oliver came out of retirement as he was appointed as Chairman of the Tanzania Teacher Service Commission. The commission is in principle the employer of all teachers in Tanzania a primary and secondary schools and in teacher training colleges. [8-16]

 

I am now retired after working as a civil servant for almost 40 years. I last served as the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice and before that for many years in the Ministry of Education. After retiring, I am working with St. Joseph University of Engineering and Technology on special duties.

 

... Continue Reading

Rovshan has been working in the Government of Azerbaijan since 2002. After graduation from UMass, he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan. He worked in various positions within the MFA and in Azerbaijan’s diplomatic posts overseas. He served in the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the United States of America and currently serves as Counsellor in the Permanent Mission of Azerbaijan to the OSCE and other International Organizations in Vienna, Austria.

 

Since graduating from CIE, Rovshan has continued his professional development by attending training... Continue Reading

Ricardo Gomez

After completing his doctoral program at CIE, Ricardo returned to Colombia. He is back at University of Antioquia, his home institution, working as a teacher of quantitative research and evaluation methods. He also works as a policy analyst and consultant for several government agencies and private organizations.

 

Before completing his doctorate, Ricardo received a Bachelor of Education degree from La Salle University and Master of Education from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Ricardo has been a full-time lecturer and researcher at University of Antioquia... Continue Reading

Fulgence Swai

I was recently appointed as an assistant professor at the Aga Khan University in Dar es Salaam where I am now teaching M Ed students who are specializing in Assessment, Measurement and Evaluation. It is an intensive program and right now the students are doing their practicum for which I am fully involved. I addition to teaching, I also participate in outreach activities within the East African region of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania where there are programs organized by the Institute for Educational Development, East Africa under the auspices of the Aga Khan University. This means that I... Continue Reading

Here in Tanzania we are healthy, trying cope with challenging social and economic dynamics. There are a lot of educational reforms taking place in the country, and you can see changes of my address below. I'm now working for the National Council for Technical Education (NACTE). I'm grateful for the competence I gained at CIE, it makes my life easier to adapt the changes quickly!

 

I hope the entire CIE family is doing fine. You are all in my heart, my best family in Amherst. [1/15]

 

Email: asselaluena@yahoo.com

... Continue Reading

The BRIDGE Project, where I have worked for 11 years ended in December last year but some few officers proceeded up to May 2015. My contract ended March 27, 2015. 

 

I stayed out of job for just two months then I was called to come and finish the work someone was doing because she has been promoted to Deputy Chief of Party. The project is called Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3).  I'm on temporary basis i.e. It's a temporary job just for 4 months. I'm developing materials on hormonal contraception and potential HIV risks. We have also developed the Malawi... Continue Reading

I continue to each in the School of Environmental/Studies in the Dept. of Environmental Education at Kenyatta University. I founded the school and the Department many years ago. We continue to grow and continue to contribute to environment and sustainable development in general, doing training and environmental education specifically. I am planning to go on sabbatical sometime in June of 2015.  I may visit the US and would be happy to do a presentation at a Tuesday meeting on an area of the environmebt that would be of interest.(12/14)

 

Kip completed an earlier sabbatical... Continue Reading

When Bella Halsted graduated from CIE she decided to become a writer—of fiction and poetry—and to lead creative writing workshops in the Valley for a living—and did so for the following twenty years.  During this time, she also worked as newsletter editor for the American Friends’ Service Committee, the Peace Development Fund, and more recently, the Markham Nathan Fund—all organizations involved in fundraising for grassroots groups in this country.

 

She began taking painting classes at UMASS, and later, through the excellent art program at Greenfield Community College. ... Continue Reading

Greetings from Malawi. Since my days at UMass several opportunities have allowed me to utilize my knowledge and skills from CIE to develop and grow academically as well as professionally. Six months after graduating from a CIE’s Master of Education program in Policy Planning and Leadership, I joined Moi University in Kenya for a Master of Philosophy degree specializing in Philosophy of Education. I returned to University of Malawi, Chancellor College where I taught graduate and under graduate level courses for our Antonie ChigedaMaster’s in Policy, Planning and Leadership as well as... Continue Reading

After finishing her Master's degree, Dawn went on to complete her doctorate in Instructional Leadership (Cultural Diversity and Curriculum Reform) at UMass  in 1993.  She then worked in Boston in inner city schools, in Hawaii in educational research and with Hawaiian Education, and as a Race Relations/ Multicultural Consultant with the Vancouver School Board.

