Biography

Dr. Stefanos Gialamas for the past thirteen years is the President of the American Community Schools of Athens, Greece (ACS Athens, Greece). He holds a BS, an MA and a Ph.D. in Mathematics, the latest from the University of Illinois at Chicago (Knot Theory). Prior to his arrival at ACS Athens he served as the Provost of the American College of Thessaloniki (ACT), Greece. He has been a University Professor, Department Chair, a Dean, and a Provost at higher education institutions in the United States and Greece.

He has taught graduate and undergraduate mathematics, computer, management and leadership courses at universities in Kansas, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Greece.

His professional work includes research in Leadership, 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 120 referred articles in both English and Greek languages, three books, a chapter book, and many other manuals.

Under his leadership ACS Athens received in 2007 and in 2016 re accreditations from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA), PA, USA.

In 2016 the president of MSA calls ACS Athens "one of our highest performing schools". ACS Athens is the first international school among 2800 international schools accredited by MSA using the highest level of protocol called "Sustaining Excellence". This is a process that engages an entire school community in designing and implementing a school-wide research effort to identify areas for growth and improvement, to examine thoroughly the research into best practices in those areas, and to create new knowledge and best practices by conducting action research investigations during the process of implementing new initiatives.

He is the co-editor and co-author of the book titled "Revolutionizing K-12 Blended Learning through the i2Flex Classroom Model", which has been published on August 2016 (www.igi-global.com). In addition 25 ACS Athens educators are contributing authors of a book.

In response to the global educational reform he has developed a new education paradigm, the Global Morfosis paradigm that 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 (Μόρφωση), the i2Flex Delivery Methodology, and the Aristeia (Αριστεία) Leadership Approach (www.g-morfosis.gr.)

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. He has been re-appointed on the same committee since then. This Committee is responsible to select among hundreds of nominees with most significant contribution to education the finalists. The Laureate receives an award of $500,000 and a gold medal.

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.

On February 2017 Dr. Gialamas was an invited speaker at the WISE Madrid Summit in Education with theme "Imagine the future of Education".

On November 2015, and 2016, he was invited by Stephen A. Schwartzman to join a small group of extraordinary individuals with diverse backgrounds to serve as panelists for the interview process to select the Schwartzman Scholars. 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. Schwartzman 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. Schwartzman Scholars will welcome its first class of 100 students in the summer of 2016.

On August 2016 he was featured in a cover story titled: "ACS Athens modelling Education For the 21st Century".

On June 2016, the Board of Directors of the Pinewood American International School, Thessaloniki Greece has selected Dr. Gialamas to be the 2016-esteemed graduation speaker for the 2016 graduation class of their institution.

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.

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 August 2014 he was featured in a cover story titled "Shifting Mindsets: ACS Athens" at the Business Partners Magazine.

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.

On May 2014 Dr. Gialamas was invited to become a member of the Board of Trustees of the organization Global Youth Innovation Network.

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 was 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 Middle States Accreditation of Secondary Schools American Association of University Administrators, the International Institute for Human Factor Development, the Chairs Academy, 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.