Faculty

Department of Business

Dr. Richard Croome earned his Bachelor of Arts degree with First Class Honors at the Australian National University majoring in Geography and Forestry. His MBA is from the Newcastle University, Australia and his PhD is from the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia in the field of Economics and Consumer Behavior. He also holds a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education. Dr. Croome’s research interests are in the field of Education Economics and in particular Instructional Design as a vehicle to creating more effective learning outcomes. Dr. Croome has published widely in journals and conferences and has written several book chapters.

Dr. Croome has worked as an environmental consultant in Australia and as the Manager for Remote Sensing & Geographic Information Systems at the National Mapping Bureau in Port Moresby. He also founded and operated a retail company on the east coast of Australia for seven years and has experience founding and managing virtual firms.

Assistant Professor Ph.D. Technology Management (Portland State University)

Dr. Tekin earned her PhD from Portland State University, USA. She specializes in technology management, corporate strategy, systems innovation for sustainability and decision sciences. Thru her work Dr. Tekin facilitates industry, research and civic society collaborations for technological and economic development. She has been an active member of international research and collaboration organizations. Her extended research areas include clean-tech strategy, technology roadmapping, entrepreneurship and venture capital strategic alignment. Prior to joining AUM, Dr. Tekin worked at Portland State University and Bocconi University as faculty and has worked with Fortune 100 multinational enterprises, global organizations such as OECD, United Nations.

Tekin, MJ.Ni.I. (2017). Green Index: A New Collective Approach to Corporate Sustainability, Lambert Academic Publishing, Munich, Germany.
Tekin MJ.Ni.I. (2017). Green Index: Integration of Environmental Performance, Green Innovativeness, Financial Performance. Paper presented at the DRUID 2017 Conference, NYU Stern School of Management, June 12-14, New York City, NY.
Tekin, MJ.Ni.I. (2017). Relationships between MNEs and domestic firms following FDI: An assessment on the Literature In: Technology Management for the Interconnected World (PICMET), 2017, July 9 -13, Portland, USA.
Tekin, MJ.Ni.I., & Kocaoglu, D.F. (2011). A bibliometric analysis on green innovations, green investments and green venture capital. In: Technology Management in the Energy Smart World (PICMET), 2011 Proceedings of PICMET’11, pp. 1- 14.
Tekin, MJ.Ni. I. (2010). Integration of innovativeness and sustainability for the enhancement and maintenance of financial performance via Deming’s System of Profound Knowledge. The 16th Annual International Deming Research Seminar, 22-23 February 2010, New York City, USA.

Committee on Humanities and Social Sciences

AssistantProfessor Ph.D. English (University of Texas Austin)

 

Dr. John Pedro Schwartz received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006. He specializes in modernist literature in English, Spanish and Portuguese. He has published scholarly articles on James Joyce, Henry James, Jorge Luis Borges and Fernando

Pessoa, as well as on the interstices of composition, media and museum studies. He has co- edited two books, Archives, Museums and Collecting Practices in the Modern Arab World (Routledge 2013) and TransLatin Joyce: Global Transmissions in Ibero-American Literature (Palgrave 2014). In summer 2013, he studied at the Institute for World Literature at Harvard University, an experience that solidified his global approach to modernist studies. Before turning to academia, Dr. Schwartz worked as a journalist for the Houston Chronicle This Week. While working as Assistant Professor of English at the American University of Beirut (2006-2013), he had the opportunity to return to his journalistic roots. Freelancing for Foreign Policy, he filed two long-form narrative features on the Syrian civil war. In a further journalistic venture, he published a three-part investigative series on the vigilante uprising against the Knights Templar drug cartel in Michoacán, Mexico, in Warscapes in April 2015. Born in Mexico and raised in Texas, Dr. Schwartz has lived in over a dozen cities in nine countries on four continents. On a recent sojourn in Oaxaca, Mexico, he pursued his passion for early church architecture by motorcycling to scores of remote countryside villages, photographing colonial churches fissured by earthquakes and time and invoking the missionary past amid arcaded cloisters and frescoed walls. Perhaps someday Dr. Schwartz will muster a lecture on his experiences and, in so doing, incite our wanderlust to tread the Dominican paths taken by the heroes who introduced Christianity and European ways to the indigenous nations that till the mountains and valleys to this day. For the time being, he is occupied in cultivating Maltese airs and drafting an article on Pessoa’s prose masterpiece, Livro do Desasocego. Sifting, polishing and collecting in book form vignettes from his many travels, accumulated over twenty years, remain on the horizon.

Richard Gauvain grew up in Britain and obtained his PhD, in Theology and Religious Studies, from the University of Glasgow in 2002.

