Academic Catalog 2017–2018

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Department of English


The Department of English houses a B.A. in English with a track in professional creative writing and a minor in English. It also houses a Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC) of both language and literature courses, giving the department a strong liberal arts profile. In addition, the department  offers academic English language courses — ranging from intensive and remedial to advanced levels — to the entire university community.

While the department operates on both campuses of the Lebanese American University,  the B.A. in English program is offered in Beirut only.


The mission of the Department of English at LAU is to provide students with strong communication skills in spoken and written English, and to provide independent, cultural, and creative competence to meet the increasing challenges of educational, academic, media and other professional workplaces.

Students who graduate with a B.A. in English from LAU are prepared for professional creative writing and field-related careers, as well as for graduate programs in English studies, comparative literature and other interdisciplinary fields, in Lebanon and abroad.

As an interdisciplinary program, the Department of English works closely together with the B.A. programs in Translation, Arabic, History, and Philosophy, allowing students to broaden their horizons through elective courses.

Degrees and Minors Offered

Faculty and Staff


  • Samira Aghacy, Ph.D., English
  • Nahla Bacha, Ph.D., Applied Linguistics & TESOL

Associate Professors

  • Rula Diab, Ph.D., Applied Linguistics/TEFL  Chair
  • Dany Badran, Ph.D., English Studies & Critical Linguistics
  • Luma Balaa, Ph.D., English Studies
  • Nuwar Diab, Ph.D., Applied Linguistics & TESOL
  • Victor Khashan, Ph.D., Applied Linguistics
  • Marianne Marroum, Ph.D., Comparative Literature

Assistant Professors

  • Jenine Abbouchi, Ph.D., Comparative Literature
  • Nadra Assaf, Ed.D., Education
  • Nabelah Haraty, Ed.D., Education


  •  Ibrahim Houssari, Ed.D., Applied Linguistics
  •  George Sadaka, Ph.D., English Literature  Associate Chair
  • Larissa Vassilenko, Ed.D., Education

Senior Instructors

  • Usama Acra, M.A., Speech & Interpersonal Communication
  • Paula Habre, M.A., TEFL
  • Nermine Hage, M.A., TEFL
  • Therese Nasrallah, M.S., English/Applied Linguistics
  • Mona Shahine, M.A., TEFL


  • Reine Azzi, M.A., European Humanities/English emphasis
  • Evelyn Chatila, M.A., Education/TESOL
  • Deema Dakakni, M.A., Education/TESOL
  • Dana Eido, M.A., Comparative Literature
  • Raghida Ibrahim, M.A., Comparative Literature
  • Wassilia Makarem, M.A., English Literature
  • Giselle Pempedjian, M.S., Educational Leadership/English
  • Suraya Rahme, M.A., TESOL
  • Grace Sawaya, M.A., Arts & Education
  • Samira Shami, M.A., TEFL
  • Amy Yusuf, M.A., English Language


  • Carla Farah, Senior Academic Assistant   Beirut
  • Elisabeth Adrian Hardan, Lead Academic Assistant    Byblos

Contact Information


Ms. Carla Farah
Senior Academic Assistant, Beirut campus
Phone number: Extension 1170
Office: Nicole Hall 201 F


Elisabeth Adrian Hardan
Lead Academic Assistant-Byblos campus
Phone number: Extension 2872
Office: Block A, Level 7