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Visiting Scholars

Cezar Alvarez Cezar Alvarez

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From: Brazil
Supervisor and Department:
Dan Chazan, TLPL
Visiting Until: June 2014

Cezar has more than 40 years of experience as a public policy-maker in different positions in the Brazilian Government. Through the eight years of President Luiz InŠcio Lula da Silvaís administration (2003-2010), Cezar was an active presidential staff member as the Deputy Minister of the General Secretary of Government from 2003 to 2004. In 2005, Cezar developed and coordinated the Program Connected Citizen - Computer for All. In 2007, he was assigned to coordinate all digital inclusion programs developed by the federal government, including One Laptop per Child, Laptop for Teachers, and a project to promote the expansion and qualification of community tele-centers.

Cezar is visiting the University of Maryland as part of his doctoral dissertation to carry out his research about the One Laptop per Student (OLPC) program as it was implemented in Brazil as a part of a larger global project by the same name, led by Professor Nicholas Negroponte and his team from MidiLab/MIT. Specifically, Cezar is investigating the theoretical and pedagogical structures as well as technological assumptions that underlay the implementation of the concept of one-to-one in the OLPC program. Dr. Dan Chazan is mentoring Cezar during his stay at the University.

Hui Zou Hui Zou

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From: China
Supervisor and Department:
Jing Lin, CHSE
Visiting Until: January 2015

Hui works in the Ministry of Education of China, since 2004. Her current research interests include cross-cultural communications, information communication technology, and international education.

Hui is being mentored by Dr. Jing Lin, during her year-long stay at the University of Maryland. Hui is currently attending College of Education courses and plans to engage in professional activities focusing on comparative education, international education programs, and assessment and evaluation. During her stay, Hui is accompanied by her 5-year old daughter Emily who is attending preschool in Maryland.

Fei Gao Fei Gao

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From: China
Supervisor and Department:
Linda Valli, TLPL
Visiting Until: February 2015

Fei Gao is an Associate Professor in the Department of Foreign Language at Jiangyin Polytechnic College in Jiangsu Province of China, since 2014. Fei teaches College English, International Trade, Business English, Foreign Trade Merchandiser Practice, and Foreign Trade Documents. Her current research interests include cross-cultural communications, teaching methodology, and international education.

Fei is being mentored by Dr. Linda Valli, during her year-long stay at the University of Maryland. Fei is currently attending College of Education courses and plans to engage in professional activities focusing on cross-cultural communications and international education programs, as well as assessment and evaluation, during her stay. Fei is accompanied by her 13-year old son who is attending middle school in Montgomery County during her stay in Maryland, U.S.

Youyi Tian Youyi Tian

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From: China
Supervisor and Department:
Jing Lin, CHSE
Visiting Until: March 2015

Youyi Tian is an Associate Professor in the Department of Education at Central China Normal University (CCNU), since 2009. Youyi teaches Introduction to Education, Foundations of Education, and Education Evaluation at undergraduate level, teaches Principles of Education, and Schools of Contemporary Educational Thought at postgraduate level. His current research interests include education reform and innovation, educational examination and evaluation, teacher education, theory and practice of creativity, growth and cultivation of creative talents, etc. He has authored 2 books, co-authored 3 books, published more than 60 journal articles, and took charge of 5 research projects.

Youyi is being mentored by Dr. Jing Lin, during his year-long stay at the University of Maryland. Youyi is currently attending College of Education courses and plans to engage in professional activities focusing on creative education and international education programs, as well as assessment and evaluation, during his stay.

Yu Sun Yu Sun

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From: China
Supervisor and Department:
Steve Koziol, OII
Visiting Until: August 2014

Yu is an Associate Professor in the Department of Foreign Language and Literature at Northwestern Polytechnical University of China, since 2004. She has also been working in the Office of International Cooperation at Northwestern Polytechnical University of China as the deputy director since 2006. Yu teaches Western Culture, English for international Conference Communication and English speaking and writing at postgraduate level. Her current research interests include teaching methodology, American literature, and international education.

Yu is being mentored by OII Director, Dr. Steve Koziol, during her year-long stay at the University of Maryland. Yu is currently attending attend College of Education courses and plans to engage in professional activities focusing on comparative education and international education programs, as well as assessment and evaluation, during her stay. Yu is accompanied by her 11-year old son who is attending middle school in Howard County during the year-long stay in Maryland, U.S.