He spent six years teaching at the American University in Cairo before moving to the United Arab Emirates, where he taught at the American University of Dubai and served as dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at the American University of Ras Al Khaimah. To date, Richard’s research has explored creative intersections between notions of religion and culture in the Middle East.

He has focused, in particular, on reformist movements in Islam and has published a number of articles and a full monograph on the modern Egyptian Salafi movement. Richard can think of no better place than Malta – where religious histories, symbols and practices are so richly intertwined – to teach Comparative Religion.

Dr. Grech has studied History at the University of Malta and in 2017 successfully concluded his doctoral studies at the same university. The title of his PhD dissertation was ‘Hospitaller Malta’s Communication System with the Mediterranean World in the Early Seventeenth Century’. His research interests center around Mediterranean maritime history, with a special focus on the interconnections of Hospitaller Malta (1530-1798) with the Mediterranean and continental Europe, and with Sicily and the Republic of Genoa in particular.

He has participated in History conferences and meetings in Genoa, Corfu, San Marino, Messina, Valencia, Pisa, Cohimbra, Greenwich, and Barcelona. He has published papers on Hospitaller Malta in Genoa, Malta, Pisa, San Marino, and Canada.

Holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Stony Brook University of the State University of New York (1982), and serves as the Provost and Professor of Philosophy at the American University of Malta. He has served previously as Professor of Philosophy and Provost at the American University of Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates (2012-2016), Rector of Khazar University in Baku, Azerbaijan (2010-2012), and for 30 years held a range of positions at the State University of New York, from Dean of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Philosophy at SUNY Cortland to Director of the Office of International Programs and Director of the Center on Russia and the United States at the State University of New York System Administration. He is the author of nearly 100 books and articles, including The Things in Heaven and Earth: An Essay in Pragmatic Naturalism (2013) and Interpreting America: Russian and Soviet Studies of the History of American Thought (1999). He is the editor of American Philosophic Naturalism in the 20th Century (1994), and co-editor with Armen Marsoobian of The Blackwell Guide to American Philosophy (2004). He is the co-founder and co-chair, with Emil Višňovský of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, of the Central European Pragmatist Forum, and he served from 2002 - 2012 as President of the Alliance of Universities for Democracy.

Committee on Mathematics

Assistant Professor Ph.D. Mathematics (Vrije University, Amsterdam)

Dr. Bouhjar earned his MS and PhD from Vrije University, Amsterdam, Holland. Dr. Bouhjar has been teaching and conducting research in the field of mathematics at Florida State University, USA. He also held teaching and research positions in Qatar, Turkey and the Netherlands. His research interests include dual-process theory, topology and mathematical teaching methods.

Committee on Natural Sciences and Technology

Cevat Ikibas is from Turkey. He received his Master’s degree from Syracuse University Computer & Information Science Department in 2001 and then started PhD studies in Indiana University, Bloomington, USA. He worked as a Research Assistant in Pervasive Technologies Labs at Indiana University between 2001 and 2004. He worked on some software development projects in the Pervasive Technology Labs. He continued and completed his PhD in 2012 in Computer Engineering Department of Karadeniz Technical University in Turkey. His PhD thesis is titled as “Detection of optic disc and macula and their evaluation in retinal fundus images”. His research area includes Medical Image processing, machine learning and related subjects. He taught Database Management Systems, Computer Systems and Computer Graphics Lab. courses at Karadeniz Technical University. He believes in that learning is achieved by interaction between students and professors and communication is a vital part of learning processes.
As part of his IT experience, he worked in Turk Telekom, the leading Telecom operator of Turkey in terms of mobile, fixed line and data services, as a Project Manager and then as a Department Manager of Resource and Inventory Management, under Information Technology Directorate between 2010 and 2017. He was part of many software development projects in variety of roles such as project manager, program manager or Solution manager in Turk Telekom. He holds Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) certificates which are related with project management and software development processes.
He was appointed as an Assistant professor of Computer Science in American University of Malta as of August 2017. He taught introduction to computing class in fall 2017. He teaches Computer science related courses such as programming C++, algorithms, data structures in game development program. He was also appointed as Director of Information Technology in January 2018 with teaching responsibilities.

Dr. El-Zayyat earned his PhD from the University of Nevada – Reno, USA in 1994. Prior to joining AUM, He held teaching and administrative positions at DePaul University in Chicago. He was the Associated Director for Regional Initiatives for the MENA region for DePaul University. He supervised the dual degree graduate programs for DePaul University in Jordan. He has been teaching engineering and computer sciences classes in the field of computer networks for the last twenty years. His research interests include routing algorithms for collective communication for interconnection networks, balancing traffic load in path-based multicast communication, evaluation and performance of noisy Ad Hoc mobile networks, and network security.

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