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 July 2019

 Prof. Malak Zaalouk leads the UIL Standing Committee meeting in Paris in July 2-3, 2019 and meets with the Assistant Director General for Education of UNESCO Ms Stefania Giannini.


June 2019


 Dr. Malak Zaalouk in the 6th International Conference for Quality Assurance

On June 13, Dr. Malak Zaalouk was invited to participate in the 6th International Conference for Quality Assurance by the National Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Education (NAQAAE).
Dr. Zaalouk presented a paper on school-university partnership. Also, She joined the closing session to suggest what direction should Egypt take during the year of education. 


 May 2019


Dr. Wolsey in Villa Nueva, Guatemala for Building the Capacity of Primary Level Teachers (Grades 4-6)

Over 500 teachers attended workshops over two days and four sessions in a joint seminar sponsored by the Dirección de Educación Guatemala Sur and the City of Villa Nueva as part of the Guatemalan national reading program.

During the seminar sessions, teachers gained new knowledge, fortified their teaching skills, and learned new strategies for teaching reading. The new strategies and ideas were presented by Dr. Thomas DeVere Wolsey of the American University in Cairo, Egypt.

Shero Velásquez representing the Ministry of Education in Guatemala informed participants they would be continuing their professional development at the seminar with the help of an outside guest, Dr. Wolsey.

The educators will put the strategies to use in their classrooms, systematize the processes, and continue building their teaching capacity. The community of Villa Nueva is pleased to support seminars such as these to increase the quality of education, motivate teachers, and provide them with professional content to improve the quality of education for the students.


November 2017

GSE faculty members published a book on leadership of American international universities. Dean of the Graduate School of Education Ted Purinton and Assistant Professor Jennifer Skaggs released their co-edited book in September, American Universities Abroad: The Leadership of Independent Transnational Higher Education Institutions, published by AUC Press and Oxford University Press. The authors of the book's chapters are the presidents and provosts of the various international American or liberal arts universities. Former AUC President, Lisa Anderson, contributed one chapter. 



Nagwa Magehad, associate professor, publishes new book, Education During the Time of the Revolution in Egypt: Dialectics of Education in Conflict  by Sense Publishers. All chapters of this book are based on original research and fieldwork conducted in Egypt from 2012 to 2015. During these years and afterward, Megahed supervised and supported the work of many promising graduate students, research fellows, and visiting scholars at the AUC Graduate School of Education, some of whom she worked closely with throughout the development of their research to the finalization of their included chapters. The book chapters feature the work of Jason Dorio (and GSE alumni) Soha Aly, Shaimaa Awad, Ola Hosny, Amira Abduo, Shereen Aly, and Sara Taraman. Click here.


Mustafa Toprak, assistant professor publishes new research paper: Amidst fury, regret, and remorse: An analysis of university students who were placed in disliked majors in Australian Journal of Career Development. Read here.

October 2017



Director of the Middle East Institute of Higher Education Dr. Malak Zaalouk participated in the Third International Conference on Learning CitiesDr. Zaalouk attended the conference, held in Cork, Ireland, in the beginning of October, in her capacity as the chairperson for the Governing Board of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, and served as the master of ceremony. Read more..



Dean Ted Purinton publishes an article in the Global Commons review titled Comparative Education in Egypt: looking outward to find power and promise within. Read here


Assistant Professor Dr. Jennifer Skaggs attends African educational leadership roundtable in Johannesburg, South Africa. As part of a large effort to increase the knowledge base on educational leadership across the African continent, Dr. Skaggs' participation in this roundtable is furthering GSE's influence in educational research in Africa. Expected from this roundtable will be a series of published papers. 

September 2017


Director of GSE's Middle East Institute of Higher Education and Professor of Practice Dr. Malak Zaalouk is appointed as UNESCO Chair for the Institute of Lifelong Learning. This appointment is especially important as Dr. Zaalouk becomes the first Egyptian to hold this prestigious post. Dr. Zaalouk's work with lifelong learning has become integral to her teaching at AUC and to her leadership of multiple projects in Egypt, across the region, and throughout Europe. Congratulations to Dr. Zaalouk!


