UNIT TEAM

UNIT TEAM

Director of the Unit for Teaching Excellence and Leadership
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Assistant Professor, Department of English Language and Literature, College of Art

Short Bio:

Dr. Diana Abdulkarim Aljahromi is the Director of the Unit for Teaching Excellence and Leadership (UTEL) at the University of Bahrain (UoB). Dr. Diana is also a board member in the Bahrain Teachers College. She is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (HEA) and has a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PCAP) Program. Diana received her MA degree from the University of Bahrain (Honors), and completed her Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Sheffield, UK in 2012. She has also won a number of awards for her outstanding initiatives in the area of e-learning and the utilisation of digital instructional technologies. She received the Most Distinguished Teacher Award in 2003 from the Ministry of Education and the Bahrain e-Content Award in 2005 from the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, and Tourism, Bahrain. She also represented Bahrain as a delegate in the International Visitor program organised in 2004 by the State Department, USA. She is also a Microsoft Certified Educator.

She is currently leading the UTEL Team to provide quality continuous professional development programs and workshops in academic excellence and leadership to local, regional and international HE institutions and governing bodies.

Prior to her current post, Dr. Diana served as the Director of the Quality Assurance Office at the College of Arts between 2015 and 2020. She was in charge of the measurement and implementation of all internal and external quality assurance processes such as moderation, reviewing programs, benchmarking, and accreditation.

Dr. Diana Al Jahromi has extensive experience of more than 15 years in university teaching, and she is a leading figure in utilizing technology and e-learning styles in the teaching and learning process. Aljahromi is a board member in the Society for Academic Excellence and Research, a regional representative, or a founding or associate member in several local, regional, and international organizations and associations the Language Testing Society, British Association for Applied Linguistics, Global Englishes, TESOL Arabia, and INQAAHE. She also actively participates in numerous conferences on CPD, linguistics, e-learning, and quality assurance. Dr. Diana has published diverse research studies in SCOPUS and other renowned databases and her main areas of research interest include Linguistics, Discourse Analysis, Sociolinguistics, Computational Linguistics, E-Learning and Teaching, Assessment, CPD, and Quality Assurance.

Contact details:
email: daljahrami@uob.edu.bh
Office phone: 17438794

Coordinator of the Postgraduate Certificate for Academic Practice Program (PCAP)
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)

Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering Department, College of Engineering, University of Bahrain

Short Bio:

Hayat Abdulla Yousif has been assigned as a lecturer for the PCAP program in the Unit for Teaching Excellence and Leadership (UTEL) at the University of Bahrain (UoB) since the UTEL was established in August 2016. She has been a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) UK since June 2017, and a fellow since 2011.

Hayat has been involved in faculty development initiatives at the UoB since 2013, after she completed the Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice Program (PCAP) in 2011. She assumed several roles in relation to the PCAP program. She was initially a mentor on PCAP-Bahrain program during the period 2014-2015. She has also been involved in a review committee for the PCAP-BAH and CPD programs in 2016. The PCAP program was successfully reaccredited in 2017 in addition to the accreditation of CPD program that was delivered to the UoB academic staff in 2017. Hayat is currently the coordinator of the PCAP-UoB program. She participated in several committees such as the peer observation of teaching committees, and the faculty development committee at the institutional level.

Hayat is also an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, which she joined in 2002. She teaches several courses in her specialization. Her research interest is miniaturization and microfabrication, microfluidic systems, nanotechnology, dye degradation, heavy metals removal, and water treatment, as well as Modeling and optimization.

Contact details:
email: hayousif@uob.edu.bh
Office phone: 17876223

Coordinator of the New to Teaching in Bahrain Program (NTB)
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
Assistant Professor, Department of Information Systems, University of Bahrain

Short Bio:

Dr. Amal Alrayes is an Assistant Professor in Department of Information Systems at the University of Bahrain. She is Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in UK. Amal is a coordinator for the New to Teaching in Bahrain Program (NTB) at the Unit for Excellence Teaching and Leadership at UoB. Amal received her master degree in Computer Science from University of Wolverhampton in UK in 2004 and completed her Ph.D. in Interactive Systems from University of Manchester in UK since 2013. Research interest is in HCI, Interactive Systems, Artificial Intelligence, and the use of Technology in education.

