Dr. Seema A. Imam
Associate Professor, National College of Education
Leadership Roles in College and University:
Teacher Preparation Unit: Elementary and Middle Level Teacher Education
Co-Chair of the National College of Education,NLU, 2016-2017
Chair of Promotion and Tenure Committee, NCE, NLU, 2013-2014
Co-Chair of University Leadership Council, NLU
Chair of Faculty Senate, NLU, 2009-2010
Programs and Courses:
Master of Arts in Teaching Elementary
- Practicum I and Practicum II
- Student Teaching Seminar
- Instructional Practice Curriculum, Assessment, and Technology
- Methods of Teaching Through Literature and the Creative Arts
- Methods of Health and Physical Education
- Methods of Teaching Social Studies
Master of Arts in Teaching Middle Level Endorsements
- Introduction to Middle Level Teaching Materials
- Introduction to Middle Level Teaching Methods
Mater of Arts in Special Education
- Introduction to Methods of Teaching Students with Disabilities
- Practicum I
Areas of Expertise:
With New Standards in Mind: Selecting and Integrating Technology for Student Success
Imam, Seema (2016). “Chapter 10 With New Standards in Mind: Selecting and Integrating Technology for Student Success.” In Addressing the Needs of All Learners in the Era of Changing Standards. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group.
Imam, A Muslim Students in American Public Schools: Rising to the Challenge. Paper in 2015 AERA Annual Meeting Chicago, 2015
iTeach Islam, Inaugural issue Noor Art Newsletter, November 2011.Connecting With 3 Cs: Classroom, Community, and Country
“Separation of What and State” Muslim Voices in Public Schools. Sense Publications Fall 2009. Phillip Chinn Award in Multicultural Education Books. November 2010.
“I am Listening” an I am Good book. (2009) Lisle, IL. Lucent Publications, November 2009
“Islamic Schools and the 21st Century and Beyond.” (January/February 2007). Al-Jumah Magazine publication:Main Feature article.
The New School Culture: Roadblocks to Teaching and Learning, Illinois and Indiana Association of Teacher Educators. 30th Annual Midwest ATE Spring Conference, April15, 2016 Champaign, IL.
Affirming Students’ Religion in the Classroom and Islam and the Practices of Muslims. Invited Symposium Speaker for the Educator’s Forum. Department of Education, Elmhurst College April 9, 2016. Elmhurst, IL.
Authentic Islamic Schooling: Essence of the Islamic School Environment, 6th Annual ISNA ED Forum. January 15-16, 2016, New Port Beach, CA.
Technology in the Digital Classroom, Where teachers Prepare for the Future, 17th Annual ISNA Education Forum, March 25-27, 2016 Rosemont, IL.
Frank Chat on Islam, University of St. Frances, February 24, 2016, Joliet, IL.
Key Elements of Identity, Definitions and Purpose, ISLA 4th Annual Leadership Retreat, Dec. 4-6, 2016. New Braunfels, TX.
Women in Islam: Stories of Faith, Past and Present, Invited Guest, Muslim Student Association Emporia State University, April 28, 2015. Emporia, Kansas.
Muslim Students in American Public Schools: Rising to the Challenge. Accepted paper; Poster Session. American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. April 20, 2015.
Educational and Religious Diversity in Public Schools. Invited Symposium Speaker, 9-1. Department of Education & Niebuh Center for Faith and Action, Frick Center, Elmhurst College April 18, 2015. Elmhurst, IL.
Teaching With Technology Means: Integration, Invited Presenter, April 4, 2015. Islamic Society of North America, ISNA Educational Forum. Rosement, IL.
The Mecca Tales, Chicago Dramatists Post Show Special Guest, April 3, 2015, Chicago, IL.
Women in Islam: Stories of Faith, Past and Present, Invited Guest, Women’s History Month The Chicago School of Psychology, March 30. Chicago, IL.
Teaching From the Heart: What Makes a Good School Leader? January 16, 2015. Islamic Society of North America, ISNA Educational Forum. Anaheim, CA.
Islamic School Boards’ Challenges and Purposeful Engagement. Council of Islamic Schools of New England (11 Schools) Board Retreat: Invited Retreat Presenter. November 9, 2014. West Warwick, Rhode Island.
Islamic School Principals’ Challenges and Purposeful Engagement. Council of Islamic Schools of New England (11 Islamic Schools) Principals’ Retreat: Invited Retreat Presenter. November 10, 2014. West Warwick, Rhode Island.
Curriculum Integration, Faculty Professional Development Day, September 16, 2014, Al-Iman School, Raleigh, North Carolina.
Leadership Retreat, Co-Presenter, Calgary Islamic School 2014-15 Administrative Planning Week with Razi Education, Calgary, Alberta Canada, August 18-22, 2014.
