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Dr Feras Hamza, the Head of School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Health at UOWD

Dr Feras Hamza

Head of School, Associate Professor

Dr Hamza’s principal research interests are on citizenship as practice and identity in emerging societies such as that of the UAE. His principal teaching duties are postgraduate classes on Globalisation and Citizenship, Research Methods and Middle East society, as well as the undergraduate Islamic Culture (GEC).

Qualifications: BA, London University, MPhil, DPhil, Oxford University

Location: Block 15, Floor 2, Room 2-10

Telephone: +971 4 2781925

Email: (@uowdubai.ac.ae):FerasHamza

Dr Feras Hamza is the Head of School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Health at UOWD and Associate Professor in International Studies. Dr Hamza obtained his Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Modern Languages (Spanish and Russian) from London University and an MPhil and a DPhil in Oriental Studies from Oxford University (1997-2002).
 
Trained as a historian, Dr Hamza spent a postdoctoral year as a Research Assistant in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in Princeton, before returning to London in 2003 to join the Institute of Ismaili Studies, where he remained as a Research Fellow and Lecturer in the Graduate Program in Islamic Studies and the Humanities for 5 years. In 2008 he moved to the UAE, to the American University in Dubai, where he contributed substantially to the creation of a Department of Middle Eastern Studies, the accreditation of a Bachelor of International Studies and a Middle Eastern Studies Certificate. He joined UOWD in 2012.
 
In the field of International Studies, Dr Hamza’s principal research interests are on citizenship as practice and identity in emerging societies such as that of the UAE. His principal teaching duties are postgraduate classes on Globalisation and Citizenship, Research Methods and Middle East society, as well as the undergraduate Islamic Culture (GEC). His Islamic Studies research centers on Qur’anic ethics inspired by the hermeneutics of Paul Ricoeur.
 
He is currently co-authoring, with Dr Karen Bauer (IIS), a second volume of An Anthology of Qur’anic Commentaries: Women in the Qur’an, after the success of the first volume, An Anthology of Qur’anic Commentaries: The Nature of the Divine (OUP, 2008). Dr Hamza is General Series Editor for the Institute of Ismaili Studies’ Anthology of Quranic Commentaries Series, published by Oxford University Press, Editor for E.J. Brill’s new series Islamic Literatures: Texts and Studies, and Member of the Advisory Board of The Qur’an Throughout the Ages, a 6-volume reception history of the Qur’an (with OUP), initially begun by the late Professor Andrew Rippin.
 

Dr Suzanne Robertson-Malt, Associate Professor at UOWD

Dr Suzanne Robertson-Malt

Associate Professor – Nursing

Dr Suzanne Robertson-Malt is Associate Professor at the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) and is the Discipline Leader for the Bachelor of Nursing (Bridging) and the Master of Nursing programs. She has a keen interest in Leadership, Clinical Research, Evidence

Qualifications: PhD (Faculty of Medicine), University of Adelaide, Australia; BHSc (Class 1 Honours) and Faculty Medal, New England University; Leadership in Healthcare Education, Harvard Macy Institute, Harvard University; Graduate Certificate in Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Nursing, NSW College of Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Cardiac Nursing, Prince Charles Hospital, Brisbane, QLD.

Office Location:  Block 14: 315

Telephone Number: 04 2781998

Email: suzannermalt@uowdubai.ac.ae

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Dr Suzanne Robertson-Malt is Associate Professor at the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) and is the Discipline Leader for the Bachelor of Nursing (Bridging) and the Master of Nursing programs. She has a keen interest in Leadership, Clinical Research, Evidence Implementation and Shared Governance.

Dr Robertson-Malt is an advocate of the ‘flipped classroom/learning’ pedagogy proposed by Flipped Learning Network (FLN) that is defined by four principles: Flexible Environment, Learning Culture, Intentional Content and Professional Educator.

Prior to joining UOWD, Dr Suzanne was the Executive Director, Clinical Excellence & Research – Cleveland Clinic in Abu Dhabi.