In 2007, Amal was amongst the first batch of graduates of the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PCAP) Program offered by the University of York St. John UK and consequently became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) UK. Amal got a senior fellow of HEA in 2017 for her significant contribution in inspiring the academic staff in adopting the new teaching and learning practices. She Joined the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Program as a mentor in 2013. In 2018, she was appointed as a lecturer in CPD program. And in 2019, she was also appointed as a coordinator in NTB program. She has many contributions in disseminating the most recent educational practices to her colleagues through UTEL since its establishment in 2016 and before that.

She has a strong engagement with the industry through developmental research and grant projects such as project of Bahrain Satisfaction Index for e-government Services and some      research with the Supreme Council for Women.

Contact details:

Office phone: 17438486

Coordinator of the CPD Program
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Science Department, BTC

Short Bio:

Dr. Masooma Al-Mutawah is an associate professor in Mathematics Education and is the head of the Initial Teacher Education Department in Bahrain Teachers College (BTC) at the University of Bahrain (UoB). She obtained a Ph.D. in Education Philosophy (Curriculum, Instructions, and School leadership) and a master degree in Education (Mathematics Curriculum and Teaching Methods). Dr. Masooma received her Postgraduate Certificate for Academic Practice (PCAP) and became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK. She is currently the coordinator of the Continues Professional Development (CPD) Program in the Unit for Teaching Excellence and Leadership (UTEL) at the UoB. Her areas of expertise include curriculum and teaching methods, curriculum design and development, curriculum benchmarking, mathematics education, local and international teacher training, quality assurance, school leadership and professional development, educational leadership and policy, assessment, and measurement.

Dr. Masooma Al-Mutawah is also an active member of several cultural and scientific forums and international organizations; has actively served her community through participating in radio and television awareness programs and through conducting workshops and lectures. She had published tens of books and research in international journals. Her main research interests are: Mathematics Education, TIMSS, STEAM, Grit and Self-regulation, Mathematics Anxiety, Attitude towards Mathematics, Mathematics Abilities, Conceptual Understanding, Learning Engagement, Mental Math, Mathematics Achievement, School Leadership, and the Teaching Practice. She has also taken part in several international scientific conferences and is continuously seeking to increase her contribution to scientific research and community service activities.

Contact details:
email: malmutawah@uob.edu.bh
Office phone:  1743 – 7152

Lecturer, PCAP (2017-2021) Lecturer, CPD-Arabic (2020-2021)
Mentor, PCAP programme (2013 – 2015)
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) (2017)
Assistant Professor, English Language Education, Bahrain Teachers College

Short Bio:

Dr. Hasan has been involved in faculty development initiatives at the UoB since he completed the Post Graduate certificate in Academic Practice Program (PCAP) from York St. John University, UK in 2012. He joined the Faculty Development Committee in 2013 and acted as the committee secretary in which he participated in developing the PCAP – Programme Handbook in 2012. He then joined as a mentor in to the PCAP participants when the UoB version of the programme was offered in 2013 till 2016. Dr. Hasan participated in developing and designing the mentoring handbook for the PCAP and he participated in delivering some of the PCAP sessions and assessing participants’ submitted assignments from 2013 to 2017. In 2017, Hasan was recognized as a Senior Fellow of the HEA-UK and in 2017-2018 he was appointed as a lecturer in the PCAP. In 2019-2020, Dr. Alwadi participated in writing and designing the CPD – Arabic version to be offered to Arabic speaking faculty who wish to apply for the AHE fellowship. In 2020-2021, Dr. Hasan has been appointed as a lecturer in both the PCAP as well as the CPD-Arabic programmes.

