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Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education

Educational Leadership and Policy Program

Meet Our Alumni

Our graduates are leaders in a diverse range of school systems, communities, and organizations. They are teachers, school prinicipals, academics, policy analysts, researchers, consultants, journalists, and more. 

Here's what some of them are up to. 


Amanda Cooper, PhD 2012
Associate Professor, Ed Policy and Leadership
Queen's University, Canada

Amanda Cooper is a former secondary school teacher (Biology and English) and currently an Associate Professor in Educational Policy and Leadership at Queen’s University. She specializes in Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) efforts to address research-practice-policy gaps across the education sector. Dr. Cooper is the founder of RIPPLE (Research Informing Policy, Practice and Leadership in Education): a program of research, training and knowledge mobilization (KMb) aimed at learning more about how knowledge brokering can increase research use and its impact in education by facilitating collaboration between multi-stakeholder networks (www.ripplenetwork.ca). Amanda is on the coordinating committee for the KTE COP (Knowledge Translation and Exchange Community of Practice) in the health sector.


Daniel Hamlin, PhD 2017
Assistant Professor, Ed Policy and Leadership
University of Oklahoma

Daniel Hamlin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Oklahoma. His research examines the effects of school governance on non-tested measures of school performance with an emphasis on school climate, parental involvement and student safety.

Dr. Hamlin earned his PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy and received the Ken Leithwood Outstanding Thesis of the Year award for his dissertation examining charter schools on non-tested outcomes in Detroit, Michigan.

''Chizoba Imoka, MEd, PhD 2018
Founder Unveiling Africa, Inclusive Education Researcher, International Development Education & Youth Engagement Expert

Chizoba Imoka is an Educator, Researcher, Instructor, and Public Speaker. In 2006, 19-year-old Chizoba Imoka, then a student at the University of Alberta, founded Unveiling Africa, an organization that provides a platform for African youth to participate in democratic nation building through civic engagement, political advocacy and community service.

Upon completing her doctorate, Chizoba set up a teachers’ training college in Nigeria, based on a framework of inclusion, social justice and African-centered education. Read more.


Sofya Malik, PhD 2016
Manager, Policy, Priorities and Engagement Branch,
Indigenous Education & Well Being Division,
Ontario Ministry of Education

Sofya Malik is currently an Adjunct Professor at OISE and since January 2018, Sofya has assumed the role of Manager to the Policy, Priorities and Engagement Branch in the Indigenous Education & Well Being Division at the Ontario Ministry of Education. Her leadership experience has also been in various education contexts, with roles such as teacher, community coordinator, researcher, adjunct professor, project lead and manager.


John Malloy, EdD 2012
Director of Education, TDSB

John Malloy is the Director of Education at the Toronto District School Board. Prior to joining the TDSB in January 2016, John served as Assistant Deputy Minister with the Ontario Ministry of Education and as Director of Education for the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. Before that, he was a Superintendent of Education with the York Region District School Board and the Durham Catholic District School Board.


Henry Ssali, MA 2019
‎Founder and Executive Director
African Alumni Association
University of Toronto

Henry Ssali is an administrator, PR professional, activist and community organizer, experienced communicator and student leader. He is a recent graduate of the Educational Leadership Program and recipient of numerous awards, such as: 2019 Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award Recipient 2019, IDERD Award Recipient Young Muganda of Exceptional Promise Award (2013), Graduating Student Keynote Speaker - Class of 2013. Henry will start his PhD studies in the fall 2019.