Dr Robertson-Malt has a successful track record as an industry specialist with a work history that includes both senior position in both Clinical and Academic environments, such as Director of Implementation Science, Joanna Briggs Institute, University Adelaide; Director of Nursing Practice & Research and Clinical Director of the Heart Institute at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and Clinical Manager, Coronary Care Unit – John Flynn Private Hospital, Gold Coast, Australia.

Dr Robertson-Malt’s professional contributions include inaugural membership of Healthcare Chapter for the Charter of Compassion; the Chair of the Evidence Implementation Committee – JBI Institute of Evidence Based Healthcare and the inaugural Managing Editor – Bloomsbury’s Qscience publication: Avicenna; the Research & EBP Sub Council and Leadership Council of the UAE Nursing & Midwifery Council.

Dr Robertson-Malt obtained her PhD from the University of Adelaide, Australia with a National Medical & Research Council scholarship studying the social, ethical and professional impact of ‘Organ Donation and Transplantation’. Her current research interests include Governance structures that enable/ stimulate clinical excellence; Mindfulness as a prevention strategy for ‘Burnout’ in healthcare professionals and the Fundamentals of Care.

Her publications include (but not limited to):

  1. Robertson-Malt S, Norton-Westwood D, 2018. Frameworks of Care. International Journal of Evidence Based Healthcare. September 2017, Vol.15(3), pp.82-89. 
  2. Robertson-Malt S, Norton-Westwood D, Pearson A. 2016. Comprehensive Physical Assessment - Chapter 5 in Clinical Nursing Skills, Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 9781316620212. 
  3. Sutherland J, Robertson-Malt S, Stern C. 2014. All-cause 30-day postoperative mortality for older patients in developed countries presenting for elective colorectal surgery: a systematic review. The JBI Library of Systematic Reviews.
  4. Robertson-Malt S, Malt GN, Farquhar V, Greer W. 2014. Heparin versus normal saline for patency of arterial lines. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 5.
  5. Kitson A, Robertson-Malt S, Conroy T, 2012. Identifying the Fundamentals of Care within Cochrane Systematic Reviews: The role of the Cochrane Nursing Care Field- Fundamentals of Care. IJNP. 2012.
     

Prof Ysanne Chapman

Professor – Nursing

Prof Ysanne Chapman is Professor at the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) and currently teaches the first year modules of the Bachelor of Nursing. Her specialist teaching areas include Death and Dying, Health Communication and Research.

Qualifications: PhD, Adelaide University, Australia

Office Location: Block 15, Office 221

Telephone Number: +971 4 278 1954 (Direct)

Email: YsanneChapman@uowdubai.ac.ae

Prof Ysanne Chapman is Professor at the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) and currently teaches the first year modules of the Bachelor of Nursing. Her specialist teaching areas include Death and Dying, Health Communication and Research.

She enjoys self-directed learning, flipped classroom, non-didactic teaching, noisy classrooms and lots of activity in them.  
Prior to joining UOWD, Prof Chapman’s was Dean of the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Central Queensland University, Australia; Associate Professor Monash University, Melbourne, Australia; Assistant Professor College of Nursing and Allied Medical Sciences, National Guard, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Senior Lecturer, University of Tasmania, Flinders University, New England University (Australia). She has also held various clinical positions in hospitals and community health.

Prof Chapman obtained her PhD from the Adelaide University in Australia specialising in ‘Death and Dying and Palliative Care in the Community’.

Her major areas of interest include Palliative Care, Education in Nursing, Chronic Illness, Death and Dying and University learning.

Dr Muna Amr, Associate Professor of Education at UOWD

Dr Muna Amr

Associate Professor – Educational Studies

Dr Amr is an Associate Professor of Education at the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Health at the University of Wollongong in Dubai. Before joining UOWD, Dr Amr was an Associate Professor of Special Education at the University of Jordan specialising in teaching courses with a focus on learning disabilities

Qualifications: PhD, MPhil, University of Cambridge/ BA, MA, University of Jordan

Location: Block 14, Room 3-17

Telephone: +971 4 2781948

Email: (@uowdubai.ac.ae):MunaAmr

Dr Amr is an Associate Professor of Education at the School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Health at the University of Wollongong in Dubai. Before joining UOWD, Dr Amr was an Associate Professor of Special Education at the University of Jordan specialising in teaching courses with a focus on learning disabilities, language and speech disorders and curriculum and instruction design in special education.

