International Committee

Current Faculty Activities

Welcome to the COE Faculty International webpage. The College of Education has an international faculty across departments from around the world including Argentina, China, Colombia, Egypt, England, Guatemala, India, Iran, Jamaica, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the UK. Some of the college international programs span entire departments; most of the international work, however, resides with the interests of individual faculty members. FAU has a robust Center for Global Engagement and an International Office of Study Abroad programs.

In August, 2018, Bashayer Aleisa, Ph.D. successfully defended her dissertation on pre-K teacher leaders throughout the nation of Kuwait.

In September, 2018: two COE faculty members, Ira Bogotch, Ed. D. and Daniel Reyes-Guerra, Ph.D., presented at the European Educational Research Association conference in Bolzano, Italy. Bogotch presented on Syrian newcomer integration into Ontario, Canada schools; Reyes-Guerra presented data in support of a cultural competency instrument originally developed by Maysaa Barakat, Ph.D.

In September, 2018: a professional development team comprised of Barakat, Reyes-Guerra, Robert Shockley, Ph.D., and Sabrina Sembiante, Ph.D., traveled to Cairo, Egypt under a 2017 MOU/Protocol with BalancED. The team presented leadership modules and second language learning. In addition, a protocol was signed to support Asten College, a new international school to open 2020 in Cairo. The founding principal will be Keith Feit, Ph.D. currently of A.D. Henderson University School.

In September, 2018: The Study Abroad program, which will be led by Susan Dennett, Ph.D., was approved for the coming academic year in Reykjavik, Iceland. It will be open to all graduate COE students from all departments.

A list of all 2017-18 activities can be found on

To learn more about international opportunities for students and faculty go to

List of Faculty By Department Presentations, Publications, Journal Affiliations, Faculty Affiliations, International Service and Consultancies, Awards
Counselor Education
Brian Canfield
  • IAMFC Director of International Educational and Development
  • IAMFC Summer Faculty Counseling Institute, St. Hilda’s College, Oxford University
Paul Peluso
President of the International Association for Marriage and Family Counselors (IAMFC)
Curriculum, Culture and Educational Inquiry
  • Annually hosts teachers from The Netherlands
  • MOU with the Universidad del Quindio, Colombia
  • Cooperative Partnership with EDLRM’s Egypt Project
Yash Bhagwanji
Executive Editor of the International Journal of Childhood Environmental Education
Nancy Brown
UN Representative for the Association for Childhood International (ACEI)
Andres Ramirez
  • Negotiated MOU with the Universidad del Quindio, Colombia
  • Interested in Teacher Exchange Program: Fulbright Scholarships
Dilys Schoorman
Active Learning and Curricular Design PD, Egypt ((2017)
Sabrina Sembiante
TESOL PD workshop for New Generation School, Cairo, Egypt
Roberta Weber
Annual Summer Study Abroad course in London or Dublin
Educational Leadership & Research Methods MOUs with University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and BalancED, Cairo Egypt
Jennifer Bloom
Workshops on Appreciative Advising for the University of Tasmania and at Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Ira Bogotch
  • Co-Edited the International Handbook of Educational Leadership (2017), Wiley-Blackwell
  • Co-editing book titled Education and Immigration: Policy, Leadership and Praxis, Emerald Publishing
  • Keynote presentation Summer, 2018: Equity and Social Justice: Implications for School Leaders for National Conference of Faculties of Educational Leadership throughout Israel
  • Presenting at the European Educational Research Association, Bolzano, Italy, Policy and Leadership DilemmAs: Syrian Newcomers as future citizens of Ontario, Canada
  • Adjunct Faculty, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia
Maysaa Barakat
Egypt Project Coordinator
John Hardman
Faculty Affiliation - Centre for Executive Education, United Nations Mandated University for Peace (UPEACE), in Costa Rica. Teaches project-based course ‘Regenerative Leadership for Sustainable Development’ in the Diploma in Social Innovation.
Patricia Maslin-Ostrowski
Adult Learning PD, Cairo, Egypt
Daniel Reyes-Guerra
Leadership PD, (September, 2018) Cairo, Egypt
Robert Shockley
  • Appointed to the editorial board of the Malaysia Journal titled - The Educational Leader (Pemimpin Pendidikan)
  • Conducting research on teacher satisfaction with colleagues at the University of Malaya.
Maria Vasquez
Statistics PD, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Exceptional Student Education
Michael Brady
Presented (2017, July). An Alternative Value-Added Model for Teacher Preparation Programs: A Research Summary. International Round Table Symposium: Childhood Issues and Education, Oxford University, Harris Manchester College, Oxford, England.
Cynthia Wilson
Presenting at University of Athens Examining educators’ perspectives on professional development (with Joseph Kearney).
Rangasamy, Ramasamy
Presenting The Three Cs of a Competent Inclusive Classroom: Communication, Collaboration, and Classroom Management! Paper accepted at Council for Exceptional Children Division of International Special Education and Services, Cape Town, South Africa.
Teaching & Learning
Eileen Ariza
  • Fulbright Scholar at the University of Malta, Spring 2018, Teaching, teacher-training, research, public lectures, and policy making on Migrants and Refugees (Pathways to Integration for Migrants in Malta).
  • Other international presentations at TESOL International, Athens Institute for Education and Research. Ongoing Research in Malta and Syria: Perceptions of language, culture, and instruction for teachers of refugees/migrants; Perceptions of refugee/migrant parents of schoolchildren in Maltese schools; Perceptions of displaced parents of schoolchildren in Syria.
Joseph Furner
  • International Conference presentations in 2018 -
  • GeoGebra, photography, and picture books: A means to end math anxiety. Paper presented at the International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics 30th Annual Conference ; GeoGebra and photography to help address math anxiety in our classrooms. 11th International Conference on e-Learning & Innovative Pedagogies
  • Workshops and service to Hogar Nueva Granada (PreK-12) in Bogota, Colombia
Bryan Nichols
  • Paper: In it together: Why the community skills of earth smarts are now a critical part of
  • environmental and scientific education. Brazilian Journal of Research in Science Education, Special Issue on Environmental Education
Philomena Marinaccio
Presenting “New Literacies - 21st Century Literacy Skills and Strategies” the Association of Ubiquitous and Collaborative Educators International (UCEi) 2018 meeting in London, England, June 17-20, at Brunel University in Uxbridge.