TEACHING EXPERIENCE


I have been teaching at universities for over twenty years: first as an assistant while doing a Ph.D. degree at the University of California, San Diego; then as an Assistant and Associate Professor at the University of Blida, Algeria and the College of Technological Studies, Kuwait, and finally at the American University of Sharjah (AUS), UAE.

I have taught physics, astronomy, and astrophysics at all university levels, from freshman to graduate (doctoral) levels, including non-technical, science-for-nonscientists conceptual physical and introductory astronomy to doctoral-level high-energy astrophysics.

I have also supervised two Masters’ degree students in their high-energy astrophysics theses (at the University of Blida in the nineties). And recently, having contributed a course to the Doctoral School of Astrophysics at the University of Constantine, Algeria (2008), I have taken one student to do a thesis in the field under my supervision.

In parallel, I have for the past decade or more, been seriously interested and involved in the new online-teaching (r)evolution that has taken place throughout the world – and to some extent in the Arab world as well. For this aim, I first enrolled in a Certificate of Master Online Teaching with the University of Illinois, a set of 5 courses plus a practicum, which I completed in 2006. At AUS, I was the first (and to my knowledge the only) professor to teach a fully online course (introductory astronomy) three times. I have reported on my experience in online teaching in this part of the world in lectures, conferences, interviews, and articles, e.g.: “Online Learning in the Arab World”; “Overcoming Students’ Passivity Through Online Learning”; “Does the Virtual Classroom Narrow or Widen the Educational Divide?”; “Full and hybrid online teaching at AUS: Lessons learned… so far”; and many more.

 

A brief listing of the courses I have taught:

At the University of Blida, Algeria (1990-1994):
General Physics (In Arabic)
Applied Maths & Numerical Analysis (in French)
General Astrophysics (in English)
Nucleosynthesis in the Universe (in English)
Atomic Physics & Spectroscopy (in Arabic)

At the College of Technological Studies, Kuwait (1994-2000):
General Physics (in English)
Sound & Acoustics (in English)
Mechanics & Heat (in English)
Modern Physics (in English)
Radiation Physics (in English)

At the American University of Sharjah, UAE (2000-present):
General Physics I (in English)
General Physics II (in English)
Conceptual Physics (in English)
Physics for Architects (in English)
Modern Physics (in English)
Astronomy (in English)

At the University of Constantine, Algeria (2008):
High Energy Astrophysics (in English) – Graduate Course