Jordan: Health and Community Development
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Faculty and Staff
Bayan Abdulhaq, PhD, Academic Director
Dr. Abdulhaq holds a PhD in pharmaceutical sciences from King’s College London KCL/University of London. Additionally, she has an MSc in pharmaceutical analysis and quality control from the same university and a BSc in pharmacy from the University of Jordan.
She has worked as a faculty member at the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Jordan, where she taught drug delivery systems, pharmaceutical manufacturing, and analysis. Dr. Abdulhaq has extensive experience in educational quality assurance; she acted as the quality assurance director at TAG Graduate School of Business, part of the German Jordanian University in Amman, which was accredited later by FIBAA, a Swiss accreditation agency.
In more recent years, she has served as a board member and the executive director of the Arab Organization for Quality Assurance in Education (AROQA) and worked as a consultant for higher education institutions in Bahrain. She is a certified manager for organizational excellence by the American Society for Quality (ASQ).
Dr. Abdulhaq has more than eight years' experience in the pharmaceutical industry; she has worked as a production manager and later as a medical affairs manager. She also works as a consultant in the field of Good Clinical Practice (GCP). Dr. Abdulhaq is a licensed pharmacist and a full member of the Pharmaceutical Union of Jordan. She has also served as a member of the Bioequivalence Committee at the Jordanian Food and Drug Administration (JFDA).
Professor Arwa Oweis, PhD, Lecturer
Professor Arwa Oweis is dean of the Faculty of Nursing and director of the WHO Collaborating Centre at Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST). She is a board member and consultant for the Jordanian Nursing Council and a lead participant in the development of the National Strategy for Nursing for the years 2011–2015.
Professor Oweis has been instrumental in establishing links with well-known international agencies including WHO; TEMPUS Joint European Projects; and Hope Foundation, USA, to name a few. She is a consultant for different national and international organizations, including WHO, the National Council for Family Affairs, the Jordanian Council, the Higher Population Council, and the Women's Health Project in the South, among others.
Professor Oweis has published numerous articles in the area of women’s health and violence against women. She is on the editorial board of a number of international nursing refereed journals.
A Jordanian citizen, Professor Oweis obtained her undergraduate degree at Yarmouk University, Irbid, Jordan (1987); her master's degree in maternal-infant nursing at the University of Alabama, USA (1991); and a doctorate of science in nursing at Widene University, USA (2001).
Ayman M. Hamdan-Mansour, RN, MSN, PhD, Lecturer
Currently, a professor of psychiatric mental health nursing and head of community health nursing department at the Faculty of Nursing, the University of Jordan, Professor Hamdan-Mansour obtained his undergraduate (1993) and master’s (1999) degrees at the University of Jordan and his PhD in nursing at the University of Pittsburgh (USA, 2004).
Professor Hamdan-Mansour has more than 50 publications in the field of community and mental health prevention and promotion. He has been active in establishing collaboration with well-known international agencies including WHO; JICA; UNESCO; and USAID. He is also a consultant for different national organizations, including the National Council for Family Affairs, the Jordanian Council, the Higher Population Council, Ministry of Health, and Ministry of Education.
Professor Hamdan-Mansour is interested in investigating issues related to mental and community health. His area of research is youth mental health, community mental health, and women and child abuse. This includes depression, stress, coping, social support, life satisfaction, anger, and substance abuse. He also focuses on topics related to the abuse of women, patients’ human rights, and primary mental health care for war survivors.
He has several national research awards and recognition letters, and served as reviewer for a number of peer-reviewed national and international journals. He has also supervised a number of master’s theses and PhD dissertations.
Professor Hamdan-Mansour teaches psychiatric mental health nursing, stress and stress responses, psychosocial health of patients with chronic illness, research methods, and statistics
Leena Jumah- Program Assistant
Leena Jumah obtained her BA in English for Specific Purposes (ESP) from Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) in 2007 and her MA in translation from the University of Jordan (JU) in 2011. She has worked as a private tutor for English conversation, in addition to working as an academic counselor at Global Vision for Academic Services. She also has experience in organizing office operations and procedures through her work at the Presidency Unit at JUST back in 2007, and more recently in the private sector. Leena has attended a communication skills workshop and completed a course in customer care and work ethics.
Dema Matrouk Al Oun, Homestay Coordinator
Dema Al Oun has been working as a homestay coordinator with SIT Study Abroad since 2008. In this capacity, Dema assists with a wide range of homestay arrangements and also works with both students and host families on cross-cultural communication skills. She received her BA and MA in law from the University of Jordan. In addition to her work with SIT Study Abroad, Dema is an active volunteer with the National Center for Human Rights, the Jordan Center for Civil Education Studies, the Jordan Society for Human Rights, and the University of Jordan's Community Service Office. She is also involved in activities with the local community in northern Badia. Dema is a member of the Photographic Society of Jordan and Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Knowledge Center.
Ahmad Al Rawajfeh, Administrative Assistant to the Academic Director
Ahmad Al Rawajfeh obtained his MA in public administration from the University of Jordan in 2004. He has worked at the Badia Research & Development Centre as head of public relations and community development outreach. In past semesters, he has worked with SIT Study Abroad as a part-time logistical assistant, and since fall 2009 he has been working with SIT as full-time administrative assistant to the academic director. He also has worked part-time with the Royal Botanic Garden in Amman as a research assistant and a focus group coordinator.
Rima Al-Akramawi, Language Coordinator and Instructor
Rima Al-Akramawi holds a BA in English language and literature from Mutah University and is a certified translator and language proficiency interviews (LPI) tester. She started working with SIT in Amman as a language instructor in the summer of 2010. Rima has eight years of experience teaching Arabic as a second language. She has worked as a language coordinator with the Peace Corps, and is currently working as an Arabic language instructor at the French Cultural Center of Amman and at the Qasid Institute for Classical and Modern Standard Arabic.
Mahmoud Al-Shafie, Language Instructor
Mahmoud Al-Shafie has been a language instructor with SIT since February 2007. He received his BA in education, with a concentration in Arabic, from the University of Jordan, where he also earned a master's degree in curriculum and teaching in Arabic. He recently earned his PhD in curriculum and Arabic teaching methodology at Amman Arab University. Mahmoud worked previously as an Arabic instructor for speakers of other languages at the University of Jordan's Language Center. He has published two novels, Nuzha Fee Jahannam (Picnic in Hell) and La'natu Al-Jasad (Body Curse). His other publications include the series “Noon Wal Qalam, Teaching Arabic for Speakers of Other Languages.”
Riham Al-Naimat, Language Instructor
Riham Al-Naimat obtained a master’s degree in Arabic language and literature from Al-Albayt University in 2007. In 2009, Riham began volunteering as an SIT Jordan language instructor for intermediate high and advanced levels. In the summer of 2010, she joined SIT full time and has been teaching Modern Standard Arabic ever since. She previously worked as an Arabic instructor at the Jordanian Ministry of Education and as an Arabic instructor and language coordinator at international schools in Saudi Arabia.
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