Rebecca Schendel studies the impact of higher education on human development in resource-poor contexts, with an emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa. She is particularly interested in teaching and learning within universities, including the role of faculty development initiatives and the links between curricular and pedagogical choices and student success. Rebecca serves as Managing Director of the Center for International Higher Education and is Faculty Coordinator of the MA, dual degree and Certificate programs in International Higher Education.
Prior to her arrival at Boston College, Rebecca was Lecturer in Education and International Development at the UCL Institute of Education (UK). Rebecca has also worked at Orphans of Rwanda (a university scholarship program based in Kigali, Rwanda), in the Study Abroad Office at the University of Maryland-College Park and at the Institute of International Education in Washington, DC.
Gerardo L. Blanco is associate professor of Higher Education and academic director of the Center for International Higher Education. His research explores explores the intersections of quality and internationalization in higher education with a focus on accreditation, rankings and international assessments.
His research has been published in leading journals, such as Higher Education, Studies in Higher Education, the Comparative Education Review, and the Review of Higher Education. Gerardo has held leadership roles in the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), and the Association for the Study of Higher Education's Council for International Higher Education and serves on several advisory and editorial boards. In 2017, he received the "Best Research Article Award" from the Comparative & International Education Society's Higher Education SIG. In 2014 and 2020, his work received honorable mentions from the same organization.
Chris R. Glass, Ph.D. is a Professor of the Practice in the Department of Educational Leadership and Higher Education at Boston College where he leads the Executive Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Higher Education program and serves as an affiliated faculty member in the Center for International Higher Education (CIHE). His research and writing focus on global student mobility, virtual mobility and exchange, as well as equity, inclusion, and sustainability in international higher education.
Ellen Hazelkorn is Joint Managing Partner, BH Associates, and Professor Emeritus, Technological University Dublin (Ireland). Ellen is also a member of the Quality Board for Icelandic Higher Education (2017-), the Commission of the College of the Future (UK, 2019-), the Advisory Board for U-Multirank (EU), and the Advisory Group on Higher Education for Smart Specialisation (EU) and is Joint Editor of Policy Reviews in Higher Education. She is also International Co-Investigator, and member of the Advisory Board and Management Committee, at the Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE), London.
Ellen worked for almost 20 years experience as Vice President Research and Enterprise, and Founding Dean of the Graduate Research School, (2008-2014), and Vice President and Founding Dean, Faculty of Applied Arts, Dublin Institute of Technology (now TU Dublin) (1995-2008). During her time at TU Dublin, she founded the Higher Education Policy Research Unit (HEPRU) (http://www.dit.ie/hepru/). Over this period, as a member of the Senior Executive Team, she had responsibility for strategic leadership, financial and performance oversight, student affairs, internationalisation, and all aspects of the university. As Dean of the Faculty of Applied Arts, and as Dean of the Graduate Research School, she was responsible for, oversaw and led the development of education and research programmes, and internal quality assurance processes for all apprenticeship, undergraduate, masters and doctoral programmes for all students within the Faculty of Applied Arts and the Graduate Research School. In the latter role, Ellen oversaw the development of policies, practices and quality assurance concerning research degrees, evaluation, assessment, supervision, etc. She was also actively involved in developing and promoting commercialization, share and promotion of research, knowledge transfer and entrepreneurship training especially for SMEs.
Ellen also served as Policy Advisor to, and board member of, the Higher Education Authority (Ireland) – 2011-2017, and President of EAIR – the European Society for Higher Education – 2013-2016. She has worked as a higher education policy consultant and specialist with international organisations and governments for over 20 years and regularly undertakes strategic and research evaluations for European and national research/scientific councils and universities.
Ariane de Gayardon is a researcher at the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) at the University of Twente (Netherlands). Her research focuses on the financing of higher education internationally and its interaction with equity, including topics such as free higher education and student debt. She also works on topics related to internationalization and is the Assistant Editor for the Journal of Studies in International Education.
Prior to her appointment at CHEPS, Ariane was a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE), based at the UCL Institute of Education. She holds a Ph.D. in higher education from Boston College, where she worked at the Center for International Higher Education (CIHE).
Salina Kopellas has been with the Center since its founding. She manages the Center’s grants and database, and facilitates the editing and dissemination of International Higher Education. Prior to joining the Center, she worked as the administrative secretary to the dean of the Lynch School of Education and Human Development.
Maia Gelashvili is a third-year doctoral student and research assistant in the Boston College Higher Education program. Her research interests include international higher education focusing on college teaching, assessing student learning, and improving the quality of teaching and learning at universities.
Maia received a master's degree in Higher Education from Columbia University, Teachers College, and her B.A. and M.A. in American Studies at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University.
Ekaterina Minaeva is a first-year doctoral student in the Boston College Higher Education program. Her research interests include international higher education with a focus on international student experiences, student mobility, and virtual internationalization. Prior to her studies at Boston College, Ekaterina worked as an analyst at the Laboratory for University Development, Higher School of Economics, Russia.
Ekaterina received her B.Sc. in Environmental Engineering from Far Eastern Federal University (Russia), Graduate Diploma in International Development from University College Dublin (Ireland), and graduated from Erasmus MARIHE program (Master in Research and Innovation in Higher Education).
Bingran Zeng is a first-year doctoral student in the Higher Education program at Boston College. Her research interests are international and comparative higher education, higher education in the global south, and international higher education partnership.
Bingran grew up in Shenzhen, China. She received a B.S. in Human and Organizational Development and a B.S. in Second Language Studies from Vanderbilt University. She also completed an Ed.M. in International Education Policy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Nathaniel Annor-Gyimah is a first-year master's student in International Higher Education. Nathaniel is originally from Assin Foso in the central region of Ghana. He received his B.Ed in Social Studies from the University of Cape Coast, where he served as a student leader (Hall President) during his undergraduate studies. Prior to coming to Boston College, Nathaniel worked as a research assistant at the Institute of Education, University of Cape Coast.
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