Committee Members

Dr. Florentina Halimi received her PhD in Applied Linguistics form Vienna University in Austria. She is the former director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at South East European University in partnership with Indiana University, USA.  Dr. Halimi is a recipient of the Fulbright award, a prestigious postdoctoral fellowship, sponsored by the USA Government.  In addition, she has been as a visiting professor at Fordham University, the Graduate School of Education, New York, NY where she worked within several New York City Universities and schools.  This experience allowed her to study teacher-leader training models offered by programs like the Long Island/Westchester Bilingual & ESL Teacher Leadership Academy (LI/W BETLA).  Dr. Florentina has many years of teaching experience, and has been a holder of several teachers education research, and teaching grants from Indiana University, Bloomington, USA, George Washington University, Washington D.C. and Oxford Brooks University, Oxford, GB.

She joined Gulf University for Science and Technology as an assistant professor in the Department of English/Education Program in the College of Arts and Sciences.


Dr. Cathy Daniel is an Assistant Professor of Education at Gulf University for Science & Technology (GUST). After completing her Bachelor’s degree, Dr. Daniel pursued a career in business. Her interest in teaching motivated her change careers. Upon completing her teacher certification, she began teaching elementary students as a second career. From 1992 to 1994, Dr. Daniel served as a Reading Recovery teacher in an inner city urban elementary school. In 1994, Dr. Daniel received her Master's degree in Curriculum & Instruction. In 2000, she received her Ph.D. from Louisiana State University; USA in the area of Curriculum & Instruction. Upon moving to Kuwait in 2000, Dr. Daniel worked as a Reading Specialist and Literacy Consultant at the American School of Kuwait. In 2004, she established an educational consultancy that served students with reading difficulties. In the spring of 2006, Dr. Daniel joined Gulf University for Science and Technology as a faculty member teaching in GUST's Secondary English Education Program.

Dr. Iqbal AlShammari is the Assistant Dean of College of Arts & Sciences at Gulf University for Science & Technology (GUST). She is also an Assistant Professor of Education at GUST since 2011. After receiving her bachelor's degree in English Education from Kuwait University in 1998, Dr. Alshammari taught English Language in public schools for 3 years. In 2001, she has served as a head of English Department in Kuwait's public schools till 2011. In 2007, Dr. AlShammari received her Master's degree in Educational Planning and Administration. After receiving her Master's Degree, Dr. Iqbal AlShammari received partial scholarship to continue her Ph. D. in U.S.A. In 2010, she received her  Ph.D. from Indiana State University; USA in the area of K-12 Educational Leadership, Administration & Foundations, specifically looking at the Electronic leadership in Kuwait's public schools. In 2011, Dr. AlShammari joined Gulf University for Science and Technology as a faculty member teaching in GUST's English Education Program. Dr. AlShammari has been active in research, teaching and community service. Her diverse areas of research make her very comfortable in working with international researchers working on improving teachers' qualities and students' outcomes and educational leadership.

Dr. Fatimah Alhashem received Doctoral Degree in Curriculum and Instructions in Science Education in 2012 from Arizona State University. She currently works as general manager for teacher development department at the National Center for Education Development (NCED).  A strong advocate for supporting teachers in general and supporting women in science education in specific. She involves in different projects that serve education system mainly clustered around teachers’ development. Her professional interests focus on professional development for teachers, teachers’ practices, teachers’ polices, STEM education, and TPACK model for teachers. Her current projects are: Teacher effectiveness, Teacher License, and STEM for women. Her researches talk about TPACK model and TIMSS studies. In addition, she worked as director for Ibitikar Initiative to support women and young girls in science and research. She is a member of National Science Teacher Association (NSTA).