School of Education Continues Partnership with University in Thailand

The School of Education hosted visiting professor Ratchaneekorn Tongsookdee, Ph.D., Nov. 9-13. Tongsookdee is an assistant professor of special education in the School of Education at Chiang Mai University in Thailand.

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From left to right: Joseph Nichols, Ph.D., assessment coordinator; Ratchaneekorn Tongsookdee, Ph.D., assistant professor in special education, Chiang Mai University; Ann Rule, Ph.D., interim dean; Maureen Wikete Lee, Ph.D., associate dean; Amritra Chaturvedi, Ph.D., assistant professor and program director, international education; and Nikki Murdick, Ph.D., professor and program director in educational studies. 

During the visit, Tongsookdee met with interim dean Ann Rule, Ph.D., and other faculty members. They discussed the possibilities for collaboration between the two institutions, including the possibility of co-hosting an international conference. Other areas of potential collaboration include facilitating scholarship student exchanges, professional development programs and research collaboration.

While on campus, Tongsookdee also gave a lecture to undergraduate students in an Introduction to Disability Studies class, in which she addressed international special education, disability, identification, services and challenges in Thailand.

This international partnership was initiated in December 2015, when Amrita Chaturvedi, Ph.D., program director of international studies in the School of Education, traveled to Thailand and met with Tongsookdee for the first time to begin exploring collaboration opportunities for students and faculty.

Chaturvedi made a return visit to Chiang Mai University this year on Dec. 14, and her visit was chronicled on the Chiang Mai University website.

"We in the School of Education are excited about the potential collaboration with Chiang Mai University in Thailand," Rule said. “Dr. Ratchaneekorn's visit strengthens our collaboration's future success in creating a special education programs, scholarships and research opportunities in the near future."