Dr. Mayida Zaal

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Secondary and Special Education

Dr. Mayida Zaal

Office: University Hall 2146
Phone: (973) 655-7683
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Dr. Mayida Zaal is an assistant professor in the Department of Secondary and Special Education at Montclair State University. She earned her B.A. from Rutgers University in Biological Sciences and Spanish, her M.S. in Educational Leadership from Bank Street College of Education, and her Ph.D. in Urban Education from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. As an educator and scholar, Dr. Zaal is committed to issues of social justice and equity. Her research focuses on participatory action research (PAR) as a transformative pedagogy and on understanding the lived experiences of immigrant-origin youth. She is particularly interested in the preparation of teachers working in diverse settings. 

Her work with learners 3 to 62 years of age spans a wide range of public and private settings in the U.S. (NJ and NYC) and abroad (in Nigeria and in the Netherlands). She has taught math and science to middle schoolers in New Brunswick, NJ, led youth volunteers at Liberty Science Center, taught adult English Language Learners at the North Plainfield Adult High School, developed curricula for the American International School of Abuja, and conducted research with Muslim youth in the Netherlands. 
At MSU, Dr. Zaal’s work with pre-service and in-service teachers is informed by her global and local perspectives. She teaches a number of undergraduate and graduate courses in the Teacher Education Program including Teaching for Learning I, Teaching for Learning II, and Assessment for Authentic Learning. Additionally, she taught Principles of Curriculum Development for graduate students seeking certification as school principals and supervisors. 

She is the recipient of numerous awards including several National Science Foundation Fellowships and the American Association of University Women's American Fellowship. She is a founding member of the Public Science Project, a collaborative of participatory action researchers. She is a member of the Performance Assessment Review Board of New England and the Northeast Regional Board of the National Latino Education Research Agenda Project.

 

Degrees

  • PhD Graduate Center, City University of New York
  • MS Ed Bank Street College Graduate School of Education
  • BA Rutgers University

 

Career Appointments 

No information available

 

Publications

Book Chapters/Sections 

Crul, M., Holdaway, J., de Valk, H., Fuentes, N., & Zaal, M. (2013, November). Educating the children of immigrants in Old and New Amsterdam. In R. Alba & J. Holdaway (Eds.), The Children of immigrants at school: A comparative look at integration in the United States and Western Europe. New York: New York University Press. (PR) 

Zaal, M., Salah, T., & Fine, M. (2010). The weight of the hyphen: Freedom, fusion and responsibility embodied by young Muslim-American women during a time of surveillance. In R. Saran & R. Diaz (Eds.), Beyond stereotypes: Minority children of immigrants in urban schools. Rotterdam: Sense.   

Zaal, M., & Bikmen, N. (2010). Muslim American youth. In C.S. Clauss-Ehlers (Ed.), Encyclopedia of cross-cultural school psychology. New York: Springer. 

Zaal, M. (2004). Mayida and the mess. In J. Wink, Critical Pedagogy: Notes from the Real World, 3/e, Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon Pearson. 

Refereed Journal Articles 

Zaal, M. (accepted). In the Shadow of Tolerance: The Discursive Context of Dutch-Born Muslim    Youth. Paper accepted for Policy Futures in Education. (PR) 

Zaal, M. & Ayala, J. (forthcoming, 2013). “Why don’t we learn like this in school?” One participatory action research collective’s framework for developing policy thinking.  Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, 29(1). (PR) 

Fine, M., Ayala, J, & Zaal, M. (2012). Public science and participatory policy development:  Reclaiming Policy as a Democratic Project. In B. Martin and M. Mills, (Eds.). What would a socially-just education system look like? [Special issue].  Journal of Education Policy, 27(5), 1-8. (PR) 

Zaal, M. (2012). Islamophobia in classrooms, media and politics. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 55(6), 555-558. (PR) 

Zaal, M. (2010). A response to Michelle Billies’ “PAR method: Journey to participatory conscientization.” International Review of Qualitative Research, 3(3), 377-380. (PR) 

Sirin, S., Bikmen, N., Mir, M., Fine, M., Zaal, M., & Katsiaficas, D. (2008). Exploring dual identification among Muslim-American emerging adults: A mixed methods study. Journal of Adolescence, 31(2), 259-279. (PR)  

Zaal, M., Salah, T., & Fine, M. (2007). The weight of the hyphen: Freedom, fusion and responsibility embodied by young Muslim-American women during a time of surveillance. Applied Developmental Science, 11(3), 164-177. (PR)

Non-Refereed Articles 

Almeida, R. V., & Zaal, M. (2002). A context for tolerance: The facts about Islam. Family Therapy Magazine, 1, 18-19. 

