Biography

Dr Tasnim Dharamsi
Course Director: Academic Development Leadership Programme

Introduction

Dr Tasnim Dharamsi is the Course Director for the Academic Director Leadership Programme at the STEP Liaison Unit in the Department of Community Relations. In this role, Tasnim is responsible for conceptualising, developing and implementing a bespoke professional development programme for the ITREB Academic Directors.

Tasnim’s doctoral work continues to shape her approaches to practice. Her interdisciplinary study, “Living in the Hermeneutic Circle:  Interpreting the Curricular Inquiry of Canadian Secondary Ismaili Religious Education Teachers”, brings together curriculum theory, the hermeneutic research field, and the Shiainfo-icon Ismaili Muslim living tradition in crafting a new paradigm for Muslim education. The dissertation received an award from the Canadian Association for Teacher Education. 

Tasnim brings a substantive background in educational leadership, teacher education and curriculum inquiry. She has served as the ITREB Canada Academic Director since the programme’s inception in 2009, where she has had oversight of the 0-18 Religious Education programmes. In her role as Academic Director, she has developed and stewarded foundational leadership and teacher education initiatives for primary and secondary grounded in field-based practice, reflective mentorship and curriculum design.

Prior to joining ITREB Canada, Tasnim held roles at the Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University’s Professional Programs, where she undertook the role of Faculty Associate in teaching and mentoring pre-service teachers and, subsequently, Programme Coordinator, where she developed new teacher education programmes in partnership with school districts and the BC College of Teachers. She has also developed curriculum for the Ministry of Education, been an in-service leader at the Burnaby School District and holds teaching experience at primary, secondary and undergraduate levels.