FORUM 2020

Ahmad Y. Majdoubeh (PhD)

Vice President for Humanities at the University of Jordan (UJ) (September 2016 – present).

Obtained Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1984. Prof of English and American lit. at UJ since 1994. Was Director of Language Center, Chairman of Modern Languages Department, Director of International Relations, Dean of Arts, and then Dean of Foreign Languages. Worked at Yarmouk University from 1984-19994. Spent one-year leave at Philadelphia University and six years at Arab Open University in Kuwait as Dean of languages. Was a Bologna Process Expert (2007-2011); Adviser to the Minister of Higher Education in Jordan for International Cooperation, 2004-2009. Member of Higher Education Council in Jordan, twice, 2009-2011. Member of Royal Commission on Education, 2007-2011. Member of Board of Trustees of QRTA, 2008-2016. Adviser of English curricula for MoE, 2004-11.

Telluride Scholarship at Cornell (1981-84). Fellowships include the following: Newberry Library (1987), ARF spent at Newberry and UCLA libraries (1988), National Endowment for the Humanities spent at Johns Hopkins (1995), DAAD spent at Ludwig-Maximilian in Munich (1999), American Studies Fulbright Summer Institute spent at U. of Louisville and UC Berkeley (2001), Japan Foundation spent at Waseda in 2004, Korea Foundation spent at Yonsei (2006), Erasmus Mundus EW spent at Lund (2009). Columnist in the leading Jordan Times newspaper since 1993, and in Al-Rai since 2017. Al-Arab Al-Yawm Columnist 2012-2014. Moderated a TV talk show for Jordan Television, 1996-1998. Researcher, translator, and creative writer. Speaker and writer on lit and lit theory, postmodernism, romanticism, higher education, school education, Arab society and culture, and current Arab and global issues.