Dr Zeenath Reza Khan is the Faculty Lead of Technology and Integrity in Academia and Beyond Research & Teaching Forum and Assistant Professor of Cyber Ethics at University of Wollongong in Dubai. She has been teaching in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences at the university since 2001
Qualifications: B.Comp.Sc, MIB with Distinction, University of Wollongong in Dubai, PhD, University of Wollongong, Australia
Telephone: +971 4 2781935
Dr Zeenath Reza Khan is the Faculty Lead of Technology and Integrity in Academia and Beyond Research Forum and Assistant Professor of Cyber Ethics at University of Wollongong in Dubai. She has been teaching in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences at the university since 2001 is Chairing the Academic Integrity Committee at the university. Currently, she is also the Founding President of the Centre for Academic Integrity in the UAE (CAIU). She completed her PhD under full fee-waiver scholarship from University of Wollongong in coining and studying Electronic Cheating among Students from UOW Australia Faculty of Engineering and Informatics which was nominated for the Emerald Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award 2016.
Dr Khan’s teaching areas include informational ethics, and educational computer applications, with focus on integrity in academics, management information systems, overcoming digital divide through smart innovations and STEM education and careers for girls. She currently teaches in University of Wollongong in Dubai’s Bachelor of Computer Science and Bachelor of Information Technology in Management Information Systems programs.
Dr Khan practices a teaching philosophy which centres on guided discovery, using classroom discussions, learner-centred approaches, blended and flipped class technologies, and collaborative group work to engage students in actively constructing meaning whilst exploring ethical dilemmas. Her teaching philosophy states, ‘my enthusiasm is key, my students’ brains the lock… let’s get picking!’
Dr Khan’s research interests are in community informatics, ethics in IT and education, technology in education, and has been nominated thrice for the Research Excellence Award by UOWD’s Research Committee. Dr Khan has mentored many high-profile software development projects leading to award winning software development and publication by students such as the award-winning Heroes App for Cancer patients and community, My Bei't - a friendly learning platform for children with special needs, Ta'aleem – an app that teaches phonics to kids, MyChol – an app that helps monitor cholesterol for patients, Sa’ma – a software using Kinect to teach sign languages, iRecall – a cutting edge software for memory patients and many more.
She is the winner of UOWD Teaching Excellence, Sony Gulf Federal Environment Award, Turnitin Global Innovation Awards: Africa and Middle East Region – Academic Integrity Category 2015 and recently Wollongong Vice Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning 2016 (Australia) and named Top Three Academics of Distinction at the Leadership Excellence for Women in Engineering Awards MENA 2018, being the only South Asian nominee among 250 entries. Recently she was also named The Knowledge Review’s UAE 10 Most Influential Education Leaders 2019, received the MIT Sloan and Khaleej Times Digital Leader – Education Award 2019 and was named as one of Global Education Innovators 2020.
Currently Dr Khan is a board member of the European Network for Academic Integrity Audit Group, leading working group on Gamification of Academic integrity, heading the SmartED project that looks at developing a smart framework for higher education to face crises, a Fellow of Wollongong Academy of Tertiary Teaching Excellence (WATTLE), and official reviewer for Oxford University Press – Epigeum Academic Integrity Course Module. In her spare time, Dr Khan also manages a voluntary foundation for women and girls that advocates for education, hygiene and rights as founding managing director.
She has a proven track record of community engagement and believes in extending services for the benefit of the greater society. Based on her research interests, she has conceptualised, initiated and hosted nearly 15 conferences, workshops and other events such as the renowned national-level Mathalon competition for schools, Tech-G STEM camp for girls, Academic Integrity Majlis and Roadshow, ReBitVlogs and WISP Programs and many more.
Dr Khan has to-date more than 60 publications to her name with Best Paper award for her work in Gamification of Academic Integrity, is a Tier One Public Speaker, has spoken at major international conference including at Harvard University (USA) and Cambridge University (UK), as invited/guest/key note or lead speaker and been interviewed as lead expert on academic integrity by major newspapers nationally and internationally.