curriculum vitae


Master’s in Educational Leadership, 2015
College of Education, Lehigh University

Bachelor of Science, 2009
Cedar Crest College
     Double Major: Criminal Justice and Psychology
     Honors: Cum Laude, Psi Chi National Honor Society

Professional Experience



Professional Identity and Networking, Lecturer (2016, 2017)

Intergroup Dialogue, Course Facilitator (2017)

Adult Learning and Cognitive Development, Lecturer (2015)
Theoretical and experiential course designed to prepare Learning Assistants to be effective in their peer academic support role.

Reframing Urban Youth (Cluster), Service-learning Instructor (2014, 2015)
New Media Literacies (Taub-Pervizpour), and Urban Ethnography (Rosenberg)
Designed and implemented integrative digital learning fieldwork partnership connecting cluster courses to HYPE

Youth Media, Lecturer (2012, 2013, 2017)
Theory, practice, and impact of youth media programs in local and international contexts, included integrated production-based fieldwork with HYPE youth.          

Citizen Journalism (Pooley), Service-learning Instructor (2011)
Fieldwork partnership with local youth to design, develop, and populate website, Allentown Youth Source, to increase access to community-based programming and services

Conference Presentations

Azar, J. & Azar, J.B. (2017). “We’re not DoOOMed: From Student Tutor to Instructional Technologist.” Domains 2017: Indie EdTech and Other Curiosities, Oklahoma City, OK.

Clarke, T. & Azar, J. (2017). “ Shared Annotation Tool: A Hands-On Workshop.” LVAIC Digital Tools, Lehigh University, PA.

Clarke, T. & Azar, J. (2017). “ Shared Annotation Tool: A Hands-On Workshop with an Eye Toward Intergroup Dialogue (IGD) or Integrative Learning.” Blended Learning in the Liberal Arts, Bryn Mawr College, PA.

Azar, J., Meek, R., Clarke, T. & Wolfe, C. (2017). “Engaged Dialogue, Open Education: Explorations in student produced media making and open digital technology.” Northeastern Intergroup Dialogue Conference, Cornell University, NY.

Taub-Pervizpour, L., Azar, J., Schultz, K., Lester, D., Noyes, J. & Clarke, C. (2017). “A Toolkit For Developing Peer Leadership In Digital Learning: Updates From Solution Design Summit 2017 Winning Team.” Online Learning Contsortium: Innovate. New Orleans, LA.

Azar, J. & Meek, R. (2016). “Foundations of Student Resistance and Campus Organizing.” Understanding Trump’s America Teach-In, Muhlenberg College.

Taub-Pervizpour, L., Ebrahimi Bazaz, A., & Azar, J. (2015). “Participatory Digital Learning in Desperately Unequal Times.” Presented at the Digital Learning Resource Network: Making Sense of Higher Education, Stanford University, CA.

Taub-Pervizpour, L., Dalton, A., & Azar, J. (2015) “Making Technology Inclusive: Reimagining Community through New Media Literacies.” Presented at the American Association of Colleges and Universities, Diversity, Learning, and Student Success: Assessing and Advancing Inclusive Excellence, San Diego, CA.

Azar, J. (2015). “All Together Now: Peer Supported and Inclusive Learning.” Co-presented with Learning Assistants Nicole Carusone ’15, Besher Tolaymat ’15, & Zachary Schuler ’15 at the American Association of Colleges and Universities, Diversity, Learning, and Student Success: Assessing and Advancing Inclusive Excellence, San Diego, CA.

Azar, J. (2014) “Living on Purpose: A Senior Focused Model for Reflection.” Presented at the National Conference on Students in Transition, Denver, CO.

Azar, J. & Taub-Pervizpour, L. (2013). “Democratic Youth Media in Action: Handing One Another Along.” Presented at the Union for Democratic Communications and Project Censored Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Azar, J. (2013). “Beyond ‘Berg: Meeting the Diverse Needs and Concerns of Seniors as they Transition to the World of Work, Additional Formal Education, and Citizenship.” Presented at the National Conference on Students in Transition, Atlanta, GA.

Taub-Pervizpour, L., Dalton, A., & Azar, J. (2012). “HYPE 4 Badges.” Presented at the Macarthur Foundation, Digital Media and Learning Competition, San Francisco, CA.

Azar. J. (2010). “Workshop on Community Collaborations for Promoting Healthy Youth.” Presented at the Pennsylvania Conference on Juvenile Justice, Harrisburg, PA.
Panel included Elizabeth Fritz, Lehigh County Juvenile Probation, Andy DeAngelo, Community Solutions, Sam Martinez, Allentown Weed and Seed.

Letcher, A., Shackelford, C., Azar, J., Taub-Pervizpour, L., & Mckenna, M. (2009). “Healthy Youth Peer Education: Using Community Based Participatory Research to Build Healthy Communities for Youth.” Presented at the North American Primary Care Research Group 37th Annual Meeting, West Montreal, Canada.

Azar, J. & Taub-Pervizpour, L., Boateng, S., Lamb, S., Whitney, J. (2010). “Exposing Injustice, Redefining Identities: Young women raise their voices through documentary work.” Presented at the Women & Society Conference, Marist College, NY.

Invited Presentations and Training

Collective Impact Fellows, Facilitator
Story Matters
Moderator, SRSJ
Language Lab
Azar, J. & Taub-Pervizpour, L. (2012). “Youth media as community-based participatory research.”
Community Health and Health Studies Department of Lehigh Valley Health Network.
Roots of Change, Allentown City Council (2010)
Pediatric Grand Rounds (2010)

Honors and Awards

Sharing History Initiative, Voices of Witness Education Program, 2016
Team of the Year, Career Center, Muhlenberg College, 2013
Rookie of the Year, Senior Year Experience, Muhlenberg College, 2013
Macarthur Digital Badges Competition Finalist, 2012    
Allentown Weed & Seed Community Development Grant, 2011
The World We Want Foundation Grant, 2012
Lehigh Valley Arts Council Grant, 2012
Allentown Human Relations Commission Award, HYPE, 2010
Dorothy Rider Pool Healthcare Trust Grant, 2008-2010
Center for Humanistic Change, Consultant Extraordinaire, 2008

Leadership and Service


Digital Learning Team, 2016-
Documentary Storymaking Consortial Minor, 2013-
Intergroup Dialogue, Co-Coordinator with Dr. Connie Wolfe, Psychology, 2015-
Youth Media Reporter, Editorial Team, 2013
Emerging Leaders Program, Mentor, 2015-2017                               
Ciarla Yearbook, Advisor, 2013-2016                         
Alternative Spring Break Committee, 2014-2016                                                                   
Youth & Prejudice Conference, Interim Coordinator, Institute for Jewish Christian Understanding, 2013x


HYPE Youth Media Program Director,
The Program for Women and Families, Board Member, 2009-2013
Route 222- Youth Crime and Violence Task Force, 2007- 2013
Lehigh County Youth Gang Prevention and Intervention Committee, 2009
Community Justice Panelist, The Impact Project, Inc., 2010- 2014
Weed and Seed Youth Coalition, Chair, 2009- 2012
Weed and Seed Employment and Economic Development Committee, 2009-2012