- Ph.D. in Public Affairs — University of Texas at Dallas, 2015
- M.A. in Public Administration — American University of Beirut, 1998
- B.A. in Public Administration — American University of Beirut, 1993
In which online degree program do you teach?
Which classes do you teach online?
Public Leadership and Ethics; Public Personnel Administration; Financial Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations
What do you want your students to learn in your classes?
The classes I teach are expected to add to my students' repertoire of knowledge and skills and to help them advance in their academic and professional life:
MPAL 6301 (Public Leadership and Ethics) is designed to help students develop an understanding of leadership in public organizations. It focuses, specifically, on the historical evolution of American public service and public administration as an academic discipline, the social/political context in which public servants work, the meaning of public organizations in a democratic society, and the importance of personal and professional ethics.
MPAL 6305 (Public Personnel Administration) is designed to introduce students to the theory and practice of personnel administration in the public sector, which includes employment at all levels of government and community agencies. In addition, basic principles of personnel management encountered in the nonprofit and private sectors will be addressed. The course contains both a political and a managerial perspective as well as theoretical and applied dimensions.
MPAL 6380 (Financial Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations) is designed to provide students with basic understanding of financial management issues, principles and tools required for effective management of finances in both government and nonprofit organizations. Students will be exposed to key accounting concepts, basic financial statements and analytical techniques used in financial management decision making.
Why did you start teaching?
Teaching, to me, is more than a career; it is a mission. I decided to teach because I sincerely want to impact students' lives.
What's the best advice that you ever received?
Every one of us can give and become more than he is capable of giving and becoming if he is given the chance. However, we should not be passively "waiting for Godot," we should seek opportunities and even seize them. "The world is all gates, all opportunities, strings of tension waiting to be struck."