Chair's Welcome

Greetings and Welcome to the Department of Curriculum, Culture and Educational Inquiry!

Hanizah Zainuddin

We are a dynamic group that works collaboratively across four program areas - Curriculum and Instruction, Early Childhood Education, Multicultural Education and TESOL/Bilingual Education. Our mission is to advance the causes of diversity, social justice, and human rights. We are engaged in the educational community – locally and internationally - through our teaching, scholarship, and service activities to advocate for the diverse students, schools, and communities we serve.

Our research and scholarship encompass a range of interests that are grounded in a commitment to equity, democracy, sustainability, human rights, and social justice. The department supports scholarship representative of diverse epistemologies and methodologies including studies emerging from critical and traditionally marginalized perspectives. We offer a healthy balance of online vs. face-to face- offering of courses and programs representing the department’s commitment and capacity to enhance access to education via technology, while studying its implementation and impact.

Our faculty members’ professional and personal experiences span numerous countries: Belize, Colombia, England, Egypt, Ireland, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. These experiences inform and enrich our cross-cultural work in the diverse communities of South Florida. Our ongoing community engagement and advocacy work with multiple historically marginalized groups include culturally responsive literacy and language development with African American and Latino students, family literacy with Maya and Haitian immigrants, culturally competent educator preparation with our school districts, children’s rights and access to excellent early childhood education, support of learners with differential abilities and identities, and education for environmental justice.

Department faculty members enjoy affiliations with the University’s Peace Justice and Human Rights Initiative, the Urban Male Initiative, the Research interest Group related to FAU’s designation as a Hispanic Serving Institute, Women’s Sexuality and Gender Studies, and the College of Medicine. We work closely with the Karen Slattery Educational Research Center for Child Development and the Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education.

Our department is home to four programs, one offered jointly with the Department of Exceptional Student Education and a Teacher Leadership Certificate offered in collaboration with the Department of Educational Leadership and Research Methodology. For more information, please review the following links: