Dr. Seema A. Imam


Associate Professor, National College of Education
Teacher Preparation Unit: Elementary and Middle Level Teacher Education

Programs/Classes Taught:

ELE 500 and ELE 510 Elementary Education Practicum I and Practicum II

ELE 590 Elementary Education Student Teaching Seminar

ELE 545 Methods for Teaching Through Literature and the Creative Arts

ELE 547 Methods for Teaching Health and Physical Education

CIS 480 B Methods of Social Studies

SPE 500 Introduction to Exceptional Children Practicum

SPE 572 Practicum I Developing Teacher Candidate Competencies

Areas of Expertise:

Elementary and Middle level Teacher Education: Classroom Management and Dynamic Classrooms

Teaching with Technology/Teaching and learning with iPad

Teacher Education Pedagogy: Diversity and Inclusion  /  International Teacher Education

Curriculum Integration

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 was one of five children born to Keith and Janet Crandall. She was raised in the downstate Illinois where she participated in a variety of school and church activities as a child. Seema had decided to be a High School art teacher when art programs around the country were being cut. She changed her major to elementary education and transfered from Eastern Illinois University to Northeastern Illinois Universtiy in Chicago. She began teaching in the Chicago Public Schools in 1975.

More recently, Seema Imam has served National Louis University in Elementary and Middle Level Teacher Education since 1996. She teaches many courses in the pre-service teacher education programs including the Middle Level endorsement courses. She is currently focusing on teaching and learning with mobile devices and web 2.0 tools in pre-service classrooms, elementary and middle level classrooms. She is a strong advocate of teaching with diversity in mind.

Seema Imam served in the Chicago Public Schools from 1975-1990 as a 6th grade classroom teacher and as a teacher of Learning Disabilities and Behavioral Disorder students. She served as the founding principal of one of Chicago's largest Islamic schools from 1990-1995 and has been a teacher educator at National Louis University since 1996. Seema is co-author of a children's book with her son Ibrahim titled, I am Listening, a book about a classroom teacher wearing hijab (Muslim woman's head covering) and learning that it is important to say children's names correctly. Seema is also author of a chapter entitled, Separation of State and What, in the book published by Sense Publishers, titled, Muslim Voices in Schools, the winner of the 2009 Phillip C. Chinn Multicultural Book award. It reflects much of her research on the negative public curriculum that depicts Muslims negatively. Seema is often an invited speaker and she serves as Board Member of the Islamic School League of America, a national educational initiative to foster success in the 250 Islamic Schools across the nation. She teaches an international course, "Integrating, Infusing, Initiating: Designing Curriculum for Islamic Schools, which is part of the Islamic Teacher Education Program with Razi Corp and attracts students from all over the world.

Seema has served NLU as a Senator from National College of Education and was the elected Chair of the Faculty Senate 2009-2010. She Co-chaired the University Leadership Council 2011-2012 and Co-Chaired the university's Diversity and Inclusion Council 2010-2011 and 2011-2012. She has served the National College of Education in it's Revision of the Elementary Education Master of Arts in Teaching Program, the Academic Technology Committee and many other areas such as Promotion and Tenure Committee member and Chair of Promotion and Tenure Committee.

Seema is the recipient of the 2015 Mary McLeod Bethune Award 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 25th 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

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

Contact Information:

Dr. Seema Imam can be reached at 630-874-4522

or simam@nl.edu


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