Academic Catalog 2019–2020

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Department of English


The Department of English houses a B.A. in English, with tracks in literature, language, and professional creative writing, in addition to a minor in English. It also houses Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) 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.


The mission of the Department of English at LAU is to provide students with strong communication skills in spoken and written English and to equip them with 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, education, 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, Education, 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

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

Assistant Professors

  • Nabelah Haraty, Ed.D., Education
  • Sleiman El Hajj, Ph.D. Creative and Journalistic Writing
  • George Sadaka, Ph.D., English Literature


  • Ibrahim Houssari, Ed.D., Applied Linguistics
  • Larissa Vassilenko, Ed.D., Education

Senior Instructors

  • 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
  • Nadia-Gabriella Bhuiyan, M.A. English Language
  • 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
  • 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 420B


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