Faculty of Arts
Three decades have passed on the establishment of the Faculty of Arts, one of the fifteen faculties comprising alquds university.
In the name of God, the most gracious, the most merciful
On my behalf and on behalf of the professors and staff of the Faculty of Arts, I am pleased to welcome you to this ancient and pioneering scientific edifice, which was established more than four decades ago of giving, pioneering and fruitful interaction with all components of the Palestinian society. This edifice, which I hope, will continue successfully in offering more distinguished academic programs to meet with the needs of the Palestinian, regional and international community.
The Faculty of Arts was established in the year (1402 AH corresponding to 1982 AD) under the name of the “College of Arts for Girls” in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of Jerusalem, as a development for the Institute of Social Service in the “Arab Child House” institution, which was established by the late, Ms. “Hind Taher Al-Husseini”, may her soul rest in peace, for the care and education of a number of children of the “Deir Yassin village”, and in the year (1415 AH / 1994 AD) it was actually united with colleges such as Da’wa, Fundamentals of Religion, the Qur’an, and Islamic Studies in the Beit Hanina neighborhood, the College of Science and Technology in the Abu Dis neighborhood, and the Arab Colleges for Health Professions in the city of Al-Bireh, which later on formed, Al-Quds University, the dream that began in the year (1336 AH / 1914 AD) under the name of “Salah Al-Din Islamic College” in buildings like, The Salahiya School located to the right of the entrance to the Old City in Jerusalem from the Lions (Asbaat) Gate, and it took eight decades to achieve it, with a solid will.
After its unification, Al-Quds University witnessed many developments in all fields, including the establishment of the College of Arts in the Beit Hanina neighborhood, along with the College of Arts for Girls in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood. The Faculty of Arts and the branches of a number of university faculties moved from the Beit Hanina campus to the “Abu Dis” campus, and thus the Faculty of Arts settled today with two branches: Hind Al-Husseini College for Girls on the campus of Sheikh Jarrah, and the College of Arts in the Abu Dis campus, which is the fourth college of the university to be established, out of seventeen colleges: The College of Arts currently offers academic programs at the undergraduate level: Arabic Language and Literature, English Language and Literature, Social Work, Physical Education, and Fine Arts. Seven academic programs at the master’s level: Arabic language and literature, contemporary Islamic studies, Translation and Interpretation, Criminology, Jerusalem Studies, Digital Communication, Leadership in Physical Education, Strategic Studies, and Public Policies.
The Higher Institute of Archeology offers two programs: Islamic Antiquities, Conservation and Restoration, and the Institute of Regional and International Studies offers three programs: Arabic Studies, Israeli Studies, and European Studies. The Language Center offers service courses of foreign languages to university students, and the Arabic language to non-native speakers for foreign students, wishing to learn fluent Arabic and the Palestinian spoken dialect, as well as courses in Palestinian society and customs. It aspires to offer a doctorate degree in Arabic Language and Literature, and Contemporary Islamic Studies.
The Faculty of Arts, with its various programs, seeks to achieve the goals of Al-Quds University, represented in preparing enlightened Palestinian graduates, who believe in their just cause and in their right to free their homeland. The college is keen on communicating and establishing academic and research relations with national, Arab, Islamic and international universities, through holding joint scientific conferences and courses. Exchanging visits by faculty members and students, teaching joint courses, and carrying out archaeological excavations, all with the aim of providing the best scientific, academic and professional environment for faculty members, staff and students, and promoting the Palestinian historical narrative, which is subject to attempts of obliteration, appropriation and distortion, unprecedented in human history. The college also, aims, with its various programs to educate the Palestinian generations about their sacred and immutable right to their homeland, historic Palestine.
Since its establishment, thousands of qualified students have graduated from the college, and many of them have excelled as creative teachers, writers, thinkers, artists, painters, and political leaders who have played an important role in the development of the Palestinian society, as well as, regional and global societies. These are a source of pride for the college, the university, and Palestine, and a source of inspiration and creativity for their peers.
The College of Arts would not have been able to present what it did without the collaboration of its colleagues, faculty members and employees. Its graduates and the graduates of the best local, Arab, and international universities, and those with a long history in scientific research, professional work, and service to the local community, who are keen to continue their academic achievements, develop their research activities, and interact with the Palestinian community in a way that leads to achieving the higher goals of the university.