In her academic and professional career, Dr Amr participated in various academic events, research activities in Jordan, the Middle East and Internationally. She designed and delivered numerous teacher training workshops and served as an educational consultant for many projects in education working with national and international organisations including UNECIF, UNRWA, USAID, RTI International, Caritas Austria, Creative Associates and GIZ.  Dr Amr also a Co-founder and board member of Footage Foundation (http://www.footageyouth.org), a non-profit organisation that utilises local media technologies and media arts to amplify women and young people’s voice as means of igniting change.

Dr Amr obtained her PhD in Education and MPhil in Educational Research from the University of Cambridge where she researched Dyslexia in Arabic Language and examined teachers’ practices in teaching reading in Jordan. She also holds a BA and MA in special education from The University of Jordan.

In the field of education, Dr Amr’s primary research interests are on literacy, inclusive education, teacher education, education for refugee children and educational polices and reform in the Middle East. Her current principle teaching duties include postgraduate classes on educational psychology, current issues in education, behavioural management, inclusive education and research methods.

Her recent research projects include improving the learning environment through promoting extracurricular activities in public schools in Jordan. Her published research include examining teachers’ knowledge and attitudes toward inclusion (International Journal of Special education, 2016), investigating the collaboration between special education and regular teachers in public schools in Jordan (International Journal of Special Education, 2015), examining professional competencies for resource room teachers (Dirrasat, 2016), and reviewing teacher education for inclusive education in the Middle East (Prospect, 2011).

Dr Afnan Boutrid

Assistant Professor – Educational Studies

Dr Afnan Boutrid is Assistant Professor at the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) and currently teaches Psychology, Assessment in the School Context; Leadership in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Assessment in Effective Change, and Leadership of Non-academic attributes in Educational Leadership on undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Qualifications: EdD University of Washington, USA;  MA Teachers College Columbia University , New York, USA; BA Meredith College, Raleigh, USA

Office Location: Block 14- Office #315

Telephone Number: +971 55 639 8931

Email: afnan@uow.edu.au
 

Dr Afnan Boutrid is Assistant Professor at the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) and currently teaches Psychology, Assessment in the School Context; Leadership in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Assessment in Effective Change, and Leadership of Non-academic attributes in Educational Leadership on undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Dr Boutrid feels most alive and inspired in the classroom, where she strongly believes in student-centered learning where her students are viewed as assets and that it is her goal as an educator to tap into the vast and diverse assets that her students bring to the classroom.

Dr Boutrid believes in community, building strong latest relationships, high expectations and in pushing students to achieve their highest potential. She believes that the most powerful learning takes place when her students feel safe in their classroom environment and have the space and capacity to be vulnerable. 

Prior to joining UOWD, Dr Boutrid’s was a Teacher, teaching all grades from Grade 1 -10 in the USA, a Curriculum Designer for a NGO in Jordan designing curricula that enabled students to be creative and innovative. She returned to the States to work for another NGO in urban education in New York City where she gained experience in teacher education and coaching. 
She obtained her Doctor of Education (EdD) from the University of Washington in the USA specialising in ‘Teacher Education, Coherence, and Culturally Relevant Pedagogy’.

Dr Boutrid’s research interests include Teacher Education, Teacher Training, Student Teaching Experience, Culturally Relevant Pedagogy and Student-centered Teaching.

Dr William Guéraiche, Associate Professor at UOWD

Dr William Guéraiche

Associate Professor – International Studies

Dr William Guéraiche is an Associate Professor at the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) and currently teaches International Security at postgraduate level. He has a keen interest in International Relations, Geopolitics, Conflicts and Politics.

Qualifications: PhD in History, University of Toulouse; Master in Sociology and the Anthropology of Politics, University of Paris, Habilitation in Geopolitics, Sorbonne University.

