Education Leadership & Language Division
Dr. Sheree Jederberg (Division Head)
Dr. Jederberg holds an Ed.D. in Urban Education Leadership from the University of Southern California (USC), USA. She also
holds an MA in Education Administration and Leadership from San Diego State University, USA, as well as a B.A. in
English: Creative Writing from San Diego State University, and a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of California
San Diego, USA. She has certification licenses in Education Administration from three different States: California, Oregon, and
New Jersey, as well as having certification as a Superintendent and Supervisor/Principal from California and New Jersey, USA. She
holds several teaching certifications in English in California and in New Jersey, as well as Computer Science.
Dr. Jederberg has over 25 plus years in education having held senior roles at an International level and in K-12 education. She has has taught Doctorate and Graduate level courses and her areas of studies are in Educational Leadership, Creativity from the Leadership level down to the teacher and student level, Innovation, and Organizational Policy and Reform.
Dr. Bashar Al Kahwaji
Dr. Bashar Al Kahwaji holds a PhD degree in educational methods in comparison curriculum from the Daa’wa University Institute – Lebanon. In addition, MA in fundamentals of religion, HD in philosophy and B.Sc in Arabic. Also he holds B.Sc in Civil Engineering from UAEU. He has taught at many higher education institutes in Syria since 2006. He has authored several books and peer-reviewed articles in educational, social, and religious fields.
Dr. David Richard Litz
Dr. David Litz holds an Ed.D. in Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Calgary, Canada. Prior to joining ECAE, he worked as an English Language Lecturer at UAE University where he taught Academic English Writing and presentation skills to college students in the English for Academic Purposes program. He has also worked for the UAE Armed Forces; Rick Hansen Secondary school, Canada; Sung-Kyun-Kwan University, South Korea; Dalhousie University, Canada. His research interests include globalization and education, issues in international and comparative education, international educational leadership/management, and educational policy and development in the MENA region.
Graham Probert holds an MA in TESOL obtained from Canterbury University, England and a BA (hons) in Social Policy and Administration from Portsmouth University, England. He also has a TEFLA Trinity Diploma and a TEFL CERT. He has lived in Abu Dhabi for 13 years and prior to joining ECAE Graham Probert held the position of English language instructor at the British Council, Abu Dhabi. He has also taught in ADMC/CERT, IAT and ADNOC ATI. He also taught in Sohar University in Oman before coming to the UAE and for over 10 years in Europe in Greece, Portugal and England.
Ms. Kacy Morgan holds a Master of Arts In Teaching English to Speakers of Other
Languages (MA TESOL) degree from Concordia University, Portland, OR, USA. Prior
to joining ECAE, Ms. Morgan held the position of English Language Coordinator at
Ladysmith Secondary, Ladysmith, Canada.
Ms. Morgan has also worked for ADEK teaching English to high school girls. Her main research and educational interests are improving English language development among her students and increasing male Emiratis in teaching positions.
Dr. Rida Blaik Hourani
Dr. Rida Blaik Hourani holds a Ph.D. in Education Management and Policy from The University of Melbourne, Australia. Prior to joining ECAE, she held the position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Education at Abu Dhabi University. She is a member of the Association of Teachers’ Education in Europe. Her main research interest are education policies, school reforms, professional development, sociology of education and pedagogies of social sciences.
Scott Parkman holds a MA degree in Applied Linguistics (TESOL) from Macquarie University and an M.A.L.S in Secondary Social Studies Education from the State University of New York. He is currently completing his EdD degree in Instructional Technology and Distance Education from Nova Southeastern University. During his 12 years teaching at the tertiary level in the UAE he has taught undergraduate classes in Education, ICT, Mathematics and English as a Second Language (ESL).
Tracey Marie White
Tracey Marie White holds a Masters of Philosophy in teaching Modern Languages to Adults from the University of Dundee, Scotland. Prior to joining ECAE, she worked as a teacher and Team Leader in the General Education Department at Abu Dhabi Women’s College, HCT. She has taught English, IELTS, and Ecology and has worked at the British Council in Egypt, Syria, and International House.