Associate Professor Dr. Nagwa Megahed leads research study on citizenship education at AUC. Dr. Megahed published a paper that synthesizes the results of an extended study on the impact of community-based learning at AUC and student citizenship. Dr. Megahed served as Principal Investigator on a project funded by AUC's provost to increase multi-disciplinary research. The title of the paper is Integrating Effective Community-Based Learning in Academic Disciplines for Student Citizenship at The American University in Cairo. 


GSE welcomes new faculty member, Dr. Mustafa Toprak. Dr. Toprak joins AUC from Zirve University in Gaziantep, Turkey. With a Ph.D. in Educational Administration, Supervision, and Planning from Gazientep University, Dr. Toprak has published over a dozen papers in prestigious international and ranked/indexed journals on topics ranging from principal leadership to school organizational climate and culture. Dr. Toprak formally replaces Dr. Stacie Rissman-Joyce as the principle GSE expert on school leadership and administration. Though we all still miss Dr. Stacie, we are thrilled about the experience and expertise that Dr. Toprak brings to GSE


Adjunct faculty member Dr. Suzie Belal publishes another paper. International schools in Egypt: Are they truly international? is published as a working paper at Leiden University in the Netherlands. 


Associate Professor Dr. Heba El Deghaidy featured speaker at Edraak's first regional conference in Amman in August. Dr. El Deghaidy's speech, titled Reflections from the first Arabic MOOC on STEAM Education, comes just as her extremely popular MOOC is scheduled to run for a second time, starting October 18

May 2017

Associate Professor and Dean Dr. Ted Purinton presents at the annual meeting of the Association of American International Colleges and Universities. Based on the upcoming book co-edited by Assistant Professor Dr. Jennifer Skaggs and Dr. Purinton to be published by AUC Press, American Universities Abroad: Leadership of Independent Transnational Higher Education Institutions, the presentation served as a reflective workshop for the presidents and provosts who contributed chapters to the book. The event took place at the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. 


GSE Research Associate Ashley Parnell releases white paper on Inclusive Education in Egypt. Ms. Parnell, a Ph.D. candidate in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Arkansas, has spent the spring semester with GSE working on a white paper regarding the trends, policies, projects, and future directions for special education in Egypt. The paper was presented to a high-level advisory group and will serve as a launch to explore ways in which GSE can be more instrumental in this important issue. To read the paper click here

GSE Research Associate Ashley Parnell publishes two new papers.
  • Ashley M. Parnell, Elizabeth R. Lorah, Alison Karnes & Peggy Schaefer-Whitby (2017): Effectiveness of Job Aids and Post Performance Review on Staff Implementation of Discrete Trial Instrusuziection, Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, DOI:10.1080/01608061.2017.1309333.
  • Lorah, E.R. & Parnell, A. (2017). Acquisition of Tacting Using a Speech-Generating Device in Group Learning Environments for Preschoolers with Autism. J Dev Phys Disabilities.

Associate Professor Dr. Heba El Deghaidy presented two papers at the 2017 Annual Conference of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching in San Antonio. The titles are as follows: 

  • International Collaborative Investigation of Beginning Seventh Grade Students’Understandings of Scientific Inquiry. Joint paper including participants from 18 countries.
  • Nature of Science and Teachers’ Attitudes toward Democratic Teaching and Decision Making.


GSE Associate Professor and Dean Dr. Ted Purinton publishes a guest blog on the Huffington Post's column by Martin Blank, the Director of the US-based Coalition for Community Schools at the Institute for Educational Leadership. The article was co-authored with Dr. Carlos Azcoitia; its title is Community-focused Leaders Pushing Back Against Depersonalized Educational Reform. The article can be found here


Associate Professor Dr. Nagwa Megahed presented at the Academic Community Engagement Day on May 7th hosted by the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Academic Community Engagement Program. Dr. Megahed presented the preliminary findings of the AUC interdisciplinary research project titled, "Integrating Effective Community-Based Learning Across Academic Disciplines".    


Associate Professor Dr. Nagwa Megahed has been invited to join the Education Quality and Learning for All (EQUAL): A Global Research Network in Support of United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4. Dr. Megahed will attend its first Middle East and North Africa regional research planning meeting to be held on May 13 - 16, organized by the New York University's Global TIES for Children together with the United Nation's Sustainable Development Solutions Network.


