SAR Scholar Webinar: Navigating new academic spaces in North America: Lessons learned from at-risk scholars

Thursday, Feb 15 2024 3:00 pm

In Event Types: Webinar

SAR hosted a webinar for scholars on February 15th at 3 pm EST entitled “Navigating new academic spaces in North America: Lessons learned from at-risk scholars.” We gained expertise from three scholars who have had successes navigating new academic careers in North America. These scholars shared about their experiences with publishing, teaching, and securing independent job opportunities in academia, and what helped contribute to their successes. You can find a recording of the webinar here.

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Speaker Bios

Dr. Hande Gürses, originally from Istanbul, is a displaced scholar of comparative literature. She holds a PhD in Literary Studies from University College London. Her primary research interests include contemporary world literature, refugee studies, cosmopolitanism, ecocriticism, and critical animal studies. She is also interested in inclusive pedagogies and contemplative practices in higher education. She taught courses on international short story, migration, dystopian literatures, and ecocriticism. She co-edited a volume on ecocritical approaches to contemporary Turkish literature titled Animals, Plants, and Landscapes: An Ecology of Turkish Literature and Film (Routledge Press, 2019). She is the author of Displacing Fictions of Orhan Pamuk: Beyond the Bridge (Lexington Books, 2023). In her book she focuses on the imagery of the bridge in the construction and representation of distinct identity categories in Pamuk’s oeuvre. She held positions at UMass Amherst, University of Toronto, Toronto Metropolitan University, and Simon Fraser University. Currently she is teaching at Capilano University in North Vancouver.

Dr. Wasim Iqbal is a seasoned Water Resources Management and Engineering Professional with over 10 years of experience. Specializing in water-related disasters, hydrologic and watershed modeling, water resources allocation, and socio-economic development, he has significantly contributed to both academic and practical aspects of water management. Currently an Assistant Research Professor at Arizona State University, Iqbal collaborates with interdisciplinary teams. Previously serving as the Director of the Afghanistan National Water and Environmental Research Center in Kabul, he played a pivotal role in shaping national water policies and securing major research funding. After the political regime shift in Afghanistan, Iqbal transitioned to the United States, continuing his professional endeavors with support from the Scholars at Risk (SAR) program. He has held positions as an Assistant/Associate Professor at Herat and Kardan University, Kabul, and has engaged in research with international institutions like the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, University of Central Asia, Oxford Policy Management and Kasetsart University. With numerous published and submitted journal articles, Iqbal is skilled in hydrological modeling, remote sensing, and machine learning applications in water resources. Holding a Ph.D. in Water Engineering and Management, he demonstrates a steadfast commitment to advancing his field.

Dr. Solomon Lemma currently serves as a teaching faculty at Dallas College in Dallas, TX, where he has been teaching Federal Government and Texas Government courses since October 2023. Dr. Lemma was an Edward F. Arnold Visiting Associate Professor at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA, before he joined Dallas College. Dr. Lemma has also earlier held various academic and administrative positions at Northwestern University, the UIC John Marshall Law School, and Addis Ababa University. Dr. Lemma holds a Ph.D. from the University of Warwick, an LL.M. from the University of Washington, another LL.M. from Erasmus University, and an LL.B. with Distinction from Addis Ababa University. Dr. Lemma has studied and taught federal and state governments, politics, and constitutions at advanced levels in the U.S., the U.K., Continental Europe, and Africa.