April 21, 2013

Journal puts Qatar’s investment in education on the map for educators and scholars Special issue to focus on Education City’s role in global education

Northwestern University in Qatar has become the editorial home for Pennsylvania State University Press’ Journal of General Education after Jeremy Cohen, NU-Q’s newly appointed associate dean for academic affairs, was made the editor of the journal.

Housing the journal, which has been re-launched under the name Journal of General Education: A Curricular Commons of the Humanities and Sciences, will allow for Qatar and Education City to feature more prominently in the educational and scholarly worlds.

Faculty from NU-Q – liberal arts director Sandra Richards and lecturer in residence Sean Burns – will join members from schools such as University of Michigan, Harvard College, University of Southern California, Portland State University and The Pennsylvania State University on the journal’s advisory board.

According to Cohen, the journal is preparing for a special issue on educating students in a global society, where Education City will be placed at the center of the question: What is a global education? This and other aspects of the journal’s move “put Qatar on the map of the education world, and will help dispel misconceptions that Education City is a cultural bubble,” he said.

“Making Qatar the home of this journal will help explain not only how important education is in Qatar, but how important Qatar’s investment in education is to the rest of the world,” he added.

The journal, which is set apart by its readership of both faculty and students, aims to provide its audience with the tools to contextualize coursework.

“Undergraduate education is crucial because it helps graduates get jobs, but also because it helps them understand where the ideas that form communities, societies, economies and religious groups came from,” said Cohen. “Regardless what profession a student chooses, this aspect of education is what helps them make an impact on their field and become a leader in their community.”

Cohen, who was appointed as associate dean for academic affairs in January, also serves as the school’s chief academic officer and has been working with students and faculty to enhance course content and place coursework into a context that gives it meaning. He oversees the development of new certificates and minors at NU-Q, such as the recently announced certificate in Middle East studies, as well as talks with other branch campuses at Hamad bin Khalifa University to develop collaborative post-graduate degrees.

“The faculty available between various campuses at HBKU gives us unparalleled resources in political science, philosophy, anthropology and fine arts to strengthen our foundations and develop special programs to complement NU-Q’s journalism and communication programs,” he said.

Cohen comes from a high level post at Penn State University where he was associate vice president for undergraduate education, senior associate dean and professor of communication.  He was previously a tenured associate professor of communication at Stanford University and is a noted media law scholar. He is also an expert on media law and freedom of expression, and has served as editor of Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, for which he received the AEJMC 2006 Outstanding Service Award.