Fran Vavrus is a professor for the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where she serves in the Comparative and International Education Development (CIDE) program. With her background in comparative and international education, Vavrus will bring a global comparative perspective to the Gender Policy Report’s Education page.
Vavrus also has plenty of international education policy experience to bring to bear on ongoing discussions of the gender dimensions of education policy. Vavrus serves as the North American representative on the Joint ILO/UNESCO Committee of Experts on the Application of the Recommendations Concerning Teaching Personnel (CEART). This role has led to her participation in major international conferences, such as the 2015 World Education Forum in Incheon, South Korea, where the UN Sustainable Development Goal for education was finalized.
Much of Vavrus’s research focuses on the Kilimanjaro Region of Northern Tanzania, where she has intermittently lived, taught, and studied since 1992. As with her research, in her contributions to the Gender Policy Report, she hopes to advance an understanding of the transformative potential of education as well as understand its limitations – especially as this relates to gender equity.
— Photo of Fran Vavrus at the World Education Forum