SC State's Brown Bag Lecture Series Opens with Focus on International Education

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

DrammehThe College of Education, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CEHSS) Interdisciplinary Research Committee at SC State will host its first Faculty Brown Bag Lecture Series for the Spring 2011 semester on today, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011, at noon in Staley Hall Auditorium. The Faculty Brown Bag Lecture Series was launched in Spring 2008 to introduce faculty and external partners to the work currently conducted within the CEHSS, and to encourage collaborative research projects between disciplines.


Lamin Drammeh, program manager for the Textbooks and Learning Materials Program (TLMP), and Dr. Linda McIntyre, TLMP assistant program manager and associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, will serve as guest speakers for the series.  They will speak on the topic: “Strengthening Africa’s Educational and Institutional Capacity for Prosperity and Global Competitiveness.” Drammeh has nearly 10 years of experience managing high level national and international development programs. Currently, he is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of SC State’s TLMP Program. TLMP is an $18.5 million international education program established by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The goal of this unique international partnership is to develop, produce, publish and distribute high quality, cost effective, culturally relevant and research-based textbooks and learning materials to secondary school children of the United Republic of Tanzania (Zanzibar and Mainland, Tanzania). Since the program began in 2005, SC State and the government of Tanzania have collaboratively produced and distributed more than 2 million textbooks and learning materials for secondary school children of the United Republic of Tanzania. Drammeh works very closely with the program director in developing, coordinating, and maintaining national and international partnerships pertinent to the successful implementation of the program. 


Drammeh’s research interests progressed over a decade from rural economic development to international education development. He has done extensive work with the State University of Zanzibar in the area of education development, and the University of The Gambia where he lectured business education. In addition, his particular interests of research include: education development in Sub-Saharan Africa; impact of U.S. foreign assistance on education development in Africa; rural development and international development models and effective leadership in education.


Drammeh has authored and published several business economics articles and presentations.  Additionally, he has presented papers at numerous international education conferences, summits and workshops in Africa, which has resulted in his and the University receiving national and international awards including a Presidential Award from His Excellency, Dr. Armani Karume, president of Zanzibar, United Republic of Tanzania.


Dr. McIntyreDr. Linda R. McIntyre is an associate professor and teaches foundations and curriculum courses in the Department of Educational Leadership.  She has supervised clinical practicum for administrators and taught the doctoral dissertation course. Additionally, she chairs and serves on doctoral students’ dissertation committees. Her professional and personal philosophy is consistent with the University’s mission of preparing traditional and non-traditional students of diverse backgrounds for academic, professional and personal achievement. It is her belief that collaborative practices in well-organized learning communities promote success. McIntyre’s research is qualitative and focuses on studies of diversity, leadership, and constructing knowledge and mutual understanding through collaborative contexts.


Her research agenda evolved from many years of service in the K-12 education system as a teacher, leader and administrator. Her most rewarding contribution was with Title I school improvement programs. She supported students, teachers and administrators’ development and success. Her diverse career experiences resulted in articles, presentations, a monograph and book chapters.


McIntyre’s participation with TLMP has resulted in significant contributions to the international community. She served as a critical member of the TLMP multi-million dollar grant in the capacity of assistant program manager and curriculum specialist. McIntyre’s collaboration with others on the Project has been instrumental in making USAID, TLMP an exemplary international cooperative program in the United Republic of Tanzania (URT). Because of her effort, students and teachers have benefited beyond all measure from such a benevolent program project.    


McIntyre is an active member in the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the International Reading Association (IRA) and Phi Delta Kappa. She presently serves as AERA Division K program chair and works directly with the vice president and section chairs to produce a quality research based conference program. She contributes to newsletter articles, and directs the organizing and assigning of annual conference sessions. She is on IRA’s Books-Manuscripts Advisory Board.


McIntyre is a veteran educator who received her Bachelor of Science degree in speech pathology from Saint Mary’s Dominican College in New Orleans, La., and a Master of Education degree in administration and supervision from Tulane University in New Orleans, La. She received her doctoral degree in education with an emphasis on literacy and multicultural education from Washington State University in Pullman, Wash.


For more information about the Faculty Brown Bag Lecture Series, contact Giselle White-Perry, lecture series coordinator, at (803) 536-8803; or Dr. Janice Hawes, CEHSS interdisciplinary research committee chairperson, at (803) 536-8356.


To register, log onto http://www.scsu.edu/wconnect/ace/home.htm or contact the Office of Professional Development at (803) 536-7104.