CITED draws on the expertise of faculty across Teachers College, Columbia University and the School of Education, Communication and Society at King’s College London. It is led by a small team of co-directors and associate directors and guided by an international advisory board.
Professor Christine Harrison
Chris Harrison is Professor in Science Education at King’s College London. An active member of the science education community internationally, she is well known for her work in the interface between research and practice. Her research on classroom assessment has been highly influential on policy and practice in schools around the world as well as informing the curriculum of teacher education programmes in many countries. Her current research – including studies of assessment capability in teacher education and school science teaching – is funded by the Wellcome Trust, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada) and the European Commission.
‘Often teachers are asked to make changes in how they work in classrooms. Teacher educators are therefore critically important. For me, CITED provides a space for teacher educators to exercise their professional thinking, experience and rigour in taking forward new ideas in a direction that is both warranted and aspirational.’
Professor Mariana Souto-Manning
Co-Director (New York)
Mariana Souto-Manning is a Founding Co-Director of CITED. Before becoming a university-based teacher educator, she was a teacher in public (pre)schools in Brazil and the US. Mariana is deeply invested in examining inequities and interrupting injustices in teacher education; her research and practice center the lives, values, and experiences of intersectionally-minoritized communities of color. Mariana regularly collaborates with teachers and engages in community-based research. She has published extensively and received research awards, including the 2011 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Innovations in Research on Diversity in Teacher Education Award and the 2017 AERA Teaching and Teacher Education (Division K) Mid-Career Award.
‘CITED is incredibly important to me because its aims match my commitments: to foster transformative innovations in teacher education, centering equity and justice. Bringing together an international community of teacher educators, CITED is uniquely positioned to bring about research-based transformations—for the profession, by the profession.’
Professor Felicia Moore Mensah
Associate Director (New York)
Felicia Moore Mensah has spent her academic career in teacher education. A former science teacher, she knew early on that teacher education and professional development were areas she could have impact in improving learning experiences for children. Her recent research and teaching are focused on understanding teacher educator development, both in terms of content-specific expertise and generalized knowledge. Awards include Outstanding Science Teacher Educator of the Year (Association of Science Teacher Education, 2017); Early Career Award, American Educational Research Association, Division K, Teaching and Teacher Education (2012); and Equity and Ethics Scholar Award, National Association of Research in Science Teaching (2005).
‘CITED is important to me as a forum to push forward and challenge our thinking about teacher education and to acknowledge the importance of the work of teacher educators. I am delighted to provide leadership and collaborate with colleagues and students in CITED. Our agenda is highly significant.’
Professor Viv Ellis
Viv Ellis has been Dean of the Faculty of Education at Monash University in Melbourne since 1 June, 2020 and was a founding Co-Director of CITED. Since proposing the Centre in 2016, he has worked tirelessly to make it a reality. Currently Chair in Educational Leadership and Teacher Development at King’s College London, Viv is a former school teacher whose research programme encompasses studies of teacher education policy and political economy as well as formative interventions. He has been a Professor II at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences since 2011 and joined the Norwegian government’s Advisory Panel on Teacher Education in 2016. He also holds honorary professorial appointments at Central China Normal University and Teachers College, Columbia University.
‘How we prepare teachers needs to change, not only to equip them better to deal with schools as they are but to face global challenges now and in the future. CITED will work towards change with everyone involved in teacher education and development, underpinned by commitments to equity and justice.’
Professor Thomas Bailey
President of Teachers College, Columbia University (Co-Chair)
Thomas Bailey is the 11th president of Teachers College, Columbia University. A 27-year Teachers College faculty member, Bailey is the George & Abby O’Neill Professor of Economics and Education, and the founding Director of Teachers College’s Community College Research Center.
Professor ‘Funmi Olonisakin
Vice-President (International) of King’s College London (Co-Chair)
Vice-President Olonisakin leads on international strategy for King’s College London. She is a founding member of the African Security Sector Network (ASSN) and, in 2015, was appointed by the United Nations as one of the Advisory Group of Experts on the Review of the UN Peacebuilding Architecture.
Deputy Commissioner, New York State Education Department (External member)
Angélica Infante-Green is the Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Education Department’s Office of Instructional Support. She has recently spearheaded New York State’s efforts to integrate schools by race and class. Prior to working at the state level, she oversaw New York City’s efforts to serve multilingual learners.
Professor Thomas James
Provost, Teachers College, Columbia University
Along with his role as Chief Academic Officer of Teachers College, Thomas James is a tenured Professor of History and Education in the Department of Arts and Humanities. He directs TC’s Center on History and Education.
Professor Vini Lander
Roehampton University, London (External member)
Vini’s experience as a child immigrant to Britain, as well as her experiences as a teacher and teacher educator of colour with Indian heritage, inform her research into how teachers are prepared to understand the salience of ‘race’ and ethnicity when engaging with young people in our increasingly diverse classrooms.
Dr Tania Lima
Director of Global Engagement, King’s College London
Tania Lima is responsible for King’s academic partnerships globally, leading on partnership strategy, and working closely with all Faculties at King’s. Tania is also the Lead Principal Investigator in PADILEIA, a UK Department for International Development grant to increase access to higher education for Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon.
Milbrey (Missie) Rennie-Taylor
Teachers College Trustee (External member)
Missie Rennie-Taylor has spent 30 years in television news, most of them at CBS News as the Executive Producer of CBS News Sunday Morning and CBS Weekend News. She has won 8 Emmys and a George Foster Peabody Award. She is Trustee of Teachers College, Columbia University and of Vassar College.
Professor Maureen Robinson
Stellenbosch University, South Africa (External member)
Formerly Dean of Education at Stellenbosch University, Maureen Robinson’s research interests are in teacher education, professional learning and educational reform. Maureen has worked on the executives of various international policy structures and with the leadership of the South African Educational Research Association.
Professor Beatrice Szczepek-Reed
Head of the School of Education, Communication and Society, King’s College London
Beatrice joined King’s in 2017 after previous positions at the Universities of Konstanz, Nottingham and York. Her research focuses on the role of phonology in conversation and the musical elements of speech. She has published five books and over 40 articles and chapters in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes.
Dr Portia Williams
Executive Director of International Affairs, Teachers College, Columbia University
Dr Williams has directed, advised, or collaborated on policy and program initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe, East and Southern Asia, and the Middle East. She holds a doctorate in International Educational Development from Teachers College. Her work explores internationalization and transnational cooperation within higher education.