Jordan: Modernization and Social Change
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"What sets this program apart is the attention and support given to each one of us. The SIT staff has been unbelievable in meeting my personal and emotional needs. All of the SIT staff contributed greatly to my experience and I hope to come back to Jordan to visit. Through SIT I really got to see the beautiful culture and traditions of Jordan."
—Annie Rupani, Boston University
Dr. Raed Al-Tabini, Academic Director
Dr. Raed Al-Tabini, a Jordanian national, holds a PhD (received in 2002) in arid and semi-arid land management (rangeland management) and community development from Newcastle University in the UK. He is a former deputy president of the Badia Research and Development Center (BRDC) in Jordan. Dr. Al-Tabini has managed a variety of development projects in the Middle East and North Africa on such diverse topics as community-based rangeland rehabilitation, management of scarce water resources, and development of sustainable livelihoods in agropastoral communities. He also collaborated on the set-up of the Badia Center for Ecological Education.
Dr. Al-Tabini is a frequent presenter at international conferences and has published more than 25 academic papers and reports in the field of sustainable development. His work has included papers on the following topics: medicinal plants and ethnopharmacology in the Badia regions of Jordan; the importance of local knowledge on effective government programs, environmental, social, and otherwise; water scarcity in Jordan within a local and regional context; and rangeland rehabilitation methods, exercises, and results. His research features both theoretical and applied approaches to the subjects of study.
Dr. Al-Tabini has served as an academic director with SIT Study Abroad since 2007. He hosts around 30 students each semester and manages individualized programs during the summer. His work involves developing curriculum, organizing guest lectures from experts in diverse fields, managing staff and their umbrella projects, and arranging field research and excursions. He also delivers lectures on water and environmental policy and co-teaches a course on research methods and ethics. The SIT program is heavily research-oriented, and Dr. Al-Tabini directly supervises the research portion of the program, ensuring that ethical standards are met and the research is thoroughly professional, academic, and topical to the program of study.
Dr. Ashraf Alqudah, Academic Coordinator
Dr. Ashraf Alqudah is assistant professor in the department of psychology and the department of internal medicine at the University of Jordan in Amman. He holds a PhD in clinical and medical psychology from the College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Florida, Florida, and an MA in psychology from the University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan. He specializes in clinical medical psychology and the psychology of chronic pain. His area of research interest also includes psychopathology, psychological treatments and psychotherapies, and psycho-social support for refugees and displaced persons. Dr. Alqudah has worked on projects conducted by a number of health organizations that included Doctors of the World Organization, War Trauma Foundation, and the Antares Foundation. He is a member of the Higher Council of the Humanitarian Support Network of Jordan and the Jordanian Mental Health Licensing Committee. Since 2008, he has also been involved with the SIT Modernization and Social Change program in Jordan as lecturer, ISP advisor, and then as coordinator of the Research and Methods and Ethics course. Dr. Alqudah has co-authored a number of articles that appeared in refereed journals that include the Journal of Cybertherapy and Rehabilitation and the Journal of Pain Research. He is currently finishing a research project on resiliency among Iraqi refugees in Jordan.
Jumana Mohamad Attieh Al-Mahamid, Program Assistant/Student Affairs
Jumana Al-Mahamid obtained her BA in French language and literature from the University of Jordan in 2003. She also holds an MA in international education from SIT Graduate Institute. She started teaching Modern Standard and spoken Arabic as a foreign language at the University of Jordan in 2000. Jumana has worked for several international organizations as a language instructor, including the International Committee of the Red Cross and the United States Naval Academy, the Qasid Institute for Classical and Modern Standard Arabic, the French Institute in Amman and the French Embassy. Jumana has developed several manuals for teaching spoken Arabic that aim to integrate Arabic language and culture. Jumana is a co-author of Yalla Ndardesh, a spoken Jordanian/Palestinian Arabic course. She worked as the Arabic language coordinator for SIT Jordan for two years and has been the program assistant since 2011.
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 the 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. She is a co-author of Yalla Ndardesh along with Jumana Al-Mahamid.
Dr. 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 received 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.
Hala Alfayez, Language Instructor
Hala has a BA in law from the University of Jordan. She received training for teaching Arabic as a foreign language from the University of Jordan and Qasid Institute for Classical and Modern Standard Arabic. She worked as a language-speaking partner to American students at the American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR). Currently, she is working as an Arabic language teacher with SIT Study Abroad.
Duration: 15 weeks
Program Base: Amman
Language Study: Arabic
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