Muna Balfaqeeh

Muna Balfaqeeh

Muna Balfaqeeh

Associate Professor, English & Acting Chair for English

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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. The Petroleum Institute became part of the Khalifa University of Science and Technology in 2017.

In 2014 Dr. Balfaqeeh was appointed as the Director of the Academic Bridge Program and in 2016 was also appointed as the Dean of Student Life. Prior to joining the English language and Communication Department, she worked as an assistant professor at the Department of Linguistics /TESOL at the 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.

Courses taught:

  • ENGL111 English Communication I
  • ENGL112 English Communication II
  • Developing academic language functions through the use of linguistic analysis tools for freshman year students
  • Language changes in the UAE
  • Media and institutional discourse

Selected Publications


  1. Muna Balfaqeeh, Asli Hassan, Theodore Burkett. “Emirati Engineering Students’ Learning Styles: A longitudinal Study,” People: International Journal of Social Sciences. [Accepted for publication].
  2. Muna Balfaqeeh, Asli Hassan, Theodore Burkett. “Learning Styles among Engineering Freshmen Students,” International Journal of Linguistics and Communication. [Accepted for publication].
  3. Muna Balfaqeeh, “The Twitter Age: Communication across genders in the Arabian Gulf,” A Globe: A Journal of Language, Culture and Communication, 5, 77-101, 2017.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5278/ojs.globe.v5i0.1942
  4. Muna Balfaqeeh, Asli Hassan, “Integrating the development & usage of Higher-Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) in the Communication Classroom: Perceptions and Impact,” Journal of Continuing Engineering Education. Vol. 24, no. 2/2, 2017. DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.2017.10003460
  5. Muna Balfaqeeh, “It’s all about you: The Discourse of Banking in the UAE”, Globe: A Journal of Language, Culture and Communication, 3: 10-27, 2016. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5278/ojs.globe.v3i0.1193
  6. Balfaqeeh, M. “Language Use among Emirati College Students: Examining the Attrition Rate and Variation across Genders “, Language in Focus: International Journal of Studies in Applied Linguistics and Elt. 2(1): 65-86, 2016. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/lifijsal-2016-0004
  7. Asli Hassan, Muna Balfaqeeh “Agent of Change: Empowering Teachers and Students,” International Journal of Linguistics and Communication. Vol. 3.  Issue. 2. , 2015.DOI: 10.15640/ijlc.v3n2a6
  8. Muna Balfaqeeh, “Generational change and Language in the UAE: The desertion of the Emirati vernacular”, Globe: A Journal of Language, Culture and Communication, 1:17-30, 2015.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5278/ojs.globe.v1i0.692
  9. Brian Bielenberg, David Moore, Jeff Seela & Muna Balfaqeeh, “Enhancing Academic Success Through a Freshmen Year Engineering Living-Learning Community”, Proceedings: The 6th Annual First Year Engineering Experiences Conference (FYEE): Enhancing the first year of Engineering Education, 7-8 August 2014, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.
  10. Muna Balfaqeeh and Asli Hassan, “Broadening the Exposure of Engineering Students to the HOTS” in Proceedings of the International Conference ICT for Language Learning Edition7, November 13-14, 2014, Florence, Italy.
  11. Balfaqeeh, Muna. [Review of the book Pitcher, B. (2009). The politics of multiculturalism: race and racism in contemporary Britain. Houndmills Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.] Journal Critical Discourse Studies 7 (3), 2010.
  12. Balfaqeeh, Muna. [Review of the book Price, S. (2007). Discourse power address: The politics of public communication. Hampshire: Ashgate.] Discourse Studies 11(2), 2009

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