The College of Arts, with all its academic programs and extracurricular services, and in concerted efforts with the rest of the university’s faculties, its scientific and office facilities, and its extracurricular activities, and with the wisdom of its president and the dedication of the faculty and staff in serving the students, and guiding them to what is best in their creative academic achievement and their prosperity, invites students to choose it as a place for their University studies, and their distinguished academic achievement, as they will fulfill their hopes and aspirations, and push them to succeed and excel in their academic and practical lives.
Professor Mashhour Al-Habbazi
Dean of the Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Arts
The Faculty of Arts at Al-Quds University inspires knowledge production, and is committed to quality assurance and intellectual distinction by means of promoting a great diversity of academic programmes, admirable quality, curricular and extra-curricular activities. The Faculty also seeks to prepare the ground for congenial and outstanding learning, training and research environments to further enhance creative and innovative teaching and learning, fostering a better long-term basis for sustainable development in Palestine. The Faculty also seeks to efficiently contribute to ease assimilation of knowledge and research in languages (with corresponding literatures), humanities and social sciences. The Faculty finally inspires the set of beliefs and attitudes of the society in a manner that would enable the faculty members to compete with their counterparts locally, regionally and internationally.
The Faculty of Arts seeks to:
Enhance the concept of high quality and continuous development for all academic programmes to ensure the breadth of learning-teaching process, and to keep abreast of modern needs in a way that goes in harmony with modern global trends.
Found new academic and vocational programmes (e.g., specialized vocational Diploma, Higher Diploma, Bachelor of Arts degrees and Master’s degree).
- Provide staff members with opportunities to successfully develop through honing their skills to enable them to excel in quite convivial working environment and also to enhance a state of leading competition.
- Foster research and academic openness to external world through faculty and student exchange programmes, and also to carry out joint research between faculty members in the Faculty of Arts and potential partner universities.
- Exchange experiences, knowledge and skills with local, regional and international academic institutions, with such academic programmes similar to those at the Faculty of Arts.
- Foster the system of scientific research and publishing to contribute to the international scientific, and technical prosperity.
- Enhance the role of the university to serve the local community through curricular and extra-curricular activities, seminars, lectures, workshops and further offer initiatives that would contribute to promote positive attitudes and values in the society.
Vision of the Faculty of Arts.Graduates from the faculty are expected to:
- Have practical and theoretical knowledge and be able to employ such knowledge at the service of local community the best way possible;
- Have critical and effective communication skills;
- Enjoy an initiative leadership character, with a high sense of responsibility;
- Have knowledge and various research skills and an ability to improve oneself and surrounding community, and be able to aggressively compete with others to have academic and professional distinction as well as postgraduate qualifications;
- To be committed to academic and social values, customs and traditions;
- Have the ability to enhance the sense and culture of citizenship and to preserve the Palestinian identity;
- Have the ability to relate the past with the present and to predict the future based on their wide knowledge and vision;
- Realise the importance of academic specialty to bring positive changes to the society;
- Comprehend the scientific and theoretical concepts and schools of thought in humanities and social sciences, and positively interact with modern international developments of these sciences;
- Use logic to find suitable solutions for issues related to their future careers and realize the importance of communication with specialty counterparts and compete and distinct in the job market;
- Employ the Palestinian legacy to enhance the Palestinian narrative and bring national awareness of the importance of such legacy politically, economically, socially and culturally
Ph. D. (Summa cum Laude) in engineering sciences, city and regional planning from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany in 1998. Assistant professor in the Department of geography and city studies at Al Quds University since 2008, he is a member of several committees in the Faculty of Arts, Bard College and the Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences.
He also supervised and participated in the preparation and conduct of research in the city of Jerusalem, in the field of alternative energy and seawater desalination and in Environmental Sciences. He published several geopolitical studies and research on the city of Jerusalem, as well as geomorphological and other research related to City Planning and the urban environment in scientific journals, and discovered the first evidence of herbivorous dinosaurs in Palestine.
Mr. Atari holds a PhD in English Literature from Sussex University (2005). He has Joined the Department of English Language and Literature / College of Arts for Women in 1986. He teaches English Literature courses. His research interests include developing teaching literature at university level.
Ahmad Ayyad holds a PhD in Translation Studies form Aston University (2012), and has joined the Department of English Language and Literature / Faculty of Arts in same year. He teaches translation and English language courses both at the BA and MA levels. He has research interest in translation and conflict, and ideologies amongst other areas in translation studies.
