Soon after completing his doctorate in comparative and international development education, Mohammed Elmeski was appointed as a Senior Researcher at the American Institutes for Research, and has a passion for increasing literacy among the most disadvantaged populations. He currently focuses on evaluation and technical support for educational programs in Africa and the Middle East, and is also working on a project to improve education for children in Haiti. In addition to his work responsibilities and continued research agenda, Mohammed is a volunteer for the Moroccan Center for Civic Education, building networks to create stronger communities and global citizenship, particularly for youth in marginalized countries. He describes the U of M as a “global powerhouse” and will continue to work with the institution to strengthen ties between American people and the rest of the world.
Senior Researcher, American Institutes for Research
PhD, Educational Policy and Administration (Comparative and International Development Education), 2012
Successfully led major multi-million dollar educational development projects in Africa and Central America.
I directed the organization of the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement for the first time in Africa.
I won first prize in textbook development from the Morocco Ministry of Education in 2002 and received the Distinguished Excellence in Leadership Award from St. Cloud State University in 2005.
The warmth and the sense of true belonging created by the faculty members and the staff I worked with.
Higher visibility of CEHD internationally. This is the college I refer to and recommend in all my TA work at the international level.
Karen Seashore, David Chapman, and Deanne Magnusson.
Unflinching pursuit of non-stop learning.
I like reading and spending time with my children.
Reliable and trustworthy.
Reliable, trustworthy, and very much committed to strengthening ties between American people and the rest of the world.
Leaders Eat Last, by Simon Sinek. The Subtle Art of not giving a F... is also a good read.
Prophet Mohammed, peace be upon him. We so much need his wisdom and love for humanity to counter the endemic rhetoric of bigotry.
Understanding why it matters.
Have a huge endowment and use it to help the underprivileged achieve their greatest potential.
Participate actively in conferences, publish when I can, mentor younger professionals, and volunteer.
I used to be a mascot at a primary school in Saint Cloud. It was fun to see happiness on the faces of the little ones.