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AUK Holds Faculty Recognition Evening

The American University of Kuwait (AUK) organized its annual Faculty Recognition Evening to celebrate the accomplishments attained by its significant faculty members. The event was held at the Marina Hotel Six Palms restaurant and was attended by some members of the AUK Board of Trustees, in addition to the AUK President and faculty members.

AUK President, Dr. Tim Sullivan welcomed the faculty members and guests to the Recognition Evening that was prepared in their honor. During his opening remarks, President Sullivan said, “The work you do as teachers and in service to students and the University is respected and valued and I want you to know how much it is appreciated by everyone, including the Board of Trustees and also by the entire administration.”

Following the president, AUK Provost Dr. Rawda Awwad also gave a speech praising the efforts of faculty by stating, “I thank each and every one of you for all that you accomplish on a daily basis to support our student learning and make AUK the best that it can be.”


Deans of the College of Arts and Science, and College of Business and Economics each spoke on behalf of their respective faculty. Dr. Ali Charara, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences expressed his support for faculty in their academic endeavors, saying, “I encourage new faculty to follow the path, and promise to support faculty who continue to reach for scholarly and professional distinction.” While Dr. Ralph Palliam, Dean of the College of Business and Economics stressed the importance of acknowledging faculty’s hard work on behalf of the University. “Today’s recognition is one small but vitally important occasion in the evolution of institutional scholarship that predicates a certain moral persuasion of being a university citizen,” he said.

This year, AUK recognized 62 faculty members whose research and creative work produced books, book chapters, journal articles, book reviews, conference papers, and exhibitions/designs/ performances. AUK also recognized 3 faculty members who received external grants, patents and fellowships.


The faculty members who contributed to these successes are:

Dr. Abid Vali Dr. Antonia Stamos Dr. Detlef Hummes
Dr. Ahmad Rabaa’i Dr. Ashraf Zaher Dr. Farah Al-Nakib
Dr. Ali Aljamal Dr. Athmar Al-Salem Dr. Ghazi Nassir
Dr. Aly Mansour Dr. Ayman Haddad Dr. Gholam R. Vatandoust
Dr. Amir Zeid Dr. Bashar Zogheib Dr. Hussain Alsarraf
Dr. Andrei Zavaliy Dr. David Hadbawnik Dr. Inas Mahfouz
Dr. Issam Damaj Dr. Mohammed El-Abd Mr. Ben Crace
Dr. Iyad Abu Doush Dr. Mohsen Bagnied Mr. Clark Stoeckley
Dr. Jibran Yousafzai Dr. Mounib Khanafer Mr. Ramy Khair 
Dr. John Russell Dr. Muath Eleswed Mr. William Andersen
Dr. Juliet Dinkha Dr. Pellegrino Luciano Ms. Agnieszka Fajga
Dr. Karim Jallad Dr. Rafiqul Bhuyan Ms. Alison Koushki
Dr. Khitam Al Khouli Dr. Ralph Palliam Ms. Claire Giddings
Dr. Kyle A Msall Dr. Raymond Farrin Ms. Hanan Arnous
Dr. Lisa Urkevich Dr. Rosalind Buckton-Tucker Ms. Joo Won Lee
Dr. Malek Mohammad Dr. Seyed Esmaeili Ms. Marcella Janush-Kulchitsky
Dr. Mark Speece Dr. Shareefa Al-Adwani Ms. Maryam Hosseinnia
Dr. Masayoshi Kaneda Dr. Stavros Hadjisolomou Ms. Michelle Kunkel
Dr. Michael Aristidou Dr. Sumayya Banna Ms. Rachel Sage
Dr. Mohamed Satti Dr. Tina Žigon Ms. Rita Merheb
Dr. Mohammed Al Sawafta Dr. Wafaa Sbeiti  

AUK congratulates all those recognized, and pledges to support faculty who continue to reach for scholarly and professional distinction.

The American University of Kuwait (AUK) is an independent, private, equal opportunity, and co-educational liberal arts institution of higher education. The educational, cultural and administrative structure, methods and standards of AUK are based on the American model of higher learning. The language of instruction is English. More information on the American University of Kuwait can be found at www.auk.edu.kw


AUK Faculty Recognition Dinner 2017 Gallery





Released by the Office of Public Affairs on the 19th December 2017





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