Jamal Hassan Abu Attiyeh, Ph.D

Assistant Professor

Al Ain Campus

+971 3 7024929



Dr. Jamal Abu-Attiyeh is an assistant professor of Education/Special Education at Al-Ain University of Science and Technology in the UAE.  He received his B.A in TEFL from Bir Zeit University.  After finishing his Bachelor's degree, Dr. Abu-Attiyeh went on to teach English as a foreign language at a local high school.  Later, Dr. Abu-Attiyeh went on to do his first M.A at the University of Notre Dame in International Peace Studies.  Dr. Abu-Attiyeh continued his studies and received his second M.A in Special Education from The College of Charleston in South Carolina.  Later throughout his career, Dr. Abu-Attiyeh studied at Miami University of Ohio and obtained his PhD in Educational Leadership.  His main area of research interest is in Administration of Special Education, Education Administration and Leadership, giftedness as well as language acquisition.  He currently resides in Al-Ain with his wife and kids.


Miami University

University of Charleston, Charleston, S.C.-M. A. in Special Education

University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana-M. A. in International Peace Studies.

Bir Zeit University, Bir Zeit, West Bank-B. A. in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)

Research Interests

My disciplines and areas of professional expertise include: 


Administration of Special Education

Diversity and Inclusion


Education Administration and Leadership

Middle School Special Education

Special Education



Selected Publications


Professional Experience

2018-2019: Assistant Professor within the department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Al-Ain University of Science and Technology- Al-Ain, UAE


Spring 2014: Co-teach EDL 647: Curriculum and Cultural Studies, Miami University - Oxford, OH


Fall 2013: Co-teach EDL 621: Foundations of Multiculturalism and Diversity Education, Miami University - Oxford, OH


2012-2013: Full-Time Substitute Teacher, Southwest Ohio Council of Governments


2010-2011: Arabic Tutor, Rinella Learning Center, Miami University - Oxford, OH


2009-2010: EDL 204: Taught Sociocultural Studies in Education (Spring), Miami University


2008-2010: Graduate Research Assistant within the department of Educational Leadership, Miami University, - Oxford Ohio


2005-2007: International Academy of Cincinnati, West Chester, Ohio

  • Arabic Language Teacher. Supervised other Arabic teachers.
  • Initiated new curriculum for the language, religion and culture programs
  • Directed language, religions and cultural studies for Grades 1-8.


2002-2005:Cincinnati Public Schools, Worked as a full-time substitute teacher grades 1-8, taught Arabic language for 1 semester


1998-2001:Latin Patriarchate Schools, West Bank, 

  • Set up special education classes in private school system    
  • Worked as a supervisor for special education teachers in the schools 
  •  Taught special education classes in Arabic and Math
  • Trained classroom teachers in special education training program

1992-1998: Mercy Corps International, Portland Oregon-Jerusalem Office

  • Designed the first model program in special education in Palestine
  • Directed the setup of the special education classrooms in United Nations and private schools
  • Supervising and trained teachers
  • Taught a 9-month course in special education for 18 teachers from United Nations schools 
  • Taught Arabic and Math in some classes for special education
  • Arranged for visiting professors from the States to do training for teachers


1991-1992: South Carolina Youth Advocate Program, Charleston, South Carolina

  • Worked with multi-dysfunctional youth.


1986-1988:Yamoun High School, West Bank,Teacher of English as a Second Language (ESL)


Teaching Courses

Spring 2014: Co-teach EDL 647: Curriculum and Cultural Studies

Miami University - Oxford, OH


Fall 2013: Co-teach EDL 621: Foundations of Multiculturalism and Diversity Education

Miami University - Oxford, OH


2009-2010: EDL 204: Taught Sociocultural Studies in Education (Spring), Miami University


20181-2019: Assistant Professor within the department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Al-Ain University of Science and Technology, Courses taught:

  • School Curriculum and UAE Curriculum

  • Methods of Teaching IT

  • Learning Difficulties

  • Thinking Skills
  • Introduction to Psychology


  • Introduction to Special Education 
  • Assistive Technology for Special Needs
  • Capstone
  • Classroom Management 
  • Field Training 


  • Classroom Management 
  • Child Normal and Abnormal Development
  • Educational Psychology A
  • Educational Psychology E
  • Capstone



American Association of Teachers of Arabic

International Journal of Special Education

Chronicle of Higher Education

National Council on US-Arab Relations