Amneh Badran is a doctor of comparative politics, a graduate of Exeter University, the UK. She has an MA in Middle East Politics from the same university.
She is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and the Regional Studies Institute at AlQuds University. Her publications include: a book “Zionist Israel and Apartheid South Africa: Civil Society and Peace Building in Ethnic-National States”, Routledge – Taylor and Francis, London 2010. A chapter in an edited book: The Future of Jerusalem as envisioned by Israeli (Jewish) protest group. Book’s title: Cities in Conflict and the Contested State, the Palgrave Press, 2013. A chapter in an edited book: The many Faces of Protest: A Comparative Analysis of Protest Groups in Israel and South Africa, The title of the edited book is: Israel and South Africa: the Many Faces of Apartheid, Zed books, 2015. An article in the Lignes (46 edition): Main challenges to achieving peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis: a historical perspective. 2015. A chapter in an edited book titled: Exclusive Nationalism and Extremism: Modern Israel and Apartheid South Africa. Edited by A. I. Bastrykin, V.P. Kirilenko and V.A. Shamakhov, (book’s title: Extremism in the Modern World), RANEPA, St Petersburg, Russia, 2018. And an article titled: Women, Peace-Building and Political Development in Palestine, International Journal of Social Sciences and Economic Research, Volume: 04, Issue; 05, 2019.
Holds a BA in English Language and Literature from Najah National University (1986, and an MA in English Literature from the Hebrew University. Anwar joined Al-Quds University in 1991, and teaches poetry, drama, fiction, and literary theory and criticism.
Dr. Awad Mansour is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Institute for Global Studies. Before joining the teaching staff at the Faculty of Arts at Al-Quds University in 1996, he was a researcher at the Palestine Human Rights Information Center (PHRIC) in Jerusalem where he contributed to the publications and in writing reports to various UN committees. Dr. Mansour’s research interests are: settler-colonialism, the Arab-Israeli Conflict, Orientalism, modern state-formation and global studies. He has several publications.
Azhar Khalaileh is currently a research and teaching assistant at Al-Quds University’s Languages Center. She earned her B.A in English Language and Literature from Al-Quds University. Furthermore, she is currently studying for her Master’s Degree in Arts of Teaching English Language at Al-Quds Bard College. Azhar’s recent educational research has focused on the development of higher order thinking skills for teaching English as a second language by using the flipped classroom strategy trends in education. She is particularly interested in the philosophies of education and educational development, cross-cultural educational management, and leadership.
She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Jordan in 1994, her Master’s Degree in Modern Philosophical Literature from Al-Quds University in 2003, and her Ph.D. in Modern and Contemporary Literature from the Arab Research University in Egypt in 2007.
She has several research papers and published books in Modern Arabic Literature, Modern Palestinian Literature and Travel Literature.
She is now The Head of the Department of Arabic Language and the Coordinator of two programs the Master’s Program in Arabic Language and Literature and the Contemporary Islamic Studies from 286 till now.
The Courses she taught: Modern Arabic Literature, Modern Arabic Criticism, Modern Palestinian Literature, Children’s Literature, Creative Writing, Folk Literature.
Fatima Abu Khater Adileh is an assistant professor at the Language Centre. She has a PhD in Methods of English Language Teaching from Amman/ Jordan. She contributed in many national and international conferences and symposiums related to English language teaching and learning where she presented many research papers. Among these are the 1st and 2nd National Symposium of Quality of Teaching which were held at Birzeit University (2008 & 2009) and the 3rd International Conference entitled “Teaching material and its contribution to educational practice”, which was held at Hertfordshire University, Athens, Greece (2009), where she presented a study entitled “The employment of music and songs in teaching English language” which was published in the scientific journal of this conference. Also, she has contributions in many training courses and workshops with the AMIDEAST, Birzeit University, Al Quds University and many other institutions. Some of these are a “Workshop of Excellence in Teaching”, AMIDEAST (2008) and a training course of “Professional Certificate of English Language Teaching (PCELT)”, AMIDEAST (2017). She obtained the Erasmus+ Scholarship by International Credit Mobility programme of the European Union at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal (2019).
