Kimiya Sohrab Maghzi

Assistant Professor
School of Education

Kimiya Sohrab Magzhi

Education

Department of Teaching and Learning

Contact

North University Hall
Room 135
P: 909.748.8867
E: kimiya_maghzi@redlands.edu

Background

I believe in the importance of education and training for all individuals, and therefore my essential core principles that guide my practice as an educator are justice, compassion, and collaboration. Additionally, since I am the child of immigrants who came to this country to escape religious persecution, I have a strong commitment to justice, equity, the promotion of unity, the abandonment of all types of prejudice, and the oneness of humanity. Thus, I have dedicated my studies and my teaching to eliminating oppressive practices and supporting diversity including race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, language, dis/abilities, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. I actualize my commitment to social justice through my teaching. I am committed to empowering students to think critically about their world and examine the positive and negative forces influencing their community and social inequalities within it. I deliberately teach students to move outside of their prior modes of thought through reflective assignments and class discussions. The teaching pedagogies that help me achieve this are by using contemplative and transformative teaching practices as well as positive psychology.

Area(s) of Expertise

Kimiya Sohrab Maghzi's work examines the intersection of dis/ability, culture, education, and religion to bring attention to the multiplicity of voices and diversity found in the experiences of individuals with dis/abilities and their families.

Special Education; Dis/ability Studies; Inclusive education; Social Justice; Teacher Education; Culturally responsive and socially responsible research methodologies.

Research and Professional Background Highlights

Kimiya uses phenomenology to investigate the lived experiences of Iranian-American women raising individuals with dis/abilities. Her research develops through a culturally responsive approach. This requires respect for the participant’s culture, as well as examination of the insider/outsider role of the researcher. Contrary to Western traditional notions of research on participants, Dr. Maghzi has conducted interviews and research with participants, building mutual relationships of humility, trustworthiness, and respect. Her research embraces and supports diversity by celebrating the heterogeneity of student voices, addressing how to support students and their families from diverse backgrounds, needs, and abilities as well as the manner in which teachers may employ universal design principles and technology to support learners with various dis/abilities as evidenced in the workshops and presentations she has conducted. These include presentations on helping students to identify their preferences in learning, dispelling myths about Latino parents and education, mindfulness in education, including multiple perspectives in collaborative learning environments, and implementing subjectivities and voice to change classroom culture.

Her instructional experience includes teaching in the elementary setting as an Mild/Moderate Education “Specialist” with an Autism Authorization and facilitating IEP meetings as case carrier and translator. She has taught in underprivileged schools in Los Angeles Unified School District, Saddleback Valley Unified School District, and Westminster School District. Her teaching experience includes five years of teaching Kindergarten through fifth graders in special day classroom settings with English Language Learners from diverse backgrounds. She also has experience teaching undergraduate students in the Integrated Educational Studies program in the College of Educational Studies at Chapman University. Additionally, she served as a University Reading Supervisor in the Literacy Tutoring Program in the Muth Center, affiliated with the College of Educational Studies and the credential program for elementary teachers at Chapman University, which gave her experience working with graduate students. She enjoys working collaboratively with students, families, schools, and educators and looks forward to working with students here at the University of Redlands!

Below are her peer reviewed presentations:

Maghzi, K. S. (2018). The Dance of Motherhood: Exploring the Lived Experiences of Iranian-American Mothers Raising Individuals with Dis/abilities. To be Presented at the American Educational Research Association Disability Studies in Education SIG, April 2018 in New York, NY.

Maghzi, K. S., & Pearson, H. (2018). Voices from the margins: A phenomenological study of Iranian-American mothers raising individuals with dis/abilities. Accepted and to be Presented at the American Educational Research Association, April 2018 in New York, NY.

Maghzi, K. S., & Fisher, M. E. (2017). Clash of cultures: Effects of culture, religion, and immigration on Iranian-American mothers’ understanding of (dis)ability. Presented at the American Educational Research Association, April 29, 2017 in San Antonio, TX.

Fisher, M. E., Pearson, H., Dorner, M. A., Maghzi, K. S., Evensen, C. A., Hind, E., & Boskovich, L. (2017). Analyzing multimodal engagement: Examining the effectiveness of creative pedagogies. Presented at the American Educational Research Association, April 30, 2017 in San Antonio, TX.

Maghzi, K. S., Alahari, U. (2017). Mindfulness in education: Understanding and helping thoughtfully. Presented at the California Association for Bilingual Education Conference, March 30, 2017 in Anaheim, CA.

Giakoumis, S., Fisher, M. E., McKee, A., Gomez, A., Evensen, C. A., Candelario, M., Stockbridge, K., Dorner, M. A., & Maghzi, K. S. (2016). Coaches, leaders, and mentors: A prismatic exploration of the stewards of teaching. Presented at the California Council on Teacher Education Conference, October 20-22, 2016 in San Diego, CA.

