Asad is a first year PhD candidate in the Faculty of Education, Critical Policy, Equity, and Leadership Studies. His Ph.D. research focuses on the work and wellbeing of Islamic school principals in Ontario. His research interests include areas within educational leadership, early childhood leadership, wellness and equity education, inclusivity, religious schooling, social justice, educational policy, Islamophobia in schools, and school leaders’ work intensification.
He completed his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in psychology from Carleton University; his Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) from the University of Ottawa; and his Master of Education (M.Ed.) from Athabasca University. He is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) in good standing and has completed the Principal Qualifications Program.
In his career as a school principal, Asad was the recipient of the 2016 Alberta Distinguished Leadership award while serving as principal with the Calgary Islamic School under the Palliser Regional School District in Alberta. He has been serving in Islamic education for 20 years, including 11 years in administration.
Currently, in addition to his graduate research assistant position at Western University, Asad also serves as a sessional professor at Fanshawe College in the Faculty of Community Studies for the early childhood leadership degree program.
Choudhary, A. (submitted). Promoting Inclusive School Leadership: The Work & Wellbeing of Islamic School Principals [Virtual conference presentation]. Robert Macmillan Symposium in Education (RMSE), University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada
Choudhary, A. & Choudhary, G. (2019, March 29). Muslim Mind: Embracing Inclusion in Today’s Classroom [Conference presentation]. Robert Macmillan Symposium in Education (RMSE), University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada
Mahamad, K. & Choudhary, A. (2018, December 16). Islamic School Principals’ Approach to Student Mental Health in Ontario: An Exploratory Multi-Site Case Study [Poster presentation]. Canadian Muslim Mental Health Conference 2018, Toronto, ON, Canada
Choudhary, A. & Choudhary, G. (2015, March 26-28). Muslim Mind: Embracing Inclusion in Today’s Classroom [Conference presentation]. World Congress of Modern Languages Conference 2015, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada
Choudhary, A. & Choudhary, G. (2014, February 20). Muslim Mind: Embracing Inclusion in Today’s Classroom [Conference presentation]. Teacher Choices Symposium, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Choudhary, A. (2021, October 1). Islamic Schools: Actively working towards Anti-Racism. Supporting Muslim Students, 26-31. http://www.smsmagazine.ca
Elkassem, S., Csiernik, R., Mantulak, A., Kayssi, G., Hussain, Y., Lambert, K., Bailey, P., & Choudhary, A. (2018). Growing up Muslim: The impact of islamophobia on children in a Canadian community. Journal of Muslim Mental Health, 12(1), 3-18. doi:10.3998/jmmh.10381607.0012.101
Elkassem, S., Csiernik, R., Mantulak, A., Kayssi, G., Hussain, Y., Lambert, K., Bailey, P., & Choudhary, A. (2021). Listening to Innocence: Effects on Islamophobia on Muslim Youth. In B. Sethi, S. Guruge & R. Csiernik (Eds.), Understanding the refugees experience in the Canadian context (pp. 70-85). Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
ECED 3039 – Child Development: 6-12 years
ECED 3042 – Curriculum & Pedagogy – 3-6 years
ECED 7012 – Human Development: Relationships
ECED 7018 – ECE Program & System Delivery
MGMT 7002 – Leadership in Learning Organizations
SOCI 7016 – Family Studies: Research & Application
SOSC 7029 – Social Policy in Canada