Abdolreza Roshandel is a PhD candidate in the joint Graduate Program in Communication and Culture at Ryerson and York Universities. His dissertation is on media use and transnational immigrant communities. He holds an MA in Communication, a BA in Journalism and Public Relations, a Graduate Diploma in Change Management, and an Associate Degree in Teaching. He was a Rogers Graduate School Fellow from 2007 to 2010.
Abdolreza has designed and taught several courses in Media, Communication, and English for Special Purposes (ESP). He is a lifelong learner, and teaching has always been an important part of his professional life. At present, he is teaching CMN432 at the School of Professional Communication.
In the past 25 years, Abdolreza has actively been involved in teaching and learning in secondary and post secondary education. He joined Ryerson in 2007 and has contributed to the graduate and teaching assistant development programs at the Faculty of Arts and the Learning and Teaching Office (LTO). His interest in teaching culturally diverse classrooms at Ryerson located in Toronto, a multicultural city, led him to design, prepare, and run a new workshop entitled, "TA/GAing in the Multicultural Classroom" for the Faculty of Arts in 2009, now offered in the Learning and Teaching Workshop Series at the LTO.
Abdolreza has worked in administrative and leadership positions in international organizations and participated in several projects for United Nations specialized agencies such as ITU, UNESCO, UNICEF, UNDP, UNHCR, and UNWTO. His projects covered Information and Communication Technologies, Technical-Vocational Education, Human Rights, the Rights of the Child, Education for All, Inclusive Education, Women and Gender Equality, Culture, and Heritage.
Abdolreza's main research interests include media theory, journalism, audience studies, persuasion and persuasive messages, media effects, news, immigration, and international relations.