Daniel Kirk, PhD

Director, School of Learning and Teaching (Forest Grove)
503-352-3186

Dr. Daniel Kirk, Director of the School of Learning & Teaching (Forest Grove), joined the College of Education at Pacific University from Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates where he served as Program Chair and Associate Professor at the Emirates College for Advanced Education, the only specialist teacher education institution in the Persian Gulf.

Daniel has a doctorate (PhD) from the University of Georgia (USA) in Language and Literacy Education as well as a master’s degree in Special Education Needs, a bachelor’s degree with honors in English Studies, and a post-graduate teaching credential in Secondary English Education all from the University of Sunderland (England, UK).

Before pursuing his Ph.D., Daniel taught middle and high school English Language Arts in England, Qatar, Bermuda and Dubai. Since completing his doctorate, Daniel has also worked in higher education on faculty at the American University of Sharjah (UAE), Macon State College (Georgia, USA) and Bahrain Teachers College (Bahrain). While in his Ph.D. program, Daniel worked for the Georgia State Department of Education on implementation and review of a statewide comprehensive school reform (CSR) initiative. More recently, Daniel has collaborated with the Ministry of Education in Oman and the Abu Dhabi Education Council on the development of teacher development and professional learning activities for educators, and served as an external consultant to several school systems in the Middle East.

When not officially ‘on-the-clock’ in his position, Daniel enjoys spending time with his adorable daughters, Gillian and Emma-Jane; planning the next adventure with his wife, Eliza, a talented elementary teacher; continuing his life-long passion for rugby by coaching, and playing when his aching body will allow; and thinking up ways to grill all year round.

Education

PhD in Education – University of Georgia

MA in Special Education – University of Sunderland

PGCE Secondary English Education – University of Sunderland

BA (Hons) in English Studies – University of Sunderland

Books

Kirk, D. & Obst, D. (Eds.). (2010). Innovation through education: Building the Knowledge Society in the Middle East. New York. Institute of International Education

Kirk, D. (2010). Global Reach, Local Need: The development and rise of the UAE education sector. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Journal Articles (Refereed)

Kirk, D. (2015). Innovate or Replicate? Education Reform Initiatives in the Gulf Cooperation Council States. Muslim World Quarterly, 105 (1), 78-92

Kirk, D. (2009). Global Education for a Local Population: An international comparative study of pre-service teacher education in the United States of America, United Kingdom, and United Arab Emirates. Journal of Research in Education. (Spring 2009)

Kirk, D. (2009). Local Voices, Global Issues: International perspectives on teacher preparation courses. International Journal of Applied Educational Studies 1, (1)

Book Chapters

Kirk, D. (2015). The State of Current Research on Teacher Development: Leadership, Policy and Practice. In, Annual Review of Education, Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research, Abu Dhabi

Kirk, D. (2014). The “Singapore of the Middle East”: The Role and Attractiveness of the Singapore Model and TIMSS on Education Policy and Borrowing in the Kingdom of Bahrain. In, Wiseman, A., Alromi, N & Alshumrani, S. (Eds) Education for a Knowledge Society in Arabian Gulf Countries International Perspectives on Education and Society, (Volume 24). London. Emerald Publishing

Kirk, D. (2013). Comparative and International Education in the Arabian Gulf. In, Wiseman, A. & Anderson, E. (Eds.), Annual Review of Comparative and International Education. London. Emerald Publishing

Kirk D., & Napier, D. (2010). Global Competition, Local Implications: Higher Education Development in the UAE. In Rust, V., Portnoi, L. & Bagley, S. (Eds.), Higher Education, Policy, and the Global Competition Phenomenon. Palgrave Macmillan

Kirk, D. (2009). Diversity, Global Practice, Local Needs: An international comparative study of pre-service teachers' perceptions of initial teacher training in the United States, United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates. In Wiggan, G. & Hutchinson, C. B. (Eds.), Global Issues in Education: Race, Class (in Neo-colonial societies), Gender, Ethnicity and Culture. Lanham, MD. Roman & Littlefield. Chapter 4, 59-80