 

Dawn spent four years in south East Asia (the Philippines and Indonesia) doing working in non-formal Education, and intercultural communication. She has also taught as a sessional instructor in the Native Indian... Continue Reading

It's so great to read all the messages about what folks have been doing during these past years! I graduated from CIE in 2001 and returned to Latvia to work as a director of an innovative Education department at the Liepaja City Council (a city of 100,000 people on the Baltic Sea coast). This position involved advancing educators' ideas, acting as a liaison between businesses, the federal and local governments, and educators, as well as submitting improvements for legislation. While there, we designed a project and received a grant for Muskie graduates to support women entrepreneurs in... Continue Reading

Things have been very busy here for the past few years. I have been working as Professor and Coordinator of the M.Ed. program at the Institute of Educational Development, BRAC University since December 2011. In developing this innovative MEd Program, the Center for International Education (CIE) has been my valuable guide. During the five years of my doctoral program at CIE, the rich experiences and deep insights that I had in understanding what education is all about and how to enable learning to happen have made my... Continue Reading

Jenkins Charles

For CIE's 40th, Charlie reflected back on his active career. For other aspects of his career before he became an educator, you may find the recent article at MassLive blog of interest.

 

Life continues to present interesting challenges! Like my CIE colleagues my professional career has focused on making a difference. We know that educational development continues to be a viable force for young people and adults alike. As an educator, achieving this goal and deciding which direction... Continue Reading

Kinsley Dale

In 1971 I left UMass to accept a job at the University of California/Santa Cruz to work with Joe Blackman, a fellow Charter member of CIE, on a Teacher Corps/Peace Corps program.  Later I became a faculty member and Director of Teacher Preparation at UCSC.  Later I decided to take a leave in 1979 to join another CIE'er, Jim Hoxeng, at USAID in Washington, D. C.  I couldn't decide at the time whether I was going to make a difference in schools in the US or through programs in the developing world.  While in DC Bill Smith, another CIE'er and staff member at the Academy for Educational... Continue Reading

Jones Dube

Elvyn passed away on November 14, 2012.

Elvyn continues with her private practice in psychotherapy, is an adjunct professor at the Graduate School in the College of New Rochelle. At the end of 2007 she sent along this update:

 

I continue in my second profession as psychoanalyst and mental health specialist, which arose out of my experiences of living abroad for over twenty-five years.  During that time, I became aware of the paucity of knowledge and services available to indigenous populations and the international community living abroad.  International life and... Continue Reading

Holmes Henry

Hank has spent the past 25 years or so in Thailand where he has pursued a career in teaching as well as founding and becoming the managing director of Cross-Cultural Management Co. Ltd. The firm has developed a series of focused training courses to assist expatriates working in Thailand to be more effective in communicating and working with Thai colleagues. To facilitate that goal he co-authored a book entitled: Working with the Thais: A Guide to Managing in Thailand. The book is intended for both newcomers and seasoned foreigners in Thailand. It... Continue Reading

Hiigginson Peter

A recent update from Peter since he has moved to Cambridge, MA:

I hit the big seven zero mark last August, a milestone I would be happy to forget. But I draw inspiration from a bumper sticker I saw the other day which read "Born just fine the first time". And in all candor, rocketing back and forth from extremes seems to suit me. Let me explain myself.

 

While I have a 45 year-old son who is a tenured professor at Bryn Mawr, I also have a 10 year-old half Samoan little bomber who rejoices in the name of Roxanna Ataata-o-Mauga (try saying that fast).  Through guile,... Continue Reading

Angelo Priscilla

I have now entered a life chapter I call reinvention (others call it retirement) and love scheduling my own priorities. When I first  retired, I took classes at the RI School of Design to learn something about  architecture and design. I would like time for a second career in architecture  but decided it was getting too late.  So instead, I learned just enough for  us to design a new home that we had built on Narragansett Bay. And  I loved the opportunity for such a creative process. It reminded me of  the creative times higher education administration offered in the 60's and  70's! ... Continue Reading

Pearson Robert

Since leaving the Center in 1972 I’ve been an Education Professor at Swarthmore, Lafayette and Muhlenberg colleges, the director of a drug and alcohol education agency, and the director of a USAID project in Romania dealing with the awful orphanage situation there which you undoubtedly remember from the media coverage in the early nineties.  Since 1992 I’ve been “semi-retired”, spending much of my time playing serious senior softball (tournaments etc.), reading, writing, and occasionally consulting. Since 1993 I’ve directed a Peace Corps training project in Albania, worked with Muslim... Continue Reading

Billimoria Roshan

After being out of contact with CIE for many years, Roshan reflects on her journey since leaving CIE below.

