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Fall 2007
Volume 2
Issue 1

an ALUMNI newsletter for the Programs in                  

                         Department of International and Transcultural Studies • TEACHERS COLLEGE Columbia University

                    Teachers College to host 52nd Annual
  TABLE OF CONTENTS Comparative and International Education
                    Society Conference, March 17 - 21, 2008
                                        1     In March 2008, the Department of                Recent annual meetings of the CIES were
                                              International and Transcultural Studies at      hosted by the University of Maryland
 TC to Host 2008 CIES Conference              Teachers College will proudly serve as          (2007), the University of Hawai’i (2006),
                                              host to the 52nd Annual Meetings of the         and Stanford University (2005). However,
   Join us for CIE/IED Alumni Day             Comparative and International Education         as Dr. Levin has noted, bringing the CIES
                                              Society (CIES). Scheduled for March             Annual Meetings to TC allows the field to
                                              17 through March 21, the conference             return to its origins. Teachers College has the
                                        2                     is expected to bring            oldest program in comparative education in
                                                              over 1,200 educators,           the country, and early TC faculty - including
    CIE/IED Faculty Elected to CIES                           researchers, faculty, and       James Russell, Paul Monroe, Isaac Kandel,
              Leadership Positions                            students to the TC campus.      and George Bereday - were among
Gita Steiner-Khamsi, Frances Vavrus elected                                                   the leading founders of the discipline of
                   to CIES Leadership Posts                   The     CIES     conference
                                                              is being organized by                                 Continued on Page 3
                                                              Henry       Levin,
    Welcome and Congratulations!                 Henry Levin  CIES president- JOIN US FOR CIE/IED ALUMNI DAY
   CIE/IED welcomes new Faculty Members                       elect         and
           Recent Alumni Career Updates       William H. Kilpatrick Professor of          Sunday, MARCH 16, 2008
                                              Economics and Education at TC.                 The programs in Comparative and
                                        3     Professors Mun Tsang and Fran Vavrus
                                              are co-chairing the Conference Program
                                              Committee, and professors Gita Steiner-        Development (IED) extend a warm
                       Alumni Profiles        Khamsi, Lesley Bartlett and Monisha            invitation to all alumni for a special
                          Alumni Profiles                                                    Alumni Day event.       Scheduled for
                                              Bajaj are on the Conference Organizing
       Update your TC Alumni Information                                                     Sunday, March 16, 2008, CIE/IED Alumni
                                              Committee. Doctoral student Andria Wisler
                                                                                             Day will serve as a pre-conference
                                              (CIE) is serving as Conference Planning        highlight before the start of the 52nd
                                        4     Coordinator.                                   Annual Meetings of the Comparative
                                                                                               and International Education Society
                                              Consistent with TC’s history of promoting        (CIES) on Monday, March 17, 2008.
         TC at CIES 2007 in Baltimore
                                              educational equity, the theme of the
      TC faculty, students present at 2007                                                     Organized by Professor Gita Steiner-
                                              2008 conference is devoted to ‘Gaining
                   Conference in Baltimore                                                     Khamsi and doctoral student Andrew
                                              Educational Equity Around the World.’
                                              Sessions will place special emphasis on          Shiotani (CIE), Alumni Day will
                         Save the Dates!                                                       provide an opportunity for alumni,
                                              educational equity within and among
   Registration Information for 2008 CIES                                                      current faculty, and students to re-
                                              regions and countries, focusing on the impact    establish connections with their
   Conference and TC CIE/IED Alumni Day       of factors such as gender, race, ethnicity,      programs,    share    their   insights
                                              income, wealth, disability, and urbanization.    into the fields of comparative and
                                              There will be several receptions for             international education, and reflect
                                              participants, and invited lectures are being
                                              arranged.                                                                 Continued on Page 3
                                                                              CIE/IED Faculty Elected to
    TEACHERS COLLEGE                                                          Comparative and International
     Columbia University                                                      Education Society Leadership
       Programs in CIE & IED                                                  In March 2007, at the 51st Annual Meetings of
                                                                              the Comparative and International Education
    Comparative and International Education                                   Society (CIES), Gita Steiner-Khamsi was elected
     International Educational Development         Gita Steiner-Khamsi        Vice-President of CIES while CIE/IED Program
                                                                              Coordinator Frances Vavrus was elected to a
     For news and information about                                           three-year term to the CIES Board of Directors.
    the faculty, students, and events in                                      Gita will succeed current CIES President-Elect
    the programs in Comparative and                                           Henry Levin once he completes his Presidential
International Education and International                                     term in 2009. This will mark historic consecutive
Educational Development, please contact:                                      turns by ITS faculty as CIES President.

