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Election for Secretary-General of ISfTE

Four candidates accepted nominations to run for the position of Secretary-General of the International Society for Teacher Education.  In alphabetical order, the nominees are
  • Jacky Pow from Hong Kong who was nominated by Colin Mably and Nuray Senemoglu.
  • Mmankoko Ramorola from South Africa who was self-nominated.
  • Susan Tilley from Canada who was nominated by Karen Bjerg Petersen.
  • Micheal VanWyck from South Africa who was nominated by Fulufhelo F. Mukhati

All candidates submitted statements for the members of ISfTE to read prior to voting.  The statements follow:

Dr. Jacky Pow – Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong

I am Jacky Pow from Hong Kong and currently the Secretary General of the ISfTE. I run for this position again in order to serve the Society and hope to build a stronger Society. I thank those who encouraged and nominated me to be one of the candidates again. I wish to serve as the Secretary General of the Society because I love to work with a group of professional educators who really care for education and have a heart to work for the advancement of teacher education.

Regional chapters

During my last term of service, I proposed the setting up regional chapters of ISfTE. Though without a formal formation of a regional chapter, with the support of Dr Selva and his team, we have developed this concept of regional chapter and hosted the first regional conference at Kuala Lumper, Malaysia in November 2016. This ‘regional chapter’ will continue to organize dinner talks and small roundtable meetings in Malaysia. With the initial contact with Dr Jovita Espineda (our Executive Board member) from the Philippines, we are expecting to form another ‘regional chapter’ in the Philippines. I will also encourage members in Indonesia to form a ‘regional chapter’ and to host another regional conference in the near future.

Membership

Membership is the main asset of any society. I have worked with our Web Administrator in developing a membership database which is accessible to all paid members. This user-friendly database is now in use and members can update their personal profile easily.

I also will work closely with the executive board members to devise strategies in attracting more members to join ISfTE.

Finance

During my term of service, I invited Dr Sheryl Rushton (USA) to be the new Treasurer to replace Dr Mokhele Madise (South Africa) whose term of service ended in 2016. Dr Sheryl Rushton has kindly accepted my invitation and is now the Treasurer of ISfTE. Now the ISfTE account has moved to USA for easy management.

Journal of the International Society for Teacher Education (JISTE)

With the support of the Editor (Dr Karen Petersen) and her editorial team, we are putting our Journal online in order to shorten the publishing time. Members will receive electronic copies of the Journal and hence can disseminate their works more effectively. Moreover, we are working to assign DOI to each of the papers in the future issues of JISTE with the aim of increasing the accessibility of our Journal papers. My next step is to invite our editors to become members of COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) to uphold publication ethics. With all these efforts, we hope to include our journal in more academic databases and indexes so as to escalate the profile of our Journal.

Collaborative research

In the Denmark seminar, I have initiated the idea of collaborative research and collecting members’ research interests in the membership database. Dr Micheal VanWyk kindly agreed to lead the development of collaborative research. Our members are coming from all over the World and we should have harnessed this asset to further explore more international-level collaborative research opportunities.

ISfTE Website and social networking

Under my direction, our Society’s Website is now in shape and becomes an important source of information for our members. On the Website, we have uploaded all the important information about the Society (such as the online version of JISTE, latest news and newsletters) and embedded the membership database. Members can now access the Society’s resources in a single repository.

Being an international society, we have to take advantage of social network to spread our news to the world. Up-to-date information of our Society is distributed in this channel and I will work closely with the Communication Manager to explore more social networks in promoting our Society.

Together, we will build a truly international society to advance teacher education and work for the betterment of our future generations.

I hope my work in the last three years and strong commitment to serve ISfTE will earn your vote. Thanks.

Dr. Mmankoko Ramorola – University of South Africa – South Africa

INTRODUCTION

I am Prof Mmankoko Ziphorah Ramorola from the University of South Africa (UNISA), South Africa. I joined UNISA in 2008 as a lecturer in the field of Computer-Integrated Education (CIE). I am teaching the CIE courses as well as supervising students in the same field of specialisation. I have supervised four PhD and six Masters’ projects to completion; published seventeen papers (i.e., five papers in the Department of Education and Training (DHET) journals in South Africa, and twelve in peer reviewed conference proceedings internationally). Furthermore, I have contributed two chapters in a book ‘Teaching Foundation Phase Mathematics’. Additionally, I am involved in journal reviews and have to date reviewed papers from four of the African journals as well as one international journal, ‘The British Journal of Educational Technology (BJET)’. My research interest include the integration of technology in teaching and learning; connectivist and constructivist theories; rhizomatic and self-directed learning models; mixed method and qualitative research methods.

