About the Post-graduation Research Fellowship
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.
September 2022 - August 2023
Noora was appointed the 2022-2023 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, Noora is researching the pedagogical environment of classrooms tackling knowledge of traumatized communities. Using the NYUAD Core Curriculum as her case study, Noora aims to understand how faculty can best approach complex subject matter sensitively without understating their realities. Noora also works in tandem with Dr. Gleason to provide support to faculty and instructors at NYUAD in teaching and pedagogy.
Noora majored in Social Research and Public Policy and is invested in the field of international education. She looks forward to carrying the best of NYUAD’s pedagogical approaches to refugee education and education in emergencies."
Ahmed is a sophomore from Pakistan majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He has been interested in education and teaching since a very young age and looks forward to learning more about higher-education pedagogy through HBCTL. He hopes to gain experience to supplement his long-term goal of working for the education sector.
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.
Sara is a sophomore from Serbia, pursuing a double major in Business Organization & Society, along with Psychology. As a student assistant, she will be working to improve teaching and learning methods through aiding in research and resource creation for educators. She enjoys finding ways in which psychology and effective management can aid in developing education systems where students thrive.
Chenyu is from China and is a senior majoring in Psychology with a minor in Social Research and Policy Public. As an HBCTL Student Assistant, she will help to expand the HBCTL website, particularly focusing on the integration of SGDs in different disciplines and classrooms at NYUAD. She enjoys working on education-related projects and seeks to find inspiration from her interactions with both professors and her fellow peers.
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 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 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.
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.