Sofia Malik

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Assistant Professor of Practice, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy

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Dr. Sofia Malik, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Texas at Austin, where she also serves as the co-director of the Education Policy and Planning program.

Dr. Malik brings extensive experience in policy development and research to her role, having held key management positions at the Ontario Ministry of Education. As the Chief Research Officer for one of Canada's largest school boards, she led a team in implementing research and evaluation projects that supported strategic system-wide goals. Additionally, as a consultant for the Ontario Education Services Corporation, she collaborated with over a dozen school districts to collect and use school data for evidence-based decision-making and to develop equity action plans.

Drawing on her background as a former teacher in the Greater Toronto Area, Dr. Malik leverages research findings to drive educational reform in real-world settings. Her expertise includes leading large-scale program evaluations and knowledge mobilization initiatives. She is also the Program Chair of the Research Use Special Interest Group within the American Educational Research Association.

Dr. Malik earned her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, where she also served as a faculty member. In recognition of her contributions to the university community, she received the Arbor Award from the University of Toronto in 2019.

Committed to improving educational practices in both urban and rural school districts, Dr. Malik shares her insights through various publications and conferences, continually striving to enhance education policy and practice.