American Friends of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

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Educational Science

Educational Science

Crystal Boyd (2014-15)
Crystal Boyd is a multi-media artist and researcher that is currently based  in Berlin for the 2014-2015 German Chancellor Fellowship.  Her area of research in educational pedagogy is titled, “A Breakthrough in Literacy- Linguistics, Globalization, and Migrant Youth in Western Society.”  It will examine literacy engagement  and learning for students of various mother tongues in a monolingual, German system, focusing on the applicability of best practices in the United States on a small-scale, community based level. The study’s emphasis will be directed towards the high percentage of children in the Berlin school system from migrant backgrounds that experience severe communication deficits in German, and will follow their transition from kindergarten to school. Crystal is partnering with FEZ-Berlin, and previously served as Artistic Managing Director for the International Rescue Committee’s Refugee Youth Summer Academy in New York City. (9/16/2014)

Marie Merrill “Pipo” Bui (1997-98)
Pipo works as the Development Director at EarthCorps, a nonprofit organization based in Seattle that trains emerging environmental leaders from around the world. She and her husband also opened a café in downtown Seattle, Seattle Coffee Works. She worked at the Stanford Graduate School of Business from 2001 to 2004. She studied communications and European Ethnology (Anthropology), both of which turned out to be very useful in fundraising! In October 2001, she defended her dissertation on representations of Vietnamese migrants in Germany (the project she pursued as a German Chancellor Fellow) at the Humboldt University in Berlin. Shortly before leaving Berlin in 2000, she and her husband Sebastian helped classmate Stefan Gutzeit get the European College of Liberal Arts (ECLA) off the ground. ECLA has since hosted at least one German Chancellor Fellow. She and her husband recently started a café in Seattle located at 107 Pike Street. (7/2/09)

Todd Burgman (1993-94)
Todd spent his BUKA fellowship year studying the German banking system and corporate financial structure as a guest researcher at the Kiel Institute of World Economics and the Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel.  He left his post as Assistant Professor of Finance at Union College in 1996, running away to sea. He has sailed as captain aboard numerous sail training ships, expedition cruise ships, mega yachts, and luxury cruise ships.  He currently sails six months per year as captain of the cruise ship Mein Schiff 4 for TUI Cruises.  During his time off from the cruise ships he works with experiential education programs aboard square-rigged tall ships, for example, sailing as master of the brigantine Corwith Cramer for the Sea Education Association (Woods Hole, MA) and the German brig Roald Amundsen (LebenLernen auf Segelschiffen, e.V.). He has sailed to over 100 countries and all seven continents. (6/8/15)

Gayle Christensen (2004-05)
Gayle works as a Research Associate in the Urban Institute’s Education Policy Center. During her year as a German Chancellor Fellow, Gayle worked at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin. Her project focused on immigrant student achievement and motivation in Germany and internationally. Prior to going to Germany, Gayle undertook doctoral studies at Stanford University, where she focused on immigrant student outcomes cross-nationally. During her time in California, she also had the opportunity to work as a research associate for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation focusing on improving education in the United States and abroad. In addition, she holds a MA in international educational administration and policy analysis from Stanford and a MA in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. (4/24/07)

Andrew Chu (2004-05)
Andrew Chu received his Master of Arts in Teaching in 2010 and his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2009 from Washington University in St. Louis. Since graduation, Andrew has designed t-shirts for a women’s apparel company, worked as a line cook for a restaurant in Vinegar Hill, Brooklyn, explored Warsaw, Poland while supporting himself as an English tutor, and roamed the back alleys and byways of New York City as a bike messenger. While he has tried his hand at many things, Andrew’s first loves have always been creating large-scale sculptural installations and helping children develop their capacity for imagination and critical thought. Andrew is eager to explore the synthesis of these interests during his German Chancellor Fellowship. Andrew will examine the designs and philosophies of Berlin adventure playgrounds to determine their social, developmental, and educational benefits for children. Through participant observation and by conducting semi-structured interviews, Andrew seeks to gain insight on the methodology of play occurring at adventure playgrounds and the implications of these sites in a postmodern urban center. In collaboration and consultation with German educators and designers, he will also develop a plan for an American adventure playground. Andrew’s research will culminate in a published paper to share with Bund der Jugendfarmen und Aktivspielplätze (BDJA) and with the Landesverband Abenteuerspielplätze und Kinderbauernhöfe in Berlin (AKIB), and a concrete design for an American adventure playground. (4/27/11)

