Associate Vice Chancellor for Lifelong Learning; Executive Director of the Community Learning Network; and Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Nominee: Gloria Ladson Billings
Khaula holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of the District of Columbia; a M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction from Miami University; and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Miami University.
Murtadha has written about curriculum change for city schools, urban school leadership, spirituality, social justice activism and women in leadership. She has received the Education Breakthrough Award, given by the 100 Black Women, Indianapolis Chapter (2010); the Indianapolis Public Schools, Asa Hilliard Award, (2010); the Mme. C.J. Walker Outstanding Woman of the Year Award, the Center for Leadership Development, the Minority Business and Professional Achievers Recognition Award (2008). She has also received the IUPUI Faculty Leadership Award (2007). Randall L. Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence, Faculty Fellow (2004 – Present) and the Smallwood Dialogue for Women in Educational Leadership award from the School of Education, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (2002).
Murtadha created a program that pairs student teachers with urban classrooms in an effort to help IUPUI student teachers learn to adapt their skills to the unique needs of the urban classroom and to provide support to IPS as it tries to revitalize its educational programming. Murtadha has also worked to expand the activities of the Center for Urban and Multicultural Education at IUPUI.
From 2001 to 2007 Murtadha served as Executive Associate Dean of the IU School of Education at IUPUI. In 2008, Murtadha received the Mme C. J. Walker Outstanding Woman of the Year Award for her commitment to IUPUI and the Indianapolis community.