The School of Arts & Sciences

New Faculty - Fall 2019

Posted October 17, 2019 in Education, English, General, Social Sciences

The School of Arts and Sciences is proud to welcome five new faculty in the departments of Education, Social Sciences and English.

The following are short bios about the new members:

Department of Education

ed-faculty-greaves.jpgDr. Morten Greaves is a visiting assistant professor of education. He specializes in early childhood education with a special focus on international education. He holds an EdD of Curriculum and Instruction from George Washington University.

His research focuses on Early childhood education, with a focus on program design, teacher psychology and particularly theories relating to learning in the first five years of life. Another area of interest is refugee education, currently with particular focus on teacher psychology and best practices in emergency education.

Department of English


Maya Akiki joined LAU as an instructor of English. She started her teaching career in Dubai and was assigned an academic leadership position for several years at Al Mawakeb School.

Her main interest is teaching writing to ESL students through promoting critical literacy. Akiki has been engaged in several writing workshops in Lebanon and abroad. During the summer of 2018, she visited North Carolina State University as a Fulbright scholar where she worked on developing better teaching strategies to overcome some of the challenges students usually encounter when writing a research paper. Akiki has an MA in Comparative Literature from the University of Balamand.


Maha Tabet El-Ghazal is an instructor of English. She earned her BA and TD in English Language and Literature from the Lebanese University in 2004 where she delivered the valedictorian speech being ranked first in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. She earned her MA in Comparative Literature from LAU in 2013 with emphasis on American and Lebanese Literature.

She has taught at different levels ranging from preschool to university in Lebanon and in Nigeria where she worked with international students. She currently teaches all levels of EAP courses.


Deliah Taoum is an instructor of English. After graduating in 2007 with a BA in English Language and Literature and a minor in Political Science from the University of Balamand, she moved back to the US and earned a master’s degree in English Literature from Rutgers. At Rutgers, her concentration was on women’s and gender studies and their connection to literature.

Taoum moved back to Lebanon in 2010 and served as assistant coordinator and English instructor at AUT in Halat for two years before moving on to teaching part-time at The University of Balamand and LAU.

As an instructor, she aims for her students to understand that language courses are not only about completing the assigned writing and oral tasks, but to also see that the skills learned can be applied to the larger arenas of both their academic and professional careers as well as their personal lives.

Department of Social Sciences


Dr. Pia Tohme Khalaf is a visiting assistant professor of clinical psychology in the Department of Social Sciences. She graduated with a PhD from University College London, investigating parental mentalizing capacities with regards to their adolescent identical twins and its effects on attachment security.

Dr. Tohme Khalaf is trained in the Approach to Parenting Teenagers from the Open Door Young People’s consultation services and in Mentalization Based Therapy for Children and Adolescents, as well as its application in a school setting, from the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, London. She works in private practice with children, adolescents and their parents, based on attachment and mentalizing principles. She is also a preschool consultant psychotherapist.

Her main research interests focus on the cross-cultural application of the construct of attachment in Lebanon, as well as the role played by mentalizing in our culture, in promoting healthy development from infancy through to adolescence. She also conducts research at Father Andeweg Institute for the Deaf, focusing on theory of mind in young children and mentalizing in adolescents with hearing difficulties.

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