And there were those blessed ones that pointed the way: Dwight Allen sitting in our living room in tiny-town, Panchgani - India, who invited me to be part of the excitement of building this world of my dreams; Dave Evans and George Urch, who gave me the once-over before I joined the Montague House clan(1970) and then continued to inspire and guide me by their example - long, long after I had left the fold for adventures elsewhere; Arthur Gillette who in essence handed me a... Continue Reading

Woolmer Timothy

Tim has pursued two careers, one as educator and one as psychotherapist, and ended up as a manager in both. He spent 5 years in the north west of Pakistan, as Principal of Edwardes College in Peshawar, and then returned to what is now Roehampton University in London.

 

From 1991until retirement 11 years later he was National Director of The Westminster Pastoral Foundation, a counselling and psychotherapy charity. Since then he has been a part-time director of the West London Mental Health NHS Trust, and a director of Richmond Adult and Community College.His current passions... Continue Reading

Tsoaledi Thobejane

Dr. Thobejane is currently an Associate Professor in the Institute for Gender and Youth Studies and is also serving as the chairperson of the Research and Publications Committee in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Venda in South Arica. The University is situated in Thohoyandou, Limpopo province.

 

He visited UMass in September 2013 to participate in the annual Re-thinking Marxism conference, where he presented a paper titled Re-envisioning Radical feminism:The case for South African... Continue Reading

Befecadu Adeye

Adeye visit CIE in June 2010 where she sparked a reunion of the old Ethiopian network at CIE - Ron Bell, Ash Hartwell and David Schimmel (See picture). She was accompanied by her daughter who had just gotten her Ph.D. in astro-physics. Below is a part of her story. For the longer version with her reflections on her experience click here.

 

I returned home to Ethiopia after 3 years in the US in 1974 and contrary to... Continue Reading

Moletsane Ishmael

Dr. R. I. M Moletsane comesfrom Lesotho where he is now a retired professor of Education. Since retiring he has been active in the area of rural and sustainable development. Prior to coming to CIE, Dr. Moletsane was appointed as the Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Botswana, Lesotho & Swaziland- the predecessor of the National University of Lesotho (NUL).  He later served as Professor of Education at the University of Transkei and at the Qwaqwa Campus of the University of the North.

 

During 1997 - 2000, Dr. Moletsane served as the Vice-Chancellor of... Continue Reading

After finishing her studies at CIE, Jane Vella taught at North Carolina State University and The University of North Carolina before founding the Jubilee Popular Education Center, now Global Learning Partners, Inc (GLP). Jane has worked in education since 1953, in over forty countries around the world. As a Maryknoll Sister, she taught at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania where she where she lived from 1955 - 1977. Jane has spent the past fifty years developing new ways of thinking about learning and teaching. She advocates a... Continue Reading

Somtrakool Kia

At the present, I'm still working so as to fulfill my life in many ways.  I am teaching in a Ph.D. program in ASEAN Cultural Science in two universities where I meet many young students from different nations.  I am also working part time as an advisor in the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Culture.  In that role I have the opportunity to travel to many ASEAN countries such as, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia and China. I'm still utilizing all of my knowledge and experiences much which I have learned from the CIE.

 

When not working... Continue Reading

Phil Christensen

Recent update from Phil: I retired in January 2017, I'm getting married again on July 16th (it's been almost 8 years since Deb passed), and I'll be moving back to the States (DC area) to be with my wife - leaving Africa after 37 years of international development work on this continent. [6-17]

 

How did I get here? Well, after leaving the School of Education in 1973 I spent a couple of years in the Chicago area working on Bahá'í teaching and youth programs, then moved to Eastern Ontario to work for five years as the instructional systems specialist at a technical community... Continue Reading

After a long interval during which CIE received regular Holiday cards from Retna, but didn’t have email contact, she is now connected and has sent this recent update on the state of NFE and the activities of some of her cohort who were at the Center in the 1970s.

