Ghazala N. Afzal
Obtained her Masters (1980) and M. Phil (1992) in English Literature & Language at the University of Peshawar, Pakistan. After teaching at Nisar Shaheed College, Pakistan (1981-1988), taught at the Dept. of English, University of Peshawar for 8 years. Received Masters in Writing & Composition Studies from Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus (2001) and taught Composition and Literature for many years as Adjunct Associate Professor at LIU. Also taught as Adjunct faculty at State University of New York’s Harry Van Arsdale Center for Labor Studies. She has worked at St. Francis College since the year 2000 as a tutor, as a full-time ESL & Remediation Coordinator & as Adjunct faculty of English.
Besides tutoring & teaching, she has been closely associated with the academic, co-curricular, and extra-curricular activities at the College. She helped students start a South Asian Club in 2007, and the SFC chapter of the Muslim Students Association (MSA) in 2009. As patron to both these clubs, she guided and mentored students, and helped them organize many events, including fund-raising drives for various causes. She has been recognized twice as faculty of the years, once by the College in 2001, and by the Students Government Association (SGA) in 2011. She is also a published poet and author in Urdu and has written individual plays, and two 13 episode serials for Pakistan’s national television which have had several re-runs on PTV Global. She has participated in many talks and presentations on Islam, the necessity of Inter-faith dialogues, and South Asian cultural matters on New York’s Urdu channels, academic institutions (including SFC), and on Voice of America (VAO)’s Pashtu service. She has also volunteered for Red Cross & Girls Guide of Pakistan, and Sakhi for South Asian Women, an NGO working to end domestic abuse of immigrant women in the United States.