Education in her blood
Nepali becomes first female South Asian dean at a university in the United States
When Shabnam Koirala-Azad was growing up in Kathmandu, she had no aspirations to be an educator. But everything she saw, inside and outside her home, pushed her imperceptibly towards her eventual profession.
Nepal was changing. With the People’s Movement of 1990 there was great hope that the restoration of democracy would bring progress in health and education. Yet even back then, Koirala felt that although she was going to the best girls’ schools in the country, there was something missing. …
Koirala-Azad becomes first Nepali woman dean at a US university
KATHMANDU, June 24: Shabnam Koirala-Azad has been appointed as the dean of University of San Francisco (USF), becoming the first woman of …
New School of Education Dean
Shabnam Koirala-Azad has been named the new School of Education dean following a nationwide search.
The appointment, by Provost Don Heller, takes effect immediately.
Koirala-Azad has served as interim dean since January. She started teaching at USF 12 years ago and was promoted to associate dean and then interim dean. As a faculty member, she expanded the comparative and global studies dimension to the school, and served as the department chair of the Department of International and Multicultural Education. She also co-founded USF’s master’s program and doctoral concentration in Human Rights Education — the first ever in the country. …