WERA Executive Committee

Dr. Bee Leng Chua

President (July 2022 – June 2024)

National Institute of Education (NIE)
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Dr. Bee Leng Chua is currently the President of the Educational Research Association of Singapore (ERAS), Executive Director of Asia Pacific Educational Research Association (APERA), Vice-President (Asia Pacific) of the International Association of Cognitive Education and Psychology (IACEP), an executive board member for the Asia-Pacific Association-Problem-based Learning in Health Sciences (APA-PHS) and founding member of the Mediated Learning Laboratory in NIE. In addition, she is the Executive Editor for the Educational Research for Policy and Practice (ERPP) journal. 

She is is an Associate Dean of Professional Practice at Teacher Education, National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. In her portfolio, she provides thought leadership and spearheads initiatives in the development of preservice teachers to be reflective practitioners with a strong teacher identity and the use of digital portfolio to chart teachers’ professional growth. Her research endeavours focus on how initial teacher preparation programmes develop reflective and inquiring teachers with a strong teacher identity and how classroom pedagogies enhance students’ learning to bring forth the intended cognitive, affective and motivational learning outcomes. To date, she has successfully been awarded a total of SGD $1,732,149 in competitive and non-competitive grants both as principal investigator or co-principal investigator. She is also part of the Singapore team involved in a 3-country/institution research study funded by the International Network of Educational Institutes (INEI). In collaboration with University of College London and University Of Toronto, the team is investigating the development of quality university-based teacher education. She has published journal papers, book chapters, professional books and given more than 30 conference presentations. Her most recent edited book is on Advances in Mediated Learning Experience for 21st Century Education (Cengage, 2019).

Geovana Mendonça Lunardi Mendes

Vice President (July 2022 – June 2024)

Geovana Mendonça Lunardi Mendes is President of ANPEd (2021-2023) – National Association of Research and Graduate Studies on Education. She was Vice President of ANPEd from 2019 to 2021, and Vice President from 2017 to 2019. She is Full Professor at the Faculty of Education and Human Sciences at the State University of Santa Catarina, Brazil. She was a postdoctoral researcher in the United States of America (2018/2019) at the Arizona State University. She is a National Research and receive scholarship a CNPq, since 2017. She is a coordinator of different research projects and participates as a guest researcher in national and international research projects. Her research and productions have focused on curriculum and school practices, especially issues related to changes, digital technologies, and curricular innovations in the school space, as well as the curricular practices aimed at including people with disabilities and Inclusive Education Policies.

Dr. Rocío García-Carrión

Secretary General (July 2022 – June 2026)

Ikerbasque and Ramon y Cajal Fellow (appointed Associate Professor) 
Faculty of Psychology and Education
University of Deusto, Spain

Dr. Rocío García-Carrión is an Ikerbasque and Ramon y Cajal Fellow (appointed Associate Professor) at the Faculty of Psychology and Education, University of Deusto. She combines school and community-based research to investigate dialogic learning environments as pathways to inclusion for systematically excluded populations. She has been a Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellow at the University of Cambridge, Research Associate at Wolfson College Cambridge and visiting scholar at Harvard University. She has strong track-record leading national and international projects and she has worked closely with scholars around the world through several prestigious EU projects (FP6, FP7 and H2020). She is currently the Vice-President of AMIE (Multidisciplinary Association of Educational Research).
She has been serving on the WERA Council as the representative of AMIE since 2015. Since then, she has led a WERA IRN. She serves as a Co-chair for the ‘WERA Outreach Committee’ and is member of the WERA Task Force ‘Global Challenges and Education’. She has served as member of the program committee of the EERA as Link Convenor (2016-2019). She has published prolifically (including more than 40 peer-review articles in impact journals, chapters, co-authored books, and more than 80 conference papers). She is the co-editor of the International Journal of Educational Psychology and member of several editorial boards. She serves as reviewer for several journal and national research agencies. She is member of CREA, an established international and interdisciplinary network of scholars.

Prof. Liesel Ebersöhn

President-Elect (July 2022 – June 2024)

Director, Centre for the Study of Resilience
Department of Educational Psychology
University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

Liesel Ebersöhn, (Director: Centre for the Study of Resilience, Full Professor: Department of Educational Psychology, University of Pretoria), a registered educational psychologist and expert on social dimensions of resilience, draws on Sub-Saharan Africa evidence for critical contributions to understanding, from an Afrocentric perspective, resilience-enabling responses that promote collective wellbeing given collective distress. Her work has led to foregrounding collaborative rather than competitive responses to disruption: managing finite resources in sustainable ways that support egalitarian positive education, health and wellbeing outcomes. Through engagement in global education and poverty think tanks, panels and boards, she is influential globally in education development circles to inform policy, training and practice for sustainable transformation in the Global South. She is a recipient of numerous scientific association-, national- and institutional awards. She is the World Education Research Association President Elect.

Prof. Mustafa Yunus Eryaman

Immediate Past President (July 2020 – June 2022)

Professor of Curriculum and Instruction
Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Turkey

Mustafa Yunus Eryaman is professor of Curriculum and Instruction at Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Turkey. Professor Eryaman serves as the president of the Turkish Educational Research Association (EAB) and International Association of Educators (INASED). He is currently a visiting DAAD professor at the Institute for International Comparative and Intercultural Education in the University of Hamburg, Germany. He was a visiting Professor and Honorary Research Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Education at London Metropolitan University in 2011. He received his MEd from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.  Professor Eryaman has been serving on the WERA Council as the representative of the Turkish Educational Research Association (TERA) since 2009. He represented TERA at the formal establishment meeting of WERA in San Diego in April 2009, and at the official WERA founding ceremony in Vienna in September 2009. He also has been serving as a council member in the European Educational Research Association (EERA) since 2008.

Dr. Felice J. Levine

Appointed Liaison (July 2022 – June 2024)

Executive Director, American Educational Research Association, US

Felice J. Levine is Executive Director of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), based in Washington, D.C. From 1991 until 2002, Levine was Executive Officer of the American Sociological Association. She also served as Director of the Law and Social Science Program at the National Science Foundation from 1979 to 1991 and as Senior Research Social Scientist at the American Bar Foundation from 1974 to 1983. Her work has focused on research and science policy issues, research ethics, the academic and scientific workforce, and higher education. She has served as facilitator of WERA-in-formation since 2007. With interdisciplinary background across the social and behavioral sciences, she serves on the Executive Committee of the Consortium of Social Science Associations and is Vice-Chair and on the Board of Directors of the Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics. Levine recently served as chair of the National Research Council Workshop on Protecting Student’s Records and Facilitating Education Research. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Psychological Science, and the American Educational Research Association, and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute. She is a past President of the Law and Society Association. She received her A.B., A.M., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago in sociology and psychology.

Prof. Ingrid Gogolin

Appointed Liaison (July 2022 – June 2024)

Director, Diversity in Education Research
Professor of International Comparative and Intercultural Education
University of Hamburg, Germany

Ingrid is professor of international comparative and intercultural education research at the University of Hamburg and director of the research group ‘Diversity in Education Research’, Faculty of Education at Hamburg University. Her research is focused on problems of migration and linguistic diversity in education. She was coordinator of the European Educational Research Quality Indicators (EERQI) project, a three-year effort to develop new indicators and methodologies on quality of education research publications. She served as the interim president of the World Education Research Association WERA from 2009-2010, and is a past president of the European Educational Research Association (EERA) and the German Education Research Association (GERA/ DGfE).  Dr. Gogolin was awarded an honorary doctor’s degree by the University of Dortmund in 2013.