 

Here is some information about the progress of NFE in Indonesia. Up to now there is only one state educational university (IKIP Bandung) in West Java, which offered NFE Masters and doctoral degree programs. Our friends Djudju Sudjana, Endang Sumantri, Sutaryat, arranged that program in Bandung. Syahbudin Harahap... Continue Reading

Gillette Arthur

Arthur passed away in June of 2016.  Click for Arthur's obituary and notes.

 

After 25 plus years of service to Unesco, Arthur retired from his last position as Director of Youth and Sports Activities in April 1998. He has since enthusiastically pursued a diverse agenda of activities, some of his recent ones are chronicled below.

 

* A series of short videos about the history of Paris on the web. To see the complete selection of more than... Continue Reading

Rosen David

David has worked in alternative education, out-of-school youth education, adult literacy and nonformal education, all of which he says were themes of his studies at UMass.  In the early 1980s, following his work as founder and first director of a publicly-funded alternative high school in Waltham, Massachusetts, he was the  Director of Education at Boston's Jobs for Youth, now JFY Networks. He was for 15 years, until 2003, the Director of the Adult Literacy Resource Institute at UMass Boston.

 

Now an independent consultant, David is the President of... Continue Reading

Silva-Juan Jose

Juan visited CIE in Fall 2013 and took the opportunity to reflect on his time at CIE and his career as a popular educator in Chile over the years since then.

 

It is true though, that I did not study much, but in exchange I stole an idea from a project sponsored by CIE in the Ecuadorian sierra of using the so-called "salon games" or card games as educative tools for impoverished adults. As a matter of fact, I never had the chance to see the game "La Hacienda", as it was being developed at the time and used in the context of such project However, it became clear in my mind... Continue Reading

Kalim Qamar

For those CIE affiliates who were not yet born or were still rolling around in a cradle, I am one of the early faculty members, recruited at CIE in 1975 as Assistant Professor, to develop and teach graduate courses in non-formal education for rural development. It was my first job after my Ph.D. studies at Cornell. Working at CIE was indeed a learning experience in itself, which I found of great value in my future career development. I left CIE at the end of 1977, with memories that I still cherish. Who will forget the 1970s colleagues like David Evans (evergreen), John Bing, David Kinsey... Continue Reading

Thisyamondol-Patrada Yomnak

 I am now running an activity center for children as well as a co-ed international British curriculum school, Bangkok International Preparatory and Secondary School (Bangkok Prep) catering for 3-18 year olds. We are in our 11th year and have an enrolment of 731. We will be expanding to serve 780 students next year. I am here as the License Holder, Manager and Director of the school. [6-14]

 

I have been teaching part time at schools and running a Computer- English after school programme called System's Training. I also set up 2... Continue Reading

Njoku Raphael

Each day of my life, I continue to live with the pleasant memories of having the very best of education at UMass and being a part of the CIE family.

 

On my return to Nigeria, I served in the state schools system of Imo State in the South Eastern part of Nigeria, as a high school principal. In 1998, I went private and set up a Secondary School – City High School, Owerri - in Imo State as an institution where youth, apart from attaining academic and moral excellence, can appreciate and uphold democratic values. The school is already making an impact among the rural population... Continue Reading

Smith William

Bill Smith was the Executive Vice President of the Academy for Educational Development in Washington, DC. for over twenty years where he led the Academy's work in public health communication and social marketing programs in over 65 countries around the world. Bill is now retired but just as creative and busy as ever. His wife Ginger sent the following update on his activities....

 

He continues to consult with Compassion & Choices -- in fact he catches the train tomorrow for a meeting with them.  Their goal is for us to... Continue Reading

Ann Hartman

I continue to work as a Seminars Program Specialist at the East-West Center in Honolulu, where I have been since 2002. My main role is to coordinate short term professional development and exchange programs for younger leaders (aged 25-40) and for journalists from Asia Pacific and the United States. Like CIE, our programs are unique in that they bring participants from countries across the Asia Pacific region and from the United States together for collaborative learning through dialogue, seminar sessions and travel.

