Through August 2018, Professor Maximiliano Ritacco Real is serving as a visiting scholar to the Brown Department of Education thanks to a scholarship financed by Brown and by Dr. Real's teaching university. Dr. Real is an assistant professor in the Department of Pedagogy (Theory and History of Education) of the University of Granada, where he focuses his research on the issues of socio-educational exclusion and educational policies and reforms. In the last four years Dr. Real has focused his attention on the study of Leadership and school management. His membership in the RILME (Research Network on Leadership and Educational Improvement) network and the International Successful School Principalship Project (ISSPP) has allowed him to conduct research stays in Argentina, Cyprus and Germany, which opened doors to establish links of teaching exchange with universities. We asked Dr. Real a few questions to get to know him during his summer scholarship.
What drew you to Brown University?
I have come thanks to a scholarship granted by the University of Granada (Spain) and Brown University. At the academic level, Brown University is a benchmark not only in the United States, but also in Europe. We cannot forget its history, an institution that has become a benchmark for scientific and educational development. This is directly related to the Department of Education at Brown University. In this sense, having the invitation and tutoring of Professor Kenneth Wong is an honor for me. His work is very recognized in Spain. On a personal level, it is one of the aspects that I value the most.
What do you most hope to accomplish during your time here?
Well, there can be many things. The simple fact of being at Brown is learning--living the experience of sharing knowledge with colleagues, learning from the lines of work, establishing a link with the University of Granada, and sharing aspects of my research experience with Brown students and professors. And, no less important, it is to know a new place, its culture, customs, new people....
What have you enjoyed most about Providence so far?
The city is beautiful, I love its architecture and how its history is reflected. The people are very kind and educated, and they are always willing to help. This is highlighted by the staff at Brown University, especially in the Office of International Student & Scholar Services (OISSS) and the Department of Education. For the rest, as I am a tennis player, I have enjoyed tennis courts at the University. They are excellent, as well as the sports campus.