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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 renewable pending a new project and new sponsoring professor for no more than two years total. 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.

2021-2022 Visiting Scholars

Angel Cheng Visiting Scholar Drexel UniversityAngel O.Y. Cheng, Ph.D., Independent Scholar
Drexel Host: Rebecca Clothey, PhD 

Dr. Angel O.Y. Cheng, originally from Hong Kong residing in Kuwait, holds a Ph.D. in Comparative and International Education and an M.Ed. Globalization and Educational Change with a concentration in International Development in Education from Lehigh University, where she also served at the Office of International Affairs and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Her research interests include conducting in-depth qualitative research on comparing and contrasting the policies and practices of international organizations on influencing internationalization of higher education at the global and institutional levels as well as global citizenship education at the individual level through the lenses of post-colonialism and neo-institutionalism. Prior to Lehigh University, Dr. Cheng has worked with the University of Southern California - Globalization Office and an International Baccalaureate school in Hong Kong as well as with an international non-governmental organization in New York City. She also has completed educational projects in Cambodia, Germany, and Indonesia. Dr. Cheng is now serving on the editorial board of Journal of Comparative and International Higher Education and will be working with Dr .Rebecca Clothey at Drexel University.

Dr. Mollie A. Gambone Drexel University School of EducationMollie A. Gambone, Ph.D., Independent Scholar
Drexel Host: Kristine Lewis Grant, PhD 

Dr. Mollie A. Gambone earned her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership Development from Drexel University School of Education with a specialization in urban education, workplace learning, qualitative research design, and Progressive school reform. She holds an M.S. in Multidisciplinary Studies from Buffalo State University with a concentration in culturally responsive curriculum design. Most recently, Dr. Gambone has been putting her research to practice as the Dean of Students at The Crefeld School, where she spearheaded an initiative in school culture change by adopting and implementing restorative practices. She also serves as the Executive Director of the Progressive Education Lab, which provides schools and educators with support in developing and increasing their capacity in Progressive pedagogy and leadership.

Dr. Gambone’s research interests include using qualitative research methods to examine the process that schools undergo as they shift toward a more restorative culture, how that work shapes the restorative relationships that school community members have with one another, and how that work influences school leaders and teachers to examine policies and curricula with an anti-racist, anti-bias lens.

Prior to pursuing her Ph.D, Dr. Gambone taught English language and literature at International Baccalaureate Schools in Turkey, Bangladesh, and Honduras. In addition to teaching, Dr. Gambone has also done work as a curriculum consultant, an educational researcher on the U.S. Department of Education Promise Neighborhood Grant in West Philadelphia, and an adjunct professor in Cabrini University’s School of Education. Dr. Gambone will be working with Dr. Kristine Lewis Grant at Drexel University.

Kelly Grace, PhD Visiting Scholar Drexel University School of EducationKelly Grace, Ph.D., Independent Scholar
Drexel Host: Kristy Kelly, PhD

Kelly Grace is a mixed-methods researcher and Teaching Fellow in Leadership at Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan. She holds a PhD in Comparative and International Education from Lehigh University, where her dissertation focused on the mediating effects of mothers’ agency and involvement in early stimulation activities on the relationship between mothers’ contact with early childhood education programs and their justifications of child abuse. Through her work she advocates for the support of mothers’ agency through early childhood programming to safeguard against the use of women as instruments of Western-gazing early childhood program “best practices”. Dr. Grace is passionate about equity issues in research and Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E). She works with small NGOs and non-profits to help them build equitable M&E systems through training and mentoring. She also conducts trainings related to gender socialization processes in schools and M&E, including the development and implementation of gender-sensitive tools and gender-sensitive data analysis approaches. She specializes in Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) and is interested in the use of quantitative methods in feminist research. As a Visiting Scholar, Dr. Grace will work with Dr. Kristy Kelly to secure funding to expand research on gender socialization processes in Cambodian education and the impact of Chbab Srey, or the Cambodian rules for women, on educational experiences.

Dr. Sue Hyeon Paek Drexel University School of EducationSie Hyeon Paek, Ph.D., Independent Scholar
Drexel Host: Jennifer Katz-Buonincontro

Dr. Sue Hyeon Paek is an assistant professor in the School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado. She has a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a focus on Gifted and Creative Education. Her research aims to promote the growth and education of individuals with diverse learning needs by informing and improving evidence-based practices in creativity identification and development. She has focused on assessing creativity and what environmental factor systematically impacts its valid assessment and the use of results for offering equitable opportunities to develop creativity. Dr. Paek's research is published in peer-reviewed journals such as the journal of Psychology, Aesthetics, Creativity, and Arts, the Journal of Creative Behaviors, and the Creativity Research Journal. As a Visiting Scholar, she will be working with Dr. Jennifer Katz-Buonincontro on securing grant funding for a project investigating scientific gatekeepers and developmental networks that drive the creative accomplishments of women and faculty of color in the academy.

Applicants can visit the School of Education's faculty page to explore the research interests and expertise of the faculty. If they identify a potential match, they should contact the faculty member and request support for their application. 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 due by May 1st of each year.

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

Jen Katz-Buonincontro, PhD
School of Education
Drexel University
3401 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104