Organising Committee

The Organising Committee of The IAFOR Conference on Educational Research & Innovation (ERI) is composed of distinguished academics who are experts in their fields. Organising Committee members may also be members of IAFOR's International Academic Advisory Board. The Organising Committee is responsible for nominating and vetting Keynote and Featured Speakers; developing the conference programme, including special workshops, panels, targeted sessions, and so forth; event outreach and promotion; recommending and attracting future Organising Committee members; working with IAFOR to select PhD students and early career academics for IAFOR-funded grants and scholarships; and overseeing the reviewing of abstracts submitted to the conference.

  • Amy Azano
    Amy Azano
    Virginia Tech, USA
  • Bob Doyle
    Bob Doyle
    Harvard University, USA
  • Joseph Haldane
    Joseph Haldane
    The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan
  • Steve Harmon
    Steve Harmon
    Georgia Tech, USA
  • Rich Ingram
    Rich Ingram
    James Madison University, USA
  • Barbara Lockee
    Barbara Lockee
    Virginia Tech, USA
Amy Azano
Virginia Tech, USA

Biography

Dr Amy Price Azano is an Associate Professor of Education and teaches doctoral and masters level courses at Virginia Tech. Her scholarship focuses on rural education and literacy research. She is the co-Principal Investigator of Promoting PLACE (Place, Literacy, Achievement, Community, and Engagement) in Rural Schools, a five-year, 1.9 million dollar U.S. Department of Education grant designed to support gifted education programs in high-poverty rural communities. Her previous academic appointment was at the University of Virginia’s National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented where she worked as a research scientist and project manager on two federally funded grants. Azano is the elected secretary/treasurer of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Rural Education SIG, a member of the Rural Education International Research Alliance, co-director of the Rural School-Community Partnership Research Consortium, serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Research in Rural Education, and was the guest co-editor for a rural themed issue of the Journal of Advanced Academics. She regularly presents on rural education at AERA, the Literacy Research Association, most recently at the International Symposium for Innovation in Rural Education, and has been an invited speaker on rural education in England and Australia. Azano has several book chapters, a curriculum series with Prufrock Press, and over 20 peer-reviewed journal articles, including in top tier journals, such as Review of Research in Education, AERA Open, Journal of Research in Rural Education, and American Educational Research Journal.

Keynote Presentation (2019) | Context is Everything: Rethinking Evidence Beyond Boundaries
Bob Doyle
Harvard University, USA

Biography

Robert G. Doyle, who has been with Harvard University since 1984, is associate dean, Faculty of Arts and Sciences and former associate dean of Harvard College. He is also an academic adviser in Harvard College specializing in advising students from Eastern and Central Europe. He received Harvard’s Star Family Award for Excellence in Advising. Doyle earned his doctoral degree at Boston University, where he wrote a dissertation on the relationship between job satisfaction and self-concept.

During the past six years, Doyle has presented and served as a featured presenter or keynote speaker on the topics of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), assistive technology, and higher education technology design for learning spaces at conferences in the United States, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Turkey, Singapore, France, Colombia, Estonia, and Cyprus. In July 2018, at the International Conference on New Horizons in Education in Paris, France, Doyle was a keynote speaker and presented, Anatomy of Flipped Classrooms.

Doyle serves on the board of several journals, including Educational Technology Research and Development; Learning, Design, and Technology: An International Compendium of Theory, Research, Practice and Policy; and the recently developed Journal of Formative Design in Learning.

Doyle is a lifetime member and sits on the Board of Directors of the Association of Educational Communications and Technology (AECT). In addition, he is the treasurer of the AECT Foundation. He has received numerous AECT awards, and the most recent include the 2015 Presidential Award, the 2014 Distinguished Service Award, and the 2012 AECT International Division Distinguished Service Award.

Keynote Presentation (2019) | "Anatomy of Flipped Classrooms"
Joseph Haldane
The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan

Biography

Joseph Haldane is the Chairman and CEO of IAFOR. He is responsible for devising strategy, setting policies, forging institutional partnerships, implementing projects, and overseeing the organisation’s business and academic operations, including research, publications and events.

Dr Haldane holds a PhD from the University of London in 19th-century French Studies, and has had full-time faculty positions at the University of Paris XII Paris-Est Créteil (France), Sciences Po Paris (France), and Nagoya University of Commerce and Business (Japan), as well as visiting positions at the French Press Institute in the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas (France), The School of Journalism at Sciences Po Paris (France), and the School of Journalism at Moscow State University (Russia).

