Miriam Ezzani, Ed.D.

Miriam Ezzani, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor

Program Area: Educational Leadership

817-257-5410  |  m.d.ezzani@tcu.edu

Texas Christian University
TCU Box 297900
Fort Worth, TX 76129

Bio

Dr. Ezzani is an assistant professor of educational leadership in the TCU College of Education. Prior to her positions in higher education, she served as a school leader in the state of California and prior to that as a literacy coach and teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District, the second largest school district in the United States. Dr. Ezzani holds administrative credentials in California and Texas. She is an alumna of the University of Southern California (USC), where she earned a doctorate in K-12 Educational Leadership. Her academic and professional experiences inform her research interests in culturally responsive leadership as it relates to district and school reform and Islamic school leadership. She also studies educational leadership preparation as it relates to the development of ethical and culturally responsive educational leaders.

For further information see Dr. Ezzani’s Curriculum Vitae

Education

Ed.D. K-12 Educational Leadership
University of Southern California
2009

M.S., Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
University of Southern California
2005

B.S., General Studies
University of Southern California
2003

Leadership Positions

  • Cabinet Member, College of Education, Texas Christian University, 2020-2023
  • Chair, Systems Thinking in Education SIG, American Educational Research Association, 2020-2022
  • Co-Founder, Diversity and Equity Committee, Department of Teacher Education and Administration, University of North Texas, 2012-2019
  • Doctoral Coordinator, Educational Leadership Program, University of North Texas, 2016-2017
  • School Leader, K-6, 2007-2010

Professional Achievements

  • Co-Editor: UCEA Review, “Features” 2018-present
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 2019-present
  • Editorial Board, Journal of School Leadership, 2018-present

Awards

  • Inclusive Excellence Award, UNT Division of Institutional Equity and Diversity, Department of Teacher Education and Administration and the Program of Educational Leadership, Inaugural Recipient, 2017
  • Exemplary Leadership and Service, Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate, 2017
  • Honorable Mention, Jeffrey V. Bennett Award, UCEA, for research article, 2016

Selected Publications

Ezzani, M. (2020). A Principal’s Approach to Leadership for Social Justice: Advancing Reflective and Anti-Oppressive Practices. Journal of School Leadership.

Mun, R. U., & Ezzani, M. D., & Lee, L. E. (2020). Culturally relevant leadership in Gifted education: A systematic literature review. Journal for the Education of the Gifted, 43(2), 108-142.

Ezzani, M. D. (2019). Principal and teacher instructional leadership: A cultural shift. International Journal of Educational Management, 34(3), 576-585.

Ezzani, M. D., & Brooks, M. C. (2019). Culturally relevant leadership: Advancing critical consciousness in American Muslim students. Educational Administration Quarterly, 55(5), 781-811.

Ezzani, M. D., & King, K. M. (2018). Whose Jihad? Oral history of an American Muslim educational leader and U.S. public schools. Journal of Educational Administration and History, 50(2), 113-129.

Ezzani, M., & Paufler, N. (2018). Doctoral program in educational leadership redesign: Utilizing a multi-criteria framework. Impacting Education: Journal on Transforming Professional Practice, 3(2).

Brooks, M., & Ezzani, M. (2017). “Being wholly Muslim and wholly American”: Exploring one Islamic school’s efforts to educate against extremism. Teachers College Record, 119(6), 1-32.

Ezzani, M. (2015). Coherent district reform:  A case study of two California school districts. Cogent Education. A Taylor & Francis peer-reviewed, open access, international scholarly journal.

Ezzani, M. & Brooks, M.C. (2015). (Mis)Understanding Islam in a suburban Texas school district. Religion and Education, 42(3), 237-254. 

Ezzani, M. (2014). Ethical leadership: A Texas school district’s efforts toward cultural proficiency. Values and Ethics in Educational Administration, UCEA Center for Study of Leadership and Ethics, 11(1).