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World Education Research Association Elects New Officers

Friday, March 2, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Carine Jonker
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Three outstanding scholars have been elected to serve as officers of the World Education Research Association (WERA) in the positions of President-elect (two year term), Vice President (2 year term), and Secretary General (re-elected for a 4 year term).


The newly elected leadership is:



President-elect: Mustafa Yunus Eryaman is the vice president of the World Education Research Association (WERA) and the president of the Turkish Educational Research Association (EAB). Professor Eryaman also serves as the president of International Association of Educators (INASED). Last two years, he has worked as a TUBITAK-DAAD professor at the Institute for International Comparative and Intercultural Education in the University of Hamburg, Germany. He was a visiting Professor and Honorary Research Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Education at London Metropolitan University in 2011.

 He received his MEd from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.Professor Eryaman has been serving on the WERA Council as the representative of EAB since 2009. He represented EAB at the formal establishment meeting of WERA in San Diego in April 2009, and at the official WERA founding ceremony in Vienna in September 2009. He also has been serving as a council member in the European Educational Research Association (EERA) since 2008.Professor Eryaman has served as the Interim Chancellor of the Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University from 2010 to 2011. As the Interim Chancellor, Professor Eryaman led the strategic management of administrative, personnel, student, business, legal and fiscal affairs of the university (Fall 2010: 29,752 students, 1,075 academicians, 740 staff members, 2 graduate schools, 9 colleges, 1 medical hospital, 2 polytechnic colleges and 11 vocational colleges). He has also worked as an Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Education at the University for three years. In addition to his administrative positions at the universities, Professor Eryaman has served as a Research Expert at the Executive Agency of the European Commission, and worked as an evaluation expert at the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey. Professor Eryaman is the managing editor of International Journal of Progressive Education; the author of Teaching as Practical Philosophy (2008), and the book editor of Evidence and Public Good in Educational Policy, Research & Practice (2017), International Handbook of Progressive Education (2015); Accountability and Transparency in Education: Global Challenges & Local Realities (2014) and Peter McLaren, Education, and the Struggle for Liberation (2009). He also serves on the editorial boards of multiple other journals, including International Review of Qualitative Research, Journal of Theory and Practice in Education, International Journal of Educational Researchers, and Educational Policy Analysis and Strategic Research.


Vice PresidentJoanna Madalińska-Michalak is Professor of Social Sciences (field – Educational Research) at the University of Warsaw and head of the Chair of Didactics and Teacher Education, Faculty of Education at University of Warsaw, Poland. Her research work has focused on educational leadership, teacher education, teachers’ and school principals’ development, and research ethics. She is actively involved in many national and international research projects. She has delivered keynotes in a wide range of countries. She is an author of more than 200 scientific publications, mainly articles in journals and books. 

She has acted as an expert advisor to international bodies and has been involved in research and educational programmes relating to school leadership, teachers’ success, teachers’ competences and professionalism, teachers’ ethics, and teacher education. She was an expert at the European Research Funding 2007-2013 7th Framework Programme. Her current teaching responsibilities are: MA – Educational Leadership, Teacher Education: Contemporary Challenges; Passion for Teaching; and Research Methods in Education (at Graduate Programme in Teaching English to Young Learners). She serves for global, international, and national scientific organisations. She serves as a member of the Board of Directors of International Council of Education for Teaching (ICET), a representative of Polish Educational Research Association in World Education Research Association (WERA), a member of Council Board of European Educational Research Association (EERA), Chair of Teacher Education Policy in Europe Scientific Network (TEPE), President of Polish Educational Research Association (PERA), and a member of Board of Scientific Associations at the Polish Academy of Science. She serves as a member of editorial boards and as a member of reviewers’ panels for such scientific journals as Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, European Journal of Teacher Education and South African Journal of Education. She has started to serve for the World Education Research Association since 2015. She is not only a representative of PERA, but at the same time she is a member of Capacity Development Committee, and WERA International Research Networks. She actively took part in several WERA’s invited Symposiums that were held at AERA and EERA Conferences. She served as a reviewer for WERA Focal Meetings


Secretary General: Liesel Ebersöhn is regarded as a leading educational psychology scholar and teacher in resilience and resilience promoting interventions in high-risk school settings. Her research is positioned in contexts characteristic of a global south, emerging economy country in transformation. She combines emancipatory and intervention methodologies as social justice pathways to investigate resilience as human-ecological and cultural adaptive responses to chronic and cumulative adversity. Her recognised scientific contributions include a generative theory (relationship-resourced resilience) describing an emic system to counter chronic adversity, as well as ‘flocking’, a word she coined to depict a collectivist indigenous psychology pathway to resilience. 

Her research focus has had a decided impact on curricula for teacher training in several higher education institutions in South Africa. Her teaching and research outputs attest that higher education can effectively integrate research, teaching and learning as well as community engagement. Her pedagogy aligns with global citizenship and education as key strategies to restructure postcolonial conditions. She is Director of the Centre for the Study of Resilience and Full Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, Faculty of Education, University of Pretoria. She is a National Research Foundation-rated researcher, and registered educational psychologist. She has received several awards for her research in Education and Educational Psychology, including a place in the coveted Women in Science Award (Distinguished Researcher category) of the South African Department of Science and Technology, the Exceptional Researcher Award of the University of Pretoria, and the Emerging Researcher Award of the Education Association of South Africa. She was one of five national researchers co-opted to craft a new Rural Education Policy for the National Department of education – which is in the process of being promulgated. She was a Co-Chari of the Poverty and Education Task Force (World Education Research Association - WERA), and currently serves as Secretary General of the WERA, Associate Editor of the South African Journal of Education and is the Chair of the Ethics Committee (Faculty of Education). She has served as Chair of the International Research and Scholarship Committee (Division C, Learning and Instruction, of the American Educational Research Association), and is the South African international representative to the Building Resilience in Teacher Education (BRITE) Project Reference Group, Murdoch University. Liesel has published prolifically (including more than 75 peer-reviewed articles, multiple book chapters in international psychology-focused science texts, several edited and co-authored books). In addition, close to 80 masters and doctoral students have completed their studies under her supervision. She has been an Associate Professor and Research Fellow respectively at Yale University’s Department of Psychology and Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in AIDS, and Visiting Professor at the Fogarty Learning Centre, Edith Cowan University, as well as Murdoch University. She has read keynote papers and has been invited to present lectures across the globe on themes related to her research niche.


WERA’s new officers assume their positions on June 1, 2018. The Council which governs WERA is composed of the officers who were elected by member associations and one representative from each of the 25 WERA member associations.




About WERA

Founded in 2009, WERA is an association of national, regional, international, and specialty research associations dedicated to advancing education research as a scientific and scholarly field. WERA’s initiatives are global in nature, transcending what any single association can accomplish in its own country, region, or area of specialization. This association of 25 national, regional, and international specialty research associations aims to advance education research as a scientific and scholarly field world-wide to serve the public good. WERA also includes individual and institutional member affiliates. For further information on WERA and its programs, please visit the WERA Website.



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