            CIE/IED Programs                                                  We extend a big congratulations to Gita and
      Department of International and                                         Fran on their election victories!
                                                     Frances Vavrus
           Transcultural Studies
       525 W 120th Street , Box 55
        New York, New York 10027
         Phone: (212) 678-3184                          Welcome and Congratulations!
          Fax: (212) 678-8237
                                                         NEW FACULTY                       Stromquist). In the 2007-08 academic                   MEMBERS IN CIE/IED                  year, Dr. Cortina teaches courses in
                                                                                           Comparative Education and Education
                                               The Comparative                             Across the Americas, and she advises
             global                            and International                           students on their research projects.
     is a newsletter for Alumni of the
      programs in Comparative and
                                               programs welcome                            Reza Arjmand has joined the CIE/IED
International Education and International
  Educational Development at Teachers          Dr. Regina Cortina                          faculty on a two-year appointment. He is
       College, Columbia University.           as a new member                             offering courses on Islam and Education,
                                               of the permanent                            the Middle East and Education,
 We welcome your news, announcements           CIE/IED      faculty.                       and     Computer-Aided       Qualitative
  and updates! Keep in touch with your         Dr. Cortina comes       Regina Cortina      Data Analysis. Professor Arjmand is
program, classmates, and colleagues. For       to TC from the University of North          completing his PhD in Comparative and
information regarding future editions of       Carolina at Chapel Hill, where for the      International Education at Stockholm
  globalUPDATE, please contact us at           past three years she was associate          University, Sweden, and has specific
                   professor of education, and before          research interests in moral education,
                                               that she was in The Steinhardt School       Islamic education, and education of
     Andrew Shiotani (Phd Student, CIE)
           Editor and Designer                 of Education at New York University.        Muslim communities in Europe, the U.S.,
                                               A graduate of Stanford University’s         and the Middle East.
     DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL               School of Education and a scholar of
      AND TRANSCULTURAL STUDIES                national and international repute, Dr.      The Department of International and
                                               Cortina has conducted research on           Transcultural Studies also welcome as
                 George C. Bond
                 Department Chair
                                               gender equity and education, schooling      2007-08 visiting professors Dr. A.B.K.
                                               of the Mexican immigrant community in       Kasozi, Dr. Keiichi Ogawa, and Dr.
                  Dianne Sadnytzky
         Director of Academic Administration
                                               New York, and education and public          Andrew Okolie.
                                               policy in Latin America. Her publications
                   Mark Owen
                                               include Women and Teaching: Global                ALUMNI CAREER NEWS
               Department Secretary
                                               Perspectives on the Feminization of a
              357 Grace Dodge Hall             Profession (co-edited with Sonsoles San     Congratulations to Fida Adely, who
          525 West 120th Street, Box 211
                                               Román) and Distant Alliances: Promoting     was recently hired as Hala Salaam
            New York, New York 10027
      (212) 678-3947 • (212) 678-8237 (fax)    Education for Girls and Women in            and Clovis Maksoud Assistant Professor
                Latin America (co-edited with Nelly P.
                                                                                                                  Continued on Page 4

2    globalUPDATE
                          T   housands of students have
                              graduated from Teachers College
                          with degrees in comparative and
                                                                      to to advance policy debates and
                                                                      improve academic policy. But it remains
                                                                      that one of the best things about the
                                                                                                                                        Continued from Page 1