A teacher of Natural Geography and Climate in the Department of Geography and City Studies in the College of Arts, specializing in Applied Climate, I was appointed as a full-time faculty member in the Department of Geography and Urban Studies – College of Arts from 1-9-2004, where I was appointed as a research and teaching assistant for a period of three Years, then joined a master’s program in geography at An-Najah National University and obtained a master’s degree in physical geography (specializing in applied climate), after which I was promoted to a professor in the Department of Geography and City Studies in 2008. I also participated in many committees at the level of the Faculty of Arts, and contributed In developing the study plan for the Department of Geography and also contributed to the development of some courses in the department.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in geography from Al-Quds University in 2003 and a master’s degree in physical geography from An-Najah National University, specializing in applied climate in 2008.
The courses I teach: climate principles, physical geography, nature and environment of Palestine, geomorphology, geography of the Arab world geography, quantitative geography.
• Water scarcity and development in dry and semi dray areas ( Jordan valley )
• Supervision and examiner:
• 1. External examiner of PhD theses entitled “Changing urban land use pattern in Cochin development authority area”, Mysore University- India, June 2006
• 2. External examiner of many M.A. theses in Geography for the Department of Geography at Al-Najah University and examiner in the Institute of sustainable development in AlQuds University.
• Supervisor of many M.A. theses in Sustainable development at Al-Quds University
National and International working experience:
February 2019 Brazil, University of Sao Paulo, Faulty of Philosophy and Literature, Summer School, Teaching the course entitled The Middle East and the Water Question.
Sep.2006-July 2007 USA, Visiting Scholar, University of Michigan, Dearborn,
2014- 2015 Chair of strategic planning team on behalf of Al-Uja municipality and in cooperation with the Municipalities Development and Lending Fund of the PNA.
April 2006 – Present Member of the National Geographical Names Committee, Ministry of Planning (Palestinian National Authority)
July 2004-2005 Team Member, National Palestinian Team working on Preparation
Of the Regional Urban Sector Profile Study (RUSPS) in Palestine,
A project managed by UN-Habitat
May 2005-Jne 2005 Trainer of UN-Habitat Programme on leadership and
Management skills for Palestinian Mayors,
Freijat F., and Others, Atlas of Palestine, Palestinian National Committee for Geographic Names, Ministry of local governorate< Ramallah, 2017
Freijat F., and Others, Poor And Happy , Challenges of Rural Development in Selected Regions in the World, University of Warsaw , Institute of Geography and Regional Studies, Dec. 2013
Freijat Fayez, Housing Conditions in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, Dissemination and Analysis of Census Findings, 2010 Rammallah.Freijat F., Politics, Livelihood, Poverty, Housing and Ways Out, Al-Auja Village as a case study, Urbanistica pvs, University of Rome, Italy, May. 2010.
Hani Abdo is a lecturer of English as a foreign language (EFL) at his Alma Mater, AQU, who believes in the power of language and can use it to inspire and facilitate high quality learning through enticing and effective teaching techniques. A holder of a PGdip in Literature and Philosophy from the University of Sussex (2018) through the HESPAL scheme, an MA in European Studies from the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (2014) and a BA of English Language and Literature from Al-Quds University.
PCELT-certified (Professional Certificate in English Language Teaching), A HESPAL awardee and Steering Committee Member of PELTA’s Jerusalem Chapter (Palestinian English Language Teacher’s Association).
Assistant professor of Archaeology, educated at Granada University, Spain; ALQUDS University, Palestine; and Alexandria University, Egypt. Fellow of the Albright Institute of archaeological research in Jerusalem
▪ The art and architecture in the Classic period.
▪ The archaeology of Islamic period.
▪ Islamic art in Spain.
▪ Islamic garden.
▪ The Palestinian Culture Heritage.
1- Abu Aemar, I, (2020), “Khirbet Beit Ta’mar: An Archaeological, Historical and Architectural Study”. Oussour Al-Jadida Revue, Vol. 10, Issue 3, Algeria.
2- Abu Aemar, I. (2020) “Islamic Gardens: The Model of Alhambra Gardens in Granada”, International Conference about the Islamic Civilization in Al-Andalus, part II, Architecture, Art and Science. Pp.1-17.
3- Abu Aemar, I, (2018). Archaeological excavations at khirbet Bait Bassa, Palestine, Near Eastern Archaeology 81. 4. Pp. 250-258.