Fisher, M. E., Gomez, A., McKee, A., Dorner, M. A., Evensen, C. A., Maghzi, K. S., & Stockbridge, K. (2016). Changing educational lenses: Prismatic collaborative inquiry. Presented at the California Council on Teacher Education Conference, October 20-22, 2016 in San Diego, CA.

Maghzi, K. S. & Fisher, M. E. (2016). Crossroads: Immigrants, (dis)abilities and education. Presented at the American Education Research Association Conference, April 8-12, 2016 in Washington DC.

Fisher, M. E., Stockbridge, K., Evensen, C. A., Dorner, M. A, Maghzi, K. S.; Pearson, H., Herzog, A. (2015). Culture of creativity: Implementing subjectivities and voice to change classroom culture. Presented at the California Council on Teacher Education Conference, October 22-24, 2015 in San Diego, CA.

Fisher, M. E., Dorner, M. A, Evensen, C. A., Maghzi, K. S., Pearson, H., Stockbridge, K., & Cuddy, E. (2015). Mapping joyful teaching and learning: Multiple perspectives on the active, collaborative learning environment. Presented at the California Council on Teacher Education Conference, October 22-24, 2015 in San Diego, CA.

Maghzi, K. S. (2014). A Persian-American mother's experiences and understanding of individuals with autism. Presented at the American Educational Research Association, April 5, 2014 in Philadelphia, PA.

Madrid, M. & Maghzi, K. S. (2014). Dispelling the myth Latino parents do not value education. Presented at the California National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME), January 11, 2014 in Fullerton, CA.

Maghzi, K. S. (2013). Disability and the Bahá’í Faith. Presented at the Association for Bahá’í Studies Conference, August in Irvine, CA.

Cosier, M., Gomez, A., Maghzi, K. S., & McKee, A. (2013). Cell phones permitted: How teachers use text messaging to collaborate. Presented at the American Educational Research Association, April 30, 2013 in San Francisco, CA

Degrees Held/Licensures

Ph.D., Doctorate in Education, Disability Studies Emphasis, Chapman University, 2018

M.A., Master’s of Arts in Special Education, Loyola Marymount University, 2009

B.A., Bachelors of Arts in History & Women’s Studies, University of California, Irvine, 2007

Autism Authorization, Orange County Department of Education, 2011

Level II Education Specialist M/M Credential, California State University, Fullerton, 2011

Level I Education Specialist M/M Credential, Loyola Marymount University, 2009

Publications

Howard, N., Fisher, M. E., Jenkins, T., Cueto, K., Vashon, A., Dorner, M., Luschei, A., Evensen, Charlotte A., & Maghzi, K. S. (2017). Breaking the Ice: Building Classroom Engagement and Collaboration. CCNews: Newsletter for the California Council on Teacher Education, 28(4), 24-27.

Evensen, C. A., Fisher, M. E., Giakoumis, S., McKee, A., Gomnez, A., Stockbridge, K., Dorner, M., Maghzi, K. S., & Candelario, M. (2017). Changing Educational Lenses: Prismatic Collaborative Inquiry. CCNews: Newsletter for the California Council on Teacher Education, 28(1), 24-27.

Fisher, M. E., Stockbridge, K., Dorner, M., Evensen, C. A., Maghzi, K. S., Pearson, H., & Cuddy, E. (2015). Mapping joyful teaching and learning: Multiple perspectives in an active, collaborative learning environment. CCNews: Newsletter for the California Council on Teacher Education, 26(4), 23-26.

Stockbridge, K., Fisher, M. E., Dorner, M., Evensen, C. A., Maghzi, K. S., Pearson, H., & Herzog, A. (2015). Culture of creativity: Implementing subjectivities and voice to change classroom culture. CCNews: Newsletter for the California Council on Teacher Education, 26(4), 26-29.

Cosier, M., Gomez, A., McKee, A., & Maghzi, K. S. (October, 2013). Smart phones permitted: How teachers use text messaging to collaborate. Education and Information Technologies. New York, NY. doi: 10.1007/s10639-013-92882

Professional Affiliations, Societies, and Community Memberships

American Educational Research Association (AERA)

California Council on Teacher Education (CCTE)

California Teachers Association (CTA)

California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE)

National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME)

National Education Association (NEA)

Association for Bahá’í Studies (ABS)

Awards

James L. Doti Outstanding Doctoral Graduate Student Award, Chapman University (2018)

American Educational Research Association Outstanding Dissertation Award (2018)

Teach For America Honor and Recognition Award (2009)

Alpha Sigma Nu Honor, Loyola Marymount University (2009)

Social Media/web links, YouTube channel, etc.

linkedin.com/in/kimiya-sohrab-maghzi-31928370