Academic Staff

Trainers

Theodhori Karaj is currently a professor in the Department of Psychology and Pedagogy at the University of Tirana. He has a long experience as a teacher and school director in pre-university education, as a professor of developmental psychology, research methods in psychology and education, stress psychology, classroom management and as a leader, for many years, of the Faculty of Social Sciences and of the Department of Psychology and Pedagogy.
In addition to undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Albania in the field of education and psychology, he has completed Fulbright studies in the field of social psychology and postgraduate studies in the field of Education Administration in the US. He has been a visiting professor at many European and US universities.
Professor Karaj is the author of several pre-university and university textbooks and many scientific studies. He also has a rich experience in training in the field of education and psychology.

Edmond Rapti s a full-time Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Tirana. He commenced his career as a teacher and subsequently engaged in the profession of the pedagogical consultant, education inspector, while in the university level he has held the position of: Lecturer, Head of Psychology & Pedagogy Department at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Tirana, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Deputy Rector of the University of Tirana and currently bears the position of Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences.
He has completed several post-graduated specializations at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Leuven University in Belgium, University of Granada in Spain, etc…Likewise, he has also completed advanced studies in the field of management and administration of education at Pace University in New York, USA.
He has participated in several national and international conferences or activities and held various references/presentations concerning the educational policies for the psychological service, management of education, etc. He has also published several articles and research materials on the educational policies regarding the preparation and training of teachers, as well as the management of schools. The areas of expertise in education are: school psychology, career counselling, management and administration of schools, training of teachers and educational leadership.

Migena Buka has been a lecturer at the Department of Pedagogy – Psychology since 2006. She has completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and specializes in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, from Middle East Technical University, Ankara. She received her Doctor of Science degree from the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Tirana.
She has extensive experience in teaching at the university and in various national and international projects. She teaches at Bachelor programs in Psychology, Master of Science in Organizational Psychology, Master of Science in School and Master of Science in Clinical Psychology.
Has extensive experience in planning, organizing, and directing social science research projects. She has made a valuable contribution to the development and protection of various issues as a member of civil society when she was the leader of one of the most active NGOs in Albania.
Migena Buka has excellent leadership and organizational skills and has successfully run many projects in the field of Human Resources and has had successful collaborations with many companies operating in Albania such as: Albtelecom sh.a, Bankers Petroleum, GIZ, UNICEF, etc.

Nada Kallçiu is a lecturer at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Tirana. She has completed her studies at the University of Padua Italy in the field of Education Science and her master studies at the University of Venice Italy in “Project Management in the field of education for Central Europe and the Balkans”. She completed her doctoral studies at the University of Tirana at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology. She has an experience in education since 2004.
She has conducted several research collaborations with the Zurich Pedagogical University, Switzerland on teaching methods and with the University of Lausanne Switzerland as a researcher and project coordinator on the carrier orientation. She has also taught at the University of Granada, Spain.
She has published articles and research papers on educational policies, teaching methods, classroom measurement and evaluation, vocational education, and other topics. Her areas of expertise are on: teacher training, measurement and evaluation in education, social science research, education policy, civic education, management of large-scale education programs, etc.

Aida Goga is a lecturer at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Tirana since 2013 and since 2016 is the Head of the Department of Philosophy, University of Tirana. She is graduated in philosophy in 2000 at the Department of Philosophy, University of Tirana. She holds a master’s degree in psychology in 2011 and has the title of Doctor of Science in 2014 at the Institute of European Studies on the Role of Albanian Elites in European Integration.
Her areas of interest are teaching and research in the field of philosophy and leadership. Her curriculum includes a long experience as a trainer as well as consultant in various institutions and organizations. She has lectured in General Philosophy, Ethics and Communication, Philosophical Anthropology, Eastern Philosophy, Education of Leadership and Standards, Public Speaking, Theory of Communication etc.

