Zahra Shajani

Dr. Zahra Shajani



Associate Dean Undergraduate Practice Education

Faculty of Nursing, Dean's Office

Associate Professor (Teaching)

Faculty of Nursing, Faculty

Contact information

Phone number

Office: 403.220.3670


Office: PF2238

For media enquiries, contact

Karen Cook, Director, Communications

Office: +1.403.220.4361
Twitter: @ucalgarynursing

Preferred method of communication

Administrative Assistant

Judith Berzins 



Educational Background

Ed.D. Education , University of Liverpool , 2020

MPH Faculty of Medicine , University of Liverpool , 2013

Bachelor of Nursing Nursing, University of Calgary, 2002


Zahra Shajani is a dedicated advocate for health promotion, illness and injury prevention, with a particular focus on diverse individuals and families, especially those with young children and varying socio-economic backgrounds. Her commitment to early childhood development is evident in her work, where she strives to create supportive environments and build relationships to foster overall health. Currently serving as an Associate Professor at the University of Calgary, Zahra holds the position of Associate Dean. Her extensive experience and expertise have positioned her as a community leader both locally and nationally.

Actively involved in numerous community organizations dedicated to health, wellness, education, and quality of life enhancement, Zahra is deeply committed to making a positive impact. Zahra Shajani's leadership extends to her role as the President of the Ismaili Council for the Prairies, where she plays a pivotal role in shaping community initiatives. Additionally, she has served as the Chairman for the Aga Khan Health Board, further highlighting her commitment to improving healthcare for all.

As the co-chair for the Global Network of Public Health Nursing (GNPHN), Zahra collaborates on an international level to address public health challenges. Her involvement as a board member for Generations Calgary, a multi-generational organization, reflects her dedication to supporting diverse age groups within the community. Zahra Shajani's multifaceted contributions underscore her passion for creating positive change in health, education, and quality of life. Through her leadership and advocacy, she continues to make meaningful strides in the well-being of individuals and families across various communities. Zahra Shajani's impact extends beyond her leadership roles and community involvement to the academic realm, where she has made contributions through her research and publications. She has co-authored textbooks and written chapters on community and family nursing, showcasing her expertise and dedication to advancing nursing knowledge.


Areas of Research

Maternal child health, Critical thinking and reflective thinking in nursing education, Developing the teaching and learning of educators and students, Interprofessional Practice , Intergenerational studies

Participation in university strategic initiatives