Faculty & Administration

 

Wilsch

Kerstin Wilsch, Ph.D., Director of the School in Jordan

Kerstin Wilsch has spent many years in the Middle East and North Africa in a variety of academic positions.  Her Ph.D. is in Arabic Language and Translation, from the University of Leipzig.  For the four years prior to becoming the Director of the program in Jordan, Kerstin was living in Jordan, working as the Coordinator of the Translation Section at the German-Jordanian University in Amman, where she also served as acting Vice Dean.  Before coming to Jordan, she was at the German University in Cairo for two years, and from 1999 to 2005, she was the Coordinator of the German Department at the Ecole Supérieure Rio Fahd de Traduction at the University Abdelmalek Essaadi in Tangier, Morocco.  Kerstin has also taught Arabic at the University of Oxford for three years, and spent some time early in her career in Yemen.

Kerstin has published a number of translations, in a variety of literary genres, from Arabic to German, and has worked several years for Lisan magazine. Her most recent translation is a collection of short stories by Mariam Nasser titled Café der Engel (2009).

 

Hope Fitzgerald, M.A., Assistant Director of the School in Jordan

Prior to joining Middlebury, Hope served as director of the Arabic Summer Institute at the University of Texas in Austin. She previously worked as Arabic program coordinator at the Translation and Interpreting Institute Language Center in Doha, Qatar, and as a lecturer at the University of Texas.  Hope has taught and supervised Arabic language and content courses at the university level since 2007, and has contributed to curriculum and assessment projects with the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and The National Middle Eastern Language Resource Center (NMELRC). She holds MA degrees in Geography and Foreign Language Education from the University of Texas at Austin. Hope has studied and worked in Jordan, Egypt and Qatar, and enjoys traveling throughout the Middle East.

Mohammad Alabbadi, B.A., Resident Coordinator of the School in Jordan.

Mohammad graduated from the University of Jordan in 2012 with a double major in English and German Language. In his third year of study, he spent a month in Berlin, Germany for an intercultural language course. After his graduation he started working for the Language Generation Center in Amman, assisting local and foreign students. Since his university years, Mohammad has regularly volunteered in the fields of culture and education. He is eager to meet the new students of the Middlebury program and looks forward to helping them have a wonderful time in Jordan.

Elsa Belmont Flores, M.A., Resident Coordinator of the School in Jordan

Elsa is from Mexico City. She completed her MA degree in Arabic Language and Pedagogy at Middlebury College's Arabic School in the summer of 2015. Between 2012 and 2014, Elsa served as the Teaching Assistant for the Arabic program at Middlebury College, where she was in charge of the department's cultural program, extracurricular activities, and the Arabic House. Elsa has experience living in Mexico, Wales, Egypt, and Jordan, and loves to travel, play Badminton, and read. Since the fall of 2014, she has been working at the School in Jordan where she thoroughly enjoys helping students settle in and discover Jordan.

 

Amjad Ali, MA, Instructor, Jordanian Colloquial Arabic

Amjad began working with the Middlebury program in the spring of 2012. He has been teaching both Colloquial and Modern Standard Arabic for almost a decade, instructing university undergraduate and graduate students. Amjad has worked with instructional and scholarly organizations such as ACOR (American Council of Oriental Research), CIEE (Center of International Education Exchange), KIOCA (Korean International Cooperation Agency), Fulbright scholars, and undergraduates at the University of Jordan. He serves on the team that has developed Middlebury’s Jordanian Colloquial Arabic program.  Amjad earned his MA in Education from the University of Jordan in 2015.

 

Nadia Al Assaf, MA, Instructor, Modern Standard Arabic

Nadia received her BA in Arabic and MA in Teaching Arabic to Speakers of Other Languages from the University of Jordan (UJ). She worked at the UJ Language Center as a part time lecturer since 2009 until 2014, when she became a full-time lecturer. Nadia began working with the Middlebury program in fall 2011, teaching MSA and Colloquial Arabic. She is also part of the Middlebury team working on designing a comprehensive colloquial Arabic curriculum. Nadia has published three research papers and presented in conferences for the teaching of Arabic as a foreign language at UJ in 2014 and 2015. She is a certified ACTFL "OPI" (Oral Proficiency Interview) tester.

 

Mustafa Al Kuisi, Ph.D., Instructor, Environmental Policies & Water Resource Management course

Dr. Al Kuisi holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Hydrogeochemistry and Environmental Geology. He has more than 14 years of national, regional and international experience in water resources and environmental pollution. During these years, Dr. Al Kuisi has been involved in many studies related to hydrogeology, engineering geology, climate change and water quality. He is recognized by many countries in the region as a regional expert on environmental hydrogeochemistry. He has supervised graduate Master theses and as well as Ph.D. theses on a variety of topics. Current research includes global climate change and changes of the chemical and isotopic compositions of water resources due to human intervention and contamination especially by organic pollutants, as well as salinization of water resources in the Middle East.

