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Hala Al-Abdulrazzaq received her B.A. in Psychology from The George Washington University in 2005. She is currently the Director for the Academic Advising Center overseeing the daily operations. Hala works with students, faculty, staff, and Academic Affairs and Student Affairs divisions to improve overall advising practices so as to promote higher retention rates, more rapid student progress to graduation, and adherence to best practices in student academic advising. Hala started working at American University of Kuwait in 2008 as an Academic Advisor, helping all incoming freshman and undeclared students by offering academic support and general guidance. In 2010 Hala was promoted to the position of Senior Academic Advisor with the responsibility of managing the academic advising area.

Areej Awad received her B.A. in English Literature from Jordan University in 2006. She is currently Administrative Assistant for Academic Support Services at the American University of Kuwait. Areej provides the Academic Advising Center and Learning Support Services units with general secretarial support and assistance and also deals with the general public and students, faculty, and staff of the university on a daily basis directing them to the appropriate resources on campus.

Monica Matta is a Senior Academic Advisor at the Academic Advising Center. Monica is an AUK alumna; she graduated with a Bachelor's of Business Administration in Management and a minor in Human Resources. As a student she was a research assistant and had the opportunity to publish and present psychological research in local and international conferences. Monica currently works in the Academic Advising Center as an Academic Retention Advisor, dealing closely with probation and undeclared students to help them make the most out of their university experience. She is passionate about education, languages, reading, and helping people. She hopes to pursue graduate studies in Europe and dreams of one day starting up her own music therapy program.

Dina El-Zohairy, an '09 AUK alumna, joined the AAC as Academic Retention Advisor in September 2014. Prior to that, she served as Graduation Coordinator for four years. In her new role, Dina provides academic advising and guidance to new and continuing students and works closely with those on probation. Although she holds a BBA in Management and aspires to practice medicine, Dina finds working in academia very self-fulfilling. She says if she can't save lives, she should try to save minds! Dina writes occasionally and has done freelance editing and translation. She also manages an online team as Content Coordinator at ProductiveMuslim.com, a popular website that promotes productivity in all spheres of life. Being an admirer of beautiful handwriting, Dina recently decided to learn calligraphy and hopes to become a professional letterer someday.

Nour Jaber graduated from the American University of Kuwait with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering. Nour enjoys travelling almost as much as she loves learning and has been to leadership conferences and other seminars in exotic places like Greece, the Philippines and New Orleans. She has also completed an internship at Dartmouth College which motivated her to continue working in Higher Education and more specifically with university students. Thus Nour was inspired to work in the Academic Advising Center as an Academic Retention Advisor to be able to fulfill this inspiration. Nour hopes to encourage students to do their best during their years at university and take advantage of all of the wonderful opportunities that come their way just as she did!.

Dr. Mary Queen is the Dean of Academic Support Services. She earned her Ph.D. in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric from Syracuse University in 2005, and also holds an Advanced Certificate in Women's Studies from Syracuse. She joined AUK in 2005 as an Assistant Professor in the English Department, where she served as Writing Program Coordinator and founded the AUK Writing Center. She taught lower- and upper-level courses in writing and rhetoric in the English Department, including Rhetorics of Cultural Dissonance, Rhetorics of Women's Rights Movements, and Digital Rhetorics. Her research interests include: rhetorics of gender and labor in Kuwait; transnational feminist rhetoric; the uses of social media in writing classes; curriculum development; and writing program administration. In her past life, she worked as an editorial assistant for The Bloomsbury Review, delivery driver for D.H.L., a housepainter specializing in Victorian houses, gardener, grocery bagger, and busgirl. Before she turns 60, she'd like to hike to Everest base camp and jump out of a plane.


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