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Assistant Professor, Department of Education, Niagara University

Asma Ahmed is an assistant professor at Niagara University, Faculty of Education. She has a PhD in Critical Policy, Equity and Leadership Studies (CELPS) from Western University. Her research revolves around supporting and improving a more equitable education system. Her work focuses on examining the barriers and supports related to marginalized and racialized students using culturally sustaining pedagogies.

* Currently her focus is on the experiences of Muslim students in public schools and private Islamic schools in Ontario, Culturally Relevant and Responsive Pedagogies (CRRP), anti-Islamophobia education, and particularly, educating against Islamophobia for teachers. Asma conducts workshops on anti-islamophobia for pre-service teacher candidates, for in-service teachers and professors. She has mainly been spending her time writing about how teachers can use culturally responsive pedagogy to support their Muslim students in K-12 public schools and she was a senior instructional designer in the development of a theocentric pedagogy (iRISE) for K-12 MAC Islamic schools in Canada. She is also facilitating courses with the Centre of Islamic Thought and Education (CITE) at the University of South Australia.

Experience

  • –present
    PhD Western University, Western University

Education

  • 2017 
    Western University, Doctorate of Philosophy