CIHE would not exist without our extensive network of friends and colleagues.

Many of our closest collaborators have started their time with us as visiting scholars. It is a vital part of our work, and something about which we are very proud!
Rebecca Schendel, Managing Director

Research Fellows

Dr. Elena Denisova-Schmidt

CIHE-related expertise: Higher Education Corruption Monitor

Dr. Kara A. Godwin

CIHE-related expertise: Liberal Education


Professor Ellen Hazelkorn

CIHE-related expertise: higher education policy and institutional and system governance

Professor Betty Leask

CIHE-related expertise: Internationalizaton of curriculum, teaching, and learning

Dr. Iván Pacheco

CIHE-related expertise: Quality, Latin America

Dr. Liz Reisberg

CIHE-related expertise: Professional training, Latin America, Saudi Arabia

Dr. Laura E. Rumbley 

CIHE-related expertise: Internationalization of higher education

Dr. Jamil Salmi

CIHE-related expertise: System-wide policy development and governance

Professor Damtew Teferra

CIHE-related expertise: International Network for Higher Education in Africa

Dr. Qi Wang

CIHE-related expertise: Chinese Higher Education

Visiting Scholars

Wen Wen

Dr. Emon Nandi is an Assistant Professor at Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, India. She completed her Ph.D from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India in 2018. In her Ph.D thesis, she studied the influence of funding mechanisms on educational quality. Her primary research interests are in the areas of economics of education, organization and leadership in universities, and the linkage between labor market and higher education.

As a Fulbright-Nehru Postdoctoral Fellow in CIHE, Boston College, Emon intends to study how global university rankings and performance based funding trigger changes in the role of leadership in the universities. She would also like to look at the impact of these changes on universities’ culture, academic freedom, selection of students and faculty, allocation of resources and social inclusion.

Emon is passionate about folk-art and crafts of India. As a social scientist, she loves travelling to interior villages of India to interact with the community members. 


Dr. Robert Shea is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Memorial University. His research and teaching has embraced career development, experiential learning, higher education leadership and adult education. His most recent book publication is entitled – Supporting Students Globally in Higher Education (2016).

His most recent research project was a five year study of Career Integrated Learning which investigates the importance of reflecting on student competencies through curriculum reform which has been identified in the publication Reclaiming the Value of the Liberal Arts for the 21st Century as a most promising practices in North America by the Education Advisory Board in Washington.

He is a prolific presenter nationally and internationally. His university service includes leadership roles as president of national and international associations – some include - The Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC), The Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education (CSSHE), the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services (CACUSS) and the International Association of Student Affairs and Services Association (IASAS) representing over 52 countries around the world.

Dr. Shea has held multiple senior leadership roles as Director, Dean, Deputy Provost and currently Associate Vice-President Academic and Student Services at the Marine Institute campus of Memorial University. He is currently the co-lead of the historic singular generational partnership with Nunavut Arctic College.