Muna Balfaqeeh, Ph.D
Assistant Professor and Interim Chair of English and Communication
The Petroleum Institute: Part of Khalifa University for Science and Technology
Al Zafranah - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Topic: Closing the loop: Reflections from Alumni Engineers on Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS)
Dr. Muna A. Balfaqeeh received her PhD in Linguistics - Discourse Analysis of Arabic and English Media and Political Texts, and her Master’s degree in Arabic/English Applied Linguistics and Translation, from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. She joined the Petroleum Institute in 2013 as a communication faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences.
In 2014 Dr. Balfaqeeh was appointed as the Director of the Academic Bridge Program and in 2016 was appointed as the Dean of Student Life. As the Petroleum Institute became part of the Khalifa University of Science and Technology (KU) in 2017, Dr. Balfaqeeh was appointed as an Interim Chair for the English and Communication department at KU. Prior to joining the English language and Communication Department, she worked as an assistant professor at the Department of Linguistics /TESOL at UAE University.
In the course of her career Dr. Balfaqeeh has participated extensively in a number of peer reviewed international conferences and published number of papers on political and media discourse analysis and language across genders and computer mediated discourse. She was also awarded two grants to investigate the development of academic language functions through the use of linguistic analysis tools for freshman year students.
The conference committee will be announcing the final list of Key-notes and Plenary Speakers in the conference schedule, which will release 7-10 days prior to the conference. GRDS International Conferences are witnessed by well-known and eminent speakers. Following are few of such names.
Dr Alyson McGee, Senior Lecturer, Institute of Education, Massey University, New Zealand
Dr. N. K. Rathee, Acting Director, Education Graduate Programs,Associate Professor,Delaware State University, USA
Dr. Chen Wenli, National Institute of Education, Singapore
Dr. Kumar Laxman, University of Auckland, Faculty of Education, School of Curriculum and Pedagogy, New Zealand
Dr. Mustafa Gunduz, Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey
Navid Mollaee, International Keynote Speaker, University Lecturer, Management Consultant, Tehran, Iran
Dr. Rajendra Prasad Gunputh, University of Mauritius, Mauritius
Dr. Kaviraj Sukon, Director-General Open University of Mauritius
Apapan Ruengkul, International Language program, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
Shehu Aliyu Rimintsiwa, Department of English, School of Languages, Federal College of Education, Kontagora, Nigeria
Puneet Sharma, Registrar and Dean Academics, Rajdhani Engineering College, India
Dr. Syriac Nellikunnel Devasia, Linton University College, Malaysia
Dahlia Romero Domingo, New Era University, Philippines
Dr. Muhammad Nasir Khan, Department of Education, University of Vienna,Vienna (Austria)
Nabhit Kapur, Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Psychometric Analyst, Chairman, Peacful Mind Foundation