PROF. BOB FOX
Curriculum Academic Lead
Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education)
University of New South Wales (UNSW)
Professor Bob Fox is from the Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education), University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia. He held concurrent appointments as Professor of Innovation in Higher Education (AD), School of Education, UNSW and Professor (Hons) at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) from 2013 to 2019. Professor Fox holds the HKU award, University Teaching Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching. Between 2000-2013 he was Associate Professor and Deputy Director, Centre for Information Technology in Education, Faculty of Education at HKU with one year at the Chinese University of Hong Kong as Professor and Associate Director, Centre for Learning Enhancement and Research before returning to HKU in 2009.
He has published around 150 papers on innovation, change and learning environments in higher education. Bob Fox has over 30 years-experience in teaching and research in Australia, South East Asia and Great Britain. His research focuses on learning and teaching innovation and change in higher education; technological practice and curriculum change; blended, mobile and open learning. He has published widely on these topics.
He was also a Dean (Learning Environments), Faculty of Education for the last two and a half years at HKU. Before working at HKU he was Associate Director and senior lecturer of the Centre for the Advancement of Education at Curtin University, Australia for 13 years; senior lecturer at the Hong Kong Vocational Training Council for four years; a TEFL teacher for five years in England, Hong Kong and Spain and further education lecturer for two years in England.
PROF. EUGENE P. SHEEHAN
Psychological Sciences College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
University of Northern Colorado
Dr. Eugene Sheehan is the former Dean of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado, a position he has held since 2000. As the Dean, he was responsible for the administration of one of the largest education programs in the Rocky Mountain Region of the United States, with about 100 full time faculty and about 3,500 teacher candidates. His college was fully accredited at all levels: national, state, and discipline and has earned several awards for academic excellence, including the prestigious Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Preparation from the American Association of State College and Universities.
Dean Sheehan received his undergraduate degree from the University of Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland. He has Master’s degrees from Trinity College and from the Queen’s University of Belfast. His doctorate is from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is a tenured professor in the School of Psychological Sciences. His academic background is social and industrial psychology. He has been recognized for excellence in teaching and research, earning the University of Northern Colorado’s Distinguished Scholar Award. He has worked collaboratively with several universities around the world. In 2011 he received an Honorary Doctorate from Burapha University. Additionally, he has given keynote addresses at important conferences around the world.
Prior to his career at the University of Northern Colorado, Dean Sheehan worked as a personnel psychologist for the Irish government and as a vocational evaluator in California.
DR. JOSÉ ESCAMILLA
Institute for the Future of Education
Tecnologico de Monterrey
Dr. José Escamilla is the Director of TecLabs – Learning Reimagined disruptive innovation unit whose objective is to explore the higher education in 2030 in addition to articulating the research, innovation, and entrepreneurship processes for Educational Innovation at Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico. Additionally, Dr. Escamilla holds the position of the Associate Director of the Institute for the Future of Education at Tecnologico de Monterrey. Dr. Escamilla has served as the Dean of the Graduate School of Education during 2010 to 2013. He has worked on the use of technologies in educational and artificial intelligence in education and other educational innovation projects. Dr. Escamilla obtained his degree in Computer Science Engineering from Tecnologico de Monterrey, and a Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence from Institute Polytechnique de Grenoble, France. He has worked as a consultant for several companies, universities andgovernment including IBM, World Bank, UNCTAD, Minister of Education of Saudi Arabia, Minister of Education of Argentina as well as several universities. Within the frame of World University Network (WUN) and under the guidelines of United Nations (UN), Dr. Escamilla serves as the chair of the Global Higher Education and Research (GHEAR) Global Challenge Steering Group. Moreover, He is the chair of International conference of Educational Innovation (CIIE) and a member of the International advisory committee of the Institute for Ethical AI in Education, the Digital Credentials Leadership Council, and the Coursera Council, among others.
DR. FIDA SANJAKDAR
Dr Fida Sanjakdar is from Faculty of Education at Monash University, Australia. Her PhD Dissertation focussed on the intersections between Islamic religion, Islamic culture and sexuality education. For the last decade, she has researched the inner curriculum and pedagogical workings of Australian Islamic schools and collaborated with both national and international scholars on the intersections between critical sexuality education, religion and culture.
She has published her research in top rating journals which span disciplinary fields such as sexuality, culture, religion, psychology, sociology, curriculum, youth studies and health. She is the author of ‘Living West, Facing East: The (de)construction of Muslim Youth Sexual Identities’ (2011, Peter Lang, NY) and more recently co-editor of ‘Critical Pedagogy, Sexuality Education and Young People’ (2018, Peter Lang, NY) with Professor Andrew Kam-Tuck Yip (University of Nottingham). She has been awarded the prestigious Discovery Project Grant from the Australian Research Council (ARC) investigating cultural and religious diversity in sexuality education along with Australian and New Zealand scholars.
Dr Sanjakdar’s current research investigates effective pedagogies in the teaching of controversial and real world ethical issues in both Australian Islamic schools and non-Islamic (government or public) school settings. The introduction of Australia’s first national curriculum has seen the incorporation of seven ‘general capabilities’ as essential markers of an improved quality education for all Australian children including ‘Ethical Understanding’. In her research, Dr Sanjakdar investigates how Primary, Secondary and Early Years teachers in these school settings are working with the new ‘Ethical Understanding’ capability component as well as how they are responding to the ambiguities that are inherent within the subject (i.e. challenges in teaching controversial topics such as terrorism, marriage equality, equal rights).
Dr Sanjakdar is on the editorial board of two Q1 rating journals; ‘Curriculum Inquiry’ and ‘Diaspora, Indigenous and Minority Education’.
PROF. DR. MARCEL KÖHLER
Chair for Nursing and Health Care
University of Applied Sciences Dresden
Dr. Marcel Köhler holds the chair for Nursing and Health Care at the University of Applied Sciences Dresden (FHD), Germany. He studied medicine pedagogy, philosophy and vocational education. Dr. Marcel Köhler received his doctorate from the Technical University of Dresden, Germany.
In his PhD thesis he integrates theoretical approaches from didactics, action theory and cognitive psychology as well as linguistics. He has expertise in questions of curriculum development, empirical educational research, evaluation and quality management. His key activities focus on vocational and university didactics, examination in theoretical vocational education and institutional teaching/learning processes. Currently, he is working in the fields of interdisciplinarity in the nursing and health care professions as well as academization and internationalization of these professions. Dr. Marcel Koehler supports and contributes national and international research projects on the aspects of current vocational and tertiary education issues.
Before joining the FHD, he has worked for more than 9 years as a researcher and lecturer at the Institute for Vocational Education and Didactics at the Technical University of Dresden, Germany. He was responsible for national and international research projects with stays abroad in China, Thailand and Laos. Since 2014 he is the executive director of the association for the promotion of education and training for professional educators at the TU Dresden e. V.
PROF. DR. OLIVER MICHLER
Chair of Transport Systems Information Technology
Technical University Dresden