Our Team

Nancy W. Gleason, Director

Nancy W. Gleason, PhD is the inaugural Director of the Hilary Ballon Center for Teaching and Learning and an Associate Professor of Practice in Political Science at New York University Abu Dhabi. In her role she guides faculty in the pedagogy of liberal arts education which transfers interdisciplinary competencies for a digital economy, such as critical thinking and creativity. She teaches a signature course, Industrial Revolutions and the Future of Work in the University’s unique Core Curriculum. This course speaks directly to her current research project on the cognition gaps in the global workforce. Her research has focused on climate change and the Fourth Industrial Revolution’s impacts on higher education, workforce training, and the future of work. 

Previously, Dr. Gleason directed the Centre for Teaching and Learning at Yale-NUS College in Singapore, and served in the Global Affairs Majors as a Senior Lecturer. She also taught at Tufts University in Boston, MA, USA for six years. She has published and consulted widely in these areas. She is the editor of Higher Education in the Era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Springer, 2018). She is the co-editor of Diversity and Inclusion in Global Higher Education: Lessons from Across Asia (Palgrave March 2020). She holds a PhD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a BA from George Washington University.

 

Post-Graduation Research Fellows

Katharina Klaunig
September 2021 - August 2022

Katharina was appointed the 2021-2022 post-graduation research fellow at the Hilary Ballon Center for Teaching and Learning. In her capacity as a fellow, under the mentorship of Dr. Nancy Gleason, she is working on a research project examining the role of pre-tertiary educational and linguistic experiences in influencing how students view and approach interactions with faculty. Simultaneously, she works in tandem with Dr. Gleason to provide support to faculty and instructors at NYUAD in teaching and pedagogy.

At NYUAD, she majored in Social Research and Public Policy with minors in Economics and Arabic. Her BA thesis focused on how migrants who work in the UAE evaluate the costs and benefits of applying to a new job or promotion through a survey experiment.

Katharina looks forward to addressing the needs of the Center, completing her individual research project, and gaining experience in the field of education.

Keziah Ann Johnson
January 2021 - January 2022

Keziah was appointed the 2021-2022 post-graduation research fellow at the Hilary Ballon Center for Teaching and Learning. In her capacity as a fellow under the mentorship of Dr. Nancy Gleason, she has commenced her own research project on “The Impact of Technology-Supported Pedagogy in Higher Education'' using NYUAD as a case study. The research aims to assess the role of education technology in preparing students for the fourth industrial revolution and ensuring digital literacy. Simultaneously, she works in tandem with Dr. Gleason to provide support to faculty and instructors at NYUAD in teaching and pedagogy.

As NYUAD transitions into the new learning management system, BrightSpace, she will assist in the training and development of materials for faculty to utilize the NYU LMS to strengthen their teaching and learning methods.

Keziah looks forward to addressing the needs of the Center, completing her individual research project, and gaining experience in the field of education.


Student Assistants

Mohammed Muqbel

Mohammed is from Jordan and is majoring in Social Research and Public Policy. As a student assistant Mohammed will work on further developing the HBCTL website, crafting videos that deliver quick tips on teaching and learning for all NYU Abu Dhabi’s educators. He is also contributing to ongoing pedagogical research related to grade-free learning, research-led teaching, and more. IN this student assistantship he looks forward to learning more about writing and publishing research papers and developing effective teaching pedagogies of his own.

Asri Asfera

Asri is from Ethiopia and is majoring in Economics.
As an HBCTL Student Assistant, she is supporting website content development, generating new ideas for improving the teaching and learning experiences from the student perspective, and contributing to education research. She enjoys learning about the education field, how pedagogy works, and the research methods used to produce evidence-based best practice.

David Ho

David is from Viet Nam, and is a sophomore majoring in Social Research and Public Policy.
As a student assistant, David will work on expanding the HBCTL website, making resources available for faculty to create the best learning experience inside and outside the classroom, and contribute to ongoing research at the HBCTL.

David looks forward to learning from Dr. Gleason and the HBCTL team, expanding his research experience in higher education and contributing to the learning environment at NYUAD.

Minseo Park

Minseo is from South Korea and is majoring in Economics.

Minseo will work on video projects that support methods for transferring learning in the classroom. She is an expert vlogger and will bring her skills to the teaching and learning context in this role.  Minseo will also contribute to research and expand the new HBCTL website. Minseo hopes to gain experience in the field of education as well as telling the story of HBCTL to a wider audience.