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Curriculum, Teaching  & Learning
Sarfaroz Niyozov

Sarfaroz Niyozov
Associate Professor
Acting Associate Dean, Programs, OISE

phone: (416) 978-0200

Curriculum, Teaching and Learning
Leadership, Higher and Adult Education

Comparative, International and Development Education

Research Overview

Dr. Sarfaroz Niyozov is a Professor with the Department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning at OISE. His research interests focus on teaching, researching, teacher development and education reform in developing, muslim, post-communist contexts; global education, international and comparative curriculum studies/education.

His doctoral dissertation entitled "Understanding Teaching in the Post-soviet Rural and Mountainous Tajikistan" received two honors including 2002 Best Dissertation Award by American Education Research Association and 2002 Best Dissertation Award by Comparative International Education Society.

Dr. Niyozov has written extensively about education in post-Soviet countries and the experiences of teachers working with Muslim students in multicultural classrooms.

Curriculum Vitae

Academic History

Ph.D. Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development, OISE, CTL, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, 2001
M.Ed. Teacher Education, The Aga Khan University (AKU), Institute for Educational Development (IED), Karachi, Pakistan, 1995
Certificate in Arabic Teaching (Distinction), Burghiba School of Modern Languages, University of Tunis, Tunisia, 1992
B.A. + B.Ed. Arabic Philology, Tajik State University, Department of Oriental Studies, Dushanbe Tajikistan, USSR, 1983

Teaching Overview

Dr. Niyozov has taught the following Graduate Education courses:

CTL 1037H Teacher Development: Cross- Cultural and Comparative Perspectives (Offered 6 times)
CIE 1001 Introduction to Comparative International and Development Education (Offered 1 time)

Independent Reading Graduate courses:

Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Muslim Education (Fall 2006)
Theories, Methods and Empirical Studies on Education and Society in Soviet and post-Soviet Central Asia (Fall 2009)

Bachelor of Education Courses:

EDU 5536H Issues of International and Global Education (Offered 6 times)
EDU 5533H Perspectives in Muslim Education (Fall 2010)

Representative Publications


Niyozov. S., & Nazariev, R. (2005). (Eds.), Nasir Khusraw: Yesterday, today, tomorrow.  Proceedings of the Nasir Khusraw’s Millenary Conference in Tajikistan. A joint publication of the Institute of Ismaili Studies, Tajikistan Academy of Sciences, and Khorog State University. Introduced by Sarfaroz Niyozov and Ramazon Nazariev.  Dushanbe: Noshir Publishing House, 675 pages.


Niyozov, S. (2010, accepted). Revisiting teacher professionalism discourse through teachers’ professional life in post-Soviet Tajikistan. In Silova, I. (Ed.), The challenges of education in reform: Central Asia in a global context. Greenwich CT: IPA Publishing.

Niyozov, S., & Shamatov, D. (2010, accepted). Teachers surviving to teach: Implications for post-Soviet education and society in Central Asia. In J. Zajda (Ed.), Globalization, ideology and education policy reforms, Vol. 11 (will be available in March 2010).  Netherlands: Springer.

Niyozov, S., & Dastambuev, N. (2010, accepted). In-service teacher training in post-Soviet Tajikistan.  In Karras, A. Calogiannakis, P., & C. Wolhuter. (Eds.), International handbook on teacher education. Nicosia: The University of Nicosia Press and the UNESCO Chair of Education, University of Nicosia (for English edition). & The University of Cyprus Press (for Greek edition).

Niyozov, S., & Punja, Z. (accepted /2009). The role of spirituality in the life and work of Ismaili teachers. Insights from Central Asia. In J. Lin & J. Miller. (Eds.), Spirituality, religion and peace education. Greenwich CT: IGA Publishing.

Research Grants and Contracts

Year: 2009-2010
Type: Collaborative
Role: Co-Investigator
Amount: $27,000
Source: Council for Ontario Directors of Education (CODE)
Purpose: Exploring the Impact of Immigration and Globalization on Canadian Urban Public Schools. A case Study of Teachers Working with Muslim Students

Year: 2008
Type: Individual
Role: Principal Investigator
Source: SSHRC Small-Scale Institutional Grant (SIG)
Amount: $2,850
Title/Purpose: Related Activities on Muslim Education Project at OISE

Year: 2007- 2011
Type: Individual
Role: Principal Investigator
Source: SSHRC
Amount: $ 77,500
Purpose: Exploring Teachers' Perspectives on the Education of their Muslim Students in Toronto Public, Catholic and Islamic Schools

Year: 2006-2007
Type: Individual
Role: Principal Investigator
Source: U of T Connaught
Amount: $10,000
Purpose: Doing Research in the Education, Culture and Society of Central Asia

Honours and Awards

2007: Nominee. Successful Professionals' Award of Canada's Ismaili Community
2002: The 2002 Outstanding Dissertation Award. American Education Research Association
2002: The 2002 Outstanding Dissertation Award. Comparative International Education Society
1997-2001: Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship Award for Ph.D. studies at University of Toronto

Professional Activities

Invited Keynote Speeches:

Niyozov, S. (2008). Sharing Privilege with Responsibly: The Challenge of Quality Education. Keynote Graduation Speech at Happy Academy Independent School, Toronto.
Niyozov, S. (2006). Contemporary Issues in the Muslim World. Educational Implications for Ismaili Muslim Community in Canada. At the Annual Ta'lim al-Islam Seminars Organized by the Ismaili Religious Education Board for Canada.

Invited Academic Lectures:

Niyozov, S. (2009). Teachers' Perspectives on the Education of Muslim Students. A Marginal Voice in Education Research. At Education on Religious Cultures in University Curricula. A Symposium on Religion and Education. Kobe University and National Museum of Japan, Osaka Japan.
Niyozov, S. (2009). Language, Education and Identity in Badakhshan Province of Tajikistan. University of Kentucky, Lexington USA, Shugni Research Group.
Niyozov, S. (2009). Dilemmas of Teachers Life and Work in the Post-Soviet Tajikistan. What Sort of Professionalism Could we talk About? At Challenges of Education Reform: Central Asia in a Global Context. International Conference Organized by the Harriman Institute, Columbia University, New York City.
Niyozov, S., & Kassam, A. (2008). Teachers' Perspectives on the Teaching Islam and Muslim students in pluralistic world. At the International Colloquium on Islam and Education in Pluralistic Societies; Integration and Transformations. University of Montreal.
Niyozov, S. (2007). Local and International Perspectives on the value of funding faith-based schools. The case of Islamic Schools. At the First Research Symposium. Department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning. OISE, University of Toronto.
Niyozov, S. (2007). The Rhetoric and Reality, Continuities and Changes in Education in Central Asia. At Central Asian Lecture Series. Munk Center for International Studies, University of Toronto, Toronto.