Assistant Professor in the Department of Arabic Language and Literature/College of Arts/al-Quds University. He holds a PhD from the University of Jordan in 2007, the title of the doctoral thesis is “The Impact of Pre-Islamic Poetry on Andalusian Literature from the Fourth Century A.H. to the Mid-Sixth Century” and a master’s degree from the University of Jordan in 1993, specializing in pre-Islamic literature, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Jordan in 1989. The General Secondary School from Ni’lin Secondary School in 1985 AD, and he was among the top ten in Palestine. He published several research papers in Arabic literature and criticism in its early age, supervised many master’s theses, and discussed dozens of master’s theses at al-Quds University and in other Palestinian universities.
Mr. Jamal Nafi’ holds a PhD in English Literature from Rajasthan University in (2002). He joined the Department of English Language and Literature / College of Arts in 2006. He teaches: Literary Theory, Survey of English Literature I & II, Survey, American Literature, Poetry, Fiction, Contemporary Poetry, Modern Drama, Mythology/Religion in Literature, Seminar in Literature.
Dr Nafi’ has research interests in English and English Literature, and has published extensively in this area.
Jenan Adel is a research and teaching assistant at Al-Quds University’s languages Center since 2018. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in English language and literature from Al-Quds University. Then, she has earned her Master’s degree of Arts in Teaching from Bard College and Al-Quds University. Her research focuses on how brainstorming and concept mapping as writing strategies influence students’ writing skills. Her research claims that mind mapping strategy has the potential to improve students’ writing performance. Her goal is to investigate the influence of applying map concept on improving students’ writing skills and finding out if there are any significant differences in the learner’s performance in writing due to the influence of applying map concept on improving students’ writing skills. Her interests focus on helping students to develop their skills in writing and communication. In addition, she focuses on providing teaching methods to her faculty.
Mr. Khairi holds a BA in Arabic Language and Literature from Bir Zeit University (1986), an MA in Arabic Literature from Yarmouk University (1997) and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Jordan. He has Joined the Department of Arabic Language and Literature at Al-Quds University since 1999. He had a part-time job at Bir Zeit University from -1998-2005 and Al-Quds Open University from 2001-2007. He severed Chair of the Department of Arabic Language and Literature and in several committees both at department and university levels. He has published some books and articles. Taught courses include Abbasid Literature/Poetry, Abbasid Literature/Prose, Old Criticism, Arab Library and Lexicography, Arab Writing, Literary Appreciation, Special Topic in Literature, Arabic Skills and Seminar
Dr. Khalid Hreish, born in the city of Nazareth, in 1964, is an associate professor and faculty member in the Department of Social Work / Faculty of Arts, Al Quds University. He earned his bachelor degree in social work and Master’s degrees from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Dr. Hreish holds a doctorate from the (New Bulgarian University) in Sofia. He published several articles in both languages: Arabic and English at local, regional and international journals. Hreish’s research interests include: obstacles and challenges in the work of supervisors and social workers, drug addiction, family violence in its various forms, and university students’ problems.
Leila Ayyad is a faculty member of the Language Center. She has an MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from Al-Quds University and a BA in English from Bethlehem University. She is currently a postgraduate student at Tel-Aviv University in the department of English and American Literature. Her research interests include Orientalism, Lacanian analysis, Human rights in American literature, and postcolonial literature in the Arab world after 9/11.
Prof. Mashhour Abd al-Rahman al-Habbazi obtained a PhD in literature and criticism in the Ottoman era from Saint Joseph University in Beirut in the year 1420 AH. He joined the Department of Arabic Language, the nucleus of the Faculty of Arts on the campus of the College of Da’wah and Fundamentals of Religion, Al-Quds University in the year (1403 AH) in Beit Hanina. He has published more than seventy scientific papers, and fifteen books, furthermore he has participated in a large number of scientific conferences in the Arab and Islamic worlds. His latest books are: Feminist Literature, The Echoes of the Battle of Janak Qala in Arabic Literature, Reading in the Movements of Modern Arabic Poetry, Reading in the Music of Modern Arabic Poetry, and the investigation of the book: Al-Rawd Al-Atir with the available news of the people of the seventh century until the end of the tenth century, and the tail on it, written by Ibn Ayyub Al-Ansari (died after 1003 AH).
