Professorships

Professorships

  • Each year, outstanding professors in the field of education are hosted by the National Institute of Education under the CJ Koh Professorship in Education programme. The CJ Koh Professorship has been made possible through a generous donation by the late Mr Ong Tiong Tat, executor of the late lawyer Mr Koh Choon Joo’s (CJ Koh) estate, to the Nanyang Technological University Endowment Fund.

    Previous visitors have included Marilyn Cochran-Smith from Boston College (in 2006), Susan Fuhrman from Teachers College, Columbia University (2009), Robin Alexander from University of Cambridge (2010), Andy Hargreaves from Lynch School of Education, Boston College (2011), Andreas Schleicher from OECD (2011), Ruth Hayhoe from University of Toronto (2012), John Seely Brown from University of Southern California (2012), Linda Darling-Hammond from Stanford University (2013), Dennis Shirley from Lynch School of Education, Boston College (2014), Fernando Reimers from Harvard Graduate School of Education (2015), Richie Poulton from Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Research Unit (2017), Pam Grossman from Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania (2018) and George Siemens from University of Texas, Arlington (2019).

    About the CJ Koh Professorial Lecture Series
    CJ Koh Professorial Lecture Series was launched by the Office of Education Research on 1 March 2011. It was conceptualised for the purpose of knowledge building and sharing with our internal, external and international stakeholders in education, who can benefit from the information shared during each CJ Koh Professorship visit. Since 2016, the Professorship and Lecture Series have since been moved under the purview of the Office of Strategic Planning and Academic Quality.

    Read more about the Lecture Series here.

    For enquiries, please e-mail the Series Editor, Associate Professor Chang Chew Hung at chewhung.chang@nie.edu.sg.

  • In recognition of Mr. E.W. Barker’s contributions to the sports scene in Singapore, The E.W. Barker Professorship was launched by President S.R. Nathan on 27 August 2002. 

    The E.W. Barker Professorship aims to promote and foster collaborative research among stakeholders - PESS, Sport Singapore, the Singapore Sports School, Singapore Sports Hub, local schools and other universities.  

    The E.W. Barker Professor will share his or her expertise with athletes, teachers, coaches, and academicians in physical education and sport.

    These are the E.W. Barker Professors to-date:
     

    10b Laurence Chalip

    Professor Laurence Chalip 

    10th EW Barker Professor

    Period of Appointment:

    11 - 22 March 2019

    Area of Expertise: 

    Sport Policy;

    Sport Management;

    Sport Tourism

    Current Engagement: 

    Professor,
    School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism,
    George Mason University,
    USA

     

    9 Neil Armstrong

    Professor Neil Armstrong

    9th EW Barker Professor

    Period of Appointment:

    14 – 22 Mar 2016 

    Area of Expertise:

    Paediatric Physiology

    Current Engagement:

    Professor of Paediatric Physiology, School of Health and Sport Sciences, University of Exeter, UK

     

    8b Theodore Angelopoulos

    Professor Theodore Angelopoulos  

    8th EW Barker Professor

    Period of Appointment:

    24 Aug – 20 Sept 2015

    Area of Expertise:

    Physiogenomics related to Human Performance and Health

    Current Engagement:

    Professor & Chair, 
    Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Sciences,
    University of Vermont,
    USA

     

    7 Clyde Williams

    Professor Clyde Williams

    7th EW Barker Professor

    Period of Appointment:

    4 – 15 Mar 2013

    Area of Expertise:

    Sport & Exercise Physiology

     

    Current Engagement:

    Emeritus Professor of Sports Science, School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences,
    Loughborough University,
    UK

     

    6 Stuart Biddle

    Professor Stuart Biddle

    6th EW Barker Professor

    Period of Appointment:

    9 Jan – 3 Feb 2012

    Area of Expertise:

    Sport & Exercise Psychology

    Current Engagement:

    Professor of Physical Activity and Health, Institute for Resilient Regions,
    University of Southern Queensland, Australia 

     

    5 Paul Schempp

    Professor Paul Schempp

    5th EW Barker Professor

    Period of Appointment:

    7 Feb – 4 Mar 2011

    Area of Expertise:

    Sport Pedagogy

    Current Engagement:

    Professor,
    Department of Kinesiology (PE),
    College of Education,
    University of Georgia,
    USA 

     

    4 Jean Cote

    Professor Jean Cote

    4th EW Barker Professor

    Period of Appointment:

    15 Feb – 13 Mar 2009 

    Area of Expertise:

    Sport Coaching

    Current Engagement:

    Professor and Director,
    School of Kinesiology and Health Studies,
    Queen’s University,
    Canada

     

    3b Rabindarjeet Singh

    Professor Rabindarjeet Singh

    3rd EW Barker Professor

    Period of Appointment:

    27 Aug – 21 Sep 2007

    Area of Expertise:

    Sports Nutritionist

    Current Engagement:

    Professor,
    Faculty of Medicine,
    AIMST University,
    Semeling,
    Malaysia  

     

    2 John Lyle

    Professor John Lyle

    2nd EW Barker Professor

    Period of Appointment:

    7 – 25 Aug 2006

    Area of Expertise:

    Coach Education

    Current Engagement:

    Professor of Sport Coaching,
    School of Sports,
    Leeds Beckett University,
    UK 

     

    1 Peter Terry

    Professor Peter Terry

    1st EW Barker Professor

    Period of Appointment:

    1 – 28 Apr 2005

    Area of Expertise:

    Sport and Exercise Psychology

    Current Engagement:

    Professor and Director,
    Research Training and Development,
    University of Southern Queensland, Australia

     


  • The Dr Ruth Wong Professorship in Teacher Education, named after the late Dr Ruth Wong Hie King, aims to enhance the teacher education experience and expertise within the National Institute of Education (NIE) and the Singapore teaching fraternity, as well as increase cooperation and activities between NIE, the teaching fraternity in Singapore and the international education community.

    Dr Ruth Wong Hie King was the founding Director of the then Institute of Education (IE). Dr Wong attended Queen's University and Harvard University under various scholarships. She later joined the Ministry of Education as Director of Research and concurrently, Principal of the Teachers' Training College (TTC) and played a key role in upgrading the then TTC to IE in 1973. She also streamlined and improved Singapore’s teacher education curriculum considerably. Although she retired in 1976, her seminal ideas, considerable achievements and the strength of her character, modesty, compassion and equanimity have impressed and positively influenced many both within and outside the education fraternity.

  • The Lee Sing Kong Professorship in Early Childhood Education honours Prof Lee's distinguished contributions to Singapore, in particular his lifelong dedication to education. At the National Day Rally, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced that a new National Institute of Early Childhood Development will be set up to raise the standing of the preschool education profession. The Lee Sing Kong professorship will be an integral part of the institute that will be under the ambit of NIE.

    The late Prof Lee Sing Kong, humbly likening himself to a gardener, once said, “Education and farming share a very strong parallel – they involve the process of nurturing and the goals are to help unleash the potential of either a plant or a child.”