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.

Student Assistants

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.

Sojin (Gloria) Noh

Sojin is from South Korea and is majoring in psychology and minoring in peace studies and anthropology. As a student assistant at the HBCTL, she will support the center and its goals by assisting with education-related research and content that aims towards making teaching and learning resources more easily accessible for faculty. She enjoys exploring the connection between psychology and education and hopes to enhance students' educational environment in a globalized setting.


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.

Past Student Assistants