Location: Block 14, Office 308

Telephone: +971 4 278 19 99

Email: WilliamGueraiche@uowdubai.ac.ae

Dr William Guéraiche is an Associate Professor at the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) and currently teaches International Security at postgraduate level. He has a keen interest in International Relations, Geopolitics, Conflicts and Politics.

After studying Law and History as an undergraduate, Dr William Guéraiche earned a Master’s in Sociology and the Anthropology of Politics (University of Paris) and completed his PhD in History (University of Toulouse). In 2013, he earned his Habilitation (the degree following the PhD in France) in Geopolitics at the Sorbonne in Paris.

In France, Dr Guéraiche taught History (History of Colonisation) for three years at the Sorbonne and Geopolitics at the University of Marne la Vallée) before coming to the UAE in 2004. At the American University in Dubai and the American University in the Emirates, his teaching extended over many areas in the social sciences, including International Relations, Geopolitics, Conflicts, Politics, and Diplomacy in the Middle East and Asia. At UOWD, his focus is Security and the non-traditional Security topics: Migrations, demographics, etc. Beyond the traditional and yet necessary disciplinary content of Geopolitics, his classes will incorporate skills that the students will need in their careers, such as negotiation, strategic thinking or networking.

Dr Guéraiche has written 4 books, edited two, and authored more than 50 articles in French and in English. His last research examines the UAE's foreign policy and diplomacy. His book, The UAE. Geopolitics, Tradition and Modernity (2017), is a comprehensive examination of the relations that the UAE maintains with the outside world. He is currently working on a volume on security issues (traditional and non-traditional) in the UAE.

Dr Imène Ajala, Assistant Professor at UOWD

Dr Imene Ajala

Assistant Professor – International Studies

Dr Imène Ajala is Assistant Professor at the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD). She mainly teaches in the Master of International Relations (MIR) programme.

Qualifications: PhD, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva-(IHEID); M.A, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva-(IHEID): Kyoto University International Education Programme Certificate, Kyoto University (Academic Exchange); Diplôme de Sciences Politiques, Grenoble Institute of Political Studies(IEPG)

Location: Knowledge Village Block 15, Office 2-25

Telephone: +971 4 278 1950

Email: AjalaImene@uowdubai.ac.ae

Dr Imène Ajala is Assistant Professor at the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD). She mainly teaches in the Master of International Relations (MIR) programme. 

She obtained her PhD from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Prior to joining UOWD, Dr Ajala taught at Webster University and at the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations. She also worked as a Project Manager at the International Institute for Peace, Justice and Human Rights in Geneva. In 2015, she was selected by the United States Mission to the United Nations in Geneva to complete an International Visitor Leadership Programme (IVLP) on the theme of “Women Leaders: Promoting Peace and Security”.

Dr Ajala’s research interests are Comparative politics, Foreign Policy Analysis, Diaspora studies and multiculturalism with a particular focus on Muslims in Europe. She won the International Award for Excellence for Volume 12 of the Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Journal Collection for her article “From Islamic Dress to Islamic Fashion to Cool Islam: An Exploration of Muslim Youth Identities in the West”. She is the author of European Muslims and their Foreign Policy Interests. Identities and Loyalties (Gerlach Press, 2018).

Selected publications:

2019. "Tunisian Terrorist Fighters: A Grassroots Perspective". Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression 11(2): 178-190.

2018. European Muslims and their Foreign Policy Interests, Identities and Loyalties. Islam and International Relations Series. Berlin: Gerlach Press.

2017. “Muslim youth and consumerism: a study of Islamic street wear” Contemporary Islam (12) 1: 57-71.

2017. “From Islamic Dress and Islamic Fashion to Cool Islam: An Exploration of Muslim Youth Hybrid Identities in the West”. The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies 12(3):1-11.

2014. “Muslims in Europe after 9/11: Securitization, Identities and Loyalties”. Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, Vol. 34, No. 2-3 April 2014: 123-133.

Mr Torsten Burns

Associate Professor – Media & Communication

Torsten Burns is Associate Professor at the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) and currently teaches Global Media and Culture, Emerging Digital Tools and Practices, Transmedia Storytelling, and Making Media. His specialist teaching areas include History of Global Cinema, Media Art Production, Contemporary Art, and Communications & Design.