 

I just... Continue Reading

Bonnie Mullinix

Bonnie currently works as a Senior Consultant with the Teaching, Learning and Technology Group, a national organization that works to support TL&T in Higher Education. This position allows her to work out of Greenville and continue to build other educational research and consulting efforts domestically and internationally.

 

Most recently, she and Dave McCurry established Jacaranda Educational Development. The first activity undertaken by this consulting firm was Bonnie's work with CIE/UMass helping with the development of... Continue Reading

Ellen Licht

I am still living in the same area in Northern California, still teaching ESL at Santa Rosa Junior College, and quite involved in making bridges to help non-traditional students to succeed at Community College and in other higher education settings. I enjoy teaching at community-based sites and also on campus, in the high-level academic writing courses. It's all interesting to me.

 

I am also studying American sign Language. I first had a Deaf student a few years ago and he inspired me to start. It has truly opened up a whole new world. I am now commuting to Berkeley City... Continue Reading

Lois Martin

Upon retiring from teaching at Salem State College (now University), I moved into the Arizona sun.  Aside from the sun, I was drawn to Tucson where I hoped to be able to delve heavily into Latin America activism—a continuation of the focus that had occupied my spare time for many years.  In fact, I could not have made a better choice.  Tucson is at the epicenter of the humanitarian crisis in the Sonoran Desert where the remains of more than two hundred migrants have been recovered annually for several years.  We believe that as many more have also died, but their remains never found.... Continue Reading

Mantina Mohasi

Mantina Mohasi returned to the Lesotho Institute of Extra mural Studies (IEMS) in 2000. IEMS is one of the teaching institutes of the National University of Lesotho whichoffers undergraduate and graduate (Masters) programmes on a part time/open learning basis. Dr. Mohasi is a senior lecturer academic staff member in the Adult Education Department of the Institute. She presently coordinates the B. Ed Adult Education Programmes. The Institute has also introduced Masters Programme in Adult Education in 2007/2008 academic year and Dr Mohasi is one of the key facilitators

 

She... Continue Reading

Michael Marzolla

It is hard for me to believe that I have completed twenty-five years with the University of California and that I started my graduate studies at CIE back in 1978,  thirty years ago. I continue to lead the 4-H Youth Development program in Santa Barbara County and four years ago I assumed the leadership of our Counties Master Gardener program.  I have also participated in various international assignments in Bolivia and more recently in Serbia.  In 2006 I was able to visit to Cuba  to study their sustainable agriculture efforts. Currently, as the Co-Chair of the North... Continue Reading

Mary Lugton

This spring, Mary applied for and received a one-year sabbatical from her current job working as a teacher trainer in English Language Development (ELD) for the West Contra Costa County Unified School District in the East Bay, CA.

 

She has been accepted by International Educators for Africa – a project of the USAID-funded program International Foundation for Education and Self-Help (IFESH), was founded by Dr. Leon H. Sullivan – to spend the year in Ethiopia working at the Bahirdar University, Faculty of Humanity as a pre... Continue Reading

Azat Myradov

A recent update from Azat:

Since my graduation from CIE, I have been part of the Public Diplomacy team of the U.S. Embassy Ashgabat that manages educational and cultural exchanges, community development grants and outreach programs. Currently I manage the Information Resource Center (IRC) and I am also the webmaster of the Embassy website. Our Center has a wide range of programs and resources, and most recently we integrated iPads, iMacs and Kindles into our library services.

 

I have five children, four daughters and a son. My son is the youngest, 2 years old. I am... Continue Reading

Chokocha Selemani-Mbewe

After graduation, I was promoted to Dean of Education and later to Chief Lecturer. I served as Dean of Education from 2003 to 2006. Later on I served as Student Advisor or Dean of Students from 2007 to 2010.

 

Recently he sent this update on his new activity.

 

Greetings to all. Just to let you know that I am now at University of Pretoria. . I will be studying for my PhD in Assessment and Quality Assurance. My studies are going on well. I am doing it by research. I have met with nice people at the Centre for Assessment and Evalaution (CEA) just like CIE. I thank... Continue Reading

Dezie Trigu

After 22 years of service Dezie sent out the following notice announcing his retirement. 

