Rashidah Jaami Muhammad, Ph.D.

  Full Professor
  708-534-6974ext. 6974
  Office Location: E1541-H
  Office Hours: Mon. 3 - 6 p.m., Wed. 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., and by appt.
  College: CAS

Gender and Sexuality Studies - Minor
Gender and Sexuality Studies - Bachelor of Arts
English - Minor
English - Master of Arts
English - Bachelor of Arts
Division of Arts and Letters



Academic Coordinator
B.A. and M.A. in English


Dr. Muhammad is Professor of English and Secondary Education, the Academic Coordinator for the BA and MA English Programs at Governors State University. She is the Immediate Past President of the GSU Faculty Senate.
She received her B.A. in English Education (minor in history), M.A. in English, and Ph.D. in English from Michigan State University.

Dr. Muhammad teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in English Education; American, African American, Black, Native American, Women, World, and Young Adult Literatures; African American Language; Black Studies; First-Year Writing Studies (first-year composition); Literary Criticism; Studies in Race, Class, and Gender.

Dr. Muhammad co-edited the State University of New York Press (SUNY) series: Urban Voices, Urban Visions. Books in the series include: Lives in the Balance: Youth, Poverty, and Education in Watts, by Ann C. Diver-Stammns; Educating Black Males: Critical Lessons in Schooling, Community and Power by Ronnie Hopkins; Teachers' Reading / Teachers' Lives by Mary Kay Rummel and Elizabeth P. Quintero (Dr. Muhammad also wrote the “Foreword” for Teachers’ Reading / Teachers’ Lives). Along with Dr. Arentha F. Ball (Education professor—Stanford University), Dr Muhammad, wrote “Language Diversity in Teacher Education and in the Classroom.” The chapter may be found in Language Diversity in the Classroom: From Intention to Practice. (G. Smitherman, V. Villanueva, editors).

She has presented papers and workshops at several national and international conferences, including the American Educational Research Association, National Council of Teachers of English, Conference on College Composition and Communication, The Third World Conference, and Biennial Conference of the Toni Morrison Society, Paris, France.