Afra A. Hersi, Ph.D.
Dean of School of Education
Afra Ahmed Hersi is the Dean of the School of Education at Loyola University Maryland and a Professor in Literacy Teacher Education. Dr. Hersi joined the Teacher Education department faculty in 2007, received tenure and promotion to associate professor in 2013, and was promoted to professor of literacy teacher education in 2021. Dr. Hersi earned her B.A. in Social Studies and Secondary Education from Radford University, her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Boston College, and her Ph.D., in Curriculum and Instruction: Language, Literacy, and Learning from Boston College. Over her the career, Dr. Hersi served as a classroom teacher, curriculum developer, research associate, and as an administrator for a community-based organization. Dr. Hersi has published research in the areas of immigration and education, literacy and language development for bilingual learners, culturally and linguistically responsive practice, and teacher education. Her focus is on academic opportunities for culturally and linguistically diverse students and research that expands the educational and life opportunities of marginalized children, their families, and communities. Founded in 2009, the School of Education offers both undergraduate and graduate programs. Within the Jesuit traditions of intellectual excellence, social justice, ethical responsibility, and cura personalis, the School of Education promotes leadership and scholarship in the development of teachers, counselors, administrators, and other educators.