EALR bids fond farewell to Dr. Zhang

Dr. Jie Zhang
Dr. Jie Zhang

WKU’s Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research recently said goodbye to beloved associate professor Dr. Jie Zhang.

Dr. Zhang has accepted a position at the University of Houston in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.  She said the move was motivated by better job opportunities for her entire family.

“It has been a truly blessed experience working with the most supportive and caring leaders, most collaborative and respectful colleagues, the most thoughtful and motivated EdD students over the past six years,” she said. “It is my first and best academic job as I have grown from PhD to professor at WKU. As I move forward in my career at the University of Houston, I will sorely miss my wonderful colleagues and students at WKU. Very excitingly, EALR is thriving and making strides toward a brighter future. I wish EALR, CEBS, and WKU all my best.”

Dr. Zhang joined the WKU faculty in 2010. She taught research methods classes in WKU’s Doctorate of Educational Leadership program.  She was author and collaborator on numerous grants, including serving on the external evaluation team for the $42 million federal Race to the Top grant administered by the Green River Regional and Ohio Valley Educational Cooperatives.  She was the recipient of a 2013 National Academy of Education’s Spencer Fellowship and received the 2016 CEBS Faculty Excellence Award for Research.

Dr. Zhang touched many lives in her tenure at WKU and EALR wishes her and her family much happiness and great blessings in Houston!

EALR hosts visiting scholars from Turkey, China

The Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research has recently advanced WKU’s mission of being “an American university with international reach” by hosting visiting scholars from Turkey and China.

Nuray Kisa
Nuray Kisa

Nuray Kisa, a doctoral student in Educational Sciences from Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey, visited WKU from December 2015 until June 2016.  Nuray was a guest of EALR associate professor Dr. Gary Houchens.  With Dr. Houchens’ guidance, Nuray completed a draft of her doctoral dissertation, which focuses on the gap between theory and practice as perceived by principals, school administrators, and university professors in Turkey.  She presented the results of her research at a Brown Bag research luncheon in April.  Nuray will soon defend her dissertation and commence her own professorial duties at Hacettepe.

 

Huan Zhang
Huan Zhang

Huan Zhang, assistant lecturer in the Foreign Language Department in Anhui University of Science and Technology in Ma’anshan, China, arrived at WKU in March 2016 as a guest of EALR associate professor Dr. Jie Zhang.  Huan will remain until September 2016 advancing her research agenda on bilingualism, language teaching, and second language acquisition (an interest she shares with Dr. Jie Zhang).

 

EALR faculty, staff, and students have enjoyed the opportunity to engage in cross-cultural sharing with our guests and deepen our understanding of education issues from an international perspective.  We look forward to hosting more scholars in the future.