Math, Science & Technology Division
Dr. Nagla Ali (Division Head)
Dr. Nagla Ali holds a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with specialization in Educational Technology from University of Florida. She has teaching experience in the USA, Egypt and UAE. She taught a range of courses including Educational Technology, Science and Information Science courses. Her primary research areas focus on the design and development of learning and teaching technology environments, use of mobile devices in education and technology integration in education.
Mr. Alfredo Halique, holds a Bachelor Degree in Chemical Engineering from University
of San Agustin, Iloilo, Philippines, with some credits in Master Degree for the
same course from the Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi. Before ECAE, He worked as Laboratory
Instructor and Technician in Petroleum Institute. Mr. Halique was also a Process
Engineer and Assistant Head of Laboratory in ADWEA Mirfa Power and Desal Plant in
Mirfa, Abu Dhabi.
Alfredo is a Member of Philippine Association of Chemical Engineers.
Dr. Dean Cairns
Dr. Dean Cairns holds PhD Chemistry, MSc Polymer Chemistry, BSc Chemistry, PGCE Secondary Science Teaching [UK], AST accreditation (Advanced Skills Teacher) [UK]. Experience total: Research scientist 7 years; Educator; 14 years. Recent experience (last 3 years): Worked for the last two years as a science advisor and curriculum specialist for ADEK. This involved supporting schools directly (from principals to teachers) and working with the curriculum and assessment team at ADEK HQ to develop and implement Emirate-wide materials and policies. Prior to this worked as an advisor/consultant for science education in UK. This included working with headteachers, coordinators and teachers to develop all aspects of science education.
Dr. Farouq Almeqdadi
Dr. Farouq Almeqdadi holds a PhD in Curriculum & Instruction (Mathematics Education) from Ohio University, USA. He taught undergraduate & graduate courses at The University of Wisconsin (USA), Yarmouk University (Jordan), and UAE University. His research interests include: Developing school Mathematics curricula, improving teachers’ instructional strategies, integrating technology in education and multicultural Mathematics investigations. He is the Head, Mathematics Education & Information Science Division
Dr. Ieda M. Santos
Dr. Santos holds a PhD in Education from University of Warwick, UK and Master in Education from Massey University, NZ. Prior to joining ECAE, she worked at the University of Aveiro, Portugal. Dr. Santos has led and collaborated in national and international research projects on technology integration and online learning. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on education technology and research methodology and online courses. Dr. Santos’ current research interests include online learning, technology integration, mobile learning, open sources and social network.
Dr. Martina Dickson
Dr. Martina Dickson holds a PhD from the University of London. She currently teaches science education courses at ECAE and has held a variety of teaching and advisory positions over thirteen years in Greece, Oman, Hong Kong and the UAE. She was an Educational Advisor to government schools in the UAE for four years from 2007-2011, and joined ECAE in 2011. Her research interests and recent publications include educational reform, novice Emirati teachers, gender in education and science pedagogy. She is presently a candidate for an MA in Education and International Development at UCL.
Dr. Mohamed L. Seghier
Dr. Mohamed L. Seghier holds a Ph.D. degree in using functional MRI in cognitive
neuroscience from Joseph Fourier University, Grenoble, France, in addition to a
Master’s degree in Physical Instrumentation from Grenoble Institute of Technology,
France. Dr. Seghier has worked in the field of functional neuroimaging in France,
Switzerland and the UK. Dr. Seghier held the position of Senior Research Fellow
at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, University College London (UCL) in
the United Kingdom.
His research interests include: inter-individual variability in brain structure and function, the functional systems that can sustain speech production and reading, how the brain relearns language skills that are lost following neurological damage, laterality and connectivity during language processing.
Prof. Myint Swe Khine
Prof. Myint Swe Khine holds Ed.D. in Science Education from Curtin University of Technology, Australia. He earned master degrees from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA and University of Surrey, Guilford, UK. Before joining ECAE he worked at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He has over thirty years of experience in teacher education and publishes widely in the international scholarly journals and edited several books. He also holds an Adjunct Professor position in the Science and Mathematics Education Centre at Curtin University of Technology, Australia. His research interests are science education and learning sciences and technology.
