About LAU

Governance and Administration

Dr. Elise Salem

Vice President for Student Development and Enrollment Management

Dr. Salem joined LAU as a tenured full professor and Vice President for Student Development and Enrollment Management (SDEM) in July 2008.

The SDEM unit is committed to the recruitment, retention and transformation of students through student services, program development and co-curricular engagement activities. SDEM is guided by LAU’s strategic plan and by the university’s six-phrased mission, which includes the following four that speak to the heart of SDEM: a commitment to student centeredness, civic engagement, the education of the whole person, and the formation of leaders in a diverse world.

Under Dr. Salem’s direction, LAU has distinguished itself as a university deeply invested in its students as illustrated by the following highlights in her area:

Before joining LAU, Dr. Salem was a professor of literature at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, the Assistant Dean for Academic Planning and the Associate Provost for Global Learning.

She previously taught at the University of Hawaii and earned her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. In addition to her many articles and conference papers, Dr. Salem’s 2003 book, Constructing Lebanon: A Century of Literary Narratives, continues as a literary and cultural reference and in 2017, her definitive chapter on the Lebanese novel was published inThe Oxford Handbook of the Arab Novelistic Tradition. Finally, she is the mother of two sons, Anthony and Thomas, both Ph.D’s in literature and professors in the United States, and a daughter, Rania, who earned a master’s in international affairs and currently at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

Dr. Elise Salem
Vice President for Student Development and Enrollment Management
Lebanese American University
Tel: +961-1-786464, ext 1393, 2142, 2143
Fax: +961-1-786449