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LOW Ee Ling

Head, Office of Strategic Planning and Academic Quality

Associate Professor Ee-Ling Low currently heads the Office of Strategic Planning and Academic Quality (SPAQ) and she is concurrently, an Associate Professor of English Language & Literature. Her previous appointments include, Associate Dean for Programme and Student Development at the Office of Teacher Education (2009-2013) and Sub-Dean for Degree Programmes (2004-2009). She served as Chair of the Secretariat of NIE’s Programme Review & Enhancement (PRE) initiative, which culminated in NIE’s Teacher Education Model for the 21st Century (TE21) and served as a co-chair of the Programmes Core Team for the TE21 implementation steering group from 2008-2012. She obtained her PhD in Linguistics (Acoustic Phonetics) from the University of Cambridge, UK under the Nanyang Technological University–National Institute of Education Overseas Graduate Scholarship. In 2008, she won the Fulbright Advanced Research Scholarship which she spent at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. She was a visiting professor at the Dept of Linguistics at Chulalongkorn University in June 2008. She is a Centre Fellow for the Research Centre for Language Education and Acquisition in Multilingual Societies appointed by the Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIE) and serves as the external BA programme Examiner for their joint BA programme in Applied Linguistics with China. She has served as a consultant to undergraduate programme development for the Emirates College for Advanced Education and been involved in funding requests and project management internationalisation work in the Temasek Foundation-NIE Educational Leaders Programme for Vietnam which aims to upgrade the quality of educational leadership in Vietnam. She has published several books on English Linguistics and Phonetics and many articles and book chapters on speech rhythm, stress and intonation and teacher education which have appeared in journals like AILA Review, Language & Speech, TESOL Quarterly, English Worldwide, World Englishes, Australian Journal of Teacher Education & the Asia-Pacific Journal of Education.

She has been an invited keynote speaker to numerous international conferences and symposia in both World Englishes and Teacher Education, including at the Great Teachers Colloquium at the invite of Mayor Dan Sullivan of Anchorage, Alaska, in April 2013, the New York Times Conference on “Schools for a Better Tomorrow” held in New York in October 2012 and the Public Symposium on Building and Sustaining a Quality Teaching Workforce co-organised by Asia Society and the World Affairs Council in Seattle in January 2013. In February 2014, she has been invited to deliver a keynote address by Houston APlus Dinner Series featuring Luminaries from Education Systems around the world. She has won numerous competitive grants in both Teacher Education and World Englishes. She has worked on the Singapore case study with Professor Linda Darling Hammond for the commissioned study by the Global Cities in Education (GCEN) network helmed by the Asia Society on “Developing and Building a High Quality Teaching Workforce” as Associate Investigator. She is currently the consultant for the Singapore team in the International Teacher Quality Study headed by Professor Linda Darling-Hammond at Stanford University. She is also on the Singapore team of the Global Education Innovators’ Inititiative helmed by the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has served on the editorial board of the Regional Language Centre international journal and the Springer Open Access Journal, Multilingual Education. She was also appointed by the government to serve on the national committee of the Speak Good English Movement in Singapore from 2006-2012. She has also served on the board of the Fulbright Association of Singapore and the United Nations Association of Singapore. In 2008–10, she served as the Executive Director of the Asia-Pacific Educational Research Association (APERA), a role for which she was then awarded fellowship of APERA in recognition of her dedication and commitment to her service in 2010. She is currently the President of the Singapore Association for Applied Linguistics and President of the St Joseph’s Convent Alumnae. She has been the strand leader of the initial teaching education section of the Teacher Learning strand of the institute’s overall research agenda till 2013. In 2012, she was awarded the Public Adminstration (Bronze) model by the President of the Republic of Singapore in recognition for her dedication and commitment towards furthering the cause of education in Singapore. Her latest co-edited book to be published by Springer in 2014 entitled, “Educational Policy Innovations: Levelling Up and Sustaining Educational Achievement” looks at not just the success factors of high performing education systems but the challenges faced in staying continually ahead of the curve. Her forthcoming research monograph commissioned by Routledge is entitled, “Pronunciation for English as an International Language: From Research to Practice” is in production for publication later in 2014.