Message from Dean
Dr. Issam Khoury Dean, School of Liberal Education
An experienced educator with over twenty years of professional practice in higher education in the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East, Dr. Khoury brings with him a passion for liberal education and a desire to engage with students as they progress through their own educational journeys.
A student-centered educator, Dean Khoury believes that the university serves as a site of intellectual challenge and social inclusion. The indisputable power of the liberal arts to challenge old views, to create new possibilities, and to advance society lies at the heart of his educational philosophy. Dean Khoury's own educational background has been rooted in the liberal arts, having earned a bachelor's degree in political science and interdisciplinary studies from Virginia Tech (USA), a master's degree in Middle Eastern studies and literature from Ohio State University (USA), a master's degree in international affairs and a Ph.D. in higher education administration and international education, both from Pennsylvania State University (USA).
Dean Khoury has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Middle East Studies, education, Arabic language, research methods, and political science. He has published articles and chapters in peer-reviewed journals and edited books, focusing on global and comparative aspects of education, particularly in the Middle East. His work has appeared in Research in Comparative and International Education, the edited volumes "Universities and Global Diversity" (published by Routledge), "Educating African-American males" (published by Peter Lang Publishing), and "Bridges, pathways and transitions" (published by Chandos/Elsevier Publishers). His latest work is currently under review for the Handbook on Middle East Women (Routledge), and is an historical and contemporary analysis of women's access to higher education in the Middle East.
Dr. Khoury lives his life based on the words of two great thinkers: Mahatma Gandhi and Aristotle. Gandhi said "If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him ... We need not wait to see what others do" and Aristotle said that "it is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it". The combination of these two philosophies - the need to change oneself and the courage to do so in order to change the world around them, while also being open to conflicting ideas in a world that respects diversity of opinion - guides Dean Khoury as an educational scholar and practitioner, and it is this same guiding principle that he brings with him to Galgotias University as he works with students, faculty and staff to make real Galgotias' vision of becoming a world-class university known for excellence in teaching, creativity, research, and innovation.
"He rises by lifting others" - Robert G. Ingersoll
Dr. Issam Khoury
School of Liberal Education