Santa Clara University

School of Education and Counseling Psychology
Phone: 408-551-3413
Location: Loyola Hall
Room number: 101L

Ujala Akram

Director of Admissions and Financial Aid

Ujala Akram is the Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at the School of Education and Counseling Psychology. In this position, she is responsible for developing and implementing the recruitment and admissions strategies for all of the graduate, credential and certificate programs of the School and ensures consistent enrollment of high-quality students and increased awareness of all School programs. Her responsibilities at the School also include recruitment and scholarship budget oversight and supervising admissions operations.

She 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 Foreign Language Center 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 a 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 providing 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 the same 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.