School of Education Leadership

Shabnam Koirala-Azad, PhD

Dean of Education

Shabnam Koirala-AzadDr. Koirala-Azad has been a faculty member within the School of Education for twelve years and served in the Associate Dean role for the last three and a half years. As faculty, she introduced a comparative framework to educational research and scholarship in the School of Education, she served as the department Chair of the Department of International and Multicultural Education, and co-founded the first graduate program in Human Rights Education in the United States. As Associate Dean, she oversaw academic affairs, fiscal operations, admission, external relations, and other strategic initiatives. Dr. Koirala-Azad also contributed to development initiatives by securing one of the school's largest gifts for student scholarships. Dr. Koirala-Azad brings with her a strong record of commitment to the advancement of the School of Education and a deep understanding of its mission and operations.

Dr. Koirala-Azad’s research 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.


Malik S. Henfield, PhD

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Research, and Faculty Advancement

Associate Dean for School of Education Malik HenfieldDr. Malik S. Henfield is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Research, and Faculty Advancement at the University of San Francisco School of Education. In addition to his professional administrative experience, Dr. Henfield is a Full Professor in the School Counseling Program and has taught courses in urban school counseling and multicultural education focused on elementary, middle, high school and post-secondary settings. Over the years, he has been widely recognized for his scholarship, including winning the American Education Research Association (AERA) Division E Research Paper of the Year Award, the Chi Sigma Iota International Honor Society's Outstanding Article Award, and the Outstanding Research Award from the North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NCACES). In terms of leadership recognition, he was named an Emerging Leader by the Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) International Education Association, a Young Academic Fellow by the Institute for Higher Education and the Lumina Foundation, and was elected Chair of one of AERA's largest Special Interest Groups (SIG), the Critical Examination of Race, Ethnicity, Class, and Gender in Education SIG. Follow him on Twitter and his personal website.


Cheryl Jones-Walker, PhD

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and School Partnerships

Cheryl Jones-Walker

Dr. Cheryl Jones-Walker is an Associate Dean and Associate Professor in the Teacher Education Department. She began her professional career as a fourth grade teacher in the Bronx, NY, and she continued teaching in a Boston area independent school and then internationally in Gabon, Central Africa. Prior to doctoral work at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, she worked at the Center for Collaborative Education in Boston, a non-profit organization committed to improving urban K-12 education. Cheryl is on leave from Swarthmore College where she has an appointment as an associate professor in the Educational Studies and Black Studies.