Zaal, M. (1999, February 14). Remedies for repairing urban schools. Home News Tribune, New Brunswick, NJ, p. B1.

 

Presentations

Refereed Scholarly Presentations 

Zaal, M. & Ayala, J. (under review). Teachers Influencing Sustainable Curricular Change:  Professional Learning Communities and PAR. Paper proposed for American Educational Studies Association 2013 Conference, Baltimore, MD. 

Zaal, M. Implications of representations of Muslims in the media for youth. (under review).  Paper proposed review for American Educational Studies Association 2013 Conference, Baltimore, MD.   

Ayala, J., Zaal, M., Terry, J. & Crouse, K. (2013, February). YPAR in the classroom: The quest for youth empowerment through school-based civic learning. Paper presented for the     University of Pennsylvania 34th Annual Ethnography in Education Research Forum, Philadelphia, PA.   

Rubin, B. C., Zaal, M., Ayala, J. (2012, November). Research meets pedagogy meets action:  Untangling the methods, claims and purposes of youth participatory action research. In B. Rubin (Chair), Civic learning that Crosses Borders: Critical Inquiry with Youth Across Settings and Modalities. Paper accepted for the annual meeting of the American Anthropology Association, San Francisco, CA.  

Rubin, B. C., Zaal, M., Ayala, J. (2012, April). Youth Participatory Action Research in the Classroom: Striving for Critical Civic Learning in US Social Studies Classrooms. In H. Cremin (Chair), Critical Approaches to Civic Education in an International Perspective. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, Canada.

Zaal, M. (2011, November). In the shadow of tolerance: Mentoring Dutch-born Muslim youth in the context of Islamophobia. In L. Bartlett (Chair), (Im)migration and education.  Paper accepted for the annual meeting of the American Anthropology Association, Montréal Canada.  

Rubin, B. C., Zaal, M., & Ayala, J. (2011, April). Youth participatory action research YPAR in the classroom: Meeting state standards with youth civic action research. In S. Zion (Chair), Prioritizing student voice: Integrating youth participatory action research into schools and classrooms. Paper presented by co-authors at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA.  

Zaal, M. (2011, April). In the shadow of tolerance: Dutch-born Muslim youth seek academic support in the context of Islamaphobia.  In W. Luttrell & M. Zaal (Chairs), Democracy, freedom and tolerance: Immigration discourses and the education of immigrant youth. Symposium accepted by the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA. (Paper withdrawn to health reasons).   

Zaal, M. (2010, November). “Why do they think we’re all criminals”? Dutch-born Muslim youth and the discourses that permeate their lived experiences. In M. Gibson (Chair), Circulating discourses: Immigrant youth and the contradictions they encounter. Symposium conducted at the annual meeting of the American Anthropology Association, New Orleans, LA.  

Rubin, B., Zaal, M., Ayala, J., & Fingerman, E. (2010, November). YPAR in the classroom:  Creating a participatory action research approach to meet state social studies standards. In T. Epstein (Chair), Teaching social studies for critical civic engagement: Research in urban classrooms and community organizations. Symposium at the annual meeting of the College and University Faculty Assembly, Denver, CO. (Presented by B. Rubin)  

Ayala, J., & Zaal, M. (2010, May). On research camps, theoretical cramps and comforting critique: Youth interrogating policies and advocating for greater opportunities to learn. In M. E. Torre & M. Fox (Chairs), Creating conditions for collaboration: The practice of participatory action research. Symposium presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Denver, CO.

Zaal, M. (2009, December). Searching for support in a context manifesting intolerance. In M. Fine (Chair), Negotiating “hyphenated selves” in global contexts: An ethnographic look at the experiences of immigrant youth in the Netherlands, Spain, Denmark, Israel and the United States. Symposium presented at the annual meeting of the American Anthropology Association, Philadelphia, PA.  

Zaal, M. (2009, August). Political tropes inscribed on, embodied, and resisted by Muslim American women. In W. Cross (Chair), Does oppression mean damage? Symposium presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada.  

