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UC Educator to Address Science Conference in Iraq

The conference will feature panel discussions and keynote presentations on current issues ranging from engineering to leadership in higher education.

Date: 10/7/2011
By: Dawn Fuller
Phone: (513) 556-1823
Photos By: Lisa Ventre
Gulbahar Beckett, UC associate professor of teacher education and director of the Center for International Education and Research, will deliver an address at an international science conference in Iraq that will bring together the academic and industrial community. The fourth International Scientific Conference of Salahaddin University-Erbil will be held Oct. 18-20 in Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq.
Gulbahar Beckett
Gulbahar Beckett

Beckett’s address at the conference is titled “The Current Status and Future of English as a Foreign Language Education.” The conference aims to address new challenges, solutions and future directions in fields in both the so-called hard sciences and humanities.

UC’s College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services (CECH) and Carl H. Lindner College of Business are in the second year of a three-year educational partnership with Salahaddin University-Hawler in Erbil, a Kurdish region in Northern Iraq. That’s after UC was among only five U.S. institutions selected for a university linkages program – funded by the U.S. Department of State. The linkages program is an initiative sponsored by the Academy for Educational Development – a nonprofit organization that works to improve education around the world – and the American Embassy in Baghdad.

As part of that linkages partnership, Beckett serves as the principal investigator of the U.S.-Iraq University Linkages Program that also brought in a delegation of 19 educators from Iraq. The delegation was exploring curriculum redesigning, student-centered learning, instructional technologies and the American public school system. The delegation also took part in career workshops held in the Carl H. Lindner College of Business.

Beckett's general areas of research are sociolinguistics, applied linguistics and cultural issues in second language learning and teaching. She is an associate professor of sociolinguistics and applied linguistics in the Literacy and Second Language Studies Graduate Program in CECH.

UC’s College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services has been dedicated to excellence in teaching for more than a century. The college prepares students to work in diverse communities, provides continual professional development and fosters education leadership at the local, state, national and international levels.