 

It is with great pleasure that I would like to inform you that with effect from today I have retired from the Civil Service. The long journey that started in 1991 ended yesterday, Jan 31 2013. I thank all of you whole heartedly for your tireless guidance, constructive advice and immeasurable support during the time I worked as a teacher, Methods Advisor and Tikwere Outreach Coordinator at Chiradzulu & Zingwangwa Sec Schools, South West Education Division and MCDE respectively. You... Continue Reading

Magda (Abunama) Ahmed

 

Salaam CIE, I am back to Amherst after three years in Afghanistan. In the last three years, I worked with USAID as a Program Field Officer to cover education, health, and gender in two provinces in the East Region. In this capacity, I was working as a bridge to bring USAID vision and program policy as close as we could get to Province Reconstruction Team (PRT) and the local government of Afghanistan (GIROA), working in the design and implementation of USAID and PRT transition plans, by keeping government officials totally engaged and buying-in to the plan, and building the... Continue Reading

Tjivikua Michael

In 2004, I joined the Polytechnic of Namibia, Namibia’s University of Science and Technology as the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning. The center was established to help improve teaching and learning on campus through academic development initiatives. It is focused on providing support to students and faculty.

 

Since my tenure here I have created an academic support system for the university which hosts an Academic Support Center for students that provides a range of services to students focused on academic writing and other areas for which they need... Continue Reading

Mohamed Ibrahim Elgadi

For the past few years I was honored to coordinate the work of Amnesty International in Amherst and also served on the Human Rights Commission of Amherst Town. This continued to enable me to bring up the voice of the oppressed and help to organize grassroots campaigns on their behalf. Many good successful stories resulted from this work and at the same time some sad ones when we fail to rescue people on time (we recently lost to death three courageous human rights activists in the horrific prisons of Eritrea).  

 

I also continued to work at ... Continue Reading

McKinney Phoebe

I recently completed a three-year assignment in Liberia, where I worked for FHI 360 as the Senior Director for Teacher Education for the USAID-funded Liberian Teacher Training Program (LTTP).  Prior to that, I consulted for FHI 360 as a Fragility/Conflict Education Specialist for Educate a Child in Doha, Qatar for five months.

 

After more than ten-years of living and working in international education overseas, I have decided to remain largely stateside for the coming period.  I was recently offered - and have accepted - an exciting position with San Francisco-based World... Continue Reading

Taylor Timothy

After a decade, it’s about time for an update. I’m now in my seventh year as a senior fellow at the Hong Kong Institute of Education and my thirteenth year in Hong Kong.  Prior to coming here, I spent three years in Mainland China at Hebei Teachers’ University, first conducting the research for my dissertation and then staying on to teach.  Thus my ‘one year in China’ evolved from interview research to university teaching to ESL program development, a lovely wife and two children, curriculum development for a new university, teacher education work, some curriculum consulting and a total of... Continue Reading

Hassan Bangura

For the past 8 years Hassan has worked in Head Start programs serving Arlington County. Prior to that he was an admissions officer at Strayer University, and earlier a counselor at the Community Residences for the Arlington Virginia Mental Retardation Program. He trains and works as an advisor with clients with mental or physical disabilities.

 

He assists his clients with their education as well as helping to manage their finances. Hassan says that he enjoys his work very much.In addition he serves as a Senior Deacon in his church and also volunteers as a literacy tutor with... Continue Reading

 Karin has now moved on..

 

I am working on my doctoral degree in social work at the University of Texas at Austin and work at the Institute on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault (IDVSA) as a project director. I focus on women in forced migration, including refugee resettlement in the U.S., and am interested in how women recreate social support networks in forced migration. Our daughter, Anika, is 5... Continue Reading

Mainus Sultan

My present day work focuses on creative writing.  In the past few years, I have published books on Afghanistan, Zimbabwe and Nicaragua in Bangla, my native language. I used qualitative research methodology such as ethnographic observation and phenomenological interviews to collect information. These books were written in a travel story format for popular readership.