Zaal, M. & Fine, M. (2009, June) The weight of the hyphen: Political tropes inscribed on, embodied, and resisted by Muslim American women during a time of surveillance. In M. A. Bond & S. M. Wasco (Chairs), Treating gender as an ecological variable: Challenges for community researchers. Symposium conducted at the biennial of the Society for Community Research and Action, Montclair, NJ.  

Zaal, M. (2008, March). Muslim youth in the Netherlands within a context of “tolerance and integration.” In M. Zaal (Chair), Immigrant origin youth in Europe: Navigating between schools, communities and the state. Symposium conducted at the annual meeting of the Comparative & International Education Society, New York, NY. 

Zaal, M. (2008, March). Second-generation Moroccan youth in the Netherlands: Education, “integration,” and community resources. In N. Michelli (Chair), Immigrant origin youth in Europe: Navigating among schools, communities, and the state. Symposium conducted at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York, NY.    

Zaal. M. (2007, September). Moroccan youth in the Netherlands: Education, “integration,” and community resources. Paper presented at the II International Conference on Ethnography and Education: Migration and Citizenships, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain. 

Zaal, M. (2007, March). Second generation Moroccan youth in the Netherlands: Resources, social capital, and community. Paper presented at the meeting of the Dutch Cross-Cultural Psychology Meeting, Tilburg University, Netherlands.  

Bikmen, N., Katsiaficas, D., Mir, M, & Zaal, M. (2006, October). Immigrant youth of Muslim origin: The state of current research and how we can move forward. Paper presented at the meeting of the Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture – Diversity Challenge Conference, Boston College, MA.  

Zaal, M. (2006, May). Gendered surveillance: The effects of post-9/11government policies on the lives of Muslim American women. In S.R. Sirin (Chair), Gendered lives: Voices from Muslim youth in Europe and the U.S. Symposium conducted at the biennial meeting of the European Association for Research on Adolescence, Antalya, Turkey. 

Invited Scholarly Presentations

Zaal, M. (2011, October) Transformative educational practices: Empowering youth, empowering teachers. Symposium conducted at the 6th Annual Liberation Based Healing Conference, Perth Amboy, NJ. 

Zaal, M. (2011, April). Across the street, across the ocean: Youth navigating Islamophobia. Invited by The Faculty Commission on World Concerns at Caldwell College, Caldwell, NJ. 

Zaal, M. (2011, March). Creating Safer Spaces for Muslim-American Students. Keynote presentation delivered at The 2011 Annual Advance – Global Learning 2.0: Educating Our Students For Democracy In A Rapidly Changing World. The Center of Pedagogy and The Agenda for Education in a Democracy at Montclair State University, NJ.

Sneed, Y., Fine, M., Zaal, M., & Karp, S. (2009, November). The NJ Urban Youth Research Initiative and the youth response to NJ High School Re-design. Research presentation at the Community of Advocates for Newark’s Children general membership meeting, Newark, NJ.    

Zaal, M., & Ayala, J. (2009, October). PAR entre generaciones: Youth and adults interrogating policies and advocating for greater opportunities to learn. In P. Pedraza (Chair), Participatory action research and teacher/student development: Implications for pedagogy and teacher education. Symposium conducted at the meeting of the First Triennial Conference on Latino Education and Immigrant Integration, Athens, GA.  

Zaal, M. (2009, October). Contradictory practices: Youth programs serving Dutch-Born Moroccan youth in a context of Islamaphobia. Paper presented at the meeting of the Children of Immigrants in Schools Conference, New York, NY.  

Perez, A., Zaal, M., & Wilson, K. (2009, April). WAC in the crucible: Catalyzing WAC and the sciences (STEM). Paper presented at Tracing connections: Writing Across the Curriculum Conference, Graduate Center, New York, NY.

Fine, M., & Zaal, M. (2009, March). Muslim American youth: Lives under surveillance in the “war on terror” era. Lecture presented for the Middle East & Middle Eastern American Center, Graduate Center, New York, NY.  

Zaal, M. (2007, October). Accessing inclusion: How supplemental education experiences sustain Moroccan youth in the Netherlands. Poster session presented at the meeting of the National Science Foundation, Partnerships in International Research and Education, Arlington, VA. 

