Dean for Academic Success
Sobia Khan is Dean for Academic Success at San Antonio College, Texas where she oversees MESSH (Mexican American Studies, Early Childhood, Sociology, Social Work, History) and Criminal Justice. In addition, she oversees High School Programs, Teaching and Learning Center, Online Learning, Library Services, Creative Multimedia, Continuing Education, Honors Academy, Academic Tutoring Centers and special projects such as Faculty Student Mentoring. Previously, she served as Professor of English at Richland College from 2011-2018, as associate dean with duties that included Supervising Faculty, Curriculum Development, and managed English dual credit offerings and oversight of dual credit instructors. She has also served as the AANAPISI-Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Grant Project Director and vice president of faculty association during her time at Richland.
Khan earned her Ph.D. from University of Texas at Dallas. Her dissertation is titled, Transnational Identity in Crisis: Self-Writings of Edward Said, Jacques Derrida and Theresa Hak Kyung Cha. Her academic work has led her to put theory into practice and be an advocate for under-resourced and minoritized students. She was the chair of South Asian feminist caucus at the National Women’s Studies Association, 2017-2019. She has served on the board of directors of Richardson Public Library’s Richardson Reads One Book, 2016-2018. Currently, she is on the board of two non-profits; SA2020, an organization focused on a community vision for the city of San Antonio and Say Si, a creative youth development educational organization for San Antonio’s youth. In addition, she is alumni of American Association of Community College’s John E. Roueche Future Leaders Institute.
Khan has published fiction in World Literature Today, Her Texas: Story, Image, and Song: An Anthology of Texas Women Artists, RiversEdge, and in The Margins among others. Her scholarly work has appeared in South Asian Review, Journal of Contemporary Literature and in edited book volumes. She has chaired panels and presented at national conferences including Achieving the Dream conference, SACSCOC, Modern Literature Association, American Comparative Literature Association among others. She was a 2015 VONA/Voices fellow in fiction with Junot Diaz. She has received two writing fellowships at the Banff Center for Arts and Creativity in Canada.
Khan’s educational and career choices are driven by service to community. She views education as the tool through which she can serve community especially those who are under-resourced and marginalized by creating opportunities based on the principles of equity and justice.