School of Education Leadership

Shabnam Koirala-Azad, PhD

Dean of Education

Shabnam Koirala-AzadDr. Shabnam Koirala-Azad is the first female dean of the School of Education, and in 2018, was recognized as one of the Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business. Her leadership is informed by a strong background in educational research and scholarship. For more than a decade as a faculty member in the School of Education and as department chair for the Department of International and Multicultural Education, she added a strong global education component to the curriculum and co-founded the first degree program in Human Rights Education in the United States.

As a scholar, she has made new conceptual and methodological contributions to the field of international and comparative education, migration, and diaspora studies. Specifically, her work with South Asian immigrant students and families brings a transnational lens to concepts of identity, belonging, citizenship and civic participation, disrupting misconceptions, and offering critical possibilities for grassroots collaboration across borders. As a mother-scholar, she contributes to scholarship that highlights ways in which 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.