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Neera Malhotra
Neera Malhotra


Ed.D.- Special Education, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, U.S. “Sexuality and Women with Intellectual Disabilities”
Cert. Interpersonal Neurobiology
M.S.- Educational Leadership & Policies, Portland State University, Portland Oregon, U.S.
M.Ed- Special Education, Osmania University, India
B.Ed.- Special Education, M. P. Bhoj University, India
B.B.A.- Program Management, Annamalai University, India

PSU History

Started in Fall 2008 as a Graduate Student.
Served as Graduate Mentor with University Studies (UNST) between 2012-2015.
Served as an Adjunct Instructor between Winter 2016- Summer 2016
Currently serving as as core Faculty- UNST since Fall 2016.

Subject Matter Focus

Trauma Informed Studies; Interpersonal Neurobiology; Culturally Responsive Education; Contemplative Pedagogy; Community Based Research; Ethnodrama- Qualitative Research methods; Universal Design as a Pedagogical Method; Critical Disability studies

Brief Teaching Philosophy

Connecting with my students with my open heart and mind speaks to me. I have come to feel that the learning happens only when one connects the learned skills to one’s heart and soul. I think that the experiential learning makes a greater impact in the classroom setting. I repeatedly remind my students to honor who they are, where they come from, their social ecology, and to reflect on their style of learning as a college student. bell hooks (2012) suggests that when the instructor and the students share a space in the classroom, they share their inner light, which allows for conversations. These conversations, then, open the space to talk about who they are and how do they learn, creating a foundation to plant the seeds of awareness, resilience, and inclination towards social justice and altruistic thinking through various projects and assignments in class. I trust the trauma informed contemplative practices to underpin my teaching philosophy. I strongly believe that educational journey has a potential for offering a healing community.

Courses Taught

FRINQ: Human/ Nature
SINQ: Gender & Sexualities
SINQ: Families and Society

Personal Interests

I love nature walks, collecting indoor plants & atypical art, cooking, traveling, exploring myself to grow as a human being through reading, journaling, discourses and yoga & meditation. I also love teaching Meditation to my beloved Portland community. Most importantly, I am inseparable from deep connections with my culture, my family and friends!

Neera Malhotra

Neera Malhotra

University Studies
office: CH 137
phone: (503) 725-9414
fax: (503) 725-5977