Dr. Hasan is an associate professor of language education in the Department of English Language Education – Bahrain Teachers College, which he joined in 2008. He teaches research methods in education, principles and practices of ELT, Best Practices in ELT, language testing and English for educational leaders. His research interest is teacher education, curriculum development, CPD in education, and professional knowledge of ELT. Dr. Hasan served as the Head of the Foundation Programme at Bahrain Teachers College from 2012 to 2015, he is the founder of the International Journal of Bilingual and Multilingual Teachers of English and acted as its managing editor from 2013 to 2017.

Contact details:
email: halwadi@uob.edu.bh
Office phone:  1743 – 7093

Lecturer in the Postgraduate Certificate for Academic Practice Program (PCAP)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Ph.D. in mathematics, Imperial College, University of London, UK, 2000
Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, College of Science, University of Bahrain

Short Bio:

Dr. Thuraya Juma Abdulla is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Mathematics -College of Science. She holds a Ph.D. in Numerical Analysis from Imperial College London, UK. She also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PCAP) from the University of York St. John. Thuraya is a fellow of The Higher Education Academy (HEA) in the UK since 2010. She got a Fulbright scholarship in 2011-2012. She was a Director of Quality Assurance Office at College of Science from December 2012 to September 2017 and Coordinator of College of Science Students Training from 2008-2012. She is a member of the Unit of Teaching Excellence and Leadership (UTEL) since 2015 as a mentor in the PCAP and CPD programs then as a lecturer in 2020.

Her interests are in Numerical methods for solving mathematical problems, quality of education      and learning, coaching, and mentoring. She is a member of different professional societies such as the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM), American Mathematical Society (AMS), the Institute of Mathematics and its Application (IMA), International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE), NAFSA, Association of International Educators and Bahrain Society for Training and Development (BSTD), Social Media Club (SMC), and Toastmasters International. She attended several conferences and workshops in these fields.

Contact details:
email: tjabdulla@uob.edu.bh
Office phone: 7040 – 7578
Mobile: 39404905

Lecturer of the CPD Program
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
Lecturer, English Language Centre

Short Bio:

Preeti Jaiswal is a lecturer at the English Language Centre, University of Bahrain. She is Senior Fellow (SFHEA) of Advance HE, Higher Education Academy, United Kingdom. She is a member of the Unit for Teaching Excellence and Leadership (UTEL) at University of Bahrain (UoB), and Lecturer of UTEL’s faculty development program, namely Continuous Professional Development (CPD) program of Advance HE, Higher Education Academy, United Kingdom. She has an MA in English literature from Delhi University, India and has completed CELTA and TESOL. In 2006, Omar Al Mukhtar University published her book entitled English in Medicine: A Comprehensive Course. She has published many articles in international Scopus indexed journals and is a reviewer for some Scopus journals. She has twenty-five years’ experience of teaching ESL, ESP and EAP courses at University level. Since 2011, she has been teaching at University of Bahrain. In June 2018, she received the Teaching Excellence Award and Professional Development award by Director, English Language Centre, University of Bahrain.

Contact details:
email: pjaiswal@uob.edu.bh
Office phone:  1743 – 8602

Mentor in the Postgraduate Certificate for Academic Practice Program (PCAP)                                        
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)                                                                                  
Assistant Professor, French Studies Center, University of Bahrain

Short Bio:

Dr. Sara Bader has been assigned as a mentor of the PCAP program offered by the Unit for Teaching Excellence and Leadership (UTEL) of the University of Bahrain (UoB) in September 2020. She has been a Fellow of the Higher Education academy (FHEA), UK since 2019.