 

Salwa Mubaidin, Ph.D., Instructor, Introduction to Current Political Issues in the Middle East

Salwa Mubaidin earned her Ph.D. in Methods of Teaching Arabic at the University of Science and Technology in Sudan, M.A in Secondary and Post-Secondary Education at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Diploma in Education and Psychology from the University of Jordan and a Bachelor degree in Arabic Language and Literature. She has taught at both the secondary school level, as well as the university level, at several universities in Jordan. She has been teaching Arabic as a foreign language at the University of Jordan since 1982.

   

 

Abeer Dababneh, Ph.D., Instructor, Gender Studies

Upon graduation with a Ph.D in Gender Studies from the University of Leicester in England, Abeer Dababneh began teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses at the Women's Studies Center, and the Faculty of Law at the University of Jordan. She concentrates on issues of democracy and human rights, Jordanian constitutional law, women and law, and women's political participation. Regarding research, Dr. Abeer’s research focuses on human rights issues in general and women's legal rights in particular. She is a member in the Jordanian Bar Association, AMNESTY International, the Jordanian Higher Council for Science and Technology, the Jordanian Higher Council of Youth, the Arab Women Legal Network, and the Legal Committee at the Jordanian National Commission for Women (JNCW). Currently, Dr. Abeer is working on translating a number of books on gender and feminism.

Yousef Awad, Ph.D., Instructor, Translation

Dr. Yousef Awad received his Ph.D. in literary criticism from the University of Manchester, UK, in 2011. His monograph, The Arab Atlantic was published by Lambert Academic Publications (LAP) in 2012. Dr. Awad’s research interests range from Arabic literature in English to translation and interpretation studies.  He has presented a number of his papers in the US, the UK, Europe.  Dr. Awad was the recipient of a prestigious grant to study in the US at the US Dept. of State Institute on Contemporary American Literature during the summer 2012. Currently, Dr. Awad is an associate professor at the University of Jordan. He has published a number of articles on diaspora studies, literary representation of Arab immigration to the US and the UK, and Arab cultural productions in English.

 

Nour Afaneh, MA, Instructor, Modern Standard Arabic & Colloquial Arabic

Nour received her BA in Arabic and her MA in Teaching Arabic Language to Foreign Learners from the University of Jordan. She has worked at the University of Jordan’s Language Center as a lecturer since 2012.  Nour began working with the Middlebury program in the fall of 2013 teaching Colloquial Arabic and Modern Standard Arabic. She is currently working toward becoming a certified ACTFL OPI tester.

Khetam Al-Wazzan, MA, Instructor, Modern Standard Arabic (MSA)

Khetam received her BA in Arabic and her MA in Teaching Arabic Language to Foreign Learners from the University of Jordan where she has been working  in the Language Center as an instructor of Arabic since 2008. Khetam began working with Middlebury program in the fall of 2011 teaching MSA and Colloquial Arabic. She is currently working on obtaining OPI examiner certification.

 

Dalal Al-Assaf, MA, Instructor, Modern Standard Arabic & Colloquial Arabic

Dalal received her BA in Arabic and her MA in Teaching Arabic Language to Foreign Learners from the University of Jordan.  She has worked at the University of Jordan’s Language Center as a lecturer since 2011. Dalal has also worked at the Columbia University Middle East Research Center every summer term since summer 2010. She began working with the Middlebury program in Fall 2013, teaching Colloquial Arabic and Modern Standard Arabic. She is currently working toward becoming a certified ACTFL OPI tester.

Samer Muhareb, Instructor, Refugee and Forced Migration Studies

A human rights activist at heart, Samar Muhareb is the co-founder and Director of ARDD-Legal Aid. She works in the field of human rights with the vision of increasing access to justice for all in Jordan and the wider MENA region. She graduated with a Law Degree and a Masters in Human Rights and Development from the University of Jordan. Samar has worked extensively in the human rights field, beginning by providing services to refugees in the Palestinian refugee camps in Jordan. During the Iraq war in 2003 she was part of the effort that established the NGOs Coordination

Ayesha Sartawi, LLM, Instructor, Refugee and Forced Migration Studies

Ayesha received her BA in law from the University of Jordan, where she took a lead role in the Anti-Human trafficking clinic and the Iraqi Refugee Assistance project. She represented the University of Jordan in the Jean-Pictet competition on International Humanitarian law (IHL), and attended the San Remo IHL course. Ayesha interned, and later worked, with several units of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Amman. She completed her LLM degree in Public International Law at the Queen Mary University of London, where she specialized in International Human Rights Law, International Law of the Rights of the Child, and International Law of Armed Conflict. 

Yousef H. Hamdan, Ph.D., Instructor, Modern Arabic Literature

Yousef Hamdan has been Assistant Professor of Modern Arabic Literature and Literary Criticism at the University of Jordan since July 2013. Previously, he worked as an Arabic instructor at Philadelphia University 2008/9, and at the Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies Department of Edinburgh University 2012/13. He received his Ph.D. in modern Arabic literature and literary criticism from the University of Edinburgh in 2013. Yousef has published a number of articles on Arabic poetry, the novel and comparative literature.

Mohamad Mahafza, Ph.D., Instructor, Political Transformations and Conflicts in the Middle East