Zaal, M. (2007, May). Second Generation Moroccan Youth in the Netherlands. Paper presented at the meeting of the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies – Cluster 4, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Workshops and Presentations

Wilson, L., Aquavia, J., Naiditch, F., Slusarczk, J. A., & Zaal. M. (2013, July 8-12). Leadership Associates Program. Co-facilitator of weeklong institute sponsored by Montclair State University Network for Education Renewal (MSUNER). 

Zaal, M., Harris, M., & Billups, A. (2012, August 22) Engaging Students in Critical Issues, Research, and Action: Implementing a Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) Curriculum. Co-facilitator of workshop sponsored by Montclair State University Network for Education Renewal (MSUNER). 

Wilson, L., Keiser, D. L., & Zaal. M. (2012, July 11-15). Leadership Associates Program. Co-facilitator of weeklong institute sponsored by Montclair State University Network for Education Renewal (MSUNER). 

Zaal., M. (2012, June  29). Creating Safer Space: Addressing Islamophobia in the Classrooms and in Schools. Led workshop for faculty, educators, and students at the Montclair State University Network for Education Renewal Summer Conference. 

Zaal, M. & Robles, R. (2012, June 7). Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices. Co-facilitator of professional development session for network school district, Rockaway, NJ, sponsored by Montclair State University Network for Education Renewal (MSUNER). 

Rubin, B., Zaal, M., Ayala, J., Billups, A., & Harris, M. (2012, January 31). Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) Teacher Training.  Co-facilitator of workshop based on YPAR curriculum for pre-service and in-service teachers held at Rutgers University. 

Rubin, B. Zaal, M. & Ayala, J. (2012, Jan./Feb.) Training to Code. Co-led methodological training sessions focused on collaborative data analysis and use of Dedoose, a data analysis application. Sessions held at Rutgers University and Montclair State University. 

Zaal, M. & Robles, R. (2012, January 26). Culturally Responsive Teaching. Co-facilitated training for mentors working with student teachers in Teacher Education Program – sponsored by Montclair State University’s Center of Pedagogy. 

Wilson, L., Aquavia, J., Keiser, D. L., & Zaal. M. (2011, July 11-15). Leadership Associates Program. Co-facilitated weeklong institute sponsored by Montclair State University Network for Education Renewal (MSUNER). 

Torre, M. E., Ayala, J., Zaal, M., Ford, B., & Billups, A. (2011, July 5-8). Institute on Critical Participatory Action Research, Youth & Schools. Co-facilitated weeklong institute held at the Graduate Center City University of New York.   

Zaal, M., & Ascuitto, J. (2011, May). CURR 314: Assessment for Learning. Invited to present to the Teacher Education Policy Committee (TEPC), College of Education and Human Services, Montclair State University.

Zaal, M. & Ayala, J. (2010, April). What is PAR? Invited to lead a two-day conference for faculty and graduate students in the Masters in Social Justice Program at Marygrove College, Detroit, MI.   

Zaal, M. (2010, April).  Looking for a job in teacher education? Presentation to doctoral students in the Educating Educators: Policy, Practice, and Research course at The Graduate Center, New York, NY.

Zaal, M. (2010, February). Muslim youth confronting Islamaphobia. Invited to present as part of a panel, Muslims in the Mirror: Confronting the “Other” at Queens College, NY.  

Torre, M. E., & Zaal, M. (2009, October). Youth participatory action research in schools and communities. Four-day workshop presented to faculty and teachers at the Centre for Urban Schooling, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Toronto, Canada.  

Zaal, M. (2008, October). Muslim youth in Europe: Conducting research in the diaspora. Research presentation to doctoral students in the Middle Eastern Diaspora course at The Graduate Center, New York, NY. 

Zaal, M. (2008, March). Teaching within a multilingual multicultural setting. Invited presentation, Bernardsville Public Schools.  

Zaal, M. (2006, November). Second generation Muslim youth in the diaspora. Research presentation at the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center, The Graduate Center, New York, NY. 

Zaal, M. (2006, August). On being a researcher committed to activism. Invited presentation to the Sadie Nash Young Women’s Leadership Program, Brooklyn, NY. 

Zaal, M. (2004, May). Developing school-based curricula: Assessing local needs. Invited presentation at the International Community School, Abuja, Nigeria. 

