Dr. Helen Boyle
Helen N. Boyle, Ph.D. joined the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at FSU as an Associate Professor in August of 2013. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Boyle has been working in the field of international development education at Education Development Center (EDC) for the past 14 years and cumulatively has over 20 years of experience in international education and development work. As co-leader of EDC’s Basic Education and Literacy Technical Team and as a Senior Literacy Advisor for EDC’s International Development Division, Dr. Boyle has provided technical assistance and expertise to education projects in the Middle East and Africa and developed a solid track record of effective research on education in developing country contexts, with a particular focus on Islamic educational institutions in North and West Africa and the Middle East. Much of the technical work she has done on projects related to teacher training program design, development or assessment; reading and literacy; program monitoring and evaluation; and Islamic education. She has a demonstrated record of successful proposal writing and new business development and provided high-level representation for EDC the international community, including with funders and host country governments. Dr. Boyle has done technical work and/or managed projects in Yemen, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Guinea, Nigeria, Ghana, DRC, Zambia, Uganda, Ethiopia and South Sudan. Dr. Boyle served as an adjunct faculty member at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development from 2002 – 2010. She has taught at the university level in Morocco while with the Peace Corps and at the junior high school level in the United States.
Dr. Boyle has a doctorate in Comparative and Social Analysis in Education from the University of Pittsburgh, with a focus on International Development Education and a minor in anthropology. Her doctoral dissertation, funded through a Fulbright Dissertation Fellowship, was an ethnographic study of the phenomenon of Quranic preschools in the town of Chefchouan. It subsequently formed the basis of her book entitled “Quranic Schools: Agents of Preservation and Change” which looked the cultural and pedagogical aspects of Quranic and Islamic schools across Morocco, Yemen and Nigeria. She has continued to write about Islamic schools, most recently in the form of USAID-funded sector assessment studies in Ghana and Mali. In addition to Morocco, she has lived and studied in Yemen under an Arabic language National Security Education Program scholarship in 1997.