Associate Professor of Urban Geography and Urban Planning, he holds a PhD from the Arab Republic of Egypt in 2009, and master’s degree in urban and regional planning in 2004, and a bachelor’s degree in geography and city studies in 2000, He worked as a full-time faculty member in the Department of Geography and Urban Studies – College of Arts from 1-10-2004, he held administrative positions, including: Academic Assistant to the Dean of the College of Arts for three years, and he also held the position of Head of the Department of Geography and City Studies for three terms. He has participated in several scientific conferences and symposia in his field of specialization, He has several published scientific papers, His scientific interests are concentrated in: urban studies such as urbanization and urban development in cities, urban dominance, visual pollution in cities and other related issues, urban housing, He has scientific and academic contributions and contributions represented in his work as an arbitrator in several refereed scientific journals, He has supervised a number of master’s theses within the master’s program in geography and regional planning, and is an external examiner in master’s programs at the level of Palestine.
Dr Thawabteh holds a PhD in Translation and Intercultural Studies from Universidad de Granada, Spain in 2007. Dr Thawabteh teaches language, linguistics and translation at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. His research interests include Translator Training, Translation Studies, Pragmatics, Cultural Studies and Discourse analysis.
Mutasem Alnaser is an Associate Professor of History in the Department of History at Al Quds University, where he teaches courses in History and Regional Arab Studies. He earned his PhD in Modern and Contemporary History from The Institute of Arab Research and Studies in Cairo. Prior to joining Al-Quds University, Mutasem Alnaser worked as a full-time faculty member in the Department of History at Al Quds Open University and Birzait University in Ramallah, (Palestine). His Ph.D. thesis focused on “The Political Arab Life in Jerusalem between 1918 and1934.” Published by the Reviving Islamic Heritage and Research / Jerusalem / Palestine .2009.
Nadeem Ihshaish is an English instructor and translator at al-Quds University. Mr. Ihshaish specializes in translating and interpreting _ English/Arabic. Mr. Ihshaish has received his BA of English literature from Hebron University in 2017, his Professional Diploma of Professional Education/ Teaching Methods from al-Quds Open University in 2018 and his Masters of Translation and Interpreting from al-Quds University in 2021.
Mr Nofal holds an MA in Linguistics from Ohio University (1990). He joined the Department of English Language and Literature / Faculty of Arts in 1997. Mr Nofal teaches language and linguistics courses such as Introduction to Linguistics, Phonetics and Phonology, Advanced Grammar, Sociolinguistics, and Semantics.
Najwa Sado Safadi, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at Al-Quds University, Department of Social Work. She received her Ph.D. in social work from Boston College with a concentration in poverty and social policy. She earned her master’s degree in social work with a concentration in community organizing from McGill University in Canada and her bachelor’s degree in sociology and social work from Bethlehem University, Palestine. Her research interests are poverty and social policy with an emphasis on anti-poverty policies, international aid, government performance, civic engagement and social welfare, in the Global South countries. Her research has appeared in a number of peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Safadi served as an abstract and manuscript reviewer for national and international conferences as well as several journals. She has been the principal investigator on five major research projects to date on topics related to social workers well-being, domestic violence and anti-poverty policies. In addition, Dr. Safadi has several years of experience in teaching and social work practice in Jerusalem and West Bank.
Omar Abu Ghoush is an instructor at the Language Center at al-Quds University. He began his education career as an English language teacher in 2014. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and Language from Birzeit University (2012) and a Master’s Degree in English Literature from the University of Jordan (2017). His research interests in the field Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) are in the following areas: “the impact of the virtual classroom on SLA”, “narrative and identity in language learning”, “performance-based learning and assessment”, and “task-based learning”.
Mr. Omar Abu Humos holds a PhD in TEFL from the University of San Francisco – School of Education with special emphasis on Second Language Acquisition (SLA), (1985). He joined the Department of English Language and Literature / Faculty of Arts in 1992. Dr Abu Humos teaches writing courses I, II and III, Introduction to Linguistics, Semantics, Morphology, Advanced Grammar, Special Topics in Language, Seminar in Language. His research interests include developing quality education curricula, and has published extensively in the field.
Mr Najjar holds a PhD in Translation from Herriot Watt University (2006) and a DPSI in Scottish Law (2004). Dr. Najjar has joined the Department of English Language and Literature / Faculty of Arts in 1986. He teaches Translation and interpreting courses at the MA level and Translation and English Language courses at the BA level. He has research interests in the developing methods in interpreter training.
