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Staff and Their Research Interests

Full-Time Staff

Dr. Sok Soth

Sok Soth graduated from De La Salle University, Philippines with a Master’s Degree in Language Teaching. He obtained his PhD in Education from Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia. He has been an Applied Linguistics lecturer and a teacher trainer for more than ten years. Soth’s teaching and research interests focus on language and culture, particularly how they both influence each other in one’s conception and performance of self in his/her being and becoming.

Dr. Tao Nary

Tao Nary received PhD in Educational Assessment from Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia. She specialises in classroom-based assessment and its links to instructional strategies and student learning. She lectures in classroom-based assessment, critical pedagogy, and training and professional development as part of the Master’s degree program at the Royal University of Phnom Penh. Her primary teaching and research interests are classroom-based assessment literacy, large-scaled learning assessment, the impact of testing on learning and instruction, program evaluation, teacher professional development, and academic misconduct by students including cheating and plagiarism.

Dr. Chuon Rumreasey

Chuon Rumreasey earned her PhD in Humanities and Science, Human Behavior from Kobe Gakuin University, Japan in 2010. She has two years working experience as consultant at CDC International Corporation in Japan. Her teaching focuses on Psychology of Education and research methodology in education field. She has authored several articles, including the Study of Cambodian Scholar’s identity (based on Marcia Identity Concept), Psychology of Cambodian Elite Students, and Development of Identity. She published a book on Psychology of Cambodian Elite students: Development of Identity from civil war to reconstruction.

Ms. Haing Sivpheng

Haing Sivpheng holds a Master’s degree in Education from Charles Darwin University in Australia. She has been working at the Royal University of Phnom Penh for several years. Her research interests include education quality, educational management and planning, instructional design, and professional development.

Ms. Kim Dinath

Kim Dinath earned her bachelor’s degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from the Institute of Foreign Languages, RPPP in 2006. She received her Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics from Regional Language Centre, Singapore in 2008 and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education and Professional Development from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand in 2012. She also obtained her master’s degree in Education from Victoria University of Wellington in 2013. Her research interest includes curriculum development, educational policy and management, assessment, and teacher professional development.

Dr. Mam Socheath

Mam Socheath has worked in the field of education since 2005 through secondary education level as a teacher of English and tertiary education level as a lecturer and researcher. He graduated his Ph.D. in Development Education from Chulalongkorn University after earning his Bachelor of Education in TEFL and Master of Education in Educational Research and Evaluation, and attending the teacher training courses for Teacher of Basic Education and Teacher with Higher Education degrees. The areas of his interests include educational policy and leadership, educational evaluation, teaching methodology and pedagogy, teacher education, and education for sustainable development. His major publication relates to research and teaching about sustainability in Cambodia universities, capacity building of faculty members to promote sustainability in Cambodian HEIs, and university student engagement in local communities towards sustainability in Cambodia.

Dr. Om Sokha

Om Sokha graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from IFL in 2005 and a Master’s degree in Educational Management and Planning from RUPP in 2011. She obtained her PhD in Education major in Educational Leadership and Management from the De La Salle University, Philippines, in 2015. Her teaching and research interests include educational leadership and management, higher education development and higher education governance.

Dr. Keng Chansopheak

Mr. Ing Leng

Contractual Full-Time Staff

Mr. Hor Youhan

Hor Youhan obtained his bachelor’s degree of Education in English from the Institute of Foreign Languages in 2006 and his master’s degree in educational administration and leadership from the Royal University of Phnom Penh in 2013. He is a full-time lecturer in the Faculty of Education, Royal University of Phnom Penh. He has involved in a number of projects including Staying in School: A Longitudinal Study of Transition, Drop out, and Retention—Primary to Secondary School in Cambodia, Case Studies on EFA Promising Practices in the Asia-Pacific Region: Promoting Early Grade Quality through Early Grade Reading and Writing, A Tracer Study of the Master of Education Program(2006-2013), and Reviews of Educational Contents, Pedagogies and Connectivity of Curriculum and Its Relevance to Economic Development in Cambodia: A Focus on Khmer, Mathematics, and Science for Grades 9 and 12.

Mr. Sot Visal

Sot Visal earned his bachelor’s degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from the Institute of Foreign Languages (IFL), RPPP in 2010. He also obtained his master’s degree in Educational Administration and Leadership with an outstanding award from RUPP in 2014. He is currently a contractual lecturer and researcher at the Faculty of Education. His teaching specializations include Introductory to Research, Quantitative Research and Educational Leadership and Management. His research area and interests encompass Program Evaluation, Schools Leadership and Management, In-service Trainings and Professional Development and English Language Teaching and Learning. He had involved in several research projects such as Tracer Study of the Master Education Program (RUPP), Multi-Grades Teaching in Cambodia (MoEYS, UNESCO and RUPP), and The Effectiveness of VSO Teaching Methods, Resources and Trainings for Primary Schools Teaching English Subject Grades 4 in Cambodia (VSO).

Mr. Heng Nareth

Heng Nareth obtained his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP) in 2006. He has been working as an assistant in charge of administration and finance in the Faculty of Education. He assists the management team in preparing and managing all necessary works including payment, office supplies, and other related tasks that may be requested by the management team members.