Todd Ettelson (2003-04)
In August 2002, Todd defended a history dissertation at the University of Michigan on masculinity and the formation of the National Socialist state. While completing his dissertation, he lived and taught in Berlin, where he developed an interest in curricular reform and educational access in German secondary education. This motivated him to pursue a Masters degree in international and comparative education policy at Stanford University. As a German Chancellor Fellow, Todd looked at multicultural education in the three tracks of secondary education by conducting ethnographic research with principals, teachers and students at several schools in Berlin. He also explored the role that youth organizations play in several Berlin neighborhoods in shaping the lives of minority youth. (8/1/04)

Erin Marie Furtak (2006-2007)
During her year as a German Chancellor Fellow, Erin held a dual research affiliation at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin and at the Leibniz Institute for Science Education in Kiel (IPN). She conducted an experimental study of the impact of different teaching approaches on student learning at Max Planck, and co-authored a meta-analysis of the impact of inquiry-based science teaching at the IPN. Erin is currently Associate Professor of Science Education at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Since returning to the US, Erin received the Presidential Early Career for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from President Obama in 2012, and has received multiple research grants from the National Science Foundation, Spencer Foundation, and Knowles Science Teaching Foundation to support her researcher. He has continued to actively collaborate and publish with multiple researchers across Germany, and regularly hosts German PhD students in her research team in Boulder. (7/17/17)

C. Robert Garris (1995-96)
Rob Garris is the Global Director of Admissions for Schwarzman Scholars, a new global fellowship program offering young leaders an intensive one-year learning and professional development experience in China at Tsinghua University. Prior to joining Schwarzman Scholars, he served in senior leadership roles at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Conference and Research Center as Managing Director; at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) as Senior Associate Dean, where he worked on all academic and administrative matters for the School and was responsible for a global network of partner institutions in Europe, Asia, and Latin America; and at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. Garris received his Ph.D. in European History from the University of North Carolina, where he specialized in immigration and urban policy.  Rob has volunteered for a number of organizations ensuring access to institutions of higher education, most recently for the Point Foundation’s programs to support LBGTQ students in their pursuit of a university degree. (6/8/15)

Cynthia Miller-Idriss (2000-01)
Since September 2003, Cynthia has been Assistant Professor of International Education and Educational Sociology at New York University. Cynthia completed a doctoral degree in sociology and two masters degrees (in public policy and sociology) at the University of Michigan. She spent her year as a German Chancellor Fellow in Berlin, researching conceptions of citizenship and national identity among students and teachers in three vocational schools. Her book, Blood and Culture: Youth, Right-Wing Extremism, and National Belonging in Contemporary Germany, which is based in large part on the research she conducted while a German Chancellor Fellow, will be published by Duke University Press in August 2009. (6/26/09)

Sailesh Naidu (2016-2017)
Sailesh is a seasoned international development professional with extensive experience managing global programs through innovation and systems thinking. Sailesh earned his B.A. in Political Science from Seton Hall University and his M.S. in Education from City University of New York. Most recently, he served as Director of Project Management for the NYC Department of Education. He has done field work and program development for Girl Effect University, an initiative by the Nike Foundation. He has worked at the International Rescue Committee in NYC, where he served youth and adult refugees. His programs that serve refugee families and build the leadership capacity of a global network of youth have won the acclaim of the NYTimes and Voice of America. Sailesh Naidu is studying the challenges of refugee youth in Germany at the FEZ-Berlin, a youth and family center. (11/22/16)

