THE FACULTY OF ARTS & SCIENCES
ACADEMIC YEAR 2006-07
Dr. John Waterbury President American University of Beirut Beirut, Lebanon
December 10, 2007
Dear Mr. President, Please find enclosed the Annual Report of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences for the academic year 2006-2007. This report was written by the chairpersons and /or directors of the academic units and of the standing committees of the faculty of Arts & Sciences, and edited in the Arts & Sciences Dean’s Office.
Sincerely Yours, Khalil Bitar Dean of the Faculty
TABLE OF CONTENTS
SECTION PART A PART B
TITLE Summary of the Report of the Dean Reports of the Standing Committees -Administrative Committee -Admissions -Advisory Committee -Curriculum Committee -Graduate Committee -Library Committee -Research Committee -Student Affairs Committee Reports of Academic Units -Anis Makdisi Program in Literature -Arabic & Near Eastern Languages -Biology -Center for Arab & Middle Eastern Studies -Center for American Studies and Research (CASAR) -Center for Behavioral Research -Center for English Language Research & Teaching -Chemistry -Civilization Sequence Program -Computer Science -Economics -Education -Science and Mathematics Education Center -English -Fine Arts and Art History -Geology -History & Archaeology -Institute of Financial Economics -Mathematics -Philosophy -Physics -Political Studies & Public Administration -Social & Behavioral Sciences -University Preparatory Program
PREPARED BY Dean Khalil Bitar
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Dr. Helen Sader Dean Khalil Bitar Dean Khalil Bitar Dr. Malek Tabbal Dr. Rabih Talhouk Dr. Nadia EL-Cheikh Dr. A. Abdel Rahman Dr. David Wrisley
Dr. Maher Jarrar Dr. Ramzi Baalbaki & Dr. Saleh Agha Dr. Hala Gali Muhtasib Dr. Nadia El-Cheikh Dr. Patrick McGreevy Dr. Samir Khalaf Dr. Kassim. Shaaban Dr. Mazen Al-Ghoul Dr. Maher Jarrar Dr. Ahmad Nasri Dr. Simon Neaime Dr. Saouma BouJaoude Dr. Marj Henningsen Dr. Lina Choueiri Mr. David Kurani Dr. A. AbdelRahman Dr. Kevin Butcher Dr. Samir Makdisi Dr. Hazar Abu Khuzam Dr. Bashshar Haydar Dr.Leonid Klushin & Dr. Malek Tabbal Dr. Hilal Khashan Dr. Arne Dietrich Dr. Ghazi Ghaith
THE OFFICE OF THE DEAN
SUMMARY REPORT OF THE OFFICE OF THE DEAN
This report covers the period from October 1, 2006 to September 30, 2007 for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences I. Faculty: The total number of faculty positions for the academic year 2006-2007 was two hundred and thirty three (233). All lines have been used for faculty appointments. The Whittlesey Chair was occupied during the academic year by visiting assistant professor Ralph Pedersen of marine Archaeology from Texas A&M University. The Alfred Howell Chair in History was not occupied due the war of the summer of 2006 as the candidate declined to join the university after that. The teaching program during the second semester involved 334 faculty members (some on part time appointments), 170 graduate assistants, and 2605 (2188 undergraduate and 417 graduate) students enrolled in 407 different courses (equivalent to 861 courses and sections). II. Students As a result of the circumstances that took place in summer 2006, a special policy was voted for study abroad by the B.O.D. (see addendum). 345 students registered for the freshman class and 453 registered for the sophomore class during the first semester of 2006-07. This was a significant increase in admission to those two classes from previous years. This was even more significant as it followed the war during the summer of 2006. A total of 142 applications for admission to the freshman class for the second semester of 2006-2007 were received and 103 were issued letters of admission. A total of 283 applications for admission to the sophomore class were also received and 144...