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

Noora Shuaib
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."


Student Assistants

Hallelujah Abe

Hallelujah is a freshman from Ethiopia planning to major in Economics. She is passionate about improving teaching and learning methods, and is eager to participate in programs that allow her to share her skills with the HBCTL. As a student assistant, she hopes to develop engaging and effective pedagogy and to contribute to future projects and research in the field of education.

Ahmed Farrukh

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.

David Ho

David Ho is a Social Research and Public Policy junior from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He is passionate about education, specifically how to bring high-quality education to developing countries like Vietnam. His research interest is how higher education institutions could help prepare the workforce for the demands of the future economy. David has had much experience working in the education sector, from an education start-up in New York, a consulting firm in Washington DC to the Hilary Ballon Center for Teaching and Learning at NYUAD. He looks forward to working with faculty to further NYU Abu Dhabi's mission of creating the next generation of global leaders that will unite the world.


Minseo Park

Minseo is from South Korea and is a junior majoring in Economics. As an HBCTL Student Assistant, she will work on researching teaching and learning methods for educators. Minseo will also contribute to research and expand the new HBCTL website. She hopes to gain experience in the field of education as well as telling the story of HBCTL.

Sara Vuksanovic

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 Yi

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.

Past Student Assistants