Assistant Professors

Mariza Georgalou, Assistant Professor in Sociolinguistics & Discourse
Analysis (e-mail:

Mariza Georgalou is Assistant Professor in Sociolinguistics & Discourse Analysis at the University of Western Macedonia, Department of Early Childhood Education, where she teaches the courses: Introduction to Sociolinguistics, Discourse Analysis, Digital Literacies in Early Childhood, and Internet Language. She is also a postgraduate tutor in Critical Literacy at the Hellenic Open University. She holds a BA in English Language and Literature from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, an MA in Language Studies from Lancaster University, UK, and a PhD in Linguistics also from Lancaster University. Her research interests are at the intersection of language, (social) media and society. Her work has appeared in reputable international journals and has been presented in various conferences in Greece and abroad. She is the author of Discourse and Identity on Facebook (Bloomsbury, 2017). Personal webpage:

Efthalia Konstantinidou, Assistant Professor in Social Psychology (tel. 23850 55113, email:

Prof. Efthalia Konstantinidou received her PhD in Psychology at the Department of Psychology, School of Philosophy, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. She teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Social Psychology and qualitative research methods. Her research interests and publications focus on Discursive Social Psychology and discourse analysis on topics concerning education, such as identity constructions in history curricula and textbooks in primary and secondary education, leadership in education as discursively constructed identity, and teachers’ emotion discourse.

Vasiliki Pliogkou, Assistant Professor in Pedagogy and Applications in Education (e-mail:

Vassiliki Pliogou is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Early Childhood Education, in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Western Macedonia, Greece, on the subject of Pedagogy and Applications in Education. She received her BA in Pedagogy at the University of Patras. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Ghent in Belgium, with a scholarship from the Hellenic State Scholarships Foundation, in “Children’s Rights”. She has two Masters of Sciences, the first one on the subject of “Comparative Education and Human Rights” from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in collaboration with the Institute of Education of the University of London and the second one in “Bilingual Special Education” from the University of Western Macedonia. She received her PhD in Science Education from the Department of Primary Education in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She is a reviewer in Greek and International Journals. Her presentations in Greek and International conferences and publications in collective volumes, Greek and International Journals and proceedings, focus on intercultural education, human rights education, childhood and children’s rights, citizenship, family-school connection, gender and educational implementations using different pedagogical tools in various formal and non-formal educational environments. Since 2011, she is the President of OMEP (World Organization for Early Childhood Education) in Central Macedonia. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Children’s Museum of Thessalonik. She has been awarded the first prize of the International Committee of OMEP for 2016 in Education for Sustainable Development under the UNESCO Global Action Programme, at the University of Ewha Womans in Seoul (S. Korea).

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