CAO, American City University
Dr. Reza is Chief Academic Officer at American City University. She received her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) in May 2013. Her thesis topic, which explored the experiences and expectations of immigrant Pakistani parents regarding parental involvement in schools, has highlighted the social justice shortcomings that have been faced by these parents in the light of recent world events. While enrolled in the doctoral program, she also completed a separate study on teacher perspectives on the adequacy of professional development and assessment strategies in Transitional Kindergarten, under a grant from the Lucile-Packard Foundation. She also holds Masters in Early Childhood Education from CSULB, completed in 2008.
Dr. Reza has written research based articles that address social justice issues of immigrant parents and students in peer reviewed journals and conferences, and recently co-authored a chapter in Re-conceptualizing Literacy in the New Age of Multiculturalism and Pluralism by Information Age Publishing. Her book, The Effects of the September 11 Terrorist Attack on Pakistani-American Parental Involvement in U.S. Schools, was just released by Lexington books in 2015. Currently Dr. Reza is conducting research on Common Core curriculum standards in the State of California.
Dr. Reza has a Montessori diploma from Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) and has conducted extensive research on the benefits of Montessori schools during her Masters and Doctoral studies. She is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), AMI, and the National Academic Honor Societies Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Theta Kappa and Pi Lambda Theta. She also holds an Early Childhood Education Director permit and a Master Teacher permit from the State of California. She currently serves as Dean of the American City University, and holds an adjunct professor appointments at the University of Roehampton in the U.K and Southwestern College in the U.S. She was also featured in the Women of Distinction Magazine in the October 2015 issue.