Dr Haldane’s current research concentrates on post-war and contemporary politics and international affairs, and since 2015 he has been a Guest Professor at The Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) at Osaka University, where he teaches on the postgraduate Global Governance Course, and Co-Director of the OSIPP-IAFOR Research Centre, an interdisciplinary think tank situated within Osaka University.

A Member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network for Global Governance, Dr Haldane is also a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Philology at the University of Belgrade (Serbia), a Visiting Professor at the School of Business at Doshisha University (Japan), and a Member of the International Advisory Council of the Department of Educational Foundations at the College of Education of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (USA).

From 2012 to 2014, Dr Haldane served as Treasurer of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (Chubu Region) and he is currently a Trustee of the HOPE International Development Agency (Japan). He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society in 2012, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2015.

Steve Harmon
Georgia Tech, USA

Biography

Dr Stephen Harmon serves as associate dean of research at Georgia Tech Professional Education (GTPE), director of educational innovation at the Center for 21st Century Universities (C21U), and as a professor at the Georgia Tech College of Design. At GTPE and C21U, he leads the invention, prototyping, and validation efforts associated with educational innovation and with managing facilities available to all Georgia Tech researchers and faculty members.

His previous position was professor and chair of the Learning Technologies Division in the College of Education and Human Development at Georgia State University.

After majoring in English literature at Furman University, Dr Harmon moved to Upper Egypt to teach fourth-grade English for two years. While traveling through the Middle East and Africa, he realized the tremendous need, and scarce resources, for education and training in developing countries. He returned to the US and earned a masters and doctorate in instructional technology, with a cognate in global policy studies, from the University of Georgia.

Dr Harmon’s research centers on educational uses of emerging technologies and has, for the last few years, focused on transforming higher education to better meet the needs of modern students and society. He is a past president of the Association of Educational Communications and Technology, an international professional association of thousands of educators and others whose activities are directed toward improving instruction through technology.

Dr Harmon also conducts research on educational technology in developing countries. He has worked in several Middle Eastern and African countries, including as a consultant for USAID’s Education for Development and Democracy Initiative, in Botswana.

Dr Harmon has over 120 professional publications and presentations, and was the 2011 recipient of Georgia State University’s Innovative Instruction Award. He was the spring 2016 commencement speaker at Georgia Southern University.

Keynote Presentation (2019) | Creating the Next in Education. On the Road to the University of 2040
Rich Ingram
James Madison University, USA

Biography

Rich Ingram has seen the study of human cognition progress from behaviorism to cognitive behaviorism to cognitive psychology to cognitive neuroscience to cognitive psychophysiology, and now to its emerging embodiment as educational psychophysiology. He was there to see the early conception of concepts evolve from computational models of learning to machine induction and modern machine learning, which heralded the arrival of Big Data and advanced learning analytics. Tying all of this together is a fascination with the thinking style of James Burke, for whom “Everything is connected to everything including you, too, of course”.

Dr Ingram trained and worked as a school psychologist before moving on to complete his doctoral work in Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University (Bloomington). He worked as a corporate consultant for 13 years before joining James Madison University. Here he has designed and led major research and development efforts, including serving as the Director of the JMU/Microsoft Partners in Learning initiative for six years, promoting performance certification and twenty-first century (P21) skills. He has written analysis software for widely-used psychometric instruments and dabbled in artificial intelligence. His Selection Expert perceptron has achieved a 100% hit rate identifying “great” teachers relative to teachers who are merely “good”, and a 92% hit rate for identifying winning and losing NFL teams. (Ask about typicality.)

Keynote Presentation (2019) | "The Psychophysiology of Educational Neuroscience"
Barbara Lockee
Virginia Tech, USA

Biography

Dr Barbara Lockee is Professor of Instructional Design and Technology at Virginia Tech, USA, where she is also Associate Director of the School of Education and Associate Director of Educational Research and Outreach. She teaches courses in instructional design, message design, and distance education. Her research interests focus on instructional design issues related to technology-mediated learning. She has published more than 80 papers in academic journals, conferences and books, and has presented her scholarly work at over 90 national and international conferences.

Dr Lockee is Immediate Past President of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, an international professional organisation for educational technology researchers and practitioners. She earned her PhD in 1996 from Virginia Tech in Curriculum and Instruction (Instructional Technology), MA in 1991 from Appalachian State University in Curriculum and Instruction (Educational Media), and BA in 1986 from Appalachian State University in Communication Arts.

Professor Barbara Lockee is a Vice-President of IAFOR. She is Chair of the Education & Language Learning division of the International Academic Advisory Board.