For the second consecutive year, 10 junior faculty members from universities and colleges across Afghanistan are participating in a 10-week professional development program jointly run by Ball State University and the University of Delhi’s Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce.

The two universities are hosting the “Afghan Faculty Forum for Enrichment, Collaboration and Training (AFFECT) in India. Funding has been provided through a continuation grant from the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Embassy, Kabul

The development of higher education in Afghanistan, with support from Ball State and the University of Delhi, is expected to make a valuable contribution in a country that has faced significant challenges, said David Roof, an associate professor in the Department of Educational Studies in Ball State’s Teachers College. Roof is the project’s principle investigator.

“We can bring a great deal of our professional experience to these faculty as the nation rebuilds its higher education system. Over the years we have found that Afghani faculty want to know more about how their colleagues conduct classroom teaching. They also want to make connections with their faculty colleagues around the world in order to bring academic excellence in their students.”

The project team is also comprised of Michael Ndemanu, a Ball State professor of multicultural education, and Caity Placek, an assistant professor of anthropology. Ndemanu has worked extensively on education reform in Africa, and Placek has focused on women’s health issues in India. Jill Bradley-Levine, an educational leadership professor, is serving as the project evaluator and graduate student Tommy Brittain is assisting in the project management.

Jatinder Bir Singh and Simmar Preet, faculty with the University of Delhi, are taking the lead in implementing the program in coordination with their Ball State colleagues. The partner institution specializes in business education and is ranked highly among the top commerce colleges in India.

This is the second year for the program. In 2019, Ball State worked with Afghan faculty members to develop a university course structure and curriculum for public administration, a relatively new discipline for Afghanistan. The project also focused on student engagement, curriculum development, and insight into the American system of higher education.

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