MY INVOLVEMENT WITH ISfTE

I have first joined ISfTE in 2014 in Turkey where I met world scholars in my study field. I benefitted from the clustered research meetings organised in style. What I liked with ISfTE is an opportunity given to conference participants in presenting their papers prior to publication. The presentations are held within small peer group settings for collegiate consideration, discussion and constructive feedback. Networking was an added bonus; through this, I met international scholars from other regions whom we shared the same expertise.

In 2016, I served at the South African chapter as one of the organising committee members. I have worked with our College web administrator to develop the ISfTE website of 2016. This year, 2017 I managed to attend and present a paper in Denmark, and hope to do so annually.  

My ability to work well in teams has been demonstrated in a number of group projects, e.g., a group presentation at the ISfTE conferences. Not only, did I develop my communication skills, I also learnt how to negotiate, juggle tasks and collaborate with other team members. I am also particularly proud of my creative skills, which have been shown and expanded at the conference closing ceremony, 2017. I am also extremely organised with high attention to detail.

MY VISION FOR THE FUTURE OF ISfTE

Coming from the faculty of education in South Africa, I have realised that there are many issues that worth investigating. Since this society considers and give platform to teacher educators, researchers, academics and scholars from all over the world, I envisage an annual growth in membership. If elected I expected to hold the ISfTE baton and run with it! This I will do by executing my duties and responsibilities in accordance to the ISfTE constitution. I would be honoured to serve as the Secretary General of the society.

Dr. Susan Tilley – Brock University – Canada

Personal Profile

I am a Professor in the Faculty of Education at Brock University, Ontario, Canada. I have been committed to the field of education for many years. Before I joined Brock University in 1999, I worked in public school systems for 15 years as a secondary school teacher and Curriculum Consultant. At Brock, I teach courses related to the socio-cultural contexts of education, curriculum theory, anti-oppressive education and qualitative research methodologies and methods. My research interests include: education for social justice, critical pedagogy, qualitative methodology/methods; research ethics; postsecondary teaching. I have published in a variety of journals including: Qualitative Inquiry; International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education; Race, Ethnicity & Education; Studies in Higher Education and Canadian Journal of Education. My most recent publication is the qualitative research text Doing Respectful Research: Power, Privilege and Passion, published May 2016.

Involvement with ISfTE I attended my first ISfTE seminar in 2000 in Annapolis, USA. I particularly enjoyed the unique structure of the seminar and the collegial way in which participants, representing many countries and various curriculum areas, worked in a small group format to discuss issues that affect educational contexts globally. I have travelled to many other seminars since that time including Brazil, Norway, Turkey, South Africa and Denmark in 2017. I served as a Member- At- Large on the Executive Board 2016-2017 and attended meetings of the Executive in Denmark this year. I believe my familiarity with the traditions of ISfTE, especially the unique format of the yearly seminars and the organization’s commitment to supporting members and maintaining strong connections with colleagues around the world, will be an asset in the position as Secretary General. I believe the Secretary-General assumes a leadership role for which I feel prepared. I served a 3-year term as the Graduate Program Director for the interdisciplinary Masters of Social Justice and Equity Program at Brock University and recently completed my role as Chair of the Faculty of Education Joint PhD Implementation Program. Vision for the Future of ISfTE

If elected, I expect to build on the past work of ISfTE Executives, while prioritizing a few areas. I will continue the search for additional ways to keep the membership informed of the work of the organization between conferences and to encourage members to contribute their voices to decisions related to the way ISfTE operates currently and in the future.  Further development of our website and additional use of social media would help to accomplish greater communication between members and their Executive and to keep us accessible to, and connected with, educators around the globe.  I believe ISfTE would benefit greatly from an increase in membership, particularly people who have newly entered positions in educational contexts around the world. We have discussed increasing membership many times over the years but have had difficulty making progress in that area. I would like to work with the Executive and other members to develop and implement strategies that encourage individuals to join the Society. I will continue to support regional ISfTE chapters when those proposed represent the policies and procedures of the ISfTE organization and are providing an important educational experience in regions that have little access to similar opportunities. I will work together with Executive members to find ways to encourage more international/ global research collaborations amongst our members that extend beyond their interactions, at yearly seminars. Part of my research program has been focused on international collaborations and research partnerships and the ethical implications of such work. I expect the knowledge I have gained through this work will be an asset in promoting such collaborations.

