Ayman Khalifah (Ed.D. 2009)

Before beginning my studies at CIE, I worked as science teacher with UNRWA in Palestinian refugee camps. I also worked as a lecturer at Al Quds Open University teaching Educational Psychology, Creative Thinking and Coexisting with Technology courses. In addition I worked as an educational researcher with the private sector where I had the opportunity to train teachers in the use of technology in teaching.

 

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Delawar Darmal (M.Ed. 2009)

My educational background from CIE and skills gained during my studies in CIE enabled me to join the education sector where I could apply the knowledge and skills for the development of the education sector of Afghanistan.

 

After I graduated from CIE, I rejoined Baghlan University as Assistant Professor and taught in the undergraduate program training both in-service and pre-service teachers. In 2011, I worked with World Bank as Research Consultant with the assignment to evaluate the establishment of School Management Committees.

 

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M. Catherine Mukimba (Ed.D. 2009)

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.

 

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Majid Khan (M.Ed. 2003; Ed.D. 2009)

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).

 

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Siddiqullah Barikzai (M.Ed. 2009)

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.

 

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Ali Hikmat (M.Ed. 2009)

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.

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Erin Myers (M.Ed. 2009)

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.

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M. Javad Ahmadi (Ph.D. 2017)

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.

 

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Jean Blaise (Ed.D. 2012)

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.

 

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Mindy Eichhorn (Ed.D. 2014)

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.

 

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