 

Service

Professional associations of which you are a member

  • American Educational Research Association (AERA) 
  • American Anthropological Association (AAA)                                                             
  • Comparative & International Education Society (CIES)                                  
  • Middle Eastern Studies Association (MESA)                                      
  • Gay, Lesbian, Straight Educator Network (GLSEN) 

Professional journals for which you review manuscripts 

  • Multicultural Education Journal                                                 
  • Feminism and Psychology                                                                      
  • Occasional Paper Series, Bank Street College of Education       

Other types of reviews 

Organization/Agency Type of review
National Network for Educational Renewal Reviewer of Conference Proposals
CUNY Collaborative Incentive Research Grant Reviewer of Grant Proposals
American Education Research Association Reviewer of Conference Proposals
Alliance for Racial and Social Justice Manuscript Reviewer
Professional Staff Congress Research Award, CUNY Reviewer of

Leadership positions in professional organizations

  • Board Member, Performance Assessment Review Board, New England, Network for Personalization and Performance (NETWORK)                 
  • Board Member, Northeast Regional Board National Latino Education, Research Agenda Project (NLERAP)                                           
  • Founding Member, Participatory Action Research Collective, Public Science Project, Graduate Center, City University of New York

Other Agencies or Organizations

Youth Participatory Action Research in the Classroom – Collaboratively developed a curriculum for engaging K-12 students in civic action with Beth Rubin at Rutgers University, Jennifer Ayala at Saint Peter’s University and teachers at Montclair High School, Montclair, NJ and at Central High School, Newark, NJ. 

University-Based Service

University-Level

University Research Committee, Union Observer 2013
Community-Based/Participatory Action Research Initiative, 2012 – present
Inter-University Consortium, Think Tank, Action Team  
Advisor, Sixth Annual Student Research Symposium 2012
Participant, It Get’s Better Campaign 2011
Volunteer, GLBTQ Safe Space 2010 – present
Mentor, Teaching for Learning II Alumni 2010 – present 
Founder, First Annual Youth Participatory Action Research Summit 5/2011

College-Level
 

Chairperson, College Elections Committee 2013 – present
Elected Representative Employee Safety Sub-Committee 2012 – 2013
Interviewer, Admissions Newark-Montclair Urban Teacher Residency 2010 – present
Presenter, MSU Network for Education Renewal Executive Committee 5/2012
Participant, Summer Mentor Training, Center of Pedagogy 8/2011
Presenter, CEHS Teacher Education Policy Committee 5/2011
Faculty Interviewer, Dual Certification: M.A.T. in Elementary Education and Teacher of Students with Disabilities 2/2011
Invited Participant, Represent College of Education and Human Services, 7/2010
National Network for Education Renewal (NNER) Summer Symposium  
Nominator, CEHS Student Awards Night (Nominated winning    5/2010
student of Curriculum & Teaching - Award of Excellence)  
Participant, Game of Life, Race & Racism Relations Committee 1/2010
Attendee, Center of Pedagogy - Interview Training 1/2010
Founder/Organizer of Annual Teaching for Learning II Alumni Reunions   2010 – present  
for the Subject Area Teacher Education Programs  
Faculty Interviewer, Undergraduate Teacher Education Program 2009 – present 

Department-Level

Course Coordinator, Teaching for Learning I & II (CURR 450/451/452) 2011 – present
Course Coordinator, Assessment of Learning (CURR 314) 2010 – present
Member, MAT Examination Committee 2010 – present
Evaluator, MAT Comprehensive Examination 2010 – present
Faculty Interviewer, MAT Program Admissions 2009 – present
Participant, Curriculum & Teaching Department Retreat 2010
Volunteer, Faculty Member Search Committee 2009

Non-University Service (External)

Manuscript/Proposal Review

Reviewer, Multicultural Education Journal 2013
Reviewer, Feminism and Psychology 2013
Proposal Reviewer, National Network for Educational Renewal 2011
External Reviewer, CUNY Collaborative Incentive Research Grant 2011
Proposal Reviewer, American Education Research Association 2010
Reviewer, Occasional Paper Series, Bank Street College of Education 2008
Manuscript Reviewer, Alliance for Racial and Social Justice 2008
Reviewer, Professional Staff Congress Research Award, CUNY 2007 

Leadership Positions in Professional Organizations

Board Member, Performance Assessment Review Board, New England 2010 – present
Network for Personalization and Performance (NETWORK)  
Committee Member, National Latino Education Research Agenda 2010 – present
Project (NLERAP), PAR, Curriculum and Policy Committees  
Invited Member, Northeast Regional Board National Latino Education 2009 – present
Research Agenda Project (NLERAP)  
Founding Member, Participatory Action Research Collective 2006 – present
Public Science Project, Graduate Center, City University of New York<  