Dr Najjar is the Chairman of the Department of English Language and Literature and Coordinator of the MA Program in Translation and Interpreting.
Omayma Qaraqra is a research and assistant teacher with four years of experience in teaching English Language skills at Al-Quds University’s Languages Center. She finds passion in sharing not just English with her students, but the story of language as a whole. She works together with her students to uncover and address their individual needs, strengths and areas of desire, all based around the main goal of language: the ability to effectively express oneself and communicate with others. Omayma’s Master’s research at al-Quds BARD College has focused on the impact of using peer feedback strategy on students’ writings.
Dr. Rabei Oweis hled his PhD in Sociology and Anthology from University of Münster-Germany (2001), DAAD scholarship. He is currently occupying a professor of sociology at Al-Quds University (2010-). Through an academic journey he holds many supervising and academics positions, as heading of sociology department and coordinating of branch of master programs at Al-Zbabda and active members of many scientific committees, conferences and developments symposiums at civil society’ organizations.
Through pervious teaching & an academic activities at Palestinians universities (2001-2010- American university-Palestine- Al-najah university and Al-Quds open university) he presented many lectures, seminars and supervised dozens of theses and scientific papers in fields of rural developments, urban planning, sociology and criminal studies) in addition to providing capacity building and consultations for various civil society institutions.
The major academic interests for Professor Owies, include Bedouin sociology, social developments, diaspora and immigration, regional and urban planning, social transformations and social capitals.
Rafat Abuzaid is a Palestinian filmmaker. He holds BA and MFA in Film & TV Production from The City University of New York: City College. Also, he got an advance certificate in film directing from NYU. He used to work as a cameraman and video editor at The United Nations Headquarter in New York City, for two years. His work has been featured in/shown at: Al Jazeera Satellite Channel, Al Jazeera Documentary Channel, AL Arabiya Satellite Channel, TRT, DW and others. Currently, Rafat teaches filmmaking and television courses at AL-Quds University.
Place and date of birth: Jerusalem. 28th September 1980 Employment:
– I have held many occupations at Al=Quds university
– A teacher at Physical Education Faculty. (recently)
– Academic affairs observer (2004-2006)
– A clerk at the university library (2006-2008)
– A clerk at staff affairs (2008-2012)
– Staff attendance observer and an archivist (2012- 2018)
– Part-time teacher at Physical Education Faculty.(2016- 2018)
– Full-time teacher at Physical Education Faculty (2018- till now)
– B.A degree in Physical Education ( 2002).
– M.A degree in Teaching methods (2014)
Further qualifications, courses and skills:
– A football player at Abu Dees youth Club since 1992 till 2012
– A football player for Hebron Youth Association for the 2013\2014 session.
– A football player for The Palestinian Football Team.( 2002-2005). I joined the West Asia Football Champion held in Kuwait (2002).
– A player for the Palestinian Team in (five-a-side) futsal in The Cup of Asia Champion held in Iran (2003).
– A player for the Palestinian Team in (five-a-side) futsal in The Cup of Asia Champion held in Vietnam (2003).
Owner of many Asian Training Certificates:
– Football training C level Certificate 2010
– Football training B level Certificate 2014
– Football training A level Certificate 2016
– Second Asian Futsal training (five-a-side) 2019.
– Physical Football Fitness Training Certificate 2018.
– Asian Lecturer Certificate in Football 2020.
– FIFA junior trainer Certificates 2010.
– FIFA Youth trainer Certificate 2012.
– Fencing Palestinian player until 2012.
– Fencing Training Certificates from Jordan 2001 and Iraq 2001.
Mrs. Randa Abu holds an MA in English Literature form Leeds University (2007). Mrs. Abu Hilal teaches American Literature, Poetry, Fiction, Contemporary Poetry, Modern Drama, Literary Appreciation, and other core and elective courses. Randa is pursuing her studies towards the PhD in Literature at the Tel Aviv University.
Dr. Rania Al-Muhtadi is an assistant professor at the faculty of humanities and currently responsible for training students to participate in debate and arbitration competitions. She had held various administrative positions at Al-Quds University. Dr. Rania was an acting Dean of Scientific Research, director of the language center and coordinator of the University requirements. Dr. Rania taught several courses such a Global Civilization with emphasis on Andalusia civilization and Spanish languages and literature. Dr. Rania had worked, previously, in different projects related to environment and water, such as coordinating ground water resources, water harvesting, water conservation, and house garden maintenance. Dr. Rania had experience in the development of e-learning courses; she was involved in the development of blended course for the university requirement and the training of the faculty members to use such courses. She was involved in various EU projects and had good experience in writing project proposals. Dr. Rania received Best teacher award in the year 2015.
