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Summary: All professional education faculty are actively engaged in dialogues about the design and delivery of instructional programs in both professional education and P–12 schools. They collaborate regularly and systematically with P–12 practitioners and with faculty in other college or university units. They are actively engaged in a community of learners. They provide leadership in the profession, schools, and professional associations at state, national, and international levels.

QU academic promotion policy (Faculty Handbook) requires that faculty applying for promotion should provide strong evidence of service to the university and community. Table 1 shows faculty involvement in committees.

Table 1
Unit Faculty Participation in Committee Work

Committee Site 2007-2008 2008-2009 2009-2010
Department 58 64 69
College 56 67 72
University 13 27 25
Community 18 20 26
Schools 10 14 12
Professional Organizations 23 25 39
Total 179 217 243

The Unit organizes two Annual Education Conferences to provide professional development opportunities to K-12 teachers and other local educators. For instance, the Fifth Special Education Conference that was held on January-21-22, 2010, was attended by over 800 participants from different parts of the world. The Conference program included 10 workshops attended by 385 local and regional educators and were offered as professional development. In addition, 40 papers were presented by practitioners and scientists from United Kingdom, the United States, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Algeria, Kuwait, and Canada.

Currently, the unit faculty members are actively involved in the professional development of teachers in Qatar, most sponsored by CEDR or the Office of Faculty Development (OFID). The unit has developed, in collaboration with its education partners, a comprehensive professional development program for teachers in Independent Schools involving the design and delivery of training workshops on a number important topics related to teaching and learning such as classroom management, curriculum standards, the nature of the learner, cooperative learning, motivation to learn, the blackboard system. Unit faculty members have conducted 34 Workshops during the current academic year 2010/2011 that were attended by over 1000 K-12 teachers.

A unit survey using a specifically designed Professional Development template  revealed that the unit faculty members were actively involved in service delivery activities geared toward the university and the community. Table 2 presents examples of the institutions or groups to which faculty contribute in leadership and service roles.


Table 2
Examples of Faculty Service

 University Qatar  International
Academic Senate Learning Center, Qatar Foundation National Award for Child Literacy
Academic Promotion Committee Shafallah Center for Children with Special Needs Council for Exceptional Children /Division of International Special Education Services
QU Student Counseling Center National Scientific Award  
Academic Program Review & Curriculum Enhancement Committee Arab Educational Robotic Competition  
Scientific Research Committee Annual Student Research Fair  
General Requirements Committee (COED) Action Research Committee  
Learning Outcomes Assessment Program Scientific Committee for Drug Control  
Developing Policies and Procedures Group (QU) Standards for Forensic Sciences Committee  
Scientific Committee of the Research Forum II Support Committee of Al Shaqab Independent School for Girls  
Commission for Academic Accreditation The Design and Implementation Program, Renewal of Professional Licenses  
Senate Board