 

 

My book on Afghanistan is in it’s fourth edition.  I was honored this year when my Zimbabwe book received the “Best Book of the Year” award in Bangladesh.  I received the award for my book titled, in... Continue Reading

Stephanie Pirroni

For the past seven years, I have been working at the Foundation for the Application and the Teaching of the Sciences (FUNDAEC) in Colombia  with alternative education programs aimed at enabling  rural youth marginalized from quality and relevant educational opportunities to build the capacities needed to promote processes of autochthonous development within their communities.  Through a grant that FUNDAEC was awarded to by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, I have had the opportunity to collaborate with a network of organizations in Kenya, Uganda and Zambia implementing an education... Continue Reading

After serving as the Deputy to the President and Dean for Enrollment Management and University Reistrart at KIMEP Univeersity in ALmaty, Kazakhstan, LLarissa (Savitskaya) Chekmarevaarissa is now working as an educational consultant. She regularly conducts professional training for education administrators, focusing on integrationg the best of world practices into the Kazakhstani higher education administration. In Spring 2011 she initiated the First Strategic Enrollment Conference in Central Asia, jointly with American Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO).  ... Continue Reading

Hunter writes from Bangkok where he is working on a second Master’s degree and is doing an internship in the summer of 2015.

 

Aside from this internship, I’m also keeping busy with my role as the Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator for my program which means that I help with internal/external communication strategies, production of promotional items, and forge partnerships with institutions and organizations in the region. I’ve finished my classes for the Master’s program, next step is the thesis proposal. I’m looking to conduct qualitative research that captures the... Continue Reading

Donna is the Program Coordinator for the International Education degree program at SIT Graduate Institute, a program of World Learning, a nonprofit organization located in Brattleboro, VT and Washington DC.  Donna provides academic support and advising for students in the IE program, and teaching and administrative support for IE faculty.  As both the IE on-campus and low-residency degree tracks incorporate a great deal of video-based information and instruction, Donna is in charge of recording, editing and producing such videos.  She also plans and facilitates frequent video conferencing... Continue Reading

Since graduating in May 2014, I have been fortunate to be involved in quite a few interesting projects and programs as a consultant. In reflecting on these opportunities, there are three key ways my graduate studies at the Center for International Education (CIE) has furthered my career: 1) applying my graduate research findings to my work, 2) nurturing critical awareness of important issues in our world, and 3) encouraging exploration of interests, particularly innovation.

 

It has become evident the hard work I put into my... Continue Reading

Habibullah Wajdi, a citizen of Afghanistan, is an educational development professional with over 16 years of experience in education development particularly in conflict and post-conflict settings. During his career he has worked nationally and internationally with governments; well reputed national and international organizations; civil society, and donors on various projects and programs. 

 

Wajdi joined the Center for International Education (CIE) as a doctoral student in September 2007. Prior to coming to CIE, he worked as an Education Specialist with the World Bank in... Continue Reading

I have been living in the Philippines since 2009 with my husband and our two daughters.  In September 2013 I completed my doctorate, having produced a dissertation entitled, “Preparing Visually-Impaired People in the Philippines for Mainstream Employment: The Impact of ICT Accessibility.”  I am an active board member of the Manila-based ATRIEV Computer School for the Blind, and have been assisting with a range of education, fund-raising and administrative concerns. 

 

In addition, I have been working as the Managing Director of Number Works’n Words Philippines, a supplemental... Continue Reading

Valerie Kurka

Immediately after graduating, I worked with Ash Hartwell and CIE students Jacob Carter and Milka Ndura on the Global Citizens' Initiative which brought 13 leaders from around the world to Amherst for a 2-week course in Global Citizenship.

 

From 2013-2015, I worked in my home state of Wisconsin at the Social Development Commission in Milwaukee where I managed a federal Office of Refugee Resettlement program that trained refugees in financial... Continue Reading

After graduating from CIE in February 2012 I returned to my former position at the Office of the European Union Representative West Bank and Gaza Strip, where I am currently working on the design of a basic infrastructure and land rehabilitation and development program. In this place on Earth development is inextricably interwoven with politics. This makes the work interesting but also very challenging.

 

I was thrilled to discover when I came back that there is a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program offered in Jerusalem. I had focused my thesis on the use of... Continue Reading

After completing my doctorate, I worked at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts as an adjunct faculty in the fall of 2010, teaching a graduate course in development theory.

 

I continued at Clark in spring 2011 and facilitated a graduate seminar on project management for social change. During this time, I also returned briefly to CIE for a second stint to work on an extension to the Afghanistan Higher Education project.

 

For the academic year 2011/12, I will be working full-time as a visiting assistant professor in the Department of International... Continue Reading