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Maria Beebe
Maria Beebe

Dr. Maria Beebe

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PhD Stanford University, 1993

Dr. Maria Beebe’s is an applied sociolinguist whose research interests include critical discourse analysis, women’s leadership, and information communication technologies (ICT) for development. She has a Masters of Arts in Anthropology and Ph.D. in Education from Stanford University. Dr. Beebe recently co-edited DISRUPT. Filipina Women: Loud. Proud. Leading without a Doubt based on the leadership journeys of 35 Filipinas who shared their stories. She wrote one of the chapters and also wrote the introduction and synthesis. 

Dr. Beebe has over twenty years experience in global development in a wide-range of sectors, including higher education, telecommunications, environment, natural resources, primary health care, and small enterprise development. She has used her expertise as a social scientist and sociolinguist to advance the use of ICT for development. As an independent contractor, she worked in Afghanistan as a Senior ICT Advisor. She drafted recommendations on the use of ICTs to expand the global outreach and partnerships of the School of Extended Studies at Portland State University. Dr. Beebe was the Chief of Party for the $12 million Afghan eQuality Alliances Project, which established computer centers for basic computer literacy and Internet use at Afghan public universities, forged partnerships with US and other universities for scholarships for Afghan instructors to get their masters degrees, and launched a Masters in Public Policy and Administration at Kabul University. 

Dr. Beebe provided leadership for drafting a white paper on E-education in Basic and Further Education in South Africa, and a concept paper on ICTs for education in Ethiopia. She provided leadership and overall coordination for a project that created a network of 21 African and 4 U.S. higher education institutions and regulatory bodies.  Ms. Beebe has led workshops on teaching with the Internet at higher education institutions in Afghanistan, the Philippines, South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, and Nigeria. She co-edited AfricaDotEdu to share sustainable development lessons learned from the use of ICT to create networks among higher education institutions in Africa.

Dr. Beebe has lived and worked in South Africa, Liberia, Philippines, Sudan, and Afghanistan. Dr. Beebe regularly shares lessons learned through scholarly papers presented at international conferences. 

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