Professors Rallis and Rossman present at Academic Colloquium in Ramallah, Palestine


  Sharon Rallis   Gretchen Rossman
  Dr. Sharon Rallis   Dr. Gretchen Rossman

Drs. Sharon Rallis and Gretchen Rossman recently attended the fourth annual Academic Colloquium for the Palestinian Faculty Development Program (PFDP) in Ramallah, West Bank, Palestine.

Rallis and Rossman presented scholarly research papers with their recently-graduated doctoral students, Dr Ayman Khalifah and Dr Ola Khalili, both of whom studied at the College of Education’s Center for International Education. The theme of this year’s Colloquium was on building partnerships internationally and across Palestinian institutions to improve teaching practice.

Launched in October 2005, the Palestinian Faculty Development Program (PFDP) aims to increase capacity within the higher education sector in the West Bank and Gaza and address long-term issues of reform in teaching and learning practices. The program, which is funded by USAID and the Open Society Institute (OSI) and administered by AMIDEAST and OSI, has three main objectives: 1) to promote the expansion, retention, and professional development of promising academics teaching in the social sciences and humanities; 2) to revitalize and reform teaching in these areas at Palestinian higher education institutions, and 3) promote an institutional culture of teaching and learning.