International Teaching Fellows
Dr. Baker K. Abdalhaq
Baker K. Abdalhaq received his first degree from PSUT in Jordan in 1994 and his PhD in Computer Science from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB), Spain in 2004. Baker is currently Assistant Professor of Computer Science at An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine, where he is a member of the Information Technology Faculty, and Head of the Computer Information Systems Department. Baker has published several papers in computational environment, science, and engineering, and has also conducted research on e-learning. His current research interests are computational science, heuristic optimization techniques, and simulation. He is a Teaching Fellow at the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) in An-Najah National University.
Dana Adas is an active Teaching Fellow at the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, An-Najah National University, providing consultation to teachers from various disciplines on critical thinking and blended learning. She joined the Center in 2011. Dana holds a master’s degree in applied linguistics and translation and a bachelor degree in English Literature from An-Najah University. Dana has conducted several research studies on the implementation of blended learning at An-Najah University. These include a study on students' attitudes regarding use of blended learning via the online course management system, and a study on the relationship between the frequency of students' online participation and their attitudes. A third study in an English class involved a comparison of a traditional face-to-face approach to teaching with an asynchronous approach to blended learning.
Dr. Raed Alkowni
Raed Alkowni is Associate Professor in the Department of Biology and Biotechnology - Faculty of Science at An-Najah National University. His research is on molecular virology, studying molecular variants of plant viruses, developing molecular tools, viral genome expression and bioinformatics. Beside molecular diagnosis, Dr. Alkowni is skilled in In vitro tissue culturing techniques, and fluent in Arabic, English, and Italian languages. Dr. Alkowni is also an Academic Assistant and Teaching Fellow at the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) in An-Najah National University. Dr. Alkowni received his PhD from University of Bari, Italy, in 2001, and worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher (Junior Specialist) at University of California - Davis, USA, from 2001-2003 and 2007-2008.
Dr. Suzanne Arafat
Dr. Arafat is Assistant Professor in the Method of Teaching Department and a Teaching Fellow at the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at An-Najah National University, in Palestine. She also directs the Language Arts Project at An-Najah. Dr. Araft received her PhD in curriculum and instruction, with a focus on teaching English as a second language, at Michigan State University in 1988.
Dr. Walid Basha
Walid Basha is an Assistant Professor of microbiology and immunology in the faculty of medicine and health sciences at An-Najah National University. Beside his research interests in infectious diseases, Dr. Basha is interested in the development of problem-based learning. He is an Academic Assistant and Teaching Fellow at the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) in An-Najah National University. Walid is also an environmental activist, and has pursued many projects in biodiversity studies and environmental awareness.
Dr. Abdel Karim Daragmeh
Abdel Karim Daragmeh received his PhD in comparative literature and literary theory from Southern Illinois University in 2005. Dr. Daragmeh is currently an Assistant Professor of modern and contemporary literature at An-Najah University and is the Director of The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in the new university campus. Dr. Daragmeh has published work on postcolonial and minority literatures, translation studies, and blended language teaching environments.