Professor Salah Hussein Al-Houdalieh is an archaeologist with a doctorate from the Institute of Pre- and Early History at the University of Heidelberg (1999), a master degree in archaeology from the Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology at Yarmouk University (1992), and a Bachelor degree in archaeology, anthropology and sociology from Bir Zeit University (1987).
Since 2000, Al-Houdalieh has been appointed three times as a chairman of the Dept. of Archaeology and the Institute of Archaeology of Al-Quds University. His current research and teaching interests include archaeology and ethnography in the Levant, cultural identity, antiquities looting and looters, mosaics, the heritage ethics, Roman-Byzantine architecture, and the stratigraphy of the Early Bronze Age in the Middle East. Several of his fieldwork projects have examined how both urban development and the looting of antiquities sites are impacting
Palestine’s cultural heritage and endangering its archaeological resources. In the time period between 2000 and 2020, he has conducted a wide range of fieldwork projects, including excavations, surveys and conservation & restoration at several different sites such as Kh. et-tireh, Kh. el-Lauz, and Kh. Shuwayka. Al-Houdalieh is on the editorial boards of several journals, and is the author of a series of books as well as many field reports and scholarly articles.
ProGRANT proposal writing courses in the Middle East. He is an urban planner with Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning. Currently he is a lecturer
and researcher at Al-Quds University, Palestine. His Academic, Research and Development interests focus on Geographical Technologies, Urban and Regional Planning, Land Use Land Cover Modelling, Urban Agriculture Development, GIS & Remote Sensing Applications in spatial studies, Public Services Planning, GIS for Heath, Spatial Analysis, Sustainability Development, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Environmental Policy and Planning Process, Public Participation, GIS, and Planning Education. Logical Thinking, Spatial Thinking, Innovation teaching and research methods in Higher Education, Strategic Planning for higher education, and Development. Also, as a Principal Investigator (PI), he led several research projects in strategic planning, urban development, higher education, urban agriculture development, and geopolitical studies. As a practitioner, Samer worked as a consultant and expert with several governmental and non-governmental organizations in urban development and scientific research issues such as the Ministry of Local Government, GIZ, UN-Habitat, and DAAD. His greatest passion is in life is using his knowledge and practices on how to benefit other people and organizations.
Assistant Professor-Master’s Program in Criminology/College of Arts-Al-Quds University she works as the coordinator of the criminology MA program, The head of the Department of Social Work member and head of a number of scientific committees. Dr. Wafa’a earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology/Sociology from Birzeit University in 2004, Master’s in institutional Development from Al-Quds University in 2009 and Ph.D. in the science of Criminology from the University of Jordan in 2015. She is an active member in internal and external conferences in several fields (sociology, criminology, gender) , She also taught many courses, including (scientific research, introduction to sociology , women and men, theories in criminology, institutional and societal reform, field training in criminology, strategic security, violence and crimes against women, drug addiction, Victimology of crime, media and crime, forensic psychology, change and modernization in societies, psychological counseling in correctional institutions). Dr. Wafa’a supervised and discussed a group of master’s thesis in various topics related to areas of research interests’.
Dr. Yousef Sabri Al-Rifaee, teacher of grammar and morphology at Al-Quds University since 2000 until now. Member of the Department of Arabic Language and the Master’s Program for Arabic Language, supervisor of many Master’s theses at Al-Quds University, member of discussion committees in Palestinian universities, participated in many committees of the Faculty of Developmental Arts and committees of the Arabic Language Department.
Dr. Ziad Muhammad Ayyad is a Palestinian leader active in the local community and youth, volunteer in many local institutions ,he is responsible of the prisoners file at Al-Quds University which is part of the local community work of the university. He works as a professor assistant in the Political Science department and the Institute of World Studies since 2015 and is currently head of political science department .
Participated in many development committees for the Faculty of Arts and committees for following up on student cases. he holds PH.D Degree from Faculty of Public Law and Political Science at Hassan II University of Casablanca – Morocco.