About me

I spent my childhood between Great Britain and Pakistan, where after graduating with an MA in English, I taught English Literature and Composition for four years. Whether in London, or the Manchester of Pakistan, Faisalabad, or anywhere in between, I met people from different backgrounds with unique perspectives and I thrived as I learned from them all. My British mother and Pakistani father, along with my extended families on both continents further enhanced my ability to benefit from celebrating diversity. I share this ability of learning from others with my students and colleagues as I learn from them, listening, reflecting, and then acting intentionally to acknowledge their perspective. 

After arriving In the US in 1989, a week after the Loma Prieta earthquake, I worked in the sales department of a publishing company, Network World. Later, I worked as a technical writer for a start-up company as well as a consultant for EXLearn, an on-line site to teach English to students in Japan. But after returning to San Jose State for my second Masters, I was compelled to return to teaching, to continue the path I had started in Pakistan. Soon after, I began working in the Learning Center at Mission College, Santa Clara. Later, before I began teaching at community college, I worked at California College of Communication teaching Business Communication and Computer software courses to students receiving training to return to the workforce.  I have also taught at Stanford University, UC Santa Cruz, University of San Francisco, and Lahore University of Management Sciences.

In 2014, I transitioned from being a tenured professor of English and ESL for over twenty years to educational leadership as a college dean.

I constantly reflect on my own preconceived ideas: how I got them, and how I need to question them, and how I need to be alert to situations that I might not have encountered before. This reflection led me to pursue a doctorate in International and Multicultural Education at the University of San Francisco, which helped me answer some of my questions, but brought up many more. Therefore, even though my experiences have helped me, I am constantly seeking deeper discussions about equity in education.

My other passion is writing. For a few years now, I have been reflecting on my life and childhood experiences in the form of personal essays.  More recently, I am working on a novel of magical realism Wild Boar in the Cane field.

Anniqua Rana,
Jul 9, 2016, 10:27 PM