Teacher Retreat, Co-Presenter, Calgary Islamic School 2014-15 Administrative Planning Week with Razi Education, Calgary, Alberta Canada, August 25-26, 2014.
Educational & Religious Diversity Public Schools, Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, IL May 3, 2014.
Engaging Lessons: iPads and Pre-Service Teachers Poster Session, ICE Conference 2014, St Charles, IL February 28, 2014 (with Students K. Bowman, E. Cruz, J. Janowitz, S. Spolum).
iPads for iProfs, Invited Webinar, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, Annual Professional Development Virtual Conference, February, 2013.
Building Your Professional Learning Community, Leadership Retreat Co-Chair and Co-Presenter in 2 Day Retreat. Islamic School League of America, Atlanta, GA. December, 2012.
Teaching and Learning with iPads in Pre-Service Education, Illinois Association of Teacher Education (IATE) Lisle, IL Nov. 2012.
Differentiation in the Classroom Invited Speaker: Houston Islamic Schools Professional Development week, August 2012.
Differentiation in the Classroom, Invited Speaker: Aqsa School Professional Development, August 23, 2012.
Areas of Expertise:
Elementary and Middle level Teacher Education: Classroom Management and Dynamic Classrooms
Teaching with Technology/Teaching and learning with iPad https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7lrrXVc6cw
Teacher Education Pedagogy: Diversity and Inclusion / International Teacher Education
Islamic School Program and Curriculum Development
Diversity in Religious Education in Public School Curriculum
Diversity in Religious Education in Public School Curriculum and the Needs of Muslim students practicing Islam
Seema Imam currently serves National Louis University (NLU) as a tenured Associate Professor in the School of Teacher Preparation (TP). She is Co-Chair of the National College of Education (NCE) for 2016-2017. In prior years Seema has served as Chair of the Promotion and Tenure Committee and Academic Technology Committee in the National College of Education. At the University level Seema has served as Co-Chair of the University Leadership Council, Chair of the Faculty Senate and Co-Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Council. Seema teaches in the Elementary, Middle Level and Special Education Master of Arts in Teaching Programs. She has a passion for teaching with technology and meeting the needs of all students with a special focus on teacher preparation that meets the needs of all multicultural students.
The most rewarding experience in working with pre-service teachers at NLU is the enthusiasm that students bring to teaching. Watching students grow as they progress through the program is the height of that for Seema and makes teaching even more rewarding.
Before coming to NLU Seema served in elementary, middle level, and special education classrooms in the Chicago Public Schools. She served as a founding principal for five years of one of the first and largest Islamic Schools in the country. Both the classroom and the opportunity to build a school have contributed to her NLU classroom. Seema has done a variety of international consulting activities and currently does professional development in a wide range of schools. Without those first hand experiences the higher education classroom today would not be as rich and fulfilling.
Seema participates in a wide range of community service and serves on the national board of the Islamic Schools League of America and teaches an online course, Integrating, Infusing, Initiating: Designing Curriculum for Islamic Schools to students from all around the world.
AWARDS: Seema is the recipient of the 2015 Mary McLeod Bethune Educational Leadership Award, presented at 2015 Convocation, Graduate Theological Foundation and the 2013 Inspiring Muslim Woman’s Award: Muslim Women’s Alliance, Annual Women’s Conference, March 10, 2013. The book, Muslim Voices in Education won the Philip C. Chinn Award in Multicultural Education Books published by Sense Publications, 2009. (Seema's Book Chapter: “Separation of What and State”). In 2008, she received the Distinguished Lifetime Educator Award: IQRA International, Annual Dinner 25t Anniversary, October, 2008.
Doctorate of Education in Islamic Education, Graduate Theological Foundation 2015
Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Social Inquiry, National Louis Univesity 2001
Master of Arts in Reading Specialist, Northeastern Illinois Univeristy 1987
Master of Arts in Edcuational Administration, Northeastern Illinois University 1983
Bachelor of Arts in ELementary and Special Education, Northeastern Illinois University 1975
Type 21 Superintendent Certification
Type 75 Administrative Certification
Type 09 Learning Disability K-12
Type 09 Reading Specialist K-12
Type 03 Elementary Education
Quality Matters Certificate: Applying the QM Course Rubric, 2012-2015
Research and Interests:
Seema's research and writing interests relate to two specific areas:
Teaching with technology and Meeting the Needs of Multicultural Students such as:
- Character Development in Schools
- Muslim Students and their Identtity Construction in School
- Teaching with Technology and Mobile Devices
- Religious Diversity in Public Schools
Seema is involved in professional development around Curriculum:
- Integration of Curriculum
- Integration of Curriculum in Islamic Schools
Dr. Seema Imam
NLU Lisle Campus
850 Warrenville Rd. Lisle, IL 60525