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Assem Faress

Assistant Professor
World Languages and Cultures

  • Assem Faress, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of comparative literature and Arabic Language and Culture, Dept. of World Languages & Cultures, College of Arts and Sciences at the American University, Washington, DC Assem Faress is a Professor of English and comparative literature, English Department, Faculty of Arts & Humanities at the University of Aleppo, Aleppo, Syria. He has a long teaching experience in Syria, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the United States. He taught variety of courses which reflects his diversified academic background. He taught courses on Comparative Literature (theory and practice), Literary Theory and Criticism (theory and practice), World Literature, 20th century American and British literatures (all genres), ESL & ESP courses, Arabic language for non native speakers (all levels) & Arabic literature courses in Arabic and in English translation. He translated books from Arabic into English and Vice Versa. On the academic administrative front, he held the following administrative posts: Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Faculty of Arts and Humanities (2001-2003), Director of International Relations Office, Aleppo University (2003-2005), Acting Chair of Arabic Language Program, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (NELC) at the Ohio State University, Columbus, OH (2007-2008), Vice President for Academic Affairs, Ittihad Private University, Manbej, Aleppo, Syria (2009-2010), and Academic Director of CET Arabic language and Area Study Program located at Aleppo University (Jan. – Aug. 2011). The program was suspended due to the current crisis in the country. On the academic year 2005-2006, he was awarded a Fulbright research scholarship to conduct a comparative kind of research on “American and Arabic Literatures: Cultural Diversity.” NELC Department at the Ohio State University hosted him to conduct his research. He published many articles on comparative literature and literary theory. He participated with papers in many local, regional and international academic conferences.
  • Degrees

    Degrees Held: A Double-Major Ph. D. in English & Comparative literature, Indiana Univ., Bloomington, IN., USA (1992) M.A. in Comparative literature, Indian University, Bloomington, IN., USA (1990) M.A. in English, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC., USA (1988) B.A. in English, Aleppo University, Aleppo, Syria (1978)

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