School of Education Leadership
Shabnam Koirala-Azad, PhD
Dean of Education
Dr. 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.
Cheryl Jones-Walker, PhD
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and School Partnerships
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.
Colette N. Cann, PhD
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Faculty Advancement
Dr. Colette N. Cann is an associate dean and associate professor in the School of Education. Dr. Cann earned her BA from Stanford University and completed both her MA and PhD at the Graduate School of Education at UC Berkeley. Before coming to USF, she served for over ten years at Vassar College as an associate professor of Africana Studies and Education, as a class advisor, as a house fellow in a residence hall, and as the director of Exploring Transfer (a program to support community college students’ aspirations to transfer to four-year institutions). In addition, Dr. Cann worked with students over the past four years to establish the RISE Center for Racial Justice. RISE's most recent initiative focused on working with teachers to increase their racial literacy. Her scholarship has allowed her to collaborate with teachers, students, and community organizations and has appeared in journals such as Race, Ethnicity and Education, Whiteness and Education, Urban Education, Journal of Peace Education, Qualitative Inquiry, and Cultural Studies <–> Critical Methodologies. Dr. Cann's most recent publication is The Activist Academic: Engaged Scholarship for Resistance, Hope and Social Change. She is excited to join this leadership team of fierce scholar-mothers of color.