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Zaki, Khalida

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Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824

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Khalida Zaki

Assistant Professor

Khalida Zaki, a Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology in the College of Social Science and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Institute of International Health, College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University (MSU), is a designated Fulbright Scholar in higher education. She holds a PhD in Sociology from MSU, MA in Sociology from University of Baltimore, Maryland, MA and BA Honors in Economics from the University of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Her distinguished career of more than 20 years at MSU includes experience in teaching, undergraduate program directing, research, and service to doctoral students’ dissertations.

She has been a Visiting Faculty at Lahore University of Management Sciences (Lahore-Summer, 2003 & 2004), and National University of Sciences and Technology (Islamabad- Summer, 2013), Pakistan.

Dr Zaki specializes in Social Demography, Rural and Community Sociology.  Her areas of teaching include Integrative Studies in Social Sciences, International Development and Change, Social, Cultural and Demographic Perspectives on South Asia, the regional and global context of Islam & gender, population, youth, national, and global diversity. Her research has focused on Pakistani-American immigration; Muslim-Americans healthcare issues; maternal and child health; Muslim-American youth, parental concerns and schools; women’s education, social status, and family planning in Pakistan.

She believes that global and interdisciplinary educational approach is essential to prepare younger generation for meeting the challenges of 21st century. A strong element of her credentials constitutes a robust network of colleagues with whom she has shared research, teaching, professional, and personal experiences; the network is spread across the departments of Social Sciences in South Asia and the Middle East. Her professional travels include universities in Canada, Germany, Japan, Pakistan, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, and U.K.

Dr Zaki’s administrative experience engulfs academic advising, directing student organizations, graduate student admissions, and, training teaching assistants programs. As an Undergraduate Program Director, she was responsible for academic orientation, advising, graduation, and degree conferral matters of all Sociology majors & minors in the College of Social Science. She has served the committees for undergraduate education and curriculum development at the department, college and university level.

Dr Zaki has played key leadership role in building international and university-community partnerships. She has been actively engaged in exploring opportunities of forging academic partnerships between MSU and universities in Pakistan. She has taught faculty capacity-building workshops to medical practitioners with emphasis on culture and role of social sciences in healthcare; writing interdisciplinary collaborative research proposals; and, participated in curriculum development for leadership in higher education programs for prestigious universities in Pakistan. Recently she has been engaged in establishing academic partnerships between MSU and Pakistan universities. She is passionately consistent in enhancing the MSU’s Global Mission of educating the world.

Examples of Dr Zaki’s established university-community partnership have been evident through her funded projects with the Family and Community Development Services (FCDS), a non-profit organization, Lansing, Michigan; she played a pioneer, founding, and consulting role as a Professional Associate to the team in establishing the FCDS; she has been responsible for developing collaborative research projects, designing methodology, writing analyses, and recommendations for policy makers in Michigan Health Department, and Lansing-Area Schools.

At MSU she had many wonderful opportunities to make a difference in students’ lives. For example, in the post 9-11, she led and organized an international conference on “Islam and Gender: Social Change and Diversity in Muslim Communities,” 2006.  She has served on numerous advisory boards and committees, and has organized panels and presentations. Currently, she is an active member of MSU Asian Studies Center Advisory Council, Center for Gender in the Global Context, Muslim Studies Faculty, and, Center for Advanced Studies in International Development.

Dr Zaki has been member of several professional associations, such as, American Sociological Association, Population Association of America, International Sociological Association, Michigan Sociological Association, Rural Sociological Society (America), Population Association of Pakistan, and Pakistan Society of Development Economists.

She has been frequently sought by media networks for commentaries and discussions on national and global issues. She has participated in many Round Table discussions in Voice of America Urdu Service, a worldwide radio broadcast from Washington D.C.

She demonstrates excellence in enhancing global diversity through her teaching, advising, research, and professional activities. She has received numerous awards and recognitions, for example, she was honored with the All-University Faculty - Excellence in Diversity Award, at MSU in 2003. This prestigious award honors individuals who have demonstrated excellence in promoting diversity by performing activities above and beyond the call of normal duty.

Her recent publication is, “Pakistani-Americans: Immigration in the 1940s…,” in Immigrants in American History: Arrival, Adaptation, and Integration. Volume edited by Elliott Robert Barkan. ABC-CLIO, January 2013.

Awards and Honors

Fulbright Scholar 2013

Honorary International Collaboration Development Award 2013