                                                                                                                   TC to host CIES Conference
                          international education and related         TC experience was simply joining the
                                                                                                                   comparative education. In addition, R.
                          fields. In this recurring column            conversations around the table: “One
                                                                                                                   Freeman Butts, Harold Noah, and Max
                          globalUpdate spotlights the diverse         thing I loved about TC in the late 60s
                                                                                                                   Eckstein took active roles in the founding
                          experiences of our Alumni.                  and early 70s was the cafeteria, where
                                                                                                                   of the CIES, serving as CIES presidents at
                                                                      the likes of Maxine Greene were always
spotlight on our alumni
                                                                                                                   different points in its history.
                          Beatrice Szekely. After being               available...I loved meeting other students
                          awarded an MA in the Teaching of            over lunch or dinner there, hearing about
                                                                                                                   Teachers College students, faculty, and
                          History, Beatrice Szekely decided to        what someone was teaching and/or
                                                                                                                   alumni have always participated actively
                          return after a wanderjahr to pursue         studying. That gave great exposure to...
                                                                                                                   and enjoyed strong representation at the
                          a PhD in Comparative Education and          professionals at the top of their game.”
                                                                                                                   Annual Meetings of the CIES (see p. 4).
                          the History of Education. With George
                                                                                                                   In 2008, the Department of International
                          Bereday and later Harold Noah as            Kara VanderKamp writes similarly             and Transcultural Studies will have
                          her advisers, she received her degree       about her TC experience. She attended
                                                                                                                   the added role of welcoming visitors
                          in 1976 after writing a dissertation on     TC from 2003-05, obtaining a masters
                                                                                                                   to TC for productive and informative
                          “The Establishment of the Academy of        in IED with a focus in Family and
                                                                                                                   discussions on the latest in comparative
                          Pedagogical Sciences of the U.S.S.R.”       Community Education. Asked to reflect
                                                                                                                   and international education research.
                          She recalls that a course taught by         on her TC experience, she writes: “One
                          Harold Noah and Max Eckstein                of the best parts of attending TC was
                                                                                                                   If you are interested in participating
                          sparked her interest in comparative         the student professors were
                                                                                                                   or learning more about the 2008
                          education: it was “a field within which I   excellent, and the material studied was
                                                                                                                   Annual Meetings of the Comparative
                          could combine my interests in education,    challenging, but the breadth of experience
                                                                                                                   and International Education Society at
                          European history, and Russian studies.”     and insight that my colleagues brought
                                                                                                                   Teachers College, go to the Conference
                          Conversations with Noah, and long           to the table was amazing.” She continues
                                                                                                                   web site at,
                          hours at the Russian Institute and at       to look to her colleagues for advice and
                                                                                                                   or send an e-mail to
                          Butler Library (where she met her           encouragement. Since graduating, Ms.
                          husband) were particularly memorable        VanderKamp has been working with
                                                                                                                                        Continued from Page 1
                          experiences.                                the Evangelical Church of Niger in West
                                                                      Africa, helping to develop an education      CIE / IED Alumni Day
                          In 1988, Dr. Szekely joined Cornell         department for the church’s school
                          University, serving as associate            building efforts. Nearing the end of her      upon their experiences and the
                          director of Cornell Abroad for 12                                                         accomplishments of the CIE and IED
                                                                      stay in Niger, she says she continues to
                                                                                                                    programs at Teachers College.
                          years. Her TC experience, which             think about the theoretical training she
                          included periods working for different      acquired at TC and its application to         Alumni Day will take place on
