Kevin K. Kumashiro, Ph.D.
DEAN, SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
Dr. Kumashiro was a professor of Asian American Studies and Education at the University of illinois at Chicago (UIC) before assuming the position of dean at the USF School of Education. He also served as Chair of the Department of Educational Policy Studies and Interim Co-Director of the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy. He has taught in schools and colleges across the U.S. and abroad and has served as a consultant for school districts, organizations and state and federal agencies.
He was primary investigator and project director of the UIC AANAPISI Initiative (Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution) which is funded by $4 million from the U.S. Department of Education. The AANAPISI Program supports institutions of higher education in their effort to increase their self-sufficiency through two-year grants to improve academic programs, institutional management, and fiscal stability.
Dr. Kumashiro is an award-winning author and editor whose books include Troubling Education (2003 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award), Against Common Sense: Teaching and Learning toward Social Justice, and Bad Teacher!: How Blaming Teachers Distorts the Bigger Picture. He is current President of the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME).
Elena Flores, Ph.D.
ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
Credentialing Programs and Faculty Development
Dr. Flores is a spanish-speaking, Latina Clinical Psychologist with several years experience providing mental health and human services to adolescents and families from diverse cultural backgrounds. Her work in community health and mental health has involved direct assessments and psychotherapy, case management, program development and evaluation, clinical supervision, developing policies and procedures for comprehensive services, and developing culturally-specific interventions and psychological services. She has experience consulting with health and mental health community-based organizations, education programs, and county and federal agencies.
Dr. Flores is also a Research Associate in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco where she is currently a Co-investigator of a NIH funded study examining parental influences on obesity among Mexican American children. Her research and publications focus on Mexican American family functioning and adolescent health risk behaviors, Latino adolescent sexual behavior, and discrimination stress. She has received NIH funding as a Co-investigator to study Latino adolescent relationships and condom use. Her publications have appeared in such journals as Journal of Counseling Psychology, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, Journal of Adolescent Health, Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, and Journal of Marriage and the Family.
Shabnam Koirala-Azad, Ph.D.
ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
Non-credentialing Programs and Community Relations
Shabnam Koirala-Azad explores social and educational (in)equities through a transnational lens. Through ethnography and participatory research, her work critically examines the experiences of South Asian students and families in schools and society, as they experience shifting identities and navigate through structural inequities in various geographic, social and political spaces. By examining their realities in both home and host country contexts, she offers new ideas for transnational social action and highlights methodologies that directly address concerns with power and representation. As a mother-scholar, she is also interested in scholarship with an asset-based understanding of how mothering enriches careers in academia.
Stephen N. Katsouros, S.J., Ed.D.
ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR STRATEGIC PROJECTS
Fr. Katsouros, a member of the New York Province Society of Jesus (Jesuits), has served as the director of the Institute for Catholic Educational Leadership (ICEL) at USF since 2011. During his tenure as ICEL director, Fr. Katsouros has hosted two conferences for trustees from Catholic higher education and secondary education boards. He speaks nationally on governance, leadership, and institutional performance to gatherings of trustees and educational leaders.
As Associate Dean for Strategic Projects, Fr. Katsouros provides vision and leadership and assists the Dean in the following areas: developing a strategic plan for the School of Education; identifying and soliciting donors to support the School of Education; creating advisory boards for the School; building institutional capacity at the School.
Before his appointment to USF, Fr. Katsouros served as president of Loyola, a coed Jesuit high school on Manhattan's Upper East Side, from 2002 until 2011. He has taught on the middle school, high school, undergraduate and graduate school levels, and has served as a service director, dean of student affairs, and development director. He currently is a trustee at Creighton University, Omaha; Regis University, Denver; and Schools of the Sacred Heart, San Francisco. He also participates on two trustee committees at the University of San Francisco (USF), where he is a member of USF's president's leadership team.