Associate Professor Dr. Nagwa Megahed spoke at the Ain Shams University Sixth Annual Scientific Conference. In recognition of her AUC-funded faculty research project, Dr. Nagwa Megahed was invited by the President of Ain Shams University to contribute to the University 2018-2023 Strategic Plan and presented a research paper at the Ain Shams University Sixth Annual Scientific Conference, held on April 10-13.


Professor of Practice and Dean of AUC's School of Continuing Education Dr. Deena Boraie publishes a book chapter on assessment literacy. The title of the paper is Assessment literacy training for English language educators in Egypt. The paper was written with AUC faculty members Atta Gebril and Elizabeth Arrigoni. It was published in the new book by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Current Trends in Language Testing in the Pacific Rim and the Middle East: Policies, Analyses, and Diagnoses.

Professor of Practice and Dean of AUC's School of Continuing Education Dr. Deena Boraie co-edits a book chapter on language assessment. The book is published by TESOL Arabia and is titled Language assessment in the Middle East and North Africa: Theory, practice, and future trends.


International & Comparative Education Adjunct Professor Dr. Suzie Belal publishes paper in the Journal of Research in International Education. Dr. Belal's paper is entitled Participating in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program: Developing international mindedness and engagement with local communities


Middle East Institute of Higher Education Director Dr. Malak Zaalouk publishes book review in the International Review of Education. Dr. Zaalouk's paper examines the recent book edited by Lorraine Pe Symaco titled Education as a humanitarian response: Education and NGOs.


New Chapter on "STEAM Methods: A Case from Egypt". Dr. Heba El Deghaidy, Associate Professor, had her recent chapter published in Designing and Teaching the Secondary Science Methods Course: An International Perspective (Sense Publishers, 2017).  

February 2017

Director of Middle East Institute of Higher Education Elected as Chair of Governing Board of the UNESCO Institute for Life Long Learning. Dr. Malak Zaalouk was honored with this prestigious and influential position. She has already been bringing elements of this work to AUC, in part by teaching courses to undergraduate students on life-long learning and the emerging concept of learning cities.

December 2016

Associate Professor Nagwa Megahed Attended Global Roundtable in Salzburg. Dr. Megahed participated in a working group entitled "Learning from the Past: Promoting Tolerance and Countering Extremism", which convened at the Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg, Austria. This project will extend and enhance Dr. Megahed's project on Community Based Learning for citizenship education. 


Associate Professor Heba El Deghaidy Delivered Plenary Address for Regional Research Conference on Science and Mathematics Education. Dr. Heba El Deghaidy was a plenary speaker at a regional research conference on science and mathematics education at the American University in Beirut on November 26. Dr. El Deghaidy's talk was titled "A Paradigm Shift in Teacher Education: Voices from the Arab region"


Professor of Practice & Dean of the School of Continuing Education Spoke at the 9th Annual UNESCO International Teacher Task Force. Dr. Deena Boraie delivered a lecture on December 3rd at this conference in Siem Reap, Cambodia, on the issue of teacher motivation and teacher working conditions.


GSE Faculty Members Present at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education. Dr. Jennifer Skaggs and Dr. Ted Purinton presented the concept of their in-press book on leadership in American international universities. The conference, held in Columbus, Ohio, is the key American conference on scholarship for higher education.

November 2016

Adjunct Professor Publishes in Prestigious Journal. Dr. Susie Belal, who is scheduled to teach a course in the Spring 2017 semester on School Governance and Management, and is also an acclaimed science teacher at the New Cairo British International School (NCBIS), has a paper accepted in the Journal of Research in International Education titled “Participating in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program: Developing International Mindedness and Engagement with Local Communities”. The paper will be published in a forthcoming edition; when it is formally out, we will notify the GSE community. In addition, Dr. Belal also has a recent short article just published in The International Educator; the title is “Intended and Unintended Outcomes of Offering the IBDP”. You can read it here.


