The Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS) is delighted to welcome Dr Fayyaz Vellani as Head of the Department of Graduate Studies. In this role, Dr Vellani has overall responsibility for the strategic development, leadership and management of the Department of Graduate Studies. In particular, he will guide the development of the Secondary Teacher Education Programme (STEP) and the Graduate Programme in Islamic Studies and Humanities (GPISH).
From 2006 to 2010, Dr Vellani was the Associate Director of the Critical Writing Program at the University of Pennsylvania and also served as a Senior Fellow for Penn’s College Houses and Academic Services. There he managed all aspects of academic administration for over 3,000 students every year, as well as undertaking teaching and curriculum development. Prior to moving to Pennsylvania, Dr Vellani lectured at London Metropolitan University and Royal Holloway, where he taught Cultural Studies, Urban Studies, Geography and Design History.
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