Director, Institute for Educational Development, East Africa

Director, Institute for Educational Development, East Africa

The Director, Institute for Educational Development, East Africa is responsible for the leadership, operation and management of the Institute. This includes long-term strategic planning, academic development and the collaborative management of the Institute's financial, administrative and human resources. The Director also functions as the Principal of Aga Khan University - Tanzania Institute of Higher Education.

Prior to joining Aga Khan University, Professor Pauline Rea-Dickins held the position of Chair in Applied Linguistics in Education in the Graduate School of Education, at the University of Bristol, UK.  She was also the Director of research in the Graduate School for four years and Deputy Director of Research for three years prior to that.  She has also held appointments at the Universities of Warwick and Lancaster, UK and the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Professor Rea-Dickins is an internationally recognised researcher and scholar in areas of language testing, classroom-based assessment - she is internationally recognised as the leading scholar in the area of formative language assessment - and language programme evaluation.

She has written and/or edited 10 books, and guest edited special issues of leading journals in her field: Language Testing and Assessment in Education. One of her (co-authored) books (Oxford University Press) won the Frank Bell Prize. She has published over 50 articles and book chapters.  She has an extensive record of successful research grants from a wide range of funders, most notably the Economic and Social Research Council and the Department for International Development.

At Bristol, she led the development of the doctoral programmes (PhD and EdD) in Applied Linguistics/TESOL and established the Centre for Research on Language in Education. In the last eight years alone, she has successfully supervised over 20 doctoral students, one of whom won the prestigious international award for the Most Outstanding PhD in the area of Language Testing, awarded by Educational Testing Service, Princeton; a further two reached the short list for this prize. Two others were commended for other prizes (Sage for innovative qualitative research and the Chris Brumfit Award for the Best Doctoral Dissertation in Applied Linguistics).

Professor Rea-Dickins has served on many committees including the TOEFL Board of Examiners (ETS, Princeton). She has advised many universities in different capacities - External Review, Chair appointments - in both the UK and overseas. She is Executive Editor of Assessment in Education and on the Editorial Board of Language Testing and Language Learning Journal.

Professor Rea-Dickins has worked extensively in a variety of capacities throughout her career in Sub-Saharan Africa, including five years at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.​