If elected, I would be honored to serve as the Secretary-General of ISfTE for a 3-year term.

Dr. Micheal van Wyck – University of South Africa – South Africa

Personal Profile

Micheal van Wyk’s teaching career has spanned more than 39 years at primary, secondary and tertiary levels. The applicant holds a Ph.D in Curriculum studies (UFS); Med in Curriculum Studies (UFS), Bed Hons (Educational Management and Leadership, UFS); BA Economics (UNISA), Secondary Teachers diploma (UWC), Certificate in Assessment, and a Certificate in Financial Management. He taught Economics for 16 years and was a panel examiner for Economics (grade 12) for eight years. He was an Economics and Accountancy subject advisor and is currently a consultant for the school subject, Economics (grade 12) serving as panel member for Council on Quality Assessment, Umalusi post-examination project (2009-2016). He started teaching the subject methodology at undergraduate level and supervised several master’s and doctoral students in the subject. He is a full professor in economics education in the School for Teacher Education, College of Education, at the University of South Africa.

From 2008 to 2016, the candidate received several awards and prizes for his scholarly contributions in the field of economics education research. After being awarded the National Research Foundation (NRF)-rated category C3 in 2012, the candidate received several acknowledgements for his scholarly discovery contributions in teacher education, in particular economics education. He published his first article in 2008 and accelerated in his niche area of research. He has published scholarly articles, book chapters and books in his niche area over the past eight years. In view of the applicant’s consistent publications, he received the Chancellor’s 2013 Award for Excellence in Research at the University of South Africa for most outstanding contribution to teacher education, in particular Economics education on 6 March 2014.

In 2015, he co-edited a research book, Educational Research: an African approach (Oxford University Press). This book makes a solid case for scholarly discovery in educational research as an epistemological inquiry from an African approach. He was awarded a certificate for Consistent Contributions to Research (2010–2015) in the College of Education.

In 2016 he spearheaded and co-edited an undergraduate student textbook entitled Teaching Economics and Management Sciences for the Senior Phase published by Oxford University Press. This is the first textbook for the subject methodology Economic and Management Sciences (EMS) and was well received at the faculties of education of most universities.

In May 2016, one of the candidate’s articles entitled, Teaching Economics, was published (2015) in the critically acclaimed International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Second Edition. This Encyclopedia has won the PROSE award for Excellence in Reference Works and for Multivolume Reference – Humanities and Social Sciences. The Encyclopedia was also the most accessed Major Reference Work on ScienceDirect in 2015. In addition, the candidate has received acknowledgement for producing consistent quality research outputs (2010–2015) in the College of Education, University of South Africa.

Micheal van Wyk was also awarded the Best Researcher in both the Lecturer and Overall Categories for 2010 and 2011, respectively by the Faculty of Education, University of the Free State. Moreover, the conference research panel voted the applicant’s paper the best research article in the Education category at the 2010 European College Teaching & Learning Conference held in Dublin, Ireland. Other significant awards were Best Team In World Cup of Economics 23–29 November 2005, SA; Best Team In Economics Education 1–12 April 2006, Paraguay; Best Pedagogical Participant 1–12 April 2006, Paraguay; and Best Team for Run The USA Economy, USA voted by the National Council of Economic Education Qualified International Economics Trainer panel.

Micheal is a serving member of editorial boards and is editor-in-chief of the African Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum (ISSN 2309-4648). This journal is currently under evaluation for possible inclusion in the SCOPUS database 2017 for scholarly journals in the social science category. Furthermore, in 2014 he successfully published a volume as guest editor for a Special Volume in the Journal of Human Ecology, which is listed under the IBSS database for scholarly journals. He also serves as a board member of the following journals, International Journal of Educational Sciences (IBSS), Journal of Economics and Economic Education Research (SCOPUS) and Indian Journal of Teacher Education (PROQUEST). He has been invited to act as reviewer for the following scholarly journals, namely Teaching and Teacher Education (Elsevier Publishing, England-United Kingdom); Studies on Tribes and Tribals (India); The Academic Forum (USA); Journal of Human Ecology (India);The Anthropologist (India); Loyola Journal of Social Science (India); Journal of Education Studies (JES, South Africa); Journal for Social Sciences (India); International Journal of Diversity in Organizations (USA); South African Journal of Higher Education (SAJHE, South Africa); South African Journal of Education (SAJE, South Africa); Perspectives in Education (PiE, South Africa); African Education Review (Unisa Press, South Africa); and Education Association of South Africa (Conference Proceedings).

