Dr. Jessica Midraj
Dr. Jessica Midraj Assistant Professor
Bio
Education
Technical Areas
Research Interests
Bio

Assistant Professor, Department of English

Dr. Jessica Midraj’s professional experience includes being a curriculum designer, assessment and curriculum supervisor, materials writer, mentor, teacher-trainer, consultant, and researcher. At Khalifa University, she has taught linguistics along with professional communication and writing courses, served on various department and university committees, and contributed to research projects.

Education
  • Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction-English
  • M.A., English (English Teaching)
  • M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction
  • B.A., Social Studies Education
Technical Areas

Dr. Midraj’s teaching interests are in language and linguistics, innovation and entrepreneurship, and curriculum and instruction. She has taught a variety of courses, including English Communication; Introduction to Linguistics; English Composition; Technical and Scientific Writing; Cognitive Academic Language Learning; and Language Teaching Methods.

Research Interests

Dr. Midraj is interested in collaborative research projects in the following areas: language in STEM education; task and project-based learning; teacher and student self-efficacy; academic language learning instruction and assessment; and bilingual education.

Current research projects include Project-based Learning in Undergraduate Courses; Strengthening Teacher Quality: A Contextualized Resource for UAE English Language Teachers; Investigating Tertiary STEM instructor’s Perceptions of and Actions toward Challenges Facing Learners on Entry to University; Teachers’ Self-efficacy and Emirati Students’ Achievement in Arabic, English, Math and Science; and Implementing a Reading Initiative into First-year Communication Courses.