Vafa Kazdal is Vice-Rector of Academic Affairs at ADA University.
She joined ADA in 2009 as a Director of the English for Academic and Professional Purposes Program. She developed a variety of English language programs, including English for Diplomats, Academic and Professional English for graduate students, a one-year Foundation English for undergraduate students, as well as different custom-tailored English programs. In 2012, she became Founding Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities, which introduced the first-of-its-kind Liberal Arts program in the country. From 2014 till 2017, she served as the Founding Dean of the School of Education, which encompasses graduate, diploma and certificate programs in the areas of educational leadership and teacher development.
Prior to joining ADA, she was a Director of the Center for Academic Reading and Writing and a professor of Applied Linguistics at Azerbaijan University of Languages.
She holds a Master’s degree in English Language Studies and Methods from the University of Warwick, UK and a doctorate in Pedagogy from the Azerbaijan University of Languages. She is also a recipient of such professional development awards as Junior Faculty Development Program (Indiana University, Bloomington, USA), Oxford Hospitality Scheme Program (Oxford University, UK), Ronald and Eileen Weiser Professional Development (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA)
Her teaching and research is in the areas of teacher education, program design, implementation and evaluation, as well as language and identity and developing writing skills.
Saida Nabiyeva is currently a Program Manager at School of Education of ADA University, leading graduate and certificate programs. She is an experienced project manager with the demonstrated history of working in education and social sectors, particularly focusing on program design, curriculum development, program evaluation, in-service training, teaching at higher education level. Saida Nabiyeva earned her master’s degree in Education (M Ed) with the concentration on educational policy, international education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (USA).
Prior to joining ADA University, Saida Nabiyeva worked at different international organizations (SOS Children’s Villages Azerbaijan, British Council, Save the Children, IFES, World Bank Education Project Coordination Unit, US Peace Corps), mainly involved in the management of various educational programs. Additionally, she has provided consultancy services and training facilitation to World Bank, UNDP, OSCE. As a professional, she participated in a variety of continuing education programs both in Azerbaijan and abroad.
Dr. Ulviyya Mikayilova has an extensive experience in the design and implementation of innovative educational projects. Her experience in education development started in 1998 with the management of the Step by Step Early Childhood Education Program at the Open Society Institute – Azerbaijan. She worked as an Executive Director of Center for İnnovations in Education, local non-governmental organization from 2004 to 2015. Since 2003 she has served as a consultant to many countries in the region under auspices of UNICEF, OSF and the World Bank. U. Mikayilova is a member of several professional international educational associations. She is a Member of the Program Committee of the International Step by Step Association.
Since 2016, U. Mikayilova is an Assistant Professor at School of Education of ADA University. Her professional interests are in Early Childhood Education, Inclusive Education, and social inclusion of children from socially disadvantage families, children with disabilities, refugee and IDP children, and other vulnerable children.
Ramil Mustafayev is currently an instructor for academic writing in the School of Education of ADA University. Mr. Ramil Mustafayev earned his Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership and Management from the University of Nottingham, UK. Before joining ADA University School of Education in September 2016, he worked for a private comprehensive school as Curriculum Associate and was also involved in teaching in higher education where he delivered lectures on educational leadership, curriculum development, instructional design and assessment. As well as his role as academic writing instructor, Mr. Mustafayev is also the acting chair of the writing program at ADA University.
His academic research interests span a wide range of subjects which can be summarized under curriculum, instruction and innovation. Mr. Mustafayev takes key interest in the art of planning, delivering and assessing learning for both k-12 and higher education sectors. He recognizes the potential of modern technologies having devoted his post-graduate dissertation to their successful implementation in education. He is the author of two successful online courses at ADA University and is working on learning management system (LMS) implementation for a secondary school in the rural areas in Azerbaijan.
Natella Tariverdiyeva is a Curator, Graduate and Certificate Programs at ADA University. She is also a Language Instructor.
Holds Master Degree from Russian Literature, and Bachelor Degree from Russian language and Literature. Went to the Baku Slavic University.