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.
- Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction-English, Indiana State University, 1999
- M.A., English (English Teaching), Indiana State University, 1998
- Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, Indiana State University, 1998
- B.A., Social Studies Secondary Education, Indiana State University, 1996
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 I and II; Introduction to Linguistics; English Composition; Cognitive Academic Language Learning and Language Teaching Methods.
Dr. Midraj is interested in collaborative research projects in the following areas: academic language learning instruction and assessment; language issues in STEM education; task and project-based learning; 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; Assisting Science Teachers in Abu Dhabi Schools to Better Support their English Language Learners; and Implementing a Reading Initiative into First-year Communication Courses.