Prof. Hashim was an invited lecturer at MTS in 2004 and spoke at the 2005 McCormick Days Homecoming Weekend. The 2006-2007 academic year was Prof. Hashim's first teaching role with MTS team-teaching "Religious Pluralism and the Ministry."
Professor Hashim earned her Juris Doctor degree cum laude from DePaul University College of law and he B.A. magna cum laude and With Distinction from Mary Baldwin College having doubled majored in Communications-Broadcasting and Sociology-Social Work.
When she's not in the classroom but in her office, Janaan Hashim is a criminal defense attorney with the State Appellate Defenders Office in Chicago. Out of the office Prof. Hashim serves as the spokesperson for the Council of Islamic Relations of Greater Chicago and sits as chairperson of its Media Relations Committee. The Council is a federation of over 50 mosques, Islamic centers, schools and organizations whose membership allows the Council to represent the voice of the 400,000 Muslims who call Chicago their home. Prof. Hashim is also the Tuesday night host of WCEV's Radio Islam, the nation's first daily, prime time call-in talk show produced by Muslims for the mainstream market; she also sits as its Advisory Board Chairperson. Prof. Hashim is a board member of Sound Vision Foundation and was a founding board member of CAIR-Chicago, the local chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Prof. Hashim is an active speaker on Islamic issues, particularly those focusing on American Muslims, having spoken in many U.S. cities and at the 2004 Conference of the Parliament of World's Religions in Barcelona, Spain. At the end of the day Janaan returns home to her husband and three teenage children, often with a warm meal waiting for her in the oven.