Zakia Y. Gates, PhD
Assistant Professor of Teacher EducationZakia Y. Gates, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Teacher Education. In 2015, she joined Cabrini University as an adjunct instructor and taught courses between the Teacher Education program and Educational Policy and Leadership program. She joined the Cabrini University family as a full-time faculty member in August 2018. She teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in Foundations in Education, Pre-K–12 Assessment in the Inclusive Classroom, Teaching Social Studies and Social Justice, Family, School and Community, Socio-Cultural Foundations in Education and Philosophical Foundations in Education.
Prior to joining the Cabrini University family, Gates taught in the K–12 charter school context and was the Director of Education and Education Specialist for a juvenile facility working with at-risk youth.
Gates research interest includes creating frameworks for diverse learners in undergraduate and graduate-level courses where her learners are able to develop a social justice lens where they critically examine racial, cultural, social and political issues in the Pre-K–12 context of education.
“In order to really use social justice in my courses, I create safe spaces for students to be able to voice their perspectives about education, but to also help them be cognizant on how our social positionality shapes and influences our biases and assumptions about our students in the Pre-K–12 context," said Gates.
She strives to prepare and enhance pre-service teachers and teacher professionals to become culturally responsive educators who use research-based instructional strategies for the populations that they will teach.
Gates received her doctorate in Professional Studies in K–12 Education from Capella University and her master’s and bachelor’s degree in education from Cheyney University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of American Educational Research Association and the Association of Black Women in Higher Education.