Community Service

Sponsor, Institute of Family Services, Somerset, New Jersey 1994 – present
Recruiter, Tutors for Montclair High School’s Homework Program 2010 – 2013
Advisory Board Member, Alliance for Racial and Social Justice 2005 – 2011
Evaluator, Performance Assessment, Brooklyn Collaborative School 6/2011
Evaluator, Montclair High School Public Displays of Learning 1/2011
Evaluator, Performance Based Assessment Eastside High School 6/2010
Evaluator, Montclair High School, Public Performances of Learning 6/2010
Mentor, Affinity Counseling Group, North Brunswick, New Jersey 2007 – 2009
Student Advisor, Middle East & Middle Eastern American Center 2004 – 2009
Outreach Coordinator/Volunteer, Al-Jisser Group, New York 2004 – 2009 

Association Memberships and Activities

American Anthropological Association (AAA) 2007 – present
American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2004 – present
Comparative & International Education Society (CIES) 2006 – present
Middle Eastern Studies Association (MESA) 2006 – present
Gay, Lesbian, Straight Educator Network (GLSEN) 1998 – present

 

 

Awards 

Awards & Recognition

National Science Foundation, Writing Grant ($1,900) 8/2010
Children of Immigrants in Schools Project   
American Educational Research Association 5/2010
Division G Mentoring Luncheon for Early Career Scholars  
Association of University Women 7/2008 – 6/2009
American Dissertation Fellow American ($20,000)  
Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowship 9/2008 – 6/2009
Honorable Mention  
National Science Foundation 6/2008 – 9/2008
Writing Fellowship ($10,000)  
Graduate Center, City University of New York 2/2007 – 1/2008  
Doctoral Student Research Grant Program  $900
Graduate Center, City University of New York 9/2008; 9/2006; 9/2007
The Sue Rosenberg Zalk Student Travel and Research Fund ($300/year)
Graduate Center, City University of New York 9/2007 – 5/2008
Ralph Bunche Dissertation Fellowship ($12,000)  
Associate Alumnae of Douglass College 9/2007 – 5/2008
Hedwig Hass Turkenkopf Fellowship ($1,800)  
National Science Foundation 12/2006 – 12/2007
Pre-Doctoral Research Fellowship ($30,000)  
Associate Alumnae of Douglass College 9/2005 – 5/2006
Margaret Denton Wagner Fellowship ($1,500)    
Graduate Center, City University of New York 9/2004 – 5/2005
Schnur Fellowship for Research on Immigration ($3,000)  
National Science Foundation 9/2004 – 5/2005
Research Fellowship ($30,000)  
Bank Street College of Education 9/2001 – 5/2002
STARR Scholarship ($3,000)  
Bank Street College of Education 9/2001 – 5/2002
Winsor-Weissman Fellowship ($5,000)  
New Jersey Equity Hall of Fame Inductee 4/1999
Rutgers University 4/1996
Presidential Award for Administrative Excellence ($1,000)  

 

Projects

Program or Specialty

  • Teacher Education Program

Scholarly interests and specialties

  • education of immigrant youth
  • preparation of teachers working in diverse settings
  • participatory action research as pedagogy
  • issues of social justice and equity in education

Specialization

Dr. Zaal has conducted research with Muslim youth of immigrant origin to understand their everyday realities in the context of Islamophobia in the US and in the Netherlands. On this subject she has authored several articles including, “In the Shadow of Tolerance: The Discursive Context of Dutch-Born Muslim Youth” which will appear in a forthcoming issue of Policy Futures in Education, and “Islamophobia in Classrooms, Media and Politics” in the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. She co-authored “The Weight of the Hyphen: Freedom, Fusion, and Responsibility Embodied by Young Muslim American Women During a Time of Surveillance” with Tahani Salah and Michelle Fine which appeared in Applied Developmental Science. 

With a team of teachers and researchers, Dr. Zaal has developed a PAR-based curriculum to engage secondary school students in transformative action. A team of researchers across three universities and two high schools studied the curriculum in action. The analysis of this research is currently in progress. Her single-authored and co-authored work on PAR-based research appears in the Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, the Journal of Education Policy, and the International Review of Qualitative Research. 

 

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