Santa Clara University

School of Education and Counseling Psychology
Phone: 408-551-3413
Location: Guadalupe Hall
Room number: 111

Ujala Akram

Assistant Dean of Marketing and Enrollment Management

Ujala Akram is the Assistant Dean of Marketing and Enrollment Management at the School of Education and Counseling Psychology. In this position she provides visionary strategic leadership and management to the entire enrollment management process that includes: marketing, recruitment, admissions, scholarships, student services, student persistence and retention and graduation processes. In addition, she oversees a customer relationship management system and all application processes, including website and technology interfaces, and database software management. Moreover, she provides daily oversight and management for the Marketing and Enrollment Management unit staff. Ms. Akram has extensive experience in marketing various academic programs, conducting national and international student recruitment, supervising academic departments and teaching foreign language acquisition and law related courses.

Most recently, Ms. Akram worked for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) at the Defense Language Institute as a faculty member, Team Leader, and Acting Department Chairperson. Her research in the field of foreign language acquisition includes: foreign language teaching methodologies; student learning styles; effect of error correction on second language learner’s oral proficiency, etc. She also served as a certified Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) tester. Prior to joining DoD, Ms. Akram managed a Training and Talent Development Department at Wireless Link, Inc., a fast paced New England based telecommunication corporation. Previously, she served as the Senior Advisor to the Graduate Programs at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law—Indianapolis (IU McKinney School of Law). At IU McKinney School of Law, she marketed the graduate law programs and was responsible for domestic and international student recruitment, admissions, scholarships, registration and for provision of other student services. During her years with IU McKinney School of Law, she also worked on a USAID grant funded project through which the law school’s graduate law program was offered at Cairo University and Alexandria University in Egypt. 

Ms. Akram is currently a Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) candidate at IU McKinney School of Law. Previously, she obtained her Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from McKinney Law and her Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) (Honors) from University of London – International Programmes. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Sociology and Journalism from Pakistan.

She is licensed to practice law in Pakistan and is a member of Punjab Bar Council. In past, she held various teaching positions; conducted extensive research and published reports on human rights issues. Her research and writings focus on women's issues, minority rights, social justice and international protection of human rights. She also teaches online law classes to University of London law students. Her research and service both are derived by her strong commitment to social justice, diversity and multiculturalism.