Todd Presner (2001-02)
Todd Presner is Professor of Germanic Languages and Comparative Literature at UCLA, where he directs the Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies and is Chair of the Digital Humanities Program. He is the author or co-author of four books, most recently, HyperCities: Thick Mapping in the Digital Humanities (Harvard University Press, 2014). His German Chancellor Fellowship project was called “Re-Imagining the Humanities in the New Economy: University Management, Pedagogy, and Curriculum.” It took him to the European College of Liberal Arts (ECLA), a new liberal arts college in Berlin. As the hands-on application of his humanities training, he worked in university management for one year, contributing to the design of the curriculum and initiating web-based pedagogy at ECLA. (6/24/15)

Dennis Shirley (1990-91)
Dennis is a professor in the Department of Teacher Education, Special Education, and Curriculum and Instruction in Lynch School of Education at Boston College. For more information, go to: Dennis Shirley and Andy Hargreaves’ new book, entitled “The Fourth Way,” will be published by Corwin on July 28. Endorsements and advanced praise for the book come from Anthony Giddens, Dean of the London School of Economics and author of “The Third Way,” the Presidents of the National Education Association and the American Association of School Administrators, the President of the Hope Foundation, the Directors of the UK National College for School Leadership and the Australian Council for Educational Leaders, Michael Fullan, Linda Darling Hammond, and Susan Moore Johnson. For details click here. (6/19/09)

Victoria Shure (2013-14)
During her time as a German Chancellor Fellow, Victoria completed a project entitled, “Early Childhood STEM Education: A Way to a Mathematics and Science Culture at a Young Age,” in which she worked with the Little Scientists’ House Foundation, whose main goal is to assist day-care centers and elementary schools throughout Germany in their efforts to spark young children’s interest in scientific experimenting. Her project examined the practices, policies, and programs in place in Germany for early childhood Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education to see which could be successfully implemented in the United States. Prior to coming to Berlin for the German Chancellor Fellowship, Victoria received her Master of Science at the University of Miami in Education and Social Change in 2013. Concurrently, she was a Teach For America Corps Member in Miami, Florida at Miami Norland Senior High School where she taught Geometry and Mathematics for College Readiness. Before living in Miami, Victoria spent a year in Berlin as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA), during which she worked with children at an elementary school in Reinickendorf, Berlin. Preceding the Fulbright ETA, Victoria received her Bachelor of Arts in 2010 from the University of California, Berkeley in German and in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Urban Planning. (7/7/2014)

Alexis Spry (2005-06)
As a German Chancellor Fellow, Alexis created an online educational resource called the”GDR Wunderkammer” about the former East Germany for American high school teachers. She completed her M.A. In Library and Information Studies in 2008 and currently works as a Knowledge Manager for the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. (6/26/09)

Bernhard Streitwieser (1998-99)
Bernhard Streitwieser is an Assistant Professor of International Education at The George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development. During his BUKA year 1998-99 Bernhard was a guest researcher at the Max-Planck-Institut für-Bildungsforschung in Berlin and conducted a study of former East German school teachers. In 2010-14 Bernhard was back in Berlin as a guest professor at the Humboldt Universität, where he conducted a study for the Fulbright Commission and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) on the Erasmus Mobility Programme, lectured on international higher education, and served as acting co-chair for the Department of Comparative Education in 2012-2013. Bernhard’s current research looks at the impact of globalization on international higher education, student mobility, and access and equity in international education. His most recent book is Internationalization of Higher Education and Global Mobility (Oxford Studies in Comparative Education) and his current project is an edited book on International Higher Education’s Scholar-Practitioners: Bridging the Gap Between Research and Practice for Symposium Books. Bernhard earned his PhD in International and Comparative Education from Columbia University, Teachers College and was President of the German Chancellor Fellow Alumni Association from 2003-2005. Lastly, Bernhard served as the Steering Committee Chair for the German Chancellor Fellowship Triennial Meeting that was held in Washington DC in 2016. (7/7/17)