Khalid Arar, Ph.D. Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy, School Improvement Doctoral Program at Texas State University, Associate Editor of International Journal of Leadership in Education (Routledge), and Regional Editor or Journal of Education Administration and History (Routledge).
Dr. Arar specializes in research on educational administration, leadership and policy analysis in education and higher education. He conducted studies in the Middle-East, Europe, USA, and in North America and in many other cross-national contexts. His research focuses broadly in equity and diversity in educational leadership and higher education, and mainly in the following five areas: (1) diversity, equity, and inclusion in k-12 and higher education; (2) socio-cultural dimension of educational leadership, (3) social justice leadership and ecological, educational change, (4) career and professional development of educators, (5) immigration, refugee, culture and educational policy while using qualitative, comparative and international research lens. His latest research encompasses a range of key K-12 and higher education issues for refugees and immigrants in global world aiming to integrate theory with empirical evidence and practice.
Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy in Education and Community Leadership, School Improvement Doctoral Program, College of Education, Texas State University. My research focuses mainly in the following five areas: (1) diversity, equity, and inclusion in k-12 and higher education; (2) socio-cultural dimension of educational leadership, (3) social justice leadership and ecological, educational change, (4) career and professional development of educators, (5) immigration, refugee, culture and educational policy while using qualitative, comparative and international research lens. My latest research encompasses a range of key K-12 and higher education issues for refugees and immigrants in global world aiming to integrate theory with empirical evidence and practice.
I served as a high school principal for a decade and completed my Ph.D. studies at Anglia University, U.K. I hold a professional diploma in Organizational Counseling, a diploma in Teaching Assessment and Evaluation in Education, and a National School Principal License from Tel-Aviv University. A former Dean of Research and Head of Post-Graduate Programs in Education, The Centre for Academic Studies, is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Leadership in Education and Middle-East regional editor of Journal of Education Administration and History and a member of the editorial boards in the following journals: Journal of Education Administration, Leadership and Policy in Schools, International Journal of Educational Management, Higher Education Policy and Applied Research in Higher Education, International Journal of Higher Education Governance & Policy, Research in Education Administration & Leadership. He is a member of the UCEA Centre for the Study of International School Leadership.
For the past two decades, I conducted studies in the Middle East, Europe, and North America on issues of equity, diversity, and social justice in the complex realities of K-12 and higher education. My research agenda has both a domestic, urban, sub-urban, and comparative international orientation. His commitment to challenging global injustices led me in recent years to research education for refugees, displaced people, and immigrants through a social justice lens. I presented my research widely at different international conferences of WERA, AERA, ECER, CIES, BERA, UCEA, BELMAS, CCEAM, ICPEL, and TCEA. Over 100 scholarly publications, while my articles have appeared in the top journals of educational leadership, policy and higher education, including Journal of Education Policy, Higher Education Policy, Journal of School Leadership, Journal of Educational Administration, Educational Management, Administration and Leadership, Compare, Journal of Comparative Education, Gender and Education, Journal of Educational Change, International Journal of Leadership in Education, Cambridge Journal of Education and Review of Education. Recently, I have guest-edited special issues in the Journal of Education Administration and History, titled: The imposition of government education policy initiatives and school enactment: uncovering the responses of school principals (with Yasar Kondakci & Alison Taysum, 2019); Journal of Professional Capital and Community, titled: Emotion in educational leadership (with Izhar Oplatka, 2018); International Journal of Leadership in Education, titled: Understanding leadership for refugee education (with Deniz Ӧrücü & Duncan Waite, 2020); Journal of Higher Education Policy, titled: Higher Education for “Atypical” International Students: Displaced and Refugee Students (with Yasar Kondakci & Bernhard Streitwieser, 2020).
I gave keynotes and lectures in different international venues such as Leadership Without Borders and International Council of Professors of Educational Leadership (ICPEL) Annual conference, 2019 (Soka University California); International School Principals Conference (ISPC, 2019) Leading Principals Society (Istanbul); Immigration and Higher Education Conference (2019), V.W. Hannover (Germany); Canadian Principal Learning Network (CPLN) & the Faculty of Education, Ottawa University; Turkish Education Administration Congress, Sivas, Turkey (2018); and have been a visiting scholar in different universities around the globe.
My recent books include School Leadership for Refugees’ Education (Routledge); Migrants, Refugees and Global Challenges in Higher Education (Peter Lang Publishing, with Kussai Haj-Yehia, David Ross, & Yasar Kondakci); Education, Immigration and Migration: Policy, Leadership, and Praxis for a Changing World (Emerald Publishing, with Jeffrey Brooks & Ira Bogotch); Turbulence, Empowerment, and Marginalization in International Education Governance Systems (Emerald Publishing, with Alison Taysum), Emotion Management and Regulation in Teaching and Educational Leadership: Research and Practice in Transitional and Developing Societies (Emerald Publishing with Izhar Oplatka); and Neoliberalism and Education Systems in Conflict: Exploring Challenges Across the Globe (Routledge with Deniz Örücü and Jane Wilkinson).