As a NRF-rated researcher, Micheal van Wyk evaluated several postal peer-review NRF-rating applications from 2012 to 2016. From 2010 to 2016, he also peer-reviewed several NRF Thuthuka funding applications. He served as a panel member for two scientific committees in the past five years for evaluating research-funding proposals. From 2013 to 2016, he was appointed as a panel member of the International Scientific Committee for the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC, UK) as well the National Research Foundation (2016). Scholars download his profile and publications from the internet, and several of his articles cited in international journals link to SCOPUS, Google Scholar, ProQuest, IBSS, ISI, ResearchGate and Academia.edu. These articles were cited because authors are interested in the applicant’s scholarly contribution in the field of teacher education, in particular economics education. These acknowledgements serve as evidence of the calibre of the applicant who has an excellent standing among peers and other scholars, nationally and internationally.

Involvement with ISfTE

I was introduced in 2012 to the International Seminar for Teacher Education by Prof Fanie Pretorius, to attend the seminar but because of a lack of funding I did not attended the seminar. I accessed the friendly webpage of ISfTE and found the objectives, all relevant policy, and other seminar related information very interesting and appealing to me as a scholar. The moment I read what ISfTE is standing as a global teacher education organisation, I immediately experienced that it is truly an organisation that serves all members’ interest. Indeed an organisation take educational matters forward because of it objectives. This promoted me to become a member of such an organisation. An international organisation to advance the ideals, aspirations and building network of scholars globally. In 2016, I attended ISfTE, hosted by the University of South African, in Shukuza, Mpumalanga, South Africa and I experienced first-hand how ISfTE operates as a professional international organization for the advancement of education. I have attended many educational conferences but ISfTE is totally on a different page as compare to other conferences. It is a work-in-conference typically advancing rigours scholarly debating of matters regarding pedagogy, curriculum and educational matters of scholars’ work. Through this type of seminars, academics gave honest and constructive feedback regarding the publishability of delegates’ manuscripts whether in final stage or work-in-progress. I also experienced that ISfTE is an organization representative of elected members of different countries. I experienced how professionally ISfTE is managed. In 2016, a call for members for the Executive board was invited and I was elected as a Member-at-Large, serving for one-year term.  As a Member-at-Large I served my term of office with pride, diligence, and contributed to meetings where I deemed to be involved as requested. I am a member of International Advisory Board for Journal of the International Society for Teacher Education (JIfSTE).

Vision for the Future of ISfTE

If elected as Secretary-General, I will not deviate from the current path that ISfTE is taking but rather strengthening it as an organization and further extending regional ISfTE participation through seminars and collaboration with similar organisations internationally. As the elected SG, I will execute my duties and responsibilities professionally. To execute my duties, I will therefore be directed by the Constitution of ISfTE, in relation to Article IV regarding the duties of the SG. I will act at all-times professionally because I will be an ambassador for ISfTE, locally and globally. I will guard, protect and uphold the office of the SG, the name of the organization because it is an independent organization of advancing the objectives as stipulated in Article III. I will adhere and implement my duties where possible together with the Executive Board on other related duties. As further stipulated in policy and objectives, I will promote the vision of ISfTE to the improvement of teacher education in all settings by fostering discussion, critical analysis, and dissemination of ideas from research and innovative practices in teacher education programmes. Furthermore, I believe that we need to acknowledge outstanding scholarly work of those ISfTE members to be rewarded at our annual seminars. If elected, I will direct my focus to award members for long- and outstanding service to ISfTE, and for scholarly contributions in teacher education annually (only by amending Article V in the ISfTE constitution). I will also start a global network on ISfTE scholars on cutting-edge research in teacher education. Finally, I will advance and increase JISfTE e-visibility and indexing.

I, the undersigned, hereby declares, as a candidate for the position of Secretary- General of ISfTE, that the information provided is a true reflection.

 

Voting Link: >>HERE<<

Following votes will only be counted:
  1. Valid ISfTE members for 2017-2018 only.

  2. Vote between 3 Aug,2017 and 31 Aug,2017.