Dr. Sara Bader is an assistant professor of language science and the head of the French Studies Center at the University of Bahrain. Previously, she worked as a curriculum specialist of French language teaching at the Ministry of Education. She obtained her Master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Franche-Comté in France. Her areas of interest include applied linguistics in foreign language education, didactics of French as a foreign language, theories of language acquisition for FFL learners; and its applications in language classrooms; teaching French as a foreign language and research about the use of innovative teaching approach for developing language skills.

Contact details:
email: sabader@uob.edu.bh
Office phone:17435050

Mentor in the Postgraduate Certificate for Academic Practice Program (PCAP)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Ph.D. in digital industrial design, Loughborough University, UK, 2011                                               
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Architecture and Interior Design, College of Engineering, University of Bahrain

Short Bio:

Dr. Noor Aldoy is an Assistant professor in the Department of Architecture and Interior Design at the College of Engineering. She currently teaches and coordinates Computer Aided Interior Design, Computer Animations, Furniture Design and Interior Design Training courses.

Dr. Aldoy worked as a Design and Innovation Manager at Lancaster China Catalyst Programme and as a Senior Knowledge Exchange Associate in London Fusion Project at Lancaster University in the UK. Prior to this, she worked as a Lecturer of Digital Space and Technologies at the Arts University at Bournemouth and was a member of the Design Practice Research Group at Loughborough University. Her work focused on methods of digital industrial design and curriculum development. She also worked as a co-investigator in Hewlett Packard Innovation in Education grant to explore the use of the tablet PC as a tool for sketching.

Dr. Aldoy holds a 1st Class Bachelor of Arts degree in Design and Technology and a Master of Science degree in Industrial Design from Loughborough University. Soon after completing her Masters, Dr. Aldoy was awarded a PhD studentship by Loughborough University. In 2011, she completed her PhD in Digital Industrial Design. Her research interest centers on the use of computer technologies within design practice.

Contact details:
email: naldoy@uob.edu.bh

Mentor of the CPD Arabic Program
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Assistant Professor, Department of Education Studies, BTC

Short Bio:

Dr. Osama Al Mahdi is an assistant professor in Bahrain Teachers College (BTC) at the University of Bahrain (UoB) and he is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) in the United Kingdom, upon completing the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PCAP) Program in York St. John University in 2012. He received his master degree in Primary Education from the University of Bahrain in 2001, and his Ph.D. in Education from the University of Bristol, UK in 2009. His areas of expertise include primary education, teacher training and professional development, educational leadership, home-school relationships, social foundations of education, sociocultural theory, and research methodologies. Dr. Al Mahdi is currently mentoring the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Program in Arabic in the Unit for Teaching Excellence and Leadership (UTEL) at the UoB.

Contact details:
email: oalmahdi@uob.edu.bh

Mentor of the CPD Arabic Program
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Assistant Professor, Physiotherapy Department, College of Health and Sports Sciences

Short Bio:

Dr. Mohamed Abdulla Maraghi is an assistant professor in the physiotherapy department at the College of Health and Sports Sciences in the University of Bahrain. He received his Ph.D. from Leeds Beckett University, UK, and has over three years of clinical experience in treating Musculoskeletal and sports injuries. He is specialized in hip arthroscopy and groin pain rehabilitation. Dr. Abdulla is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) in the UK and he is currently mentoring the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Program in Arabic in the Unit for Teaching Excellence and Leadership (UTEL) at the University of Bahrain.

Contact details:
email: moabdulla@uob.edu.bh

Mentor in the Continuous Professional Development Program (CPD)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Assistant Professor, Bahrain Teachers College

Short Bio:

Dr. Abdulghani Al-Hattami is an assistant professor in Bahrain Teachers College (BTC) at the University of Bahrain and he is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) in the United Kingdom. He won first place on the Arab World in the second version of the Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa Award for Scientific Research in the Sports Field in 2018. Prior, has also worked as an assistant professor in the Deanship of Academic Development at IAU, Dammam, Saudi Arabia and was awarded with the Teaching Excellence award in 2015. Dr. Al Hattami obtained a bachelor and master degree in English Literature before receiving the Fulbright Graduate Scholarship and earning a second master degree in Research Methodology from Loyola University, Chicago, USA (2004-2006). He then worked as an assistant profesoor and a researcher in the University of Pittsburgh, USA, where he completed a Ph.D. in Assessment, Statistics, and Research Methods in 2012. Dr. Al-Hattami is currently mentoring the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Program in the Unit for Teaching Excellence and Leadership (UTEL) at the University of Bahrain.

