Certified Research Scholars Leadership Team

Shyam Sharma

Director of Certified Research Scholars

Dr. Shyam Sharma directs the Certified Research Scholars program that aims to connect, support, and promote scholars across borders in order to advance knowledge for global social good. The program provides hands-on experience for exploring the organization’s overarching vision and helps participants to develop their own professional development plans. It is designed to help scholars make their research, teaching, and community engagement more socially driven, transnationally connected, academically rigorous, and ethically sound.

Dr. Shyam Sharma is Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric. His scholarship and teaching focus on writing in the disciplines, cross-cultural rhetoric, international students and education, new media in education, and issues about language and language policy. In addition to publishing his works in these areas in a variety of venues in and beyond Writing Studies, he writes for public venues in Nepal and the US. A recipient of Nepal Bidya Bhusan gold medal (2000), the national Cross Scholars Award (2012), and the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service, Dr. Sharma contributes to regional and national professional organizations, as well as supporting students and faculty on campus through many service initiatives.

Nela Navarro

Assistant Director of Certified Research Scholars

Dr. Nela Navarro is the assistant director for the Certified Research Scholars program that aims to connect, support, and promote scholars across borders in order to advance knowledge for global social good. 

Dr. Nela Navarro’s research and academic interests include language rights, language, and identity, trans-lingual pedagogy, new literacies studies, critical pedagogy, writing as sites of recursive memory, textbook analysis, educational reform, comparative global education, the role of technology in educational access, human rights, genocide and peace education. She also explores writing as sites of recursive memory and the politics of language identity and language rights.She is currently working on two research projects. The first project examines translingual approaches and practices in academic writing. The second project interrogates educational policies and practices during and postconflict.


Pratusha Bhowmik


Dr. Pratusha Bhowmik is an Assistant Professor in the department of English, Bodoland University, Assam, India. She did her M. A., M.Phil and Ph. D from the department of English, Gauhati University, Assam. Her current teaching offers courses on English Literature in Context, Contemporary South Asian Fictions and Research Methodology. Her research interests include South Asian Literatures, Partition Studies, Trauma Studies, Women’s Studies, etc. She has published several research articles in research journals and has presented papers in many national and international conferences.

Nasrin Pervin


Nasrin Pervin is currently working as a Senior Lecturer at the Department of English and Modern languages at North south University, Bangladesh. After receiving her Masters in English language Teaching from Nottingham Trent University, and an MSC in Educational Studies from the University of Glasgow, she started her journey of doing PhD in Education and Development to advance her professional goals. She is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Multidisciplinary in Higher Education. Nasrin has presented and published papers in a number of international Conferences and Journals on diverse topics. Her research interest lies mainly on Education and Development. She also works in various genres of writing (e.g. Blog, Newspaper, Personal narrative, Poetry, Short story, Research paper, articles in different Journals, Book chapter etc.). She is also an active volunteer of different teacher training programs with a focus on how she can help educators in their journey of lifelong learning.

Mahboubeh Rakhshandehroo


Dr. Mahboubeh Rakhshandehroo received her PhD in Human Sciences (Critical Studies in Transformative Education) from Osaka University. She is currently an Associate Lecturer of English at Kwansei Gakuin University. She is also the ICLHE East Asia leadership team coordinator. Her research interests include English-Medium Instruction (EMI) support, native speakerism, and multiculturalism.

Phuong Quyen Vo 


Ms. Phuong Quyen Vo is the current Vice-chancellor’s HDR scholar pursuing the Doctoral of Philosophy program in the University of Newcastle, Australia. Ms Vo was a NZDS-Open scholar who completed Master of Education in Unitec Institute of Technology of New Zealand in 2008 and obtained her bachelor’s degree in Vietnam in 2000. She has experienced in nineteen years’ teaching and research in Vietnamese higher education. Beyond this, she has joined other research experiences as a peer reviewer for several international journals and conferences. Ms Vo is also a current member of STAR Scholars Network. She has completed recent research projects related to at-home internationalisation in higher education, curriculum evaluation, intercultural communication competence, learner-centred approaches, and English language teaching practice. Her research interests are international education, internationalisation in higher education, international mobility, graduates’ employability, intercultural competence, and professional development.