Dr. Kamal Ahmed Soomro

Education Department

Assistant Professor & Associate Editor, Journal of Education and Educational Development

HEC Approved PhD Supervisor

kamal.soomro@iobm.edu.pk

Dr. Kamal Ahmed Soomro completed his PhD/Doctor of Education with specialization in Instructional Design and Technology from West Virginia University, USA in Dec 2015.He was awarded PhD scholarship for doctoral studies in the United States by USAID under Training for Pakistan Project. His research interests include investigations on the digital divide in educational settings and effective use of ICT to enhance teaching-learning process. He has 12-year experience of teaching at diverse levels. So far, he has published 5 peer-reviewed articles in reputed international journals.

Dr. Soomro is an HEC Approved PhD Supervisor. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Education and Educational Development (JoEED). He is on the editorial/review board of several other research journals in the field of education. He has also been associated with the Chicago School of Professional Psychology USA as an SME/Consultant for their online doctoral program in Educational Psychology and Technology.

Google Scholar Link:  https://scholar.google.com.pk/citations?user=2w1uqGgAAAAJ&hl=en

Research Gate Link: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Kamal_Soomro

  • Phd/Doctor of Education in Instructional Design and Technology
  • West Virginia University, United States.
  • Master of Education (M.Ed.)
  • University of Sindh, Jamshoro.
  • Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.)
  • Allama Iqbal Open Univerisity Islamabad.
  • Bachelor of Computer Science (B.C.S) Hons
  • University of Sindh, Jamshoro.

 

Assistant Professor Department of Education, University of Wahcant, Mar 2017 to Jan 2018

Education & Literacy Department, Govt. of Sindh, Hyderabad, May 2006 to Mar 2017

Dept. of Distance, Continuing & Computer Education, University of Sindh, Jamshoro, Sep 2009 to July 2012

 

  • Mar 31, 2018: Conducted One-day Hands-on Workshop on APA Style and Formatting, organized by Scholars Inn Research and Training at Hyderabad College of Science & Technology, Hyderabad Sindh.
  • Mar 03 to 05, 2018: Conducted sessions on (1) Survey Research, (2) Designing Good Questionnaires, (3) Modes of Data Collection and (4) Online-Survey Development in three-day USAID-funded training workshop Developing Skills in Survey Research, held in University of Sufism and Modern Sciences, Bhit Shah.
  • Feb 28 to Mar 02, 2018: Conducted sessions on (1) Survey Research, (2) Designing Good Questionnaires, (3) Modes of Data Collection and (4) Online-Survey Development in three-day USAID-funded training workshop Developing Skills in Survey Research, held in Mehran University of Engineering & Technology, Jamshoro.
  • Dec 18 to 22, 2017: Conducted sessions on Modes of Data Collection and APA Referencing Style in One-Week training workshop Enhancing Research Competency for Social Science Faculty, held in International Islamic University Islamabad, funded by USAID – Training for Pakistan.
  • Nov 06 to 10, 2017: Conducted sessions on Modes of Data Collection and APA Referencing Style in One-Week training workshop Enhancing Research Competency for Social Science Faculty, held in University Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Muzaffarabad funded by USAID – Training for Pakistan.
  • Oct 16 to 20, 2017: Conducted sessions on Modes of Data Collection and APA Referencing Style in One-Week training workshop Enhancing Research Competency for Social Science Faculty, held in University of Wah, Wah Cantt. funded by USAID – Training for Pakistan.
  • Sep 07 to 09, 2017: Conducted a three-day training workshop for school teachers and head-teachers on Use of ICT for Effective Teaching and Learning, held in Hyderabad through a TEA-ILEP Small Grants Award (a program of the U.S. Department of State, implemented by IREX.).
  • Aug 16 to 17, 2017: Conducted a two-day professional development Hands-On Workshop on the Design and Development of Online Survey, held at University of Wah.
  • Jul 10 to Aug 04, 2017: Conducted a series of Four-Week Teachers’ Training Workshop for in-service and pre-service teachers, held at University of Wah.
  • April 2012: Conducted a four-day workshop on “Integrating Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in Education” for high school teachers and administrators in Islamabad through a TEA-ILEP Small Grants Award (a program of the U.S. Department of State, implemented by IREX.)
Teaching Interests:
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Educational Technology
  • Testing and Evaluation

Research Interests:

