This is my 12th year at EMU, and I am increasingly enthusiastic about my work! I have a diverse background: I was originally a research scientist (in physics), but was not enjoying my profession, so I switched to teaching. I was a high school teacher in math and computers, and eventually received my doctorate in education. During my doctoral work, I was a research associate with the Bureau of Accreditation and School Improvement Studies, which was the primary K-12 school accrediting body before NCA. After my finishing my doctorate, I worked with two national initiatives: 1) the National Science Foundation (integrating math and science K-12 instruction along with performance-based assessment); and 2) the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (developing performance-based portfolios for highly accomplished teachers). I spent four years in the teacher education program at Salisbury University in Maryland, teaching educational technology, supervision, evaluation, social foundations of education, and school finance, and I was the administrator for a Professional Development School (where I did a lot of instructional supervision). At EMU, I teach Leadership and Organizational Theory, Instructional Supervision, Program Evaluation, Multicultural/Comparative/International Education, Technology for Educational Leaders, Data-Driven Decision-Management, Ethics, Policy Analysis, and various research courses.
Comparative International Education is one of my favorite fields. It was my initiative to host the CIES regional conference in 2004 and in 2010 at Eastern Michigan University.
Thom Cullen is an ESL Teacher and a Professor of TESOL in the Department of World Languages at Eastern Michigan University. He was born and raised in the Bronx and completed his BS in Education and MA in TESOL at the State University of New York at Albany. After teaching technical English for two years in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, he worked as the language and cross-cultural training coordinator for a trading company for four years in Nagoya, Japan. For four years he taught English and Business in a masters of business administration program at the University of Klagenfurt in Austria. While at Klagenfurt he completed his doctorate in Second Language Acquisition. He joined the EMU faculty in 1993.
Devika Dibya Choudhuri is a licensed professional counselor with over 15 years of experience working with clients individually, as well as in couples, families, and groups. She is currently an Associate Professor at Eastern Michigan University as well as serving as a trainer, coach, consultant, and frequent presenter on cultural competence, diversity and ethical issues. She teaches in the graduate Counseling Program in the community counseling field in courses such as cross cultural counseling, advanced multicultural counseling, counseling skills, group work, couple and family, and counseling women. Her research and publications have focused on the areas of multicultural client issues, counselor supervision and pedagogy.
Clinically, she specializes in cross cultural and diversity issues, as well as trauma, assault and abuse. She carries the National Certified Counselor credential as well as the Approved Clinical Supervisor. Her clinical experience has been in agency and university settings, working with refugee populations, sexual assault and abuse survivors, and immigrant and multicultural populations. She received her MS in counseling from the University of Vermont and her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Syracuse University.
Eboni M. Zamani-Gallaher
Eboni M. Zamani-Gallaher is Professor of Educational Leadership and Coordinator of the Community College Leadership Program in the Department of Leadership and Counseling at Eastern Michigan University. She holds a Ph.D. in higher education administration with a specialization in community college leadership and educational evaluation from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Zamani-Gallaher’s teaching, research, and consulting activities largely include psychosocial adjustment and transition of marginalized collegians, transfer, access policies, women in leadership, and institutional practices affecting work and family balance. Her research has been published in various journals and scholarly texts, including Equity and Excellence in Education, Higher Education Policy, New Directions for Student Affairs and the ASHE Reader on Community Colleges. Her most recent work includes co-authoring The Case for Affirmative Action on Campus: Concepts of Equity, Considerations for Practice (Stylus Publishing), co-editing The State of the African American Male: A Courageous Conversation (Michigan State University Press) and the ASHE Reader on Organization & Governance in Higher Education, 6th edition (Pearson Custom Publishing).
Robert F. Lawson
Emeritus Professor of Comparative Education
Education: Ph.D. University of Michigan
Scholarship Interests and Activities: I have spent more than twenty years in university administrative posts, in which I have gained experience and knowledge in higher education policy and administration. In my research, this has been embedded in comparative study of higher education, educational policy and politics and education. Currently my strongest interest is in the critical charting of contemporary post-secondary policy and university dynamics in the flow of intellectual history.
Publications: Articles and books on comparative education methodology and area studies, the political context of educational change, culture conflicts in comparative perspective. Publications include topical articles on Europe, East and West, particularly Germany, and Africa, South and East, history of education sections in the Encyclopedia Britannica; “North America” in Halls, Comparative Education: Contemporary Issues and Trends (1990); “The Evolution of Democratic Education in South Africa, “ in Epstein and McGinn, Education and Democratization, V.I, Transitional States (1999).
Dr. Michael McVey has been an educator for his entire professional life. He was a high school English teacher in Canada, an English teacher in Japan, and a Special Education teacher in Tucson, Arizona. He later became a Director of Technology at The University of Arizona and now serves as an Assistant Professor at Eastern Michigan University on the Educational Media and Technology Program. His research has focused on the influence of technology, especially social networking and immersive virtual words, as it relates to the practice of teaching.
Kristin Janka Millar
Dr. Kristin Janka Millar, Associate Director, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Michigan State University has more than twenty years of experience in the field of international education. She has extensive experience in international education programming, curriculum development with an emphasis on technology innovation, K-16 outreach, and has organized and led numerous international conferences and teacher professional development programs. She has taught courses at the graduate and undergraduate level in Latin American Studies and social studies education, as well as elementary school. Her research focuses on global and international education with an emphasis on K-16 internationalization, teacher professional development and learning, and has done research in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, and Belize.
Currently, I am a doctoral Candidate in Educational Leadership at Eastern Michigan University. My interests include policy formation, institutional cultures of evidence, and knowledge formation within postsecondary institutions. I have worked in Institutional Research, Assessment, and Planning since 1987 at four –year universities and two year community colleges in Texas, Arkansas, and Michigan. I am a member of Association for Institutional Research, Association for the Study of Higher Education, American Educational Research Association, and Phi Delta Kappa. I have taught undergraduate classes on Psychology (Into and Human Sexuality) and graduate classes in Statistics and Research Methods. I became interested in international education through my association with Inna Gorlova.