Contact details:
email: aalhattami@uob.edu.bh

Mentor in the Continuous Professional Development Program (CPD)                                          
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)                                                                                  
Ph.D. in linguistics, Aston University, UK, 2013                                                                                     
Assistant Professor, Department of English language and Literature, University of Bahrain

Short Bio:

Dr. Haleema Kadhem (Al A’ali) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English language and Literature. She received her Bachelor degree in English language and literature from the University of Bahrain in 2004, her Master degree in TESOL (Teaching English to speakers of other languages) from Murray State University, USA in 2006, and her PhD in Linguistics from Aston University, UK in 2013. She also received her Post Certificate in Academic Practice (PCAP) from the University of Bahrain in 2015. Currently, she heads the Language Section in the department and teaches a number of specialised courses (Sociolinguistics, Discourse Analysis, Contrastive Analysis, and Project Writing) alongside other general language and ESP (English for Specific Purposes) courses. She also serves as a mentor in the Unit for Teaching Excellence and Leadership in the University. Her areas of expertise are: Sociolinguistics, Language and Gender, Leadership Language, Language in the Workplace, Discourse Analysis, Research Design and Methods, TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), and Curriculum design. She has several publications on leadership and gender in the Middle East.

Contact details:
email: hkadhem@uob.edu.bh
Office phone: 17438768

Mentor in the New to Teaching in Bahrain Program (NTB)                                                                        
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)                                                                                  
Lecturer, Administrative Department, College of Applied Studies, University of Bahrain

Mrs. Tara Fryad Henari is a Lecturer at the Faculty of Administrative and Technical Programs, College of Applied Studies, University of Bahrain. Her expertise includes E-business, corporate social responsibility, marketing management, and entrepreneurship. She graduated with a Master of Science in Managing Business with IT from the University of Salford, UK and a    Bachelor of Science in Business information Systems from the University of Bahrain, in 2006 and 2002, respectively. She is a Fellow of the Advanced Higher Education and is a Certified Microsoft Educator. She has publications in CSR, e-business, education and entrepreneurship. She was involved heavily in updating and creating new academic programs and courses for the college. She is an active mentor in the Unit for teaching excellence and leadership (UTEL) and is involved in various committees, both college and university level, some of which being: Injaz; students committee; alumni committee; demonstrators and technicians development committee; examination committee; invigilation and evaluation committee; events committee;  quality assurance committee and others. She previously taught in the College of IT in the University of Bahrain. Her previous employments include marketing coordinator in Microsoft Bahrain, Project Manager in Al Nadeem IT Bahrain and research assistant in Materials Ireland Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

Contact details:

Office phone: 1743-5029

Mentor of the CPD Program
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Assistant Professor, Public Law, College of Law

Short Bio:

Dr. Noora AlShamlan obtained her Doctor of Juridical Science Degree (SJD) from Indiana Bloomington University, USA in 2012. She specializes in Criminal Law and Criminal Procedures. She is a member of the Dean’s Global Advisory Board of Indiana University. She completed the Postgraduate certificate in Academic Practice Program (PCAP) at the University of Bahrain in 2014 and became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) in the UK, she is also the former director of the Quality Assurance and Accreditation Centre in the UoB. Dr. AlShamlan is currently a mentor in the (CPD) Program in the Unit for Teaching Excellence and Leadership (UTEL) at the University of Bahrain.

Contact details:
E-mail: nmalshamlan@uob.edu.bh