  • Effective use of ICT to enhance teaching-learning process
  • Digital divide in educational settings
Publications:
  • Soomro, K. A., Kale, U., Reagan, C., Akcaoglu, M., & Bernstein, M. (2018). Development of an Instrument to Measure Faculty’s Information and Communication Technology Access (FICTA). Education and Information Technologies, 23(1), 253-269.
  • Soomro, K. A., Yousuf Zai, S., & Jafri, I. H. (2015). Competence and usage of Web 2.0 technologies by higher education faculty. Educational Media International, 52(4), 284-295.
  • Soomro, K. A., Kale, U., & Yousuf Zai, S. (2014). Pre-service teachers’ and teacher-educators’ experiences and attitudes toward using social networking sites for collaborative learning. Educational Media International, 51(4), 278-294.
  • Arain, A. A., Jafri, S. I. H., Zai, S. Y., & Soomro, K. A. (2013). Education as gender equalizer: overcoming youth unemployment in Pakistan. Journal of Education and Practice, 4(27), 28-34.
  • Jafri, I. H., Zai, S. Y., Arain, A. A., & Soomro, K. A. (2013). English Background as the Predictors for Students’ Speaking Skills in Pakistan. Journal of Education and Practice, 4(20), 30-35.
Conference Presentations:
  • Soomro, K. A., & Kuznetsova, N. (2015). Students’ out-of-class Web 2.0 practices in foreign language learning. 6th International Conference on Foreign Language Education and Technology (FLEAT VI) hosted by Harvard University, August 2015, Boston, MA. USA.
  • Zai, S. Y., & Soomro, K. A. (2017). The experience of Web 2.0 technologies by higher education faculty in Pakistan after partialling-out their competency. International Conference on Building Bridges in Initial Teacher Education hosted by Fatima Jinnah Women University, May 2017, Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
  • Zai, S. Y., & Soomro, K. A. (2015). Examining the latent structure of the teachers’ Sense of Efficacy scale. Annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, April 2015, Chicago, IL. USA.
  • Soomro, K. A., Kale, U., & Zai, S. Y. (2014). SNS (Social Networking Site) As a Tool for Collaborative Learning. Annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, April 2014, Philadelphia, PA. USA.
Honors and Awards
  • USAID – Training for Pakistan, Alumni Small Grant (Rs. 814,000):

To conduct a series of professional development workshop in Developing Skills in Survey Research (Conducted at Mehran University of Engineering and Technology Jamshoro, and University of Sufism and Modern Sciences Bhit Shah, February-March 2018).

  • HEC Start-up Research Grant (Rs. 265,000):

For the research project titled “Digital Divide among faculty of universities in Punjab Province”.

  • USAID Scholarship Award:

Full scholarship award for doctoral studies in the United States for the academic years 2012-16

  • Sally DeLaughter Waston Award:

Tuition Scholarship awarded by West Virginia University, USA for the academic year 2013-14.

  • Financial award given by the West Virginia University to present paper at American Educational and Research Association (AERA) annual conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA) in 2014.

 

  • Sally DeLaughter Waston Research Award:

Tuition Scholarship awarded by West Virginia University, USA for the academic year 2014-15.

  • Financial award given by the USAID to present paper at American Educational and Research Association (AERA) annual conference in Chicago, Illinois (USA) in 2015.

 

Other Activities
  • 2018 – Present: Associate Editor, the Journal of Education and Educational Development (JoEED).
  • 2018 – Present: Member Editorial Board, the International Journal of Educational Psychology and Technology (Springer).
  • 2017 – 2018: Assistant Editor, UW Journal of Social Sciences.
  • 2017 – Present: Reviewer, Journal of Innovation in Teaching and Learning (IJITL).
  • 2016 – Present: Reviewer, Education and Information Technologies (Springer).
  • 2015 – Present: Reviewer, American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting.

 

Memberships
  • 2013 – Present: American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Division C: Learning and Instruction

Division K: Teaching and Teacher Education

Special Interest Groups: Science and Technology, Advanced Technologies for Learning, Program Evaluation

  • 2012 – Present: West Virginia University – CEHS Alumni Association
  • 2013 – Present: West Virginia University – Graduate Student Advancement Society
  • 2015 – Present: International Association for Language Learning Technology (IALLT)
  • 2015 – Present: International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
  • 2015 – Present: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
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