The School of Arts & Sciences

Department of Education

Diane Issa Nauffal

Dr. Diane I. Nauffal is an assistant professor of education in the Department of Education in the Lebanese American University (LAU). She joined LAU in 2008 charged with the establishment of the Department of Institutional Research and Assessment (DIRA). In 2017, she was promoted to assistant to the president for Institutional Research and Assessment. In her role, Dr. Nauffal provides decision-support, research and analysis to facilitate LAU’s planning and policy-formulation processes, and associated institutional and program accreditation, benchmarking, and institutional effectiveness activities. In addition, she supports all institutional assessment efforts covering the spectrum of activities related to programs, students, faculty and staff through her role as coordinator of the University Assessment Resource Cluster.

In 2017, she completed a study on the economic impact of LAU and its campuses on the national economy that was the first of its kind in the Middle East. Additionally, she has conducted several sponsored research studies on topics such as employability and student engagement and has spearheaded several benchmark studies with peer institutions in the region.

Dr. Nauffal is president of the Middle East and North Africa Association for Institutional Research (MENA-AIR), an affiliate group of the Association for Institutional Researchers (AIR) in the USA. She serves on the National Taskforce for University Governance within the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.

Her areas of professional interest are strategic planning, education leadership and governance with an emphasis on higher education, educational policy, assessment of student learning, accreditation, and institutional effectiveness.

Selected publications

  1. Nauffal, D.I. (2015), Institutional research and planning in the Middle East. In K. L. Webber and A.J. Calderon (Eds.), Institutional research and planning in higher education: Global context and themes. Abingdon: Routledge.
  2. Ammar, D., Nauffal, D., and Sbeity, R. (2013). The Role of Perceived Social Support in Predicting Subjective Well-Being, Journal of Happiness and Well-being, 1(2), 116-130.
  3. Nauffal, D. (2012). Assessment of Student Engagement: An Analysis of Trends, Tertiary Education and Management, 18(2), 1-21.
  4. Nauffal, D. and Nasser, R. (2012). Strategic Planning at Two Levels, Planning for Higher Education, 40(4), 32-39. 
  5. Nasser, R., and Nauffal, D. (2012). Frequency of Repeated Courses: Its Relation to Persistence and Performance in Lebanon’s Higher Education, Higher Education Studies, 2(1), 20-26. 
  6. Nauffal, D.I. (2009). Do Educational Outcomes in Lebanese Universities Differ Based on the Academic Model? Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues, 2(1), 6-19. 
  7. Nasser, R., Nauffal, D. and Romanowski, M. (2009). Financial Aid at Private Universities in the Middle East: Its Impact on Persistence and Student Satisfaction, the Case of Lebanon, Mediterranean Journal of Educational Studies, 14 (1), 27-44. 

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