Qualifications: Master of Fine Arts, San Francisco Art Institute / San Francisco, USA 

Office Location: Block 14 / 3-12

Telephone Number: 971 4 278 1953 

Email: torstenburns@uowdubai.ac.ae

Terminal Degree: MFA in Video & Performance Art

Torsten Burns is Associate Professor at the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) and currently teaches Global Media and Culture, Emerging Digital Tools and Practices, Transmedia Storytelling, and Making Media. His specialist teaching areas include History of Global Cinema, Media Art Production, Contemporary Art, and Communications & Design.

Torsten’s approach to teaching includes improvisation, project-based learning, class critiques, as well as teaching as curation. 
Prior to joining UOWD, Torsten was an Associate Professor and Independent Filmmaker at the New York Institute of Technology (Beijing Campus).

He obtained his Master of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute , San Francisco specialising in Video & Performance Art. 
Torsten is interested in researching many areas including Post-Humanism, Global Art, Global Cinema, and Global Speculative Fiction. 

His recent publications include (*2019 Film screenings) 

  • Aggregate Space Gallery, Oakland, CA 
  • Space Between Space / ARK3: CROSSOVERCHRONICLES / Collaboration with Darrin Martin 
  • Chicago Underground Film Festival, Chicago, IL 
  • Group video screening ARK3: CROSSOVERCHRONICLES / Collaboration with Darrin Martin 
  • Hochschule fur Bildende Kunste Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany 
  • Classics Re-Loaded. Die 90er Jahre, Curated by Caspar Stracke 
  • Yanhuang Art Museum, Beijing, China 
  • Monstersweet- Collaboration with Monika Czyzyk – Curated by Douglas Lewis 
  • Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn,NY, 
  • Green Screens (Part 1), Learning Stalls: Lesson Plans / Collaboration with Darrin Martin 

Dr Michael Mallory, Assistant Professor at UOWD

Dr Michael L. Mallory

Assistant Professor – Media & Communication

Dr Michael L. Mallory is Assistant Professor at the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD). He teaches in the School of Humanities, Social Science & Health, specifically in the Bachelor of Communication and Media (BCM) and Master of Media and Communication (MMC) programs

Qualifications: PhD Philosophy, Art and Critical Thought (PACT) European Graduate School, Saas Fee, Switzerland; MA Media and Communication, European Graduate School, Saas Fee, Switzerland; BS Social Science, Portland State University, Portland, OR, USA

Location: Block 15- Office #217-A

Telephone: +971 4 278 1915

Email: michaelmallory@uowdubai.ac.ae

Dr Michael L. Mallory is Assistant Professor at the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD). He teaches in the School of Humanities, Social Science & Health, specifically in the Bachelor of Communication and Media (BCM) and Master of Media and Communication (MMC) programs. Recent courses taught include Intro to Media and Communication; Media Ethics and Law; Sociology; Global Cinema Studies, and Technology, Presence and Perception.

Dr Michael believes some of the most meaningful learning happens when students are able to take ownership of their education. He uses the classroom and other learning platforms to facilitate the development of skills and tools students can use to become innovators, creators and critical thinkers.

Prior to joining UOWD, Dr Michael was Assistant Professor with the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) at the campus in Beijing, China. Prior to China, Michael studied, worked and taught in multiple cities in Thailand. He is definitely embracing the life of a ‘Global Citizen.’

Dr Michael received his PhD in 2017 from the European Graduate School (EGS) under the supervision of Professor Wolfgang Schirmacher. While at EGS, Michael had the opportunity to study under some of the most prominent names in academia. Slavoj Zizek, Simon Critchley, Alain Badiou, Giorgio Agamben, Michael Hardt and Avital Ronell were a few who had a significant impact on his studies and research.

Dr Michael’s research interests are in the areas of Technology, Society and Life. He has recently published papers titled, ‘Politics of Perception: Imagination and Information, Reality and Artificiality’ and ‘Political Economy of Cyberspace, Data & Technology’. Dr Michael is currently interested in the role technology has/can have in the evolving concepts of urban space, identity, and ‘thirdspace’.

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