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

Dr. Hayat Abdulla YusufCoordinator of the Postgraduate Certificate for Academic Practice Program (PCAP)
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
Assistant Assistant Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering Department, College of Engineering.

Dr. Hayat Abdulla Yusuf is the Postgraduate certificate of Academic practice (PCAP) Coordinator at University of Bahrain (UoB). 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. The, she 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 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. 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. Dr. Hayat delivered several workshops in the educational field and in her specialization. She won several rewards for her academic achievements on institutional level and regionally. Recently, she won the academic achievement award on the Middle East region from LEWAS, under the patronage of his excellency the minister of oil Shaikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Khalifa.

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

Dr. Thuraya Juma AbdullaLecturer in the Postgraduate Certificate for Academic Practice Program (PCAP)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, College of Science.

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), Bahrain Society for Training and Development (BSTD), Bahrain Association for Parents and Friends of the Disabled, 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

Mrs. Preeti JaiswalLecturer in the Continuous Professional Development Program (CPD)
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. Preeti Jaiswal is a lecturer at the English Language Centre, University of Bahrain. She is Senior Fellow (SFHEA) and Fellow (FHEA) of Advance HE, Higher Education Academy, United Kingdom. She is a active member of the Unit for Teaching Excellence and Leadership (UTEL) at University of Bahrain (UoB), and Lecturer and mentor of UTEL’s faculty development programs, namely Continuous Professional Development (CPD) program of Advance HE, Higher Education Academy, United Kingdom since 2017 till present. 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-six 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. In May 2004, she received Certificate of Appreciation by Chairman, Department of English, Garyounis University. In November 2020, she was winner of National Geographic Learning’s Learning Moments Competition held in conjunction with English Language Centre, University of Bahrain.She chaired sessions during International Virtual Conference entitled, “Sustainable Leadership and Academic Excellence’ organized by the Unit for Teaching Excellence and Leadership (UTEL) from 9 to 11 November 2021 at University of Bahrain.

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

Dr. Sara Abdulla BaderMentor 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

Dr. Salwa BaserrahMentor in the Postgraduate Certificate for Academic Practice Program (PCAP)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Director of Quality Assurance Office in College of Engineering.
Assistant professor, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, College of Engineering.

Salwa Baserrah has received her Phd in Mechatronics from University of Bremen, Germany in 2014 & M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at University of Bahrain. She joined Robert Bosch GmbH Gasoline Systems- Electric Vehicles & Hybrid Systems-Powertrain in Germany in 2013 as a senior development engineer for electrical machines in electrical cars where her focus area is modeling & measuring the noise in electrical machines from electromagnetic waves and mechanical construction towards optimization solutions. She worked in industrial projects for companies Daimler-Mercedes, Porsche, and BMW. She joined University of Bahrain in January 2018 as assistant professor working in the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. She is since October 2019 the Director of Quality Assurance Office (QAO) in the College of Engineering at University of Bahrain. She became fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) in August 2021. Her major research interests are designing & modelling electric machines for electric & hybrid cars, noise estimation as well as designing mechatronic & electrical drive systems. She is a senior member in IEEE, Chair of Women in Engineering (WiE)-IEEE-Bahrain Section, VDI- Association of German Engineers, and member in DEGA e.V.: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Akustik & Bahrain Society of Engineers.

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

Dr. Hawra AlShaikMentor in the Postgraduate Certificate for Academic Practice Program (PCAP)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture and Interior Design, College of Engineering.

Dr Hawra Jaafar Shaikh Mansoor is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture and Interior Design, University of Bahrain. She is a PhD holder graduated from Canterbury School of Architecture, University for the Creative Arts, UK, whose work explores interdisciplinary intersections between architecture, philosophy, psychology and cultural theory. Hawra’s research area mainly focuses on considering the immaterial aspects of the user’s spatial experience in a user-oriented architectural practice. Within her PhD thesis there is an attempt to understand how architecture could be meaningful and purposeful to its users while responding to the contemporary social and cultural conditions. Hawra is also interested in research that discusses the relationship between architecture as a creative process and the lived experience of people as a way of consuming space as a product of the design process and the context in which architecture exists. Hawra was originally trained as Interior designer, she holds a BSc. in Interior Design from the University of Bahrain. In 2012 she was awarded Master Degree in Design from the University for the Creative Arts, Rochester.

