Professor Joel Hayward
Dr. Daniel Kirk PhD ASSOCIATE Dean & ASSOCIATE Professor

Dr. Daniel Kirk is Associate Dean and an Associate Professor at the National Defense College in the United Arab Emirates. Prior to joining NDC, Dr. Kirk served as Associate Dean in the College of Education and Executive Director of the School of Learning and Teaching at Pacific University, Oregon (USA), where he held a tenured full Professor position on faculty.

Previously Dr. Kirk was senior faculty at the Emirates College for Advanced Education in Abu Dhabi, where he led the Division of Leadership and Educational Policy, and served as Associate Professor of Education.

Dr. Kirk has served as a Researcher in Education Policy at the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research (Abu Dhabi), and on faculty at the American University of Sharjah, Bahrain Teachers College, Macon State College (now Middle Georgia State University), and Pacific University, Oregon. Prior to his move into higher education, Dr. Kirk was a secondary school English Language Arts / Literature teacher in the United Kingdom, Qatar, Bermuda and Dubai. During his time at the University of Georgia, Dr. Kirk taught on the undergraduate and graduate teacher education program, preparing the next generation of English Language Arts teachers for the State of Georgia, and beyond.

Dr. Kirk was the Founding President of the Gulf Comparative Education Society and currently sits on several editorial and advisory boards within the Gulf region and United States. Has been commissioned by various educational organizations and government agencies to conduct bespoke consultancy services ranging from accreditation, quality assurance, assessment frameworks, graduate degree development and institutional research, policy and development, with a particular focus on educational institutions, policies and practices in the Gulf States. His current research examines educational innovation and policy formation in the GCC, with a particular lens on the international and comparative implications of such policies.

Dr. Kirk holds a PhD from the University of Georgia, USA and a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) degree, a Master of Arts degree and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE with QTS), all from the University of Sunderland, UK. He and his wife, Eliza, currently live in Abu Dhabi with their two wonderful daughters, Gillian and Emma-Jane.