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Aza Baylor

Experience and Interests

Teaching Experience

  • Social Foundations of Education
  • Critical Pedagogy

Research Interest

  • Mentorship among Black women educators
  • Othermothering in Urban Schools
  • Inclusive Excellence

Presentations and Publications


  • Baylor, A. (2021). Microaggressions on college campuses. Presented at the 2021 HHMI PIC Conference Baylor, A. (2020). When inclusiveness includes care: A womanist standpoint. Presented at the 2020 UWM Black Feminist Symposium. Baylor, A. & Williams, G. (2010). Class, Urban Inequality and Youth Violence: A Literature Review. Presented at the 2010 UWM School of Education Conference.


  • Hartlep, N. D., & Baylor, A. (2016). Educational Leadership: A Critical, Racial and Theoretical Examination of the “We Need More Leaders of Color” Discourse. In T. Marsh & N. Croom (Eds.), Envisioning a Critical Race Praxis for Leadership: Critical Race Counter-stories across the P-20 Pipeline. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • Greer, T.M., Ricks, J., & Baylor, A. (2015). Coping strategies as moderators of the effects of intragroup race related stressors on academic performance and overall stress levels for African American college students. Journal of Black Psychology.

Fun Facts

Last book you read?

The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself takes you through an amazing journey of self-exploration.

Best advice you ever received?

Always take time to take care of yourself.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

I’ve always wanted to be a teacher. I guess I’ve always known where my passion lies.

Favorite Quote?

“Be the creator of your reality instead of being created by circumstances” – unknown

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

I enjoy teaching pluralism courses because they offer an opportunity for students to reflect on their intercultural competency as well as an opportunity to grow in that area.

A piece of advice for students in your school?

Be open to exploring the importance of diversity, inclusion and equity in schools and reflective of your role in ensuring a quality education for all students.

Aza Baylor
Associate Lecturer - School of Education


Ph.D. in Urban Education: Social Foundations

M.S. in Human Services: Leadership and Organizational Management
Springfield College

B.A. in Psychology
Southern Illinois University


EDU 205 - Pluralism for Educators
EDU 708 - Social and Cultural Foundations of Education