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Joanne Arhar
Joanne Arhar is the Associate Dean and Professor in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services at Kent State University. She is the PI on the grant from the Longview Foundation to internationalize teacher education at Kent State, Miami, and the University of Akron.

Rachel Boit
Dr. Rachel Boit is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curricular and Instructional Studies at the University of Akron, Ohio. Dr. Boit earned her B.Ed. in Early Childhood from Kenyatta University, Kenya after which she proceeded to graduate school and completed the M.Ed. and Ed.D. (2005 and 2010 respectively) from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Dr. Boit currently teaches courses in Early Childhood Education and research interests include early literacy, home-school-community partnerships and early childhood curriculum and development.

Debra Clark
Each semester I typically teach five sections of Education in a Democratice Society. Spring 2012 I taught a new course Intercultural Issues in Education. My pedagological goals are to expand pre-service teachers openness to issues of diversity and assist them in the process of gaining a global awareness. Currently I head a research team investigating pre-service teachers' personality traits as they relate to openness to issues of diversity. Using the Jackson Inventory we are measuring empathy, cooperativeness, innovation, breadth of interest, complexity, tolerance, and anxiety. We are correlating these personality traits to openness to issues of race, sexual orientation, gender, and social class using the Survey of Cultural Attitudes and Behaviors (SCAB). In addition, we are examining how my pedagogy influences openness to issues of diversity. In addition to my teaching and research, I am wrote a textbook for introduction to education courses, Bias Beneath the Facts: Education in a Democratic Society.

Susan Colville Hall
Dr. Susan Colville-Hall, Professor, is director of the Foreign Language Education Licensure Program at the University of Akron. For the last five years, she served director of the Franco-American Teachers-in-Training Institute (funded by the U.S. Department of State), an exchange program involving teachers-in-training from France who came to Northeast Ohio schools and U.S. pre-service teachers who taught in French schools. From 2006-2009 she directed the Ohio Core program for Preparing Career Professionals to Teach Foreign Languages - Spanish, French, Chinese and Arabic - and has most recently established a program for licensing teachers of Chinese and Arabic. She also helped develop international teaching sites such as the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras and others in Mexico City and Costa Rica. In 2011 she was visiting professor at SIAS University in Xinzheng, near Zhenzhou, the capital of Henan Province, China. She was also visiting professor in March 2012 at the Université du Maine in Le Mans, France. Prior to coming to northeast Ohio, Susan taught for 18 years at the secondary level in Connecticut and Colorado.

Brenda Dales
Literature for children and young adults is my passion. I am especially passionate about picture books, which invite readers to examine images as well as text in the creation of meaning. I teach children's literature, young adult literature, and related courses and workshops at Miami University in Ohio. Currently I am co-chair of the Outstanding International Books committee for the U.S. section of the International Board on Books for Young People (USBBY). I was pleased to organize the Arbuthnot Lecture featuring internationally known and award winning illustrator Peter Sis which was held at Miami University on April 4, 2012; Peter Sis recently was named the recipient Hans Christian Andersen illustrator medal, which is a prestigious international children's literature award.

Darrel Davis
Darrel R. Davis, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of Educational Psychology and Instructional Design and Technology at Miami University.  His  current interests include teaching and learning in the online environment, and the use of technology in diverse educational settings.

Al Daviso
Dr. Daviso is an assistant professor at the University of Akron. He has published six articles since 2010 in the field of special education, focusing on transition services. In addition, he has presented information at over 20 National conferences. He currently helps coordinate data collection and analysis for the Ohio Longitudinal Transition Study.

Jeannie Ducher
Jeannie Ducher is a French national living in Oxford, Ohio with her Wisconsinese husband Steve and bilingual/bicultural son Alex. In the Department of Teacher Education at Miami University, Jeannie teaches ESOL methods courses for the TELLs (Teaching English Language Learners) certificate; she also teaches Advanced Communication Strategies to International students in the American Culture and English program. Jeannie speaks French, Spanish, and English, and enjoys meeting and learning from members of other cultures.

Jennifer Fisette
I am an assistant professor of Physical Education Teacher Education in the School of Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum Studies. I joined the faculty at Kent State University in 2008. I previously taught physical education and health at the secondary level for 3 years in Rhode Island. I obtained my BS in physical education from Rhode Island College, MS in sport pedagogy from Ithaca College, and EdD in Physical Education Teacher Education from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. My teaching responsibilities include: Secondary Physical Education Content, Inquiry into Professional Practice, Development and Analysis of Game Performance, Introduction to Physical Education, Fitness, and Sport, Motor Skill Analysis, and Curriculum Development. My scholarship explores the critical examination of girls' lived experiences and embodied identities within physical education and physical activity through student voice; assessment and curriculum development.