Assistant Professor Dr. Jennifer Skaggs Tapped for Multiple Student Affairs Projects. Dr. Skaggs has been asked to serve as an editorial advisory panelist for the 3rd Edition of the UNESCO/IASAS book, Student Affairs and Services in Higher Education: Global Foundations, Issues and Best Practices. She has also just completed serving as a professional mentor in the International Association of Student Affairs and Services inaugural eMentoring Project.


Middle East Institute of Higher Education Director, Dr. Malak Zaalouk, in High Demand as Analyst and Advocate for Education Reform. In the past month alone, Dr. Malak Zaalouk has been asked to speak at a Higher Education Ministerial Conference, a meeting on Regional Quality Assurance, and a UNESCO workshop. She has also appeared on television frequently concerning various issues of education. Recent topics have included investing in quality education, rethinking education, faculty of education profiles, and general education reform issues. Also, she recently was renewed as a member in the Standing Committee of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning.


Assitant Professor Gihan Osman Invited to the Third Annual Digital Education Show Middle East. Dr. Gihan Osman was invited as a speaker to the "Third Annual Digital Education Show Middle East 2016" in Dubai (November 14-17). She will be giving a presentation on “An Evaluation of Blended Learning and Flipped Classroom Models” and a workshop on “Redesigning Learning Spaces”.

Associate Professor Nagwa Megahed publishes book review in the International Review of Education. Dr. Megahed's book review on Education and the Reverse Gender Divide in the Gulf States: Embracing the Global, Ignoring the Local by Natasha Ridge is available in the 2016 edition of this journal. 


Associate Professor Nagwa Megahed Invited to Global Roundtable in Salzburg. Dr. Megahed will be participating in a working group entitled "Learning from the Past: Promoting Tolerance and Countering Extremism", which will convene at the Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg, Austria, in early December. This project will extend and enhance Dr. Megahed's project on Community Based Learning for citizenship education. 


Associate Professor Heba El Deghaidy to be Plenary Speaker for Regional Research Conference on Science and Mathematics Education. Dr. Heba El Deghaidy will be a plenary speaker at a regional research conference on science and mathematics education at the American University in Beirut on November 26, 2016. Dr. El Deghaidy's talk will be titled "A Paradigm Shift in Teacher Education: Voices from the Arab region"

October 2016

Assistant Professor Jennifer Skaggs Delivers SCE's second Community Lecture, On October 24, 2016, Jennifer Skaggs delivered a lecture for the School of Continuing Education Public Lecture Series titled, “Making it Count: The Power of Purposeful Education”.


Associate professor Nagwa Megahed, has recently completed a publication entitled, "Quality Education for All in Egypt: Post-2015 Education Development Goal." The publication was edited by Megahed, and its foreword was written by N'Dri Assie-Lumumba, professor of African studies at Cornell University and president-elect of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies. Chapter authors include three of GSE's alumni: Shaimaa Mostafa Awad, Amira Abdou and Farah Abdel Kerim. We welcome you to read this very fine piece of scholarship. Click here to read the publication.

October 2015

Professor of Practice Dr Russanne Hozayin Orientation for STAR Volunteer Teachers. GSE is now the sponsor for the Student Action for Refugees (STAR) student club at AUC, which serves refugee populations in the Cairo area with education and training. GSE Faculty, Russanne Hozayin has initiated a series of orientation sessions for volunteer educators, who will be teaching refugees. 

March 2015

Jose Cossa, visiting associate professor, participated in the seminar held by the Department of English Language and Literature, Faculty of Arts, Ain Shams University in collaboration with the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Center for American Studies and Research at AUC. The topic of the seminar was "Reflections of Race in America." Professor Cossa was a presenter in the panel "Theorizing Race in Media, Politics, and Philosophy." His presentation title was "Reflections on a Theory of Justice: The American Media as a Learning Sphere."

October 2014

Dr. Malak Zaaloukl, Professor of Practice joins first Education Scientific Research Specialized Council. Helping to prepare a new generation of lifelong learners, five AUC faculty members, including Graduate School of Education faculty member Malak Zaalouk and Professional Educators Diploma instructor Joyce Rafla, have been chosen to serve on the first Egyptian Specialized Council for Education and Scientific Research. Read More