The mission of the Department of English at Khalifa University is to broaden and deepen knowledge about English as a medium of inquiry and communication in second-language contexts, especially within the sciences, technology, engineering, and medicine. Instructionally, our mission is to provide a broad range of courses designed to build the literacy and communicative skills of graduate and undergraduate students in English, as well as offer an increasingly diverse range of courses in literature, communications, rhetoric, and digital composition, all with a STEM focus.

The Department’s research mission is to become a leader in the study of English as a medium of scientific learning and inquiry internationally and especially across the Middle East, Eurasia, and Africa. Our faculty have correspondingly international backgrounds and address the Department’s mission from a wider range of specializations than typical English departments. Areas of expertise include English education, TESOL/TEFL, communications, linguistics, literature and science fiction, rhetoric, composition, digital composition, technical communication, and medieval/early modern literature and writing. Ongoing departmental research includes studies in post-humanism and science fiction, early modern literature, instructional technology and the sciences, action research in L2 classrooms, second-language literacy, philosophy of education, informal language learning, translation, and teacher education.



Faculty engage in research in various disciplinary areas that include academic literacy, applied linguistics, cognition, curriculum design, discourse analysis, educational philosophy, educational psychology, engineering education, entrepreneurship, gender studies, human capital development, learning styles, literary studies, science fiction, semiotics, and teacher education. A list of faculty members with their specific research areas is below:

Faculty Member Research / Publication Areas

Dr. Anthony Archdeacon

  • Early Modern Literature and Ideas
  • Early Modern Drama
  • Medieval to Renaissance Transitions

Dr. Nader Ayish

  • Critical Literacy and Technology
  • Intercultural Communicative Competence
  • Language Barriers related to STEM Education

Dr. Curtis D. Carbonell

  • Science Fiction and Fantasy Studies
  • Analog Game Studies
  • Trans-and-Posthumanism

Robert Craig

  • Course-based Undergraduate Research
  • Collaborative Learning
  • Outcomes-based Learning

David F. Dalton

  • Technical and Academic Writing
  • Research Writing
  • Engineering Design and Communication

Dr. Tanju Deveci

  • Lifelong Learning
  • Academic Literacy
  • Pragmatics

Dr. Nicholas Dimmitt

  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Creative Confidence and Student Self-efficacy
  • Academic and Business Ethics

Dr. Mark Dressman

  • Informal Language Learning
  • Rhetoric of Educational Research
  • Multimodality and Literacy

Dr. Glenda El Gamal

  • Bilingual Education
  • Education Policy
  • Academic Writing for STEM

Wael El Sokkary

  • Engineering Education
  • Applied Linguistics

Kevin Garvey

  • Impacts of Learner Participation on Performance
  • Cognitive Skills Awareness
  • Stages of Learning:

Dr. Arby Ted Siraki

  • Adam Smith and the Scottish Enlightenment
  • Eighteenth Century Literature
  • Popular Culture Studies

Dr. Mutasim Al-Deaibes

  • Linguistics
  • Phonology
  • Arabic Dialects

Dr. Mary Hatakka

  • Developing Academic Literacy Skills
  • Engineering Habits of Mind
  • Critical Thinking

Dr. Leila Kucukalic

  • Contemporary American Literature
  • Science Fiction
  • Biotechnology and Culture

 Donald John Langille

  • Reading for Academic Purposes
  • Academic Advising
  • The Pedagogy / Technology Interface

Dr. Hwee Ling Lim

  • Corrosion Education
  • Engineering Education
  • Human Capital Development

Dr. Jessica Midraj

  • Curriculum and Assessment
  • Teacher Education
  • Language Education

Dr. Sevket Benhur Oral

  • Educational Philosophy
  • Project-based Learning
  • STEAM and Experiential Learning

Dr. Matthew Overstreet

  • Writing Pedagogy
  • Writing and Cognition
  • Digital Media Composition and Literacy

Dr. Mark Wyatt

  • Practitioner Research
  • In-service Language Teacher Education
  • Teaching Science through English