Khan, Samia

Associate Dean of Research, School of Education and Social Work, Chair of Education, Professor

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Professor Samia Khan is the Associate Dean of Research and the Chair of Education in the School of Education and Social Work. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Dundee, she worked in the field of science as a scientist. She was also a permanent public school science teacher in Canada and a Department Head of Science. Professor Khan also served as a faculty teacher advisor for preservice teachers in Canada and the US. Her area of research is STEM education.

Professor Khan is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, US. Samia Khan then spent 16 years at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada as a professor. During this time, she worked with numerous graduate students and helped to develop the Masters of Educational Technology (online), Science Education graduate program, and the teacher education program for future science teachers. She has also been a key contributor to university-wide digital learning strategies that will shape how all students at UBC will learn online.

Professor Khan has published in major international peer-reviewed journals, such as: Science Education; Science Teacher Education; Educational Technology Research and Development; Computers and Education, and Technology, Instruction, Cognition and Learning. She has also garnered substantial funding and been awarded the prestigious Prime Minister’s Award of Canada for Teaching Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Technology, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Award, the UBC Research Award, and the Canadian Society for the Study of Education’s New Scholar Award for her research. Prof. Khan’s work was recently cited in Tech Trends as top research that has shaped the field of educational technology and teacher education (Bakir, 2016).

Now, in her role as the Associate Dean of Research in the School of Education and Social at the University of Dundee, she will lead a cross-faculty program of research and mentor faculty and graduate students to build the research capacity of the institution. Professor Khan is also actively researching the following research questions with graduate students:

  • How should we teach STEM, including to people who have learning needs?
  • What are the impacts of teacher education on science teachers?
  • How can new digital technologies contribute to profound changes in learning and teaching?
  • How can education support sustainability?

Professor Khan has consistently achieved  a high level of national funding and welcomes future collaborations with graduate students who wish to do R and D on modeling, new educational technologies,  the learning sciences, cognition, visualization, computer simulations, science teacher education, k-16 science education, online education, learning issues, sustainability, or knowledge mobilization.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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