Hawa Ghaus-Kelley


Dr. Hawa Ghaus-Kelley graduated with a B.A. in Political Science, earned her Master of Arts degree from New York University’s J.W. Draper Interdisciplinary Program in Humanities & Social Thought, and earned a Doctorate of Education with specialization in Education Leadership. She holds an Administrative Services credential, California Social Science teaching credential, supplementary credential in Computer Concepts & Applications for Instruction, and has specialized training in curriculum design, distance and blended learning, teacher training and Train the Trainer methodology, edTPA, subject matter coaching and mentoring of students ranging from secondary – adult learners.

In her previous profession as a women and human rights advocate, Hawa worked for the Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children at the International Rescue Committee, whose office promoted protection and assistance for women and children uprooted by war, persecution, and conflict around the world. She has worked as the Director for Southwest Asia Operations for Response International and subsequently took on the position of Global Associate of the Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan for the Feminist Majority Foundation in Washington, D.C. As the primary contact for US government, international aid agencies and NGO’s, the Afghan community and the United Nations, her focus was through fact-finding research mission to unveil to the international community the Taliban regime’s human rights abuses against the women and girls in Afghanistan. Hawa was the main lobbyist in Congress and presented to the executive administrations of President Clinton and President George W. Bush numerous policy recommendations, including democracy-building programs that directly assist women and girls, increasing funding for humanitarian programs and expansion of health, established the Afghan Women’s Scholarship Program in conjunction with US Department of State. She has been a presenter at the 43rd and 44th Sessions of the United Nations Commission on the Status on Women, The Hague Appeal for Peace Conference at the Netherlands and The ECE Regional Preparatory Meeting on the 2000 Review of the Implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action. Hawa has served as an Expert Witness for immigration and asylum law firms and is an active member and consultant to numerous human rights and women rights organizations.

Hawa earned her doctoral degree in the field of Educational Leadership in the Educational Leadership & Policy Studies Department at the Michael D. Eisner College of Education at California State University. She has worked in the field of education for over 17 years.  She is currently working at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) for the Department of Secondary Education as the Coordinator for Student Teaching, Coordinator for the Performance Assessment for CA Teachers (PACT), and serves as faculty teaching upper level graduate MA courses in Curriculum & Instruction Cohort. She also teaches part-time in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department (ELPS).  Furthermore, Hawa teaches other undergraduate and graduate level courses and liaisons as a graduate adjunct professor in the fields of Secondary Education, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Educational Technology in public and private higher and secondary education institutions.  Hawa is a senior educational consultant in instructional technology – for faculty development, teacher training in online and blended curriculum, and curriculum/content developer. She is a Subject Matter Coach in Social Sciences/History and a national scorer for Teaching Performance Assessments, edTPA. Hawa has written and developed numerous courses in the fields Educational, Technology, History, Humanities, Social and Political Sciences for various online programs, schools and curriculum providers.

Her future plans include continuing international development and educational consulting – contributing to global educational equity and social justice. Her future aspirations include working in an academic and leadership capacity toward social justice in higher education, at the United Nations, and starting her own international social justice organization aimed at enhancing the education of women and girls in low developing countries (LDC’s).  By supporting institutions of higher education and organizations through partnership and collaborative program building, educational technology, Hawa plans to use her professional and personal skills in networking with global partners to enhance the education and leadership skills of women and girls. Using her educational leadership skills to train in higher educational pedagogy with local project engagement to support emerging female leaders in LDC’s and assist with their efforts toward the advancement of women and girls’ education through leadership skills building and educational technology initiatives.