Gerda Sula, Ph.D. has finished her doctoral studies at the University of Geneva, Switzerland in the field of Sciences of Education. She teaches subjects related to Education Sciences at the Faculty of Social Sciences, as well as in other faculties of the University of Tirana that offer Master Studies in teacher preparation. Her professional interests mainly focus on child-centeredness approaches in the Albanian Education and the support that teachers require in order to internalize such concepts in their daily practices, with a particular focus on the early years.
She has more than twenty years of involvement in practical projects and research studies related to a variety of education issues in order to facilitate the implementation of the methodological changes based in the latest trends in the education field. She has served as a consultant related to education issues in many organizations, such as World Bank, UNICEF, SwissContact, Save the Children, etc, and she has been part of several academic projects of Erasmus+.
Gerda Sula has a number of publishing in scientific journals, books, including textbooks for pre-university level, and has presented in a large number of Education conferences. She is member of several professional and scientific education organizations.

Robert Gjedia has studied for teacher at the University of Shkodra, as well as in-depth studies of the Master of Sciences in the field of teaching and learning at the University of Tirana. He holds a Doctor of Sciences degree and is currently in the process for the title of Associate Professor.
He has more than 30 years of professional experience as a teacher, school director, education inspector, researcher, curriculum developer, and also Head of the National Curriculum Institute and the Chief Inspector of the State Education Inspectorate.
Since 2009 till now is part-time lecturer at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Tirana, while have 6 years as full-time lecturer & Head of the Department of Education Sciences at ‘Marin Barleti’ University. He is a lecturer and researcher of subjects related to curriculum development, learning theories, education evaluation & school management.

Dorina Rapti has received a master’s degree in teaching from the Faculty of Social Sciences (Psychology–Pedagogy Department), and a PhD in school leadership from the University of Tirana.
In her beginnings she has worked as a mathematics teacher/head teacher in the pre-university education system and since 2010 as a lecturer at the Department of Psychology and Pedagogy in the Faculty of Social Science, University of Tirana. During 2010 – 2013 she has worked in Ministry of Education and Science as head of Vocational Education and Training department and head of teacher training and qualification commission. She has been also Head of teacher qualification and carrier department in the Institute for Educational Development, part of the Albanian Ministry of Education and Sport. Currently, she holds the position of Director of Curricula and Qualification Department in the Quality Assurance Agency of Preuniversity Education, part of the Ministry of Education, Sport and Youth.
Her research includes themes of educational policy, school leadership organization, continuous professional development of teachers, curriculum and external and internal quality assurance tools. She has co-ordinated research projects funded by World Bank, European Delegation IPA and several UN agencies.

Edlira Late has extended experience on the management of education issues in public and private sector with a focus in teachers’ training, international education, and educational quality assurance areas.
She has been a Fulbright student fellow as part of the exchange programs supported by US Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs where she has completed Master of Education (M.Ed.) program in Education Leadership and Policy Studies at Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States.
The other former work experiences include managing and coordinating educational initiatives and training projects at ministerial educational sector and international organizations as well as the ongoing teaching experience at professional programs in the field of school leadership offered at the Faculty of Social Sciences of University of Tirana.

Merita Poni is a faculty member of Tirana University, Faculty of Social Sciences where she teaches education, gender, crime and research methods over 20 years. She has contributed to the establishment of curriculum of the bachelor and master’s programs of the department of sociology and coordinates the master program on Social Criminology.
She holds a bachelor degree in Sociology and in Law and a master degree in Public Policy and PhD in Gender Studies from University of Tirana and a Master in Education from University of Roehampton, UK.
She has conducted several researches in academic level and also with national and international organizations. She has published many articles on education, gender, and social justice

Leticja Gusho has 25 years of experience in education and is a full-time lecturer at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Tirana. After completing her master’s and doctoral studies at the University of Tirana in the field of pedagogy, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the United States of America, as a holder of the Fulbright Scholarship. She has also completed several postgraduate specializations at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands.
She has taught as a guest lecturer at the Faculty of Education at the University of Granada in Spain, as well as at Salem State University, Massachusetts, USA. She is the author of many articles published in and outside the country focusing on school issues and topics related to them. She has also published the book “For a better school”.
Her areas of interest are school curriculum development, quantitative and qualitative research methods, and ongoing teacher training and retraining.

Kozeta Noti has over 30 years of professional experience in teaching. She began her career as a teacher and later held leading positions in the high school of foreign languages “Asim Vokshi”. Ms. Noti has served also as the Director of CESES Tirana, Director of External Relations at the Municipality of Tirana. For many years now, Ms. Noti is a lecturer at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Tirana.
Ms. Noti has been part of several working groups on Curriculum Reform in Albania, drafting curricula for pre-university and higher education, leading various national and international projects implemented by CESES (European Center for School, Education, Society), projects focusing on educating young people and teachers on the values of European citizenship.
Her areas of expertise are in teacher preparation, teacher training, curriculum evaluation, social science research, administration and administration, civics education, text writing and evaluation, program management in the field of education as well as regional cooperation programs.

Eralda Zhilla is a lecturer at the Department of Pedagogy and Psychology, at the University of Tirana and coordinator of master in “Professional Orientation”. She is graduated in 2005 as a clinical psychologist. She received her master’s degree in 2008 from the University of Tirana in collaboration with the University of Nebraska in America. She currently holds a Doctor degree in psychology and a certificate in Global Career Development Facilitator.
She has 14 years of teaching and research experience in the fields of education and psychology sciences. She has participated in various scientific conferences in country and abroad where she has addressed studies in the field of psychology and beyond.
She has experience in planning, organizing and managing projects of social nature. She has also an active contribution in addressing vulnerable groups by providing ongoing psychological support for them in many organizations. Currently she teaches at the master’s degree and bachelor program in Psychology. She has several publications in psychology field.

Valbona Habili Sauku belongs to the first generation of psychology in Albania. She is graduated in school/organisation psychology at the Department of Pedagogy–Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Tirana on 2000. She holds a post graduate specialization in Counselling Master of Sciences in 2007, and a PhD degree on 2016, in the field of Recruitment of the educational staff (teachers), Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Tirana.
She has 20 years of experience in teaching and research in psychology. Her research activity is focused on combination of school psychology, education, and organisation psychology. Current position is senior lecturer in Department of Pedagogy–Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Tirana.
She has also 16 years of experience in the field of organizational psychology working with international organization as Caritas Spain, delegation in Kosovo, Spanish Red Cross, delegation in Albania. She is also a member of National Council of the Albanian Order of Psychologists.

Mentors

Ariana Maci has completed her higher studies in physics at the University of Tirana. In the first years of her work as a physics teacher, she worked at the high school in Kruja. Subsequently, she was transferred to Tirana, teaching only in 9-year schools.
Since 2007, she has been present in all State Matura exams in the role of head of administration. For the period 1998-2005 she held the role of school deputy director and from 2005 until today she is school director in Tirana.
Since 2003, Ariana Maci is part of the board of directors of the Albanian Astrophysics Center.

Luljeta Basha has been graduated from the University of Tirana, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Department of Mathematics. She has completed postgraduate studies in Advanced Mathematics at FSHN Tirana. She also achieved a second-level master’s degree in Economics-Administration and Public Policy at the European University of Tirana.
Luljeta Basha has a long experience in teaching and is author of several textbooks for high school mathematics.
For 15 years she has held the position of head of several high schools in Tirana and currently she is the head of the “Sander Prosi” high school in Tirana.

Margarita Shatro has completed her studies in physics at the Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Tirana. She has completed also a one-year postgraduate course in computer science at FSHN Tirana.
She has been teacher of physical and computer science subjetc in high schools for more than 20 years. She has also taught as an external physics lecturer at the Faculty of Civil Engineering, in the Polytechnic University in Tirana. She has 10 years of experience as a high school principal, and is currently the principal of the Andon Zako Cajupi high school in Tirana.
Over the years, she has attended training courses in the field of education, local government administration, women’s decision-making, etc., as part of her continuous professional development.