Delila Omerbasic

Delila Omerbasic

School of Professional Advancement

Program Director, Senior Professor of Practice, Humanities & Social Sciences, Prior Learning Assessment Coordinator


(504) 865-5555

Education & Affiliations

  • PhD, Education Culture & Society, University of Utah
  • MS, Education, University of Pennsylvania
  • MLA, University of Pennsylvania
  • BS, Economics, University of Pennsylvania


Delila Omerbasic is a Professor of Practice and Program Director for Humanities & Social Sciences at SoPA, as well as the School’s Prior Learning Assessment coordinator. Dr. Omerbasic approaches learning as a lifelong process that takes place not only in schools, but also homes, communities, and workplaces. She is committed to fostering equitable learning opportunities that sustain and develop the breadth of knowledge students acquire across multiple learning spaces. She has more than 20 years of experience working in higher education and non-profit settings.

Dr. Omerbasic’s teaching and research expertise focuses on digital literacies, feminist theory, and learning practices of youth with immigrant and refugee backgrounds. Her work has been published in academic journals and book chapters and presented at education and literacy conferences. She also has experience as an instructional designer, editor, grant writer, academic program coordinator, and a youth mentor in afterschool programs. Dr. Omerbasic holds a Ph.D. in Education Culture & Society from the University of Utah, an M.S. in Education, a Master of Liberal Arts, and a B.S. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
The Maldives.
What is your favorite thing about SoPA?
The people! SoPA has some of the kindest, smartest, and most dedicated students, staff, and faculty I've ever worked with.
What are your favorite activities when you are not working?
Eating, traveling, and hanging out with my family.

Advisor for:

Courses Taught

  • Language, Power, & Identity (MLAR 7210)
  • Digital Cultures (MLAR 7220)
  • Women in Global Societies (MLAR 7235)
  • Capstone Portfolio (MLAR 7950)
  • Capstone Project (MLAR 7980)
  • Capstone Seminar (HUMA 4990/PASS 4990)
  • Prior Learning Portfolio Development (PAPL 1000)

Areas of Expertise

  • Digital Literacies
  • Language & Culture
  • Feminist Theory
  • Multilingual Learning
  • Refugee Studies