Dr. Nicolas Gromik
Dr. Gromik holds a Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Mobile-Assisted Learning from James Cook University, Australia. Prior to joining ECAE, he held the position of Assistant Professor teaching English as a Foreign Language. Dr. Gromik is currently on the editorial board of the CALICO Journal, and is a reviewer for several computer in education journals. His main research area are Mobile-Assisted Learning.
Dr. Patricia Fidalgo
Dr. Patricia Fidalgo holds a Ph.D. in Sciences of Education from Nova’s University of Lisbon, Portugal. Dr. Patricia is an expert in Technology, Networks and Multimedia in Education and Training. She is the Link Convenor of the Emerging Researchers’ Group of the European Educational Research Association. She has over 16 years of teaching experience and has worked as an Adjunct Professor at Instituto Piaget in Portugal and at the University Jean Piaget of Cape Verde where she taught courses of Communication and Education Sciences. Her main areas of research interest are E-learning, Distance Learning, Online Interaction and Social Networks.
Qusay Abu Juma
Qusay Abu Juma holds a Masters of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Abu Dhabi University in the UAE. He has more than 20 years experience as a Mathematics teacher for middle and high schools in United Arab Emirates and in Jordan. He currently teaches Mathematics in the BEd program at ECAE. His research interest focuses on the role of teachers in assisting students to maintain and enhance their intellectual and cultural development.
Dr. Shafia Abdul Rahman
Dr. Shafia Abdul Rahman holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from The Open University (UK). She has more than 12 years of experience preparing mathematics teachers to teach primary and secondary mathematics. Dr. Shafia is actively involved in research in mathematics education and has graduated numerous masters and Ph.D. students in the field. Her academic research areas include mathematical thinking and task designs that promote mathematical thinking.
Dr. Shafia was heavily involved in a national project to develop modules for the teaching and learning of mathematics to rural and remote children in Sabah and was also involved in a Moodle-based mathematics learning to train in-service primary teachers. She has also participated nationally and internationally in a number of research activities in mathematics education such as developing number sense framework, Lesson Study in mathematics teaching and learning and exemplification in mathematics. Most recently, she worked on a Mathematics for Social Justice project with a colleague at The University of Nottingham, England.
Dr. Vonzia Phillips
Dr. Vonzia Phillips holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership obtained from the University
of Sarasota, Sarasota, Florida, USA. In addition, she holds three degrees in science
education and has served as a member of a variety of academic and civic organizations
in the USA.
Dr. Phillips’ career spans 27 years having served as a Science Educator, Curriculum Director/Developer, and Educational Leader in DeKalb County Georgia, USA. Prior to joining ECAE, Dr. Phillips served as a biology teacher with the Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK). Her research interests include biodiversity, sustainability, and 21st century educational pedagogy and efficacy.
Counseling, Early Childhood & Special Education Division
Dr. Mary Lynn Woolsey (Division Head)
Dr. Mary Lynn Woolsey holds a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, US. She is a member of the Association of Applied Behavior Analysis, the Council for Exceptional Children, American Educational Research Association (AERA), and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). Prior to joining ECAE, Dr. Woolsey taught online at University of the Cumberlands. Dr. Woolsey worked as the Director of the Center on Deafness at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and taught at the University of North Florida. Dr. Woolsey’s research interests has received numerous US federal grants supporting her work in the area of Ecobehavioral Assessment of students and their teachers. Her current research interest focuses on evidence-based instructional strategies for students with disabilities, inclusion and more recently, educational policies that positively affect students in schools.
Dr. Cara Williams
Dr. Cara D. Williams holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Psychology-Special Education from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, United States of America. Her research expertise and interests are in the areas of progress monitoring, learning disabilities, at-risk populations, and mathematics. Prior to joining ECAE, Dr. Williams held the position of Special Education Teacher in Houston, Texas, United States of America.
Dr. Claudine Habak
Dr. Claudine Habak holds a Ph.D. in Neuropsychology and Cognitive Science from Université
de Montréal, Canada. Prior to joining ECAE, Dr. Habak was a postdoctoral fellow
at York University’s Centre for Vision Research and at the Montreal Geriatric Institute,
Canada, and a Researcher in the Visual Psychophysics and Perception Laboratory,
Université de Montréal, Canada.
