Jack Kay is Professor of Communication as well as Provost and Executive Vice President at Eastern Michigan University. From 2005-2009, Kay held a number of administrative appointments at the University of Michigan-Flint, including Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Interim Chancellor, Interim Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement, and Professor of Communication at the University of Michigan-Flint. Prior to joining the University of Michigan-Flint in September 2005, Kay was Associate Provost for Student Services and Professor of Communication at Wayne State University. His first faculty position was at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he was also Director of Forensics. Kay was awarded the Ph.D. in Communication from Wayne State University in 1979, the M.S. in Speech Communication from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in 1975, and the B.A. in Speech Communication and Political Science from Wayne State University in 1974.
Kay is author of numerous articles and books, including Argumentation: Inquiry and Advocacy. Kay’s research specialty is the power of language. He has conducted extensive research on extremist groups, focusing on the communication strategies of groups such as the Ku Klux Klan, Aryan Nations, and Neo-Nazi Skinheads. In addition to publications in scholarly journals, Kay’s research is cited in newspapers, radio, and television. He has testified before the U.S. Civil Rights Commission and has been a consultant to law enforcement. He has received numerous awards for research, teaching, and service, including an Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award by the Wayne State University Graduate School. Kay has served as dissertation advisor to forty-four Ph.D. graduates in the discipline of communication. His research activity includes a grant from the U.S. Department of State to work on democratization efforts with journalists and press secretaries in Siberia, Russia.
Maria Teresa Tatto
Maria Teresa Tatto is an associate professor at the College of Education in Michigan State University where she has taught since 1987. Her research is characterized by the use of an international-comparative framework to study educational reform and educational policy and their impact on schooling--particularly the role of teachers, teaching, and learning - within varied organizational, economic, political, and social contexts. Tatto's other research interests include the influence of early childhood education on improved knowledge levels for the rural poor, the role of values education on citizenship formation, and the development of effective policies to support the education of children of migrant workers in the USA. Tatto's work combines the use of quantitative and qualitative approaches and methods and provides a unique perspective on the study of these complex issues. She has taught in Mexico, France and the USA, and has served as a consultant to the World Bank for the governments of Mexico, Colombia, Peru, and the Dominican Republic. She is currently the Principal Investigator for the IEA Teacher Education Study in Mathematics (TEDS-M) and the President Comparative and International Education Society (CIES).
Dr. Stephen Burwood was born and raised in Exeter, England. He gained degrees at the University of Warwick and the University of Sussex. After teaching History in high schools in Malvern and London where he served also as Director of Sixth Form Studies, he continued his scholarly work with graduate degrees at Binghamton University in New York. He has taught at universities in New York, Tennessee and Oklahoma as well as serving for six years as the founding Chair of American Studies at Staffordshire University in England. As Associate Dean of the College at the State University of New York at Geneseo, Burwood dramatically expanded international programming which included steering the establishment of undergraduate dual-degree programs with universities in Russia, Turkey and Mexico. Despite an intense commitment to internationalizing the American university he remains an active researcher and writer. Burwood is the author or editor of nine books and approximately twenty-five articles, mainly in American history. He has only very recently arrived at Eastern Michigan University where he has just begun to work with faculty and staff across the university to assist in EMU’s undoubted commitment to moving purposfully to develop past successes to achieve full internationalization.
Michael McClellan has been selected as the Ford School’s Diplomat in Residence for the 2009-2010 academic year. McClellan is a Senior Foreign Service Officer and a 25-year veteran of U.S. State Department. The Ford School is one of only sixteen schools selected by the State Department to host a Diplomat in Residence, giving our students access to a current, active Foreign Service officer. McClellan joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1984 and has served in many countries including: Yemen, Egypt, Russia, Kosovo, Germany, Ireland, Iraq, and Ethiopia. As the first diplomat from any country assigned to Kosovo, McClellan opened a diplomatic office and, with the Rochester Institute of Technology, organized and opened the American University in Kosovo. In Iraq he served on the Baghdad Provincial Reconstruction Team, a civilian-military inter-agency effort that provided the primary connection between U.S. and coalition partners, and the provincial and local governments of Iraq’s provinces. In Ethiopia, McClellan’s work focused on “Faith Communities Outreach” as a means of confidence-building and conflict resolution between Ethiopia’s Christian and Muslim communities. McClellan’s book, “Monasticism in Egypt: Images and Words of the Desert Fathers,” was published in 1998 by the American University in Cairo Press. His photos from this monastery project have been published extensively in North American media and video productions. McClellan earned a BA in Political Science and Journalism from the University of Louisville, an MA in Photojournalism and International Relations from Syracuse University, and a completed PhD studies (ABD) in Communications and Government/Press Relations at Indiana University.
Michael McClellan, Diplomat-in-Residence
Iveta Silova is a Frank Hook Assistant Professor of Comparative and International Education in the College of Education at Lehigh University. Her research and publications cover a range of issues critical to understanding post-socialist education transformation processes, including professional development of teachers and teacher educators, gender equity trends in Eastern/Central Europe and Central Asia, minority/multicultural education policies in the former Soviet Union, as well as the scope, nature, and implications of private tutoring in a cross-national perspective. Her last three books include Post-Socialism is not Dead: (Re)reading the Global in Comparative Education (Emerald Publishing, forthcoming in 2010), Globalization on the Margins: Education and Post-Socialist Transformations in Central Asia (Information Age Publishing, forthcoming in 2010), and How NGOs React: Globalization and Education Reform in the Caucasus, Central Asia, and Mongolia (Kumarian Press, 2008; with Gita Steiner-Khamsi). She is the co-editor (with Noah W. Sobe) of European Education: Issues and Studies (a quarterly peer-reviewed journal published by M.E. Sharpe).
Iveta Silova, Ph.D., Frank Hook Assistant Professor
Nikolay M. Borytko
Nikolay M. Borytko is a professor of Pedagogical Department at the Volgograd State Pedagogical University (Russia). Since 1975 he was a teacher, pioneer leader, school principal, university professor, and head of Department in the Teachers’ Re-Training College. He gained the candidate degree in 1994 and doctoral degree in 2001. His research interests are in the three main fields: Innovations in the basic and professional education, value/moral education, and methodology of educational research. He is a popular Russian pedagogical author, who published approximately 350 books and articles in Russia, Serbia, Belorussia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and other Post-Soviet countries. His five last tutorials have up to four re-editions. He was an evaluation officer in the Russian-American/English/Austrian/German international educational projects about cross-cultural communications and international innovations in education. He has been a supervisor of 28 doctoral candidates and four doctoral fellows. He serves as a tutorial board member of the Journal of the Institute of the Pedagogical Research in Serbia, and an expert of the professional educational contests in Russia.