EHE hosts visiting Ethiopian scholars
Four visiting scholars from Addis Ababa University (AAU) will visit Ohio State’s Columbus campus this January and February as part of an expanding collaboration between the two universities.
Ann O’Connell, professor of quantitative research, evaluation and measurement and director of the Research Methodology Center, College of Education and Human Ecology, is currently hosting AAU’s Kassa Michael Weldeyesus, assistant professor and graduate program coordinator in Science and Mathematics Education (SMED), College of Education and Behavioral Studies (CEBS). He arrived in early January and will spend a month as a visiting scholar. Kassa is focused on strategizing regarding efforts to build research capacity in CEBS.
Three colleagues from CEBS will join Kassa in late January: Tirussew Teferra Kidanemariam, professor and Laureate in Education; Teshome Tola Komo, associate dean, Office of Research and Technology Transfer; and Mulugeta Atnafu Ayele, chair, Department of Science and Mathematics Education.
The four scholars will visit local schools. The majority of their time, however, will be spent meeting with Ohio State faculty and research staff to explore the effective integration and application of:
- Enhanced methods of professional development in college teaching for CEBS college faculty at AAU
- Mechanisms for STEM educator training and professional development for CEBS inservice teachers
- Pilot materials for distance learning used by faculty, for professional development, and by graduate students
Additionally, senior leaders from the following Ohio State offices will take part: the Center for Life Sciences, the University Center for the Advancement of Teaching, the Office of International Affairs, the Center for African Studies and University Libraries.
The exchange is supported by a U.S. Department of State grant administered through the Center for African Studies titled, "Increasing Capacity for Undergraduate Study Abroad in Ethiopia." During the past three years, the grant has initiated an undergraduate study abroad program in Ethiopia and supported exchange of faculty and staff between AAU, Ohio State and the University of Gondar, to support education abroad and undergraduate education.
Ideas for research collaborations are invited, as are discussions of opportunities for travel to AAU for teaching and research, mentoring of graduate students and serving as external examiners for PhD candidacy exams. All interested scholars are invited to join these discussions. Contact Ann O’Connell to arrange meeting the visiting scholars and contribute to the knowledge exchange.