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.


Michael Duffy, PhD

Associate Dean for Academic & Administrative Affairs and Director of McGrath Institute for Jesuit Catholic Education

Michael DuffyDr. Mike Duffy is an Associate Dean and Director of the McGrath Institute for Jesuit Catholic Education. His research areas include; Catholic social thought, Mission and Identity in Jesuit Higher Education, Catholic Identity, Justice programming in Catholic Schools, Social analysis through international immersion programs and service learning activities.


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.