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Visiting Scholars

Drexel University School of Education

We are now accepting applications to the Visiting Scholars Program.

The program is open to scholars from other academic institutions or independent scholars wishing to take advantage of SoE faculty expertise and resources. The program is open to applicants from all disciplines with research projects that support the mission of the School of Education.

We welcome both U.S.-based and foreign scholars for up to one year. Visiting Scholars are expected to work with faculty on their research, present their research while in residence, and contribute to the intellectual development of the School of Education.

Visiting scholars may have the opportunity to teach or co-teach courses in the School of Education and will receive a Drexel University ID, library privileges, a Drexel email address and the opportunity to sit in on classes in the School of Education.

Scholars are expected to have their own funding to support their stay. A desk may be provided if one is available, but it is not guaranteed. Housing is not provided, but Drexel University’s Office of International Students and Scholar Services (ISSS) can provide information in that regard.

2020-2021 Visiting Scholars

Kelly Grace, PhD Visiting Scholar Drexel University School of Education Kelly Grace, PhD, Grace Research Consulting
Drexel Host: Toni Sondergeld, PhD 
Email: kg3229@drexel.edu

Dr. Kelly Grace is a research consultant focusing on gender in Comparative and International Education (CIE). She holds a PhD in CIE from Lehigh University and resides in Saudi Arabia. Her primary research interest examines barriers related to gender in early childhood education and primary school programs, and she works broadly in the area of gender in education programs in K-12 and university settings. Her contextual area of expertise is in the Cambodian education system, with a particular interest in Chbab Srey, or Rules for Women. Dr. Grace also supports the development of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) systems for education programs around the world, and has consulted for organizations such as Plan International, World Vision, Caring for Cambodia, and Selene in Albania. She specializes in project data management and analysis and develops and implements trainings in both gender and M&E in education settings. As a Visiting Scholar, she will be working with Dr. Toni Sondergeld to develop a scale validation for her research on gender-related attitudes in Cambodian schools.

Peggy Kong, PhD Visiting Scholar Drexel University School of Education Peggy Kong, EdD, Independent Scholar
Drexel Host: Jennifer Adams, EdD
Email: pak72@drexel.edu

Dr. Kong's research interests focus on understanding the factors related to parental support of their children’s success in school, including family-school relationships, child and youth welfare, and gender and education in East Asia and among immigrants in the United States. She combines in-depth ethnographic work with survey data to delve into the relationships between poverty, school-family connections, and gender and schooling. She is the author of Parenting, Education, and Social Mobility in Rural China: Raising Dragons and Phoenixes (Routledge, 2016), numerous scholarly articles and chapters. She is co-editor of Rural Education in China’s Social Transition (2021). Dr. Kong has been assistant professor at Lehigh University and the University of Hong Kong, and a visiting scholar at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She earned her Ed.D. at Harvard University in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy, with a concentration in International Education, Ed.M. from Harvard University in International Education Policy, and a B.A. in Government and Asian Studies. As a Visiting Scholar, Dr. Kong will be working with Dr. Jennifer Adams on two research projects aimed at 1) understanding transnational schooling of inland Chinese schooling, and 2) Asians/Asian American experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kristin Koskey, PhD Visiting Scholar Drexel University School of Education Kristin Koskey, PhD, Independent Scholar
Drexel Hosts: Toni Sondergeld, PhD and Kathleen Provinzano, PhD
Email: kk3436@drexel.edu

Dr. Kristin Koskey has a Ph.D. in Educational Research and Measurement. She was an Associate Professor at The University of Akron for eleven years where she taught courses in research methods, statistics, program evaluation, assessment, and human development. Her research interests include psychometrics, mixed method data integration, and program evaluation primarily in K-16 contexts serving minoritized populations. Dr. Koskey’s research has received state and federal funding support and is published in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Mixed Methods Research, International Journal of Qualitative Methods, Journal of Applied Measurement, Journal of Experimental Education, and Studies in Educational Evaluation. She has co-authored book chapters related to research methods, STEM assessment, automated essay scoring, and online learning. Dr. Koskey has over ten years of experience as a lead evaluator for several foundation, state, and federally funded educational and community-based programs. She currently serves as a consulting editor for the journal of Psychological Assessment. As a Visiting Scholar, Dr. Koskey will be collaborating with Dr. Toni Sondergeld and Dr. Kathleen Provinzano on securing grant funding for school-reform research and the establishment of The Methods Lab.

Previous School of Education Visiting Scholars

  • Li Jing, Henan University of Urban Construction, China (Host Dr. Rebecca Clothey), 2018
  • Shadi Dini, University of Zanjan, Iran (Host: Dr. Rebecca Clothey), 2015-16
  • Dr. Demetrios Spyridakis, Independent Scholar, USA (Host: Dr. Roger Gonzalez), 2014-15
  • Dr. Figen EreĊŸ, Gazi University, Turkey (Host: Dr. Rebecca Clothey), 2012-13
  • Dr. Christy Hu, Minzu University, China (Host: Dr. Rebecca Clothey), 2012-13

Criteria for Selection:

  • PhD, EdD, other terminal degree, or the equivalent in research experience
  • Demonstrated research productivity
  • A proposed project relevant to education

Initial applications should be made to a specific faculty member or members in the School of Education. In order to help identify an appropriate faculty member, please refer to the Faculty page of the School of Education website. The faculty member will determine if there is a match with the applicant and his or her area of interest. A letter of support from this faculty member is a required part of the final application.

Final applications should include:

  • 1-2 page description of the intended research project and how it will contribute to the mission of the School of Education at Drexel University
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Two recent publications
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • One letter of support from the School of Education faculty member who will facilitate the applicant’s stay at Drexel University 
  • A TOEFL score of 79

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Inquiries and final applications to the Visiting Scholars Program should be addressed to:

Kristy Kelly
School of Education
Drexel University
3401 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Email: kek72@drexel.edu