Joanne Kilgour Dowdy
Joanne Kilgour Dowdy is a Professor of Adolescent/Adult Literacy at Kent State University in the department of Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum and Instruction. Her major research interests include women and literacy, drama in education, and video technology in qualitative research instruction. Her published research includes documentation of the experiences of Black women involved in education from adult basic literacy to higher education. Other credits can be seen at jkdowdy.com

Janice Kroeger
I began my teaching career as a specialist in early education in a university lab school setting, with both bachelor degrees and a master's degree in child development and family studies in around1989. Having taught in community colleges, early childhood lab schools, and public school settings for about 8 years, I pursued doctoral studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and earned a PHD in Curriculum and Instruction in 2003. My research and teaching interests are focused on issues of power and identity in home, school, and community partnerships, early years teacher development, early childhood policies and practices, and qualitative and mixed-methods research methodologies. I have researched in and written scholarly work about social action, agency, culture and cultural and identity change in diverse communities as well as the impact of pre service teacher's work on ECED classrooms. Locally i have participated in civic engagement endeavors in Urban low-income classrooms especially related to kindergarten transitions. I have also supported diversity initiatives related to family partnerships in both local and global contexts.

Chia-Ling Kuo
I am an assistant professor of instructional technology at Kent State University. I have been teaching Educational Technology, an undergraduate course with multiple sections since fall 2005. I also supervise electronic portfolio development and practicum experiences for graduate students in the general instructional technology master’s program as well as the computer/technology endorsement and the library/media program. I value collaboration because it expands what I can do on my own to what we can do together to produce greater results. My research interests include the integration of technology into curriculum, online learning and teaching, electronic portfolio development and assessment, global learning, and issues surrounding to educational technology.

Lena Lee
Lena Lee is an assistant professor of Early Childhood/Elementary Social Studies Education at Miami University, Ohio. Her scholarly interests are related to the complex relationships between children, education, and society from global perspectives. She teaches elementary social studies.

Huey-Li Li
Huey-li Li is professor of educational philosophy at the University of Akron, Akron, Ohio. Her current research areas are ethical foundations of environmental education, ecofeminism, postcolonial studies in education, and global civic and citizenship education.

Brad Maguth
Dr. Brad Maguth is Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor in Secondary Social Studies Education in the Department of Curricular and Instructional Studies at The University of Akron. Dr. Maguth editor of the IAP publication New Directions in Social Education Research: The Influence of Technology and Globalization on the Lives of Students. Dr. Maguth received his Ph.D. in Social Studies and Global Education from The Ohio State University, and his MA in Social Studies Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Brad has also conducted research and studied at the London School of Economics & Political Science in London, England and at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China. Brad has been leading a state advocacy campaign to Save World History as a required course for high school graduation in Ohio. As a result of participating in the Longview Foundation's sponsored Teacher Education Goes Global Initiative, Brad feels better networked and equipped in integrating a global perspective across all of the teacher education courses he teaches. Moreover, he has been able to work across traditional content areas and licensure bands to situate digitally mediated global learning activities for students. Brad's involvement in this project has led to national and international conference presentations and the submission of peer-reviewed publications.

Nidaa Makki
Nidaa Makki is an assistant professor of Science Education in the department of Curricular and Instructional Studies at the University of Akron. Her research interests include Science, Technology and Society (STS) curricular perspectives, Problem Based Learning in the science classroom, and Interdisciplinary Connections in STEM Education.

Jennifer Milam
Jennifer Milam is an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education and Curriculum Studies at The University of Akron. Her primary areas of research include autobiography in teacher education, critical and reconceptualized early childhood teacher education, and race and cultural studies. Jennifer's publications include examinations of popular culture, the impact of using multicultural and international literature in primary classroom to develop children's understanding of global citizenship, and explorations in feminist and post-structuralist perspectives of curriculum and pedagogy. She has presented at several national conferences, serves as Co-Editor of the Mid-Western Educational Researcher and Book & Media Review Editor for the Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, and is also the Strategic Inclusive Engagement Officer for the College of Education at The University of Akron. Jennifer is also Co-Project Director for the Internationalizing Perspectives and Practices in Teacher Education.

Thomas Misco
Associate Professor of Social Studies Education, Miami University

Ruth Oswald
Ruth Oswald is professor of literacy in the College of Education at The University of Akron. Her research interests include early literacy development, culturally competent teaching, and the use of multicultural literature in the curriculum.

Jim Shiveley

Ray Witte
Associate Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, Miami University