Ms. Leang Lengngich

Leang Lengngich earned her bachelor’s degree in Management from the National University of Management and she also had the bachelor of English for Business from the Cambodian Mekong University in 2016. Previously, she worked as a teacher of English at Beltei International School. She is currently an academic assistant in the Faculty of Education at RUPP.

Part-Time Staff

Dr. Dy Samsideth

Dy Samsideth is a founding member of the Faculty of Education of the Royal University of Phnom Penh and a member of the Education Research Council of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport. After he graduated his PhD from the Graduate School of Education, Hiroshima University in March 2005, he worked for almost five years as education specialist for UNESCO and almost three years for the Asian Development Bank in Cambodia. He recently provided research consultancy services for the Swiss Development Cooperation and the Asian Development Bank in both Cambodia and Myanmar on Vocational Skills Development and Higher Education, for German Development Cooperation (GIZ) on Skills Development Training, ADB, UNESCO, CDRI, ACLEDA Bank for Teacher Education and Training, Higher Education Reform and Institutional Strategic Plan. He also published paper articles in various reviewed journals and chapters of edited books on Basic Education, Skills Development, and Higher Education in Cambodia.

Dr. No Fata

No Fata's research areas and interests include educational quality and inequality, educational planning and policies, teachers and teaching, curriculum design and development, and language education. He has led several research projects, including projects on designing teacher policy action plan (TPAP) for MoEYS, promoting research culture at Cambodian higher education institutions by mastering the funding proposal writing, higher education policy, school dropout, school accountability, just to name a few. He also consulted many projects and research studies with national and international organizations, such as IIEP, UNESCO, the World Bank, NEP, CAMFEBA, CDRI and others.

Dr. Mok Sarom

Mok Sarom holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Brunei Darussalam in Brunei, and a PhD in Educational Administration from the Srinakharinwirot University in Thailand. He has published with a number of international journals such as Journal of Pragmatics, RELC Journal, Asian Educational Review and Asian Englishes. His teaching and research interests include leadership, teaching, organizational culture and strengths development, vocabulary acquisition for English language learners, socio-linguistics, and discourse analysis. He also worked as the consultant for many projects.

Mr. Chan Sophal

Chan Sophal has been a lecturer of English at the Institute of Foreign Languages (IFL), Royal University of Phnom Penh since 1998. He has been teaching various subjects to students in B.A. and B.Ed. programs, including Academic Writing, Research Methodology, and Translation and Interpreting. Sophal graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from IFL in 1998 and a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Hawaii, USA, in 2004. Sophal has been a regular presenter/contributor at the CamTESOL Conference held annually in Cambodia. He has presented research findings on topics of interest, including ‘Doing two university degrees concurrently; common English writing mistakes of Cambodian learners; extensive reading habits among Cambodian university students; and ELT management’. He has served as an editorial board member for the LEiA Journal (Language Education in Asia). He has also supervised research projects and/or theses in the Master of TESOL Program as well as in the Master of Education Program.

Mr. Chin Sam Ath

Chin Sam Ath obtained his bachelor’s degree in Khmer Literature from RUPP in 2011. He spent one more year completing teaching pedagogy training at the National Institute of Education (NIE). He also graduated from Western University with Bachelor of Arts in Teaching English as a Foreign Language in 2013. He is currently an academic assistant in the Faculty of Education, as well as pursuing a master’s degree in Educational Policy and Planning at RUPP. He has also involved as a research assistant in several research projects dealing with data collection, data entry, transcription, translation, and interpretation.

Dr. Chhin Sitha

Chhinh Sitha graduated from Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation (IDEC), Hiroshima University, Japan in 2004. His area of teaching and research focuses mainly on policy and political economy of education and how they contribute to development of other social sectors. He has written articles, book chapters and research reports on several aspects of educational practices. His current longitudinal research project looks at the political economy of schooling in Cambodia focusing on issues of quality and equity. He is a founding member of Faculty of Development Studies, Faculty of Education and Teaching and Learning Center of the Royal University of Phnom Penh.

Dr. Heng Kreng

Kreng Heng holds a PhD in Educational Development from Hiroshima University, Japan. His academic and consulting experience covers a wide range of educational issues in general and higher education, ranging from student competency, teaching effectiveness, school accountability, strengthening school support committee, curriculum development, educational policy, school-to-work transitions and graduate skills. He has run training programmes in statistical analysis at the University of Phnom Penh and has worked in several projects in both Japan and Cambodia which have involved reviewing assessment tests and contextual questionnaires, analyzing national assessment data, designing and reviewing research instruments and protocols (sampling, recruitment, consent form, identification, confidentiality, interviewing, and data management), conducting field audits, and coordinating data collection and analysis. He has written a number of research reports and other publications in peer-reviewed international journals. He is also a founding member of the Faculty of Education of Royal University of Phnom Penh. He currently lectures courses such as educational assessment (classroom-based assessment and national student assessment), educational research and quantitative data analysis, and education policy.


  • Mr. Nith Bunlay (PhD)
  • Mr. Un Leang (PhD)
  • Mr. Rath Chhang (PhD)
  • Mr. Sok Serey (PhD)
  • Mr. In Vichea (PhD)
  • Mr. Keuk Chan Narith (PhD)
  • Ms. Heng Sokha (MA)
  • Mr. Chau Samphas (MA)
  • Mr. Vong Chhorvy (MA)

Contact Info

Dr. Sok Soth
210B, Building A, Royal University of Phnom Penh