Please join us in congratulating Dr. Khalid Ahmed on being chosen as one of the recipients of the Superior Sessional Instructor Teaching Award for 2019-2020 by the Faculty of Arts and Science. Dr. Ahmed was nominated by many current and former students, and supported by the nomination endorsement of the Director of the African Studies Program.
Thank you to all students who put forward nomination letters! Please join us in congratulating Dr. Ahmed on his achievement.
Ahmed received his Ph.D. in 2018. The committee noted he is currently working on two book manuscripts, and has had one article accepted in Peace Review. He has participated in several high-impact conferences over the past few years. Most notably, he was a participant in a large conference on the Sudanese Revolution in 2019, which received Youtube coverage. Of note is his past participation in several community and international organizations that inform the candidate’s teaching, most recently including Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Warden Woods Community Centre (2011-2017), the Peace and Security Council in the African Union, Project Ploughshares/African Peace Forum, and the UN Development Program in Sudan in 2007. In this last role, he drafted the UNDDR Public Information and Strategic Communication Policy Guidelines- Sudan, and was responsible for all key media contacts. He has been interviewed by the Real News Network on recent peace efforts in Sudan.
As a graduate student, he was the recipient of the Alumni Association of Woodsworth College Alumni Recognition Award, the Royal Bank Graduate Fellowship in Public and Economic Policy, and the Canadian International Development Agency “Student for Development” Fellowship, funding work with the UNDP in Khartoum, Sudan, as well as the Hamm Shannon Award and William Beattie Award funding fieldwork on peace and development initiatives in Sudan. Dr. Ahmed is also the recipient of the Kathleen O’Connell Teaching Award at New College (2019). His extensive fieldwork and practical professional experience in policy-making internationally and in Toronto enrich his teaching and help students navigate different scales of policy arenas and analyze the relationship between theory and practice as well as evaluate knowledge gaps. He has taught as a sessional in African Studies at New College since 2012.
At Woodsworth College, as a member of the council, he participated in discussions about WDW ONE and undergraduate policy, and is thus familiar with discussions about how to support academic transitions into university. He was the recipient of the Peter Bronfman Award in 2006, recognizing volunteer services with Accessibility Services.