Diverse new faculty join LAU
LAU welcomes new faculty during a meet and greet gathering at the university’s Byblos campus.
“I hope to promote Lebanese-German academic student exchange,” says the new LAU faculty member, standing up to introduce himself at the first University Orientation Meeting for New Faculty held at LAU Byblos on September 12. Dr. Thomas Krumm, the man introducing himself, is a member of the Social Sciences department and, among other things, a specialist in comparative politics. Coming from the Philipp University of Marburg in Germany, Krumm is an active member of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). He was one among many new faculty members introducing themselves at the meeting.
Provost George Najjar welcomed the university’s new faculty members on board, saying, “We consider our ability to attract this distinguished group of young men and women, who have decided to cast their lot with us and further their careers here, an acknowledgment of the soundness, competitiveness and forthcoming attitude of LAU.”
The new faculty members were welcomed with warm words from President Joseph G. Jabbra, who also offered his guidance. “Focus on your courses and your research. Don’t get sucked into administration. Yes, service is extremely important, but your first priority must be teaching and research,” he stressed.
Byblos Dean of students Mars Semaan urged the faculty to give students the type of support that they would have liked to have had as students. “Our students are extremely worthy, and I urge you to go that extra mile and enjoy having them.”
The new faculty members hail from as far afield as Spain, U.S., Germany and Iran, as well as many from Lebanon including LAU graduates.
Dr. Rami Al Ali received his Ph.D. from the University of Miami and will be teaching philosophy at LAU this semester. What attracted Al Ali is the university’s remarkable academic progress. “LAU has expanded the size and number of its departments, its offerings to students and has worked towards accreditation to cement its role as a serious educational institution in the Middle East. I also wanted to come back to Lebanon, and more generally the region, to help educate the next generation.”