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

Dr. Noor AldoyMentor 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 in the Continuous Professional Development Program (CPD)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Assistant Professor, Education Studies Department, Bahrain Teachers College.

Short Bio:

Abdulghani Al-Hattami is an assistant professor at Bahrain Teachers College of the University of Bahrain, and the coordinator of Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) at the college. He is a member of the Unit for Teaching Excellence and Leadership (UTEL) at UOB and a Fellow of Advance Higher Education Academy (FHEA), United Kingdom. He secured the first place in the category of sports medicine research in Nasser bin Hamad Award for Scientific Research in its Second Edition in 2018. His research interests include the application of statistical analyses on educational and social problems; measurement, and psychometrics, including instrument development and validation, computer adaptive testing, and the applications to Item Response Theory (IRT).

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

Dr. Haleema KadhemMentor in the Continuous Professional Development Program (CPD)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Assistant Professor, English Department, College of Arts.

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

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

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

Dr. Noora AlShamlanMentor in the Postgraduate Certificate for Academic Practice Program (PCAP)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Assistant Professor, Public Law Department, College of Law.

Dr. Noora Mohamed AlShamlan received a Doctorate of Judicial Sciences (SJD) from Maurer School of Law Indiana University-Bloomington, a Master of Laws from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Bahrain. Dr. AlShamlan holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PCAP) from the University of Bahrain and fellowship recognition from the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) in the United Kingdom. Dr. AlShamlan is Assistant Professor of Criminal Law at the College of Law, University of Bahrain, as well as a mentor in the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PCAP) program in the Unit for Excellence and Leadership at the University of Bahrain. Dr. AlShamlan is an Adjunct Professor at the Royal University for Women since September 2021. She was Adjunct Professor at the Royal Police Academy in Bahrain and taught the master’s and bachelor’s levels from 2012 to 2015, and she is still cooperating with the Royal Police Academy as an external examiner for master’s thesis. Dr. AlShamlan held the position of Quality Assurance and Academic Accreditation Director at the College of Law, the University of Bahrain for nearly five years. She was one of the founders of the legal clinic at the University of Bahrain and taught the civil education branch. Also, she coached the students in international and regional moot court competitions in the United States of America, Austria, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates. Dr. AlShamlan is among the first batch of the criminal justice experts training programme of the Judicial and Legal Studies Institute (JLSI). She is a member of the International Advisory Board of Maurer School of Law, Indiana University. She is a member of the editorial advisory board of LexisNexis’ Journal of Law in the Middle East. Dr. AlShamlan has a number of published research papers locally and internationally, and she has participated in many local, regional, and international conferences as a speaker. She is an expert on quality assurance in education. She is a member of several associations and is active in the human rights, social, and sports fields in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

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

Dr. Hala SanadMentor in the New to Teaching in Bahrain Program (NTB)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Assistant Professor in the College of Health and Sport Sciences

Dr. Hala Sanad is an Assistant Professor in the Nursing Department. She pursued her Bachelor degree in Nursing sciences in 1999. Master, and Ph. D degrees in Medical-Surgical nursing Sciences from Ain Shams University. She also received her Fellow Certificate from Higher Education Academy in 2016. She was appointed as head of Bachelor Nursing Program in 2016. She teaches several specialized courses for undergraduate and postgraduate students in addition to supervising Master students’ thesis. She heads and member in many committees at college and departmental levels. She is an active member in many technical and charity societies. She also works as a mentor in the Unit for Teaching Excellence and Leadership in the University. Her areas of expertise are critical care, Cardiac, Diabetes, Renal, Oncology, Emergency, Neurology and Education. She has many international publications within the field of Medical – Surgical Nursing.

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