|Summary: All professional education faculty demonstrate scholarly work related to teaching, learning, and their fields of specialization. Their scholarly work is driven by the missions of their units and institutions. They are actively engaged in inquiry that ranges from knowledge generation to exploration and questioning of the field to evaluating the effectiveness of a teaching approach.|
QU Faculty Handbook states very clearly that all QU faculty members should strive for excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. High quality scholarly endeavor constitutes a major component of academic promotion process (QU Faculty Handbook: Promotion Policy). To help its faculty meet these expectations, the unit provides continuous support for faculty to engage in scholarly activities that involve development of funded research projects, publication of journal articles, and dissemination of research findings in regional and international education conferences. Within this framework, the unit has established a new center, the Center of Educational Development and Research (CEDR), to advance research and improved professional development in Qatari schools and to initiate research and evaluation of Qatar’s educator development initiatives. In this context, CEDR over the two years of its operation has build strong relations with national organizations in development projects. These include the Childhood Cultural Center, the Supreme Education Council (SEC) and the Supreme Council for Technology (ICTQatar), the output resulting from the research in collaboration with these organizations is now supporting faculty in generating internationally-recognized research scholarship. Tables 1 and 2 also show faculty active engagement scholarly activities for the last three years. A list of recent faculty publications demonstrates the breadth and depth of faculty scholarship.
Faculty Scholarly Activities
In terms of funded research projects the unit faculty have secured many internal and external grants including a $750,000 NPRP research grant from the Qatar National Research Fund to investigate the impact of Education for A New Era on Classroom and School Processes On Student Outcome. Over the past two years internal faculty research funds for the college has increased from QR 0.00 in 2007/2008 to QR 183,650.00 through 2009/2010. External funding during this academic year included successful funding to two external projects with local organizations and nine applications to the third cycle of the National Priorities Research Funds compared to two applications to the first cycle of 2007/2008.