Claudine Habak specializes in cognitive neuroscience and visual perception. She focuses on perceptual-cognitive interactions in healthy populations, along with work in aging, and atypical populations, including Parkinson’s disease and Autism. She uses various methodologies: psychophysics, behavioral techniques, and brain imaging.
Dr. Fatimah Rashad
Dr. Fatimah Rashad holds a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Purdue University, West Lafayette, USA. She has over 8 years of teaching experience in different institutions and previously worked in Korea as a Native English Teacher. She has worked at Brooklyn College as an adjunct Assistant Professor and at Purdue University as research Assistant, Graduate Lecturer. Dr. Fatimah also worked at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis as Research and Evaluation Consultant.
Dr. Michael Melkonian
Dr. Michael Melkonian holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Southampton, United Kingdom. Prior to joining ECAE he worked as a visiting Assistant Professor for Psychology at the American University of Sharjah, UAE. He also worked as an Educational Consultant, Educational Project Management at SSM Consultancy, Larnaca, Cyprus and as an Institution Erasmus Coordinator at Philips College, Nicosia, Cyprus. Dr. Michael has extensive experience working in universities and schools where he taught Educational Psychology, General Psychology Research Methods and Cross-Cultural Education; he is a member of the British Psychological Society and holds International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology.
Dr. Michelle P. Kelly
Dr. Michelle P. Kelly holds a Ph. D. in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG), Ireland. Dr. Kelly is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral (BCBA-D) and previously worked as an Assistant Professor in the Special Education Program in the School of Education and Applied Health Sciences, Dar Al Hekma University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. She also worked as a lecturer in the MSc. in ABA program in the School of Psychology at NUIG and as a guest lecturer in the Postgraduate Diploma in ABA program at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. She has extensive experience teaching in Spain, South Korea and East Africa and holds professional membership in the UAE-Association for Behavior Analysis, an international affiliated chapter of the Association for Behavior Analysis International. Dr. Kelly’s main research interests include active student responding, early intervention for autism, precision teaching and verbal behavior.
Prof. Mohamed A. Fahim
Prof. Mohamed A. Fahim holds a Ph.D. in Neurobiology from Nottingham University, England. He has over twenty years’ experience in teaching Anatomy, Neurophysiology and worked as Assistant professor in universities such as Nottingham University UK; Western Reserve University, Cleveland Ohio; University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California. Dr. Mohamed has extensive research experience and has conducted special workshops related to the role of exercise and diet in Modifying Comprised Skeletal Muscle activity.
Dr. Shaljan Areepattamannil
Dr. Shaljan Areepattamannil holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Prior to joining ECAE, Dr. Shaljan was a research scientist in the Office of Education Research and an Assistant Professor in the Division of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Previously, he served as a teaching fellow in quantitative methods in Queen’s Faculty of Education. His research interests primarily revolve around psychosocial correlates and antecedents of student achievement and engagement across cultures.
Dr. Suha Al Hassan
Dr. Al-Hassan has a Ph.D. in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis from The Ohio State University. Prior to joining ECAE, she worked as the Dean of Queen Rania Faculty for Childhood, at the Hashemite University, Jordan. She published tens of articles in high reputable journals. Since 2007, She has been working with a group of researchers from 10 countries in a longitudinal study on parenting across cultures that is led by Duke University and funded by the US National Institute of Health. She has consulted for several national and international organizations, and (co)lead several national level programs/evaluations/plans; she led the evaluation of the School Readiness Program and the early childhood program in Jordan, evaluation of the Better Parenting Program for UNICEF, and recently consulted for UNICEF to lead the development of Early Learning Development Standards for the government of Libya. She also worked as a learning disabilities specialist, and diagnostician.
Sumaya Saqr holds a Master’s degree in Education is a PhD candidate in Education at Curtin University, Australia. Sumaya currently teaches in the BEd Program at ECAE. She previously served as a middle and high school teacher of English, and as Educational Supervisor in UAE K-12 schools. Her current research explores professional learning communities in schools. She also investigates policy, practice, and reform of Education in the UAE.