                          departments taught her much about           practice. “I’m considering returning to       the Teachers College campus.
                          “getting things done” in academic           school in order to theoretically analyze      Registration information for the event
                          institutions. She found that she was        this practical experience...Perhaps I’ll      can be found on the CIES conference
                          able to use her experience and her          apply to a doctoral program at TC.” We        site at
                          background in quantitative methods          hope to see you soon!                         Scheduled highlights include panel
                                                                                                                    discussions on trends in comparative
                                                                                                                    and international education research,
                              Keep in touch with TC!                                                                careers in international educational
                                                                                                                    development, regional focus groups,
    KEEP IN TOUCH WITH TEACHERS COLLEGE and enjoy the benefits of being an TC Alum! Just                            and networking opportunities.
    go to and click on ‘Update your Information.’ You can also learn
                                                                                                                    Almost 1,000 students have received
    about joining the TC Alumni Association and the TC International Alumni Network and obtaining
                                                                                                                    degrees in CIE and IED in the past 20
    Alumni benefits - including an Alumni ID card, TC library privileges, and lifetime assistance                   years alone. This event is a capstone
    with the Office of Career Services. Alumni are also eligible for business and entertainment                     effort to develop a strong CIE/IED
    discounts, and much more.                                                                                       Alumni Network that will carry
                                                                                                                    forward into the future.
    For more information about Alumni programs and benefits, contact the Office of Alumni
    Relations at (212) 678-3215 or                                                                 Alumni interested in learning more
                                                                                                                    about Alumni Day or contributing
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                                                                                                                                              Fall 2007      3
Teachers College Students                    Fida Adely
                                                                                    Career News and Updates
                                             Monisha Bajaj
and Faculty turn out in force                Lesley Bartlett                                              Continued from Page 2
at the 2007 CIES Conference                  Dana Burde                             of Arab Studies at Georgetown
in Baltimore                                 Stephen Chemsak                        University. Dr. Adely received her
                                             Peter Cronin                           PhD in Comparative and International
Teachers College sent a significant          Paulo DaSilva
                                                                                    Education in 2007, based on her
contingent of faculty and students           Walter Dawson
                                             Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher
                                                                                    dissertation “Gender Struggles: Nation,
to the 51st Annual Meetings of the                                                  Faith and Development in a Jordanian
Comparative        and      International    Nancy Green
                                             Maria Hantzopoulos                     High School.” At Georgetown she is
Education Society which took place in
                                             Radhika Iyengar                        teaching on development in the Arab
February 2007 in Baltimore. Students
and faculty served as presenters, panel      Tavis Jules                            world.
chairs and discussants across a wide         Ji-Ha Kim
diversity of sessions, reflecting the full   Henry Levin                            Laura Valdiviezo has been appointed
range and strength of TC’s interests         Mary Mendenhall                        to a tenure-track position in the
and involvement in international             Michelle Morais de Sa e Silva          Teacher Education and Curriculum
education. Congratulations to all who        Sina Mossayeb                          Studies program at the University of
were invited to participate!                 Pei-Ju Tsai
                                                                                    Massachusetts, Amherst. Dr. Valdiviezo,
                                             Gita Steiner-Khamsi
                                             Aleesha Taylor
                                                                                    who received an EdD in International
Faculty, students, and alumni across                                                Educational Development, wrote her
TC’s departments and disciplines have        Donna Tonini
                                             Moira Wilkinson                        dissertation on “The construction of
a strong history of participating in the
                                             Portia Williams                        interculturality: An ethnography of
CIES annual conference as presenters
and organizers. The following is a list      Andria Wisler                          teachers’ beliefs and practices in
of TC students and faculty who were          Zeena Zakharia                         Peruvian Quechua schools.” At UMass
among those selected to present at                                                  Dr. Valdiviezo is teaching classes
the 2007 conference.                         We extend our congratulations to all   in ethnography and multicultural
                                             who participated in CIES 2007!         education.

Programs in Comparative and International Education &
  International Educational Development
Department of International & Transcultural Studies
Teachers College, Columbia University
525 West 120th Street, Box 55
New York, NY 10027
 Save the Dates
Comparative and International
Education Alumni Day
Sunday, 3/16/2008

52nd Annual Meetings of the
Comparative and International
Education Society at Teachers College
Monday, 3/17 - Friday, 3/21/2008

To register for the 2008 CIES Conference
and the CIE/IED Alumni Day, go to If you have
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