What sets this program apart is the attention and support given to each one of us. The SIT staff has been unbelievable in meeting my personal and emotional needs. All of the SIT staff contributed greatly to my experience and I hope to come back to Jordan to visit. Through SIT I really got to see the beautiful culture and traditions of Jordan.
Annie Rupani, Boston University
Dr. Ashraf Alqudah, Academic Director
Dr. Ashraf Alqudah holds a PhD in clinical and medical psychology from the College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Florida, and an MA in psychology from the University of Jordan. He specializes in clinical medical psychology and the psychology of chronic pain. His area of research interest includes psychopathology, psychological treatments and psychotherapies, and psycho-social support for refugees and displaced persons. Dr. Alqudah is also affiliated with the department of psychology at the University of Jordan in Amman and has worked on projects conducted by a number of health organizations that included Doctors of the World Organization, the War Trauma Foundation, and the Antares Foundation. He is a member of the Higher Council of the Humanitarian Support Network of Jordan and the Jordanian Mental Health Licensing Committee. Since 2008, he has been involved with the SIT Modernization and Social Change program in Jordan as lecturer, ISP advisor, and then as coordinator of the Research Methods and Ethics course. Dr. Alqudah has co-authored a number of articles that have appeared in refereed journals that include the Journal of Cybertherapy and Rehabilitation, the Journal of Pain Research, and the International Journal of Psychological Studies. He is currently finishing a research project on stress and burnout sources among NGO workers working with refugees.
Dr. Raed Al-Tabini, Senior Advisor
Dr. Raed Al-Tabini, holds a PhD (received in 2002) in arid and semi-arid land management (rangeland management) and community development from Newcastle University in the UK. He is a former deputy president of the Badia Research and Development Center (BRDC) in Jordan. Dr. Al-Tabini has managed a variety of development projects in the Middle East and North Africa on such diverse topics as community-based rangeland rehabilitation, management of scarce water resources, and development of sustainable livelihoods in agro-pastoral communities. Dr. Al-Tabini is a frequent presenter at international conferences and has published more than 25 academic papers and reports in the field of sustainable development.
Dr. Al-Tabini recently co-wrote with Octavio A. Ramirez, Richard Phillips, and Frank A. Ward an article, “Irrigation Water Conservation and Market-based Approaches: Balancing Agricultural and Urban Water Demands in the Face of Climate Change in Jordan’s Azraq Basin,” published in Adaptation to Climate Change through Water Resources Management: Capacity, Equity and Sustainability (Routledge, 2014). Dr. Al-Tabini is currently the director of The Hashemite Fund for Jordanian Badia Development.
Rania Kasab Harfoushi, Program Assistant / Student Affairs
Rania Harfoushi received her master’s degree in international business management from the University of Surrey in England in 2009 after completing her BA in business administration at the Applied Science University in Jordan. Throughout her career, she has accrued significant experience in human resources management while honing her language and cross-cultural intrapersonal skills to fit the needs of SIT’s diverse student population. Her past experience in sports management has also helped her in dealing with a wide variety of personalities. Rania is responsible for managing student affairs and helping students cope with the day-to-day challenges they face while studying abroad in Amman.
Rawan Francis Al-Samaan, Homestay Coordinator
Rawan has worked with SIT Jordan as custom programs assistant since 2013. During fall 2014 and spring 2015, she worked as homestay coordinator. Currently, she is the SIT Jordan homestay coordinator. In this capacity, Rawan assists with a wide range of homestay arrangements and also works with both students and host families on cross-cultural communication skills. Rawan Al-Samaan is a lifetime resident of Amman with experience in financial management, analysis, marketing, and strategic planning. She received her bachelor’s degree in finance from the Amman Al-Ahliyeh University in Salt, Jordan, in 2008.
Rima Al-Akramawi, Language Coordinator and Instructor
Rima Al-Akramawi holds a BA in English language and literature from Mutah University and is a certified translator and language proficiency interviews (LPI) tester. She started working with SIT in Amman as a language instructor in the summer of 2010. Rima began teaching Arabic as a second language in SIT Jordan 2009. She became the SIT Jordan language coordinator in 2012. She has worked as a language coordinator with the Peace Corps and as an Arabic language instructor at the French Cultural Center of Amman and other Arabic language institutions. She is a co-author of Yalla Ndardesh, a modern Jordanian Arabic textbook for non-native speakers of Arabic.
Riham Al-Naimat, Language Instructor
Riham Al-Naimat obtained a master’s degree in Arabic language and literature from Al-Albayt University in 2007. In 2009, Riham began volunteering as an SIT Jordan language instructor for intermediate high and advanced levels. In the summer of 2010, she joined SIT full time and has been teaching Modern Standard Arabic ever since. She previously worked as an Arabic instructor at the Jordanian Ministry of Education and as an Arabic instructor and language coordinator at international schools in Saudi Arabia.
Hala Alfayez, Language Instructor
Hala has a BA in law from the University of Jordan. She received training for teaching Arabic as a foreign language from the University of Jordan and Qasid Institute for Classical and Modern Standard Arabic. She worked as a language-speaking partner to American students at the American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR).
Moayad Al Azzam, Language Instructor
Moayad received a BA in translation from Yarmouk University in 2013. He worked as a language and cultural facilitator for the Peace Corps from 2013 to 2015. Starting in spring 2015, Moayad became a language instructor for SIT Jordan.