Zajda (Australian Catholic University) has been a CIES member and conference
participant since 1991. Zajda is the Director of Institute for International
Education and Development at the School of Education, Australian Catholic
University (Melbourne Campus). He has promoted comparative education research
both in Australia and globally for over a decade and was one of the fist
academics in Australia to launch two graduate courses Global Studies in
Education, which are offered in face-to-face and off-campus modes.
Zajda presented numerous papers at Annual CIES meetings and in 2004 initiated
a panel of international education editors. Zajda is currently an editor
of three international refereed journals in education and serves as Chair
of the Publications Standing Committee of the World Council of Comparative
and Education Societies and Chair of the CIES Presidential Advisory Council
for International Relations.
Zajda's vision for CIES includes a) developing increased publication output
of research papers in comparative education journals and new comparative
education book series; b) extending and consolidating global links worldwide
to further increase the international membership; c) rewarding research
in comparative education scholarship by establishing a $ 2,000 annual
award for Excellence in Comparative Education Research and, d) establishing
a scholarly book series fund (to be operated jointly by CIES and an international
publisher) to enable publication of the best doctoral dissertations and
other scholarly monographs (up to 5 monographs per year initially).