Kirk, D., & Napier, D. (2009). The Transformation of Higher Education in the United Arab Emirates: Issues, implications, and cultural dimensions. In Zajda, J., Daun, H. & Saha, L. J. (Eds.), Nation-Building, Identity, and Citizenship Education: Cross cultural perspectives. Springer. Chapter 9, 131-142

Kirk, D., & Napier, D. (2009). Issues of Gender, Equality, Education, and National Development in the United Arab Emirates. In Baker, D. P. & Wiseman, A. W. (Eds.), Gender, Equality, and Education from International and Comparative Perspectives. Volume 10, “International Perspectives on Education and Society”. London. Emerald Publishing

Kirk, D. (2006) Bermudian English: an isolated language. In Popov, N. (Ed), Comparative Education in Teacher Training. Sofia, Bulgaria. University of Sofia Press. Chapter 18, 138-14.

Other Publications

Kirk, D. (2009). Local Voices, Global Issues: A comparative study of the perceptions student teachers hold in relation to their pre-service training in the United States of America, United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates. Compare, 39 (4), 569

Literacy Practices in Afterschool Web-based Youth Communities. (December, 2006) Report prepared for the Robert Bowne Foundation. Co-authored with Donna Alvermann, James Marshall, Cheryl McLean & John Bishop

Presentations/Papers Delivered

The State of Current Research on Teacher Development: Leadership, Policy and Practice. (September 2014). 5th Annual Education Conference, Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research, Abu Dhabi – Invited Keynote

Revisioning and realigning national education systems with international best practice (March 2014). 58th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society. Toronto, Canada

Leading the Charge: Developing teachers of literacy in a multilingual school systems. Tales from the Middle East (September 2013). $th Annual Conference on Education. ECSSR, Abu Dhabi

The ‘Singapore of the Middle East’: The role and attractiveness of the Singapore model and TIMMS on education policy and borrowing in the Kingdom of Bahrain (May 2012). Gulf Research Meeting, University of Cambridge, UK (Invited Presenter)

National dialogue and education: Teacher education and national reform in the kingdom of Bahrain (April 2012) 56th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society. Puerto Rico

Building the Knowledge Society in the Middle East: But whose knowledge? (March, 2010) 2nd Annual Gulf Comparative Education Society symposium. Ras al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates

If we build it, they will come: Educational borrowing and higher education development in the United Arab Emirates (March 2009). Paper presented at the Comparative and International Education Society annual conference, Charleston, SC. (Invited Session Chair)

Branching Out: How do Universities Extend their Reach? (March 2009), Panel,. Comparative and International Education Society annual conference, Charleston, SC. (Invited Discussant)

The Transformation of Higher Education in the UAE: Issues, Implications and Intercultural Dimensions (September 2007) Paper presented at the World Congress of Comparative Education Societies, XIII Congress, Sarajevo, Bosnia

Global Education for a Local Population: an international study of pre-service teachers’ perceptions of professional training in the United States, United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates. (April, 2007) Paper presented at the conference School Reform: Challenges and Aspirations, United Arab Emirates University, Dubai, UAE

Comprehensive School Reform: Implementation and Impact in US Schools. (April, 2007) Paper presented at the conference School Reform: Challenges and Aspirations, United Arab Emirates University, Dubai, UAE

The Global to the Local: An international comparative study of pre-service teachers' perceptions of initial teacher training in the United States, United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates. (March, 2007) Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Baltimore, MD, USA

The way we teach now: English teachers in the new world of mandated assessments. (November, 2006) Paper presented at the Annual Convention, National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Bermudian English: an isolated language. How language shift in the classroom is leading to a rethinking of teacher preparation and training. (2006, May) Paper presented at the 4th International Conference on Comparative Education and Teacher Training, Sofia, Bulgaria

The role of language in the classroom of a small island (2003, July). Paper presented at the International Federation for Teachers of English conference, Melbourne University, Melbourne, Australia

Local Voices, Global Issues: English teacher education in the United States, United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates. (February, 2007) Paper presented at the Annual Conference of Georgia Teachers of English, Jekyll Island, Georgia, USA

Teacher Training and Higher Education in the Arabian Gulf: How student teachers in the United Arab Emirates perceive their Initial teacher Training. (January, 2007) Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Qualitative Interest Group, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA