ICLEL 2015 Prof. Dr. Michael Searson

November 29, 2015


Executive Director, School for Global Education and Innovation, Kean University, NJ, USA 


He is past-president of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE). At Kean University, he administers a unique school that focuses on global education, innovative pedagogies, world languages, and cutting-edge learning technologies. Activities include professional development and collaborative partnerships with local, national and international colleagues and organizations, including UNESCO. Between 2006-2009, he was Executive Director, Center for External Education & Development at Kean University. He was Acting Dean, College of Education, Kean University 2005-2006 andExecutive Assistant to the President, Kean University 2003-2005. He wasChairperson, Department of Early Childhood Education 2002-2004. In his career, he has authored or co-authored over $10 million (USD) of grants that mostly focus on innovative integration of technologies into educational settings. He is Professor, Early Childhood Education. Also he was Adjunct Professor, Psychology, Rutgers University 1985 and Adjunct Professor, Computer Science, Kean University 1985-1989. 


Ph.D. Cognitive Psychology, 1989 Rutgers University, Institute for Cognitive Studies, Newark, NJ
M.S. Early Childhood/Elementary Education, 1981
The City College of New York, CUNY, New York
B.S. Early Childhood/Elementary Education, 1976
SUNY @ Stony Brook, Brook, Stony Brook, NY 


President—Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE) 2011-2014
Consultant—Gruskin Group (a noted integrated architecture and design firm) 2013-present for work related to “classroom of the future” projects
Conference Chairperson: EduSummIT 2013, Washington, DC 2013
Steering Committee: EduSummIT 2013 2012-2013
Outstanding Educator Award—NJ Secretary of Higher Education Award: 2012
“Outstanding Contributions to Excellence in Teacher Preparation”
Principal Investigator—Facebook Digital Citizenship Research Grant: 2012-present “Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers to Teach Digital Citizenship”
Coordinator for Planning of Innovative Learning Spaces 2011-present forWenzhou-Kean Campus, Wenzhou, China
Advisory Board—Microsof


t Partners in Learning Technology Enriched 2011-present Instruction program
Advisory Board—US National Parks Service Advisory Board for Education 2011-present
Advisor—Wuhan #1 School 1-1 iPad initiative (first of its kind in a Chinese 2011-2013 public school), Hubei Province, China
Programme Committee—EduSummIT 2011 (UNESCO Headquarter, Paris) 2010-2011
Executive Committee—Global Learn Asia Pacific, AACE 2009-2013
Advisory Committee—Association for the Advancement of Computers in 2010-present Education (AACE)
Participant and Member of Senior Writing Team—Redefining Teacher 2009-2010
Education for Digital-Age Learner Initiative
Conference Chairperson—Xi Hu International Conference on 2009 21st Century Learning, Hangzhou, China
Coordinator/Participant—National Technology Leadership Summit 2007-present Vice President—SITE; Chairperson—SITE Consultative Council 2007-2010 Apple Distinguished Educator Advisory Committee 2008-2010
Apple Distinguished Educator 2004-present
Invited Speaker: US Customs & Society—Zhejiang Province Office of 2008 Foreign Affairs, Hangzhou, China.


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