Brian Prescott-Decie has been a member of LAU’s Department of Humanities since 2002, teaching English, cultural studies and occasional history courses.
After he earned his M.A. at Oxford with a thesis on the rhetoric of St. Augustine, he lived in Greece where he taught English and studied linguistics at the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki until the earthquake of 1978 when, of necessity, he took a job with a group of educational publishers, providing teacher training for schools around the Middle East and especially in Lebanon. He remained in publishing until 2002, becoming sales and marketing manager for the McGraw-Hill School division for the Middle East and Africa.
Apart from his teaching commitments, Prescott-Decie has served on numerous committees at LAU. He chaired the Ad Hoc Committee for the Liberal Arts Curriculum which produced the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum, served as secretary to the Department of Humanities, the School of Arts and Sciences, and the faculty, and lately as secretary to the Faculty Senate, in which capacity he helped write both faculty and senate constitutions and by-laws. He has been Beirut campus coordinator of Remedial English and English II, acting chairperson of the Beirut Department of Humanities, and is currently Beirut general English coordinator. He is also a serving member of a committee which provides educational services to the Scientific College of Design in the Sultanate of Oman.
His academic interests center on the rhetoric of the Later Roman Empire, and particularly the rhetor Libanius.
He is a committed activist in the campaign for reform of the Nationality Law to obtain for Lebanese women the right to pass on their nationality.
- M.A., 1977, Oxford University, England
- B.A. in Modern History, 1973, Oxford University, England
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