Dr. Deepti Kharod

Dr. Deepti KharodBio

Dr. Deepti Kharod enjoys teaching, learning, and doing research with preservice teachers, educators, and education researchers. She completed her PhD in Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching at the University of Texas at San Antonio, with a concentration in Early Childhood and Elementary Education.

Before coming to UIW, Dr. Kharod taught preservice teachers in UTSA’s teacher education program about multicultural education, science methods, play-based learning, and teaching/ learning in the early childhood context. As a classroom teacher, she taught elementary students for 10 years in a San Antonio suburb. Prior to that, she was a journalist in Berkeley, CA and New Delhi, India. Her academic background includes International Relations, Journalism, and South Asian Studies.

Recognition and Engagement

Dr. Kharod’s research about preschoolers’ relationships with nature was generously supported by the Frost Play Research Collection at UIW and the O. L. Davis fund through Kappa Delta Pi (KDP). She is also happy to serve as chair of the Graduate Student Committee for KDP and collaborate with the Nature School at the Cibolo Nature Center in Boerne, TX.

Research Interests

Young children’s relationships with nature- including the roles of play and caring; teacher education methods; research methods with young children

Personal Interests

Reading, being outside, cooking, family, Indian classical music and dance


“As in the focus of a magnifying glass, play contains all developmental tendencies in a condensed form and is itself a major source of development.”
-Lev Vygotsky

Contact Information

Dr. Deepti Kharod
Assistant Professor