Each year, Colorado State University welcomes numerous international students and scholars to campus. The Office of International Programs recognizes a cohort of International Presidential Fellows to help connect them to researchers across campus and to help develop their leadership potential. This year, there are 25 fellows from 18 different countries, and four of them are working in the College of Health and Human Sciences. To learn more about this group of esteemed faculty and graduate students, read their bios below.
Nor Lisa Sulaiman, Malaysia, School of Education
Nor Lisa Sulaiman, Ph.D., has more than 18 years of work experience in higher education sector and her passion for research and teaching will never fade. In the early years of her career, she was appointed as a faculty member and assistant director under the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Higher Education in her home country, Malaysia. She received B.Sc. (Hons.) in Electronic Communication Engineering and M.Ed. in Technical Education from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.
Sulaiman continued her quest for knowledge by earning her Ph.D. in Education and Human Resource Studies from CSU’s School of Education. She joined Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia in 2005 as a faculty member and was promoted to associate professor earlier this year. She actively participates in research projects, publications and consultations at national and international levels in the field of critical thinking and technical and vocational education and training.
At present, Sulaiman is doing her post-doctoral fellow at her alma mater in the School of Education. Her primary research interests include critical thinking, curriculum, instruction and leadership equivalent to her specialization in leadership, renewal and change with option in curriculum and instruction (critical thinking). Her current job gives her the opportunity to meet a diverse group of academics and intellectuals, researchers, policy makers and practitioners in Malaysia as well as various countries across all continents. She wishes to have more connections in exploring new possibilities and interests to further expand her knowledge and skills in her specific areas of research.
Lizeth Para-Perez, Mexico, School of Education
Lizeth Para-Perez is a student from Mexico pursuing her Ph.D. in Education and Human Resources under Gene Gloeckner and. Louise Jennings in the School of Education. She has been a part of CSU since fall 2014, and received two undergraduate degrees prior – the first in secondary education from the Normal Superior de Hermosillo, in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico; and the second in public accounting from the Technologic Institute of Sonora, in Mexico. She also earned her master’s in Administration from Technologic Institute of Sonora.
Later on, she completed a specialization in education innovation from the National Pedagogic University in Mexico. As an educator and researcher, Para-Perez is committed to understanding how universities across different countries enable students to succeed in a changing world. Therefore, she is broadly interested in the field of Critical Thinking Skills, with emphasis on college students. Currently, she is committed to understanding the effects of college students’ conflict style and academic rigor in the development of CTS.
Doing research has been a fascinating opportunity to discover a multicolor world for Para-Perez. During her doctoral journey, she has explored the way different cultures educate people and the aftermaths of those actions in human beings. Moreover, she acknowledges that having the opportunity to meet people from different backgrounds brings a special awareness and perspective to her as a researcher. For her, being able to be a part of the International Presidential Fellows Program and explore ongoing research at CSU with Dr. Frank and fellow students and scientists, is a unique opportunity that she is honored to have.
Tiantian Li, China, SAHE program, School of Education
Tiantian Li is from Jinjiang, China, and she likes traveling, poetry, watching movies, playing badminton and ping pong. She transferred to Colorado State University two years ago and finished her bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary liberal arts, with an English minor. During Li’s undergraduate years at CSU, she worked at INTO CSU as a student ambassador, and at the International House & University Village 1500 as a community coordinator. She understands the fear that many people face coming alone to a foreign country, and she hopes to help students walk through the fear and live out their dreams.
She currently studies in the Student Affairs in Higher Education Master’s Program, part of the School of Education, and works in Residence Life as an assistant residence director. Li is a first-generation college student and she really appreciates people who have helped her along the way; they changed her life. In the future, she hopes to build a more diverse and inclusive community for students and make a difference in promoting social justice.
Hana Ladhari, Tunisia, Department of Construction Management
Hana Ladhari is a Tunisian graduate student in the Department of Construction Management. With a civil and structural engineering background, Ladhari has a two-year experience in structural steel constructions and building design in Tunisia. Her involvement with civil engineering associations, Rotaract and IAESTE, along with her good academic standing and international internship experiences in India and Tunisia, enabled her to earn a Fulbright Scholarship to pursue a CM masters in the U.S., and to introduce the Tunisian culture to the people of the U.S.
For her master’s thesis, Ladhari is conducting a research study on the use of building information modeling for steel erection. Her main research interest is the use of new technologies during the construction phase, to help the construction industry converge into a more comprehensive and integrated construction process.