Stefanos Gialamas Ph.D.

Gialamas portraitDr. Stefanos Gialamas for the past ten years is the President of the American Community Schools of Athens – Greece (ACS Athens, Greece). He holds a BS in Mathematics / Physics, an MS in statistics an MA in Mathematics and a Ph.D. in Mathematics (Knot Theory). Prior to his arrival at ACS he served as the Provost of the American College of Thessaloniki (ACT), Greece. He has also served for several years as the Dean of Academic Leadership Development, Faculty Development and Dean of the Mathematics and Science Programs, at the corporate office of DeVry University, USA. He has taught graduate and undergraduate mathematics, computer, management and leadership courses at universities in Kansas, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Greece. He has been a Professor, Department Chair, a Dean, a Provost, a President and an education consultant since 1990.

His professional work includes research in Leadership Development, Faculty Development, Innovative Approaches in Teaching and Learning, Knot Theory, Mathematics and Arts, the History and Philosophy of Mathematics, and Mathematics Education. He has published more than 100 articles in both English and Greek languages, three books, a chapter book, and many other manuals.

He was the installation speaker at the inauguration of Dr. Richard Hurley as the 9th president of the University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA, and September 2011.

In response to the global educational reform he has developed a new education paradigm, the Global Morfosis paradigm which has been implemented at the American Community Schools of Athens (ACS Athens) Greece for the past decade. This dynamic paradigm consists of three inseparable, interconnected, and interrelated components: the Educational Philosophy of Morfosis (Μορφωση), the i2Flex Delivery Methodology, and the Aristeia (Αριστεία) Leadership Approach.

On August 2014 he was featured in a cover story titled “Shifting Mindsets: ACS Athens” at the Business Partners Magazine (http://issuu.com/rmpp/docs/bp_jul-aug_14?e=2558608/8802374)

On March 2013, he was featured in the cover story of a prestigious professional magazine in Greece as one of the significant educational leaders in the country (http://issuu.com/acsathens/docs/epistimonikomktgmgmtmarch13-4#signin).

On April 2013, her Highness Sheikha Moza Bin Nasser, Chairperson of the Qatar Foundation, selected Dr. Gialamas to join the Committee of the International Prize for Education. This Committee is responsible to select among 100 nominations of the most significant contribution to education. The Laureate receives an award of $500,000 and a gold medal. He was re-appointed on the same committee on April 2014, and February 2015 (http://www.wise-qatar.org/education-prize-2014).

On April 2014 Qatar Foundation invited Dr. Gialamas to join a distinguished team of experts to discuss the future of WISE (World Innovation Summit in Education) and its strategic objectives in order to shape its contribution to building the future of education (http://www.wise-qatar.org).

On May 2014 Dr. Gialamas was invited to become a member of the Board of Trustees of the organization Global Youth Innovation Network (http://www.gyin.org).

On April 2015, he was invited by Stephen A. Schwarzman to join extraordinary individuals with diverse backgrounds to serve as panelists for the interview process to select the inaugural class of Schwarzman Scholars (http://schwarzmanscholars.org). The program is modeled after the Rhodes scholarship; Scholars will study for one year at Tsinghua University in Beijing, one of the top academic institutions in China. Schwarzman Scholars is a highly selective, one-year master’s program at Tsinghua University in Beijing that is designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders for the challenges of the future. Schwarzman Scholars will welcome its first class of 100 students in the summer of 2016.

On July 2014 he published a book chapter titled i²Flex: The Meeting Point of Web-Based Education and Innovative Leadership in a K–12 International School Setting, book published by Springer with title Digital Systems for Open Access to Formal and Informal Learning.

On May 2013, he published the book “A Thoughtful Mind,” containing articles and publications on academic leadership and international education. All proceeds are going towards the construction of state of the arts Elementary school science labs at ACS Athens.

He was for six years (2009-2015) a member of the International Schools Accreditation Committee (ISAC) recommending institutional accreditation to the Commission of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (Philadelphia, PA). He was a consultant/evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (Chicago, IL). He has also served as the VP of the Hellenic Institute for the Greek Language and Culture. He was elected Chairman of the Education Committee of the Board of Education of the Illinois High School District 230, representing more than 10,000 students (Illinois).

Dr. Gialamas is an Associate Editor of the Academic Leadership online Journal. He has also contributed to the Journal of Human Factor Studies as its Editor (1999 – 2003). He was also member of the Board of Directors of the State of Illinois Mathematics and Science Advisory Committee.

Dr. Gialamas has received Leadership and Educational awards from diverse academic and social institutions and organizations such as the American Association of University Administrators, the International Institute for Human Factor Development, the Hellenic Council of Education, The University of Indianapolis, Athens Campus, University of Wisconsin, Columbia College Chicago, Illinois Institute of Art , DeVry University, and Pearson Education.