U of R welcomes new faculty members

In addition to incoming first-year and transfer students, the University of Redlands is welcoming new faculty members to campus for the 2018-19 academic year. Specializing in a range of subjects from accounting and astronomy to sociology and sustainable business, these professors—three tenure-track appointments and 13 visiting professors—will enrich students’ academic experiences.

“I’d like to offer a warm welcome to all our new faculty members,” said Provost Kathy Ogren. “We look forward to their contributions to our student-centered academic community.”

Kimiya Sohrab Maghzi joins the School of Education as a professor in the department of teaching and learning. Originally from La Cañada, California, Maghzi has an academic background in history, women’s studies, special education, and dis/ability studies, which she developed at University of California, Irvine, Loyola Marymount University, California State University, Fullerton, and Chapman University.

Maghzi first became interested in inclusion and dis/ability studies while teaching students with dis/abilities in the Saddleback Unified School District. “I began to ask why my students weren’t included with their typical peers—they sat at a different lunch table and were often excluded during recess,” she says. “I wondered why we create classrooms that don’t reflect the reality of living in a society where all people, including those with disabilities, live alongside one another.”

Entering her 12th year as an educator, Maghzi will be teaching Inclusion, Dis/ability and Classroom Community; Diagnostic Reading Intervention; and Foundations of Literacy. “I’m looking forward to encouraging students to think critically and form a new understanding of dis/ability, which is different from the dominant culture,” she says. “I want them question ideologies around normalcy in education and begin to create change for the future.”

A visiting faculty member in the School of Education is Margo Drallos.

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