Nazarbayev University
Graduate School of Education

Graduate School of Education

Jason Sparks


Jason Sparks
Vice Dean
Office Phone:
Higher education


PhD in Educational Policy Studies – Global Studies in Education Specialization, 2008

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA

 MEd in Educational Policy Studies – Global Studies in Education Specialization, 2006

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA

BA in Secondary Education/English, 1991

Arizona State University


Courses taught at GSE:

  • EDUC 711 Globalisation and Education (PhD)
  • EDUC 625 Globalisation & Higher Education (MSc)
  • EDML 623 Globalisation & Language Education (MA)

Thematic areas of research specialization:

School education

Higher education

Research subthemes

internationalization of higher education, English medium-of-instruction in higher education, university-industry partnerships

Geographic areas of research specialization (countries): Kazakhstan


Funded Projects:

  • Exploring Re-Adjustment Experiences of Kazakhstani Returning Scholars, 2018-2020.

          NU Faculty Development Competitive Research Program, 45,000 USD

  • Development of students’ multilingual competence in EMI postgraduate research programs in Kazakhstan, 2018-2020.                                              

          NU Faculty Development Competitive Research Program, 53,000 USD

  • Advancing Models of Best Practice in Internationalization of Higher Education in Kazakhstan., 2014 – 2016.

          Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan



  • Parmenter, L., Sparks, J., Li, A., Kerimkulova, S., Ashirbekov, A., & Jumakulov, Z. (2017). Internationalizing the Curriculum in Kazakhstan: Perceptions, rationales and challenges. In de Wit, H., Gacel-Avila, J., Jones, E., & Jooste, N. (Eds) The globalization of internationalization: Emerging voices and perspectives. (pp.182-193). New York: Routledge.
  • Sparks, J., & Rutkowski, D. (2016). Exploring project sustainability: using a multiperspectival, multidimensional approach to frame inquiry. Development in Practice26(3), 308-320.
  • Sparks, J., Ashirbekov, A., Parmenter, L., Jumakulov , Z., & Sagintayeva, A. (2015). Becoming Bologna capable: Strategic cooperation and capacity building in International Offices in Kazakhstani HEIs. In Curaj, A., Matei, L., Pricopie, R., Salmi, J. & Scott, P. (Eds). The European Higher Education Area: between critical reflections and future policies (pp.109-126). New York: Springer.
  • Rutkowski, D., & Sparks, J. (2014) The new scalar politics of evaluation: An emerging governance role for evaluation. Evaluation: The International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, 20(4), 492-508.
  • Corcoran, T., & Sparks, J. (2014). Inquiry-based learning with international students: An exploration in pedagogic values. In G. S. Goodman (Ed.), Educational psychology reader: The art and science of how people learn. New York: Peter Lang, pp. 527 - 541.
  • Rutkowski, D., Rutkowski, L., & Sparks, J. (2011) Information and communications technologies support for 21st-Century teaching: An international analysis. Journal of School Leadership, 21(2), 190-215. 

  • Rizvi, F., Engel, L., Rutkowski, D., & Sparks, J. (2007). Equality and the politics of globalization in education. In G. K. Verma, C. R. Bagley & M. M. Jha (Eds.), International perspectives on educational diversity and inclusion: Studies from America, Europe and India (pp. 3- 20). London: Routledge. 

  • Rizvi, F., Engel, L., Rutkowski, D., & Sparks, J. (2006) Globalization and recent shifts in educational policy in the Asia Pacific: An overview of some critical issues. Bangkok: UNESCO.