Teaching and instructions, but widening students’ horizons,

Teaching
Statement

Teaching is one of the
main competences that a scholar must have. During my PhD study, I realized that
teaching is very important to me.  I started
tutorial work with my supervisor for both undergraduate and postgraduate
modules at the University of Nottingham. I recognized that teaching requires being
scholar in teaching as much as one in construction management.  When I moved to work at Damascus University
and partially for some private universities, this motivated me to deal with
teaching not only as passing knowledge and instructions, but widening students’
horizons, teaching them critical thinking, unsettling their minds to
questioning and motivating them to see the big picture for any issue. 

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During my work at
Damascus University and other private universities in Syria, I taught modules
related to ‘Engineering Economy’, ‘Construction Project Management’ and
‘Quantity Surveying and Cost Estimating’ for undergraduate students. Real world
problems were designed and presented to students to perform their assignments
on closely realistic problems. For postgraduate modules, I taught several
topics such as ‘Economics and Legal Aspects for Engineers’, ‘Risk Management’
and ‘Procurement Methods’. The assessment for these modules was based on
continuous assessment (i.e. essay or technical reports), and final unseen
written exam. Also, I designed a module ‘Special Topics in Construction’ and
students were asked to present two papers, first one is a critical literature
review for a specific topic, and the second one is about problem formulation
and research design for a topic.

At Caledonian College of
Engineering (CCE) in Oman which is affiliated to (Glasgow Caledonian University
in UK), I am involved in both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.  I taught ‘Construction Technology’ and
‘Construction Process Management’ for undergraduates. However, I am more
involved in delivering postgraduate modules through cooperation with academic
staff from Glasgow Caledonian University, who come to deliver intensive
teaching weeks and then I teach and support MSc students for the rest of the
semester. I am involved in delivering the following modules: ‘Construction
Management’, ‘Project Management’, ‘Construction Economics and Procurement’,
‘Construction Financial Management’, ‘Sustainable Design and Construction’,
‘Value and Risk Management’ and ‘Strategic Management in Construction and
Property Enterprise’. MSc Students are assessed continuously based on analyzing
and evaluating industry-based cases, technical report, discussion boards and
online tests. Since most of our MSc students are working for
various types of organizations, either public or private including clients,
consultants and contractors firms; their experiences make the lectures are more
interactive and fruitful because they bring many real world problems to
discussion and investigation. Always, I seek students’ feedback about my
teaching approaches which in turn can be considered as great inputs to validate
and improve my teaching strategies. Furthermore, I am using research findings
and outcomes to enhance and modernize teaching and learning outcomes.  

Research
Statement

To me, research is a
dynamic process where some certain areas of research become more noticeable,
while others receive less concerns.  

During my PhD study in the
University of Nottingham, UK, my thesis title was: ‘A system approach to
modelling construction company performance: Economics and Beyond’.
Investigating this topic required from me to obtain a wide knowledge about
several interrelated topics in the field of construction management, such as
construction business environment and its relation to the economy, performance
measurement at various levels of the construction industry, and construction
company strategies.  Additionally, the
concept of systems theory is required to understand and model interactions exist
between various aspects of the studied problem. 
Undoubtedly, this gave me the opportunity to strengthen my research
skills as well as obtaining a wide knowledge on other hot research topics in
the field.

During my work at
Damascus University as an assistant professor, I supervised several MSc
dissertations in several areas. Examples of these are: construction risk
management, human resource management in construction, cost of construction
quality, building information modeling (BIM) with project planning, and
critical success factors of public private partnership and procurement
strategies. Always I encouraged my students to search and share ideas with
others, which in turn helps in research process. Six journal papers were
published based on these studies locally and regionally in both Arabic and
English languages.  Three of these papers
were in the area of risk management.

Additionally, since the
topic BIM has been very hot topic over the last decade, I explored its
implementation in the Syrian construction industry and published a paper about
the barriers facing its adoption in Syria. Also, since 2011, Syria is facing a
continuous war which destroyed a large number of building and infrastructures;
this has created the need to investigate and conduct studies on various aspects
of reconstruction stage. I published one paper on the risk factors facing
reconstruction projects. Also, I was involved within a team who was responsible
to develop strategies for all aspects of the construction industry in
Syria.     

When I joined Caledonian
College of Engineering in Oman, I mainly involved in MSc teaching, and
currently I am supervising more than 9 MSc dissertations that cover several
topics in the field of construction management. 
Topics cover construction accidents, delay causes, risks management, sustainability
in construction, Building Information Modelling. Also, due to the dramatic
decline of oil prices since 2014, oil-based economies have been affected by the
decrease of oil revenues which in turn affect government spending.  Currently, I am writing a paper on the
effects of oil prices decline on construction cost in Oman. Also, I am working
on establishing some relations with the local and international industries
especially through workshops and engaging industrial guests and professionals
to share their experience with the college.

My future research plan
is to continue to conduct research though various tracks including, personal
research, shared research with research students and colleagues, and funding
research projects.  Potential areas
include Circular Economy and the Built Environment, Building Information
Modelling, Post-disaster Reconstruction, and Interdisciplinary research.

Finally, I can say that I
am very proud of what I have been able to accomplish during the last few years
even with all difficult, dangerous and complicated circumstances surrounding me
and my family in Syria. I understand that I need to, and I will, enhance my
research achievement through conducting more research and obtaining more
research grants.  This of course requires
stable and continuous work conditions.  I
believe that I am on the right track to achieve my research goals and
contribute to the knowledge of construction management. I also believe that I
will use my research findings as inputs to my teaching. This is why I am
looking forward to being a part of the University of Cambridge.

Teaching
Statement

Teaching is one of the
main competences that a scholar must have. During my PhD study, I realized that
teaching is very important to me.  I started
tutorial work with my supervisor for both undergraduate and postgraduate
modules at the University of Nottingham. I recognized that teaching requires being
scholar in teaching as much as one in construction management.  When I moved to work at Damascus University
and partially for some private universities, this motivated me to deal with
teaching not only as passing knowledge and instructions, but widening students’
horizons, teaching them critical thinking, unsettling their minds to
questioning and motivating them to see the big picture for any issue. 

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During my work at
Damascus University and other private universities in Syria, I taught modules
related to ‘Engineering Economy’, ‘Construction Project Management’ and
‘Quantity Surveying and Cost Estimating’ for undergraduate students. Real world
problems were designed and presented to students to perform their assignments
on closely realistic problems. For postgraduate modules, I taught several
topics such as ‘Economics and Legal Aspects for Engineers’, ‘Risk Management’
and ‘Procurement Methods’. The assessment for these modules was based on
continuous assessment (i.e. essay or technical reports), and final unseen
written exam. Also, I designed a module ‘Special Topics in Construction’ and
students were asked to present two papers, first one is a critical literature
review for a specific topic, and the second one is about problem formulation
and research design for a topic.

At Caledonian College of
Engineering (CCE) in Oman which is affiliated to (Glasgow Caledonian University
in UK), I am involved in both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.  I taught ‘Construction Technology’ and
‘Construction Process Management’ for undergraduates. However, I am more
involved in delivering postgraduate modules through cooperation with academic
staff from Glasgow Caledonian University, who come to deliver intensive
teaching weeks and then I teach and support MSc students for the rest of the
semester. I am involved in delivering the following modules: ‘Construction
Management’, ‘Project Management’, ‘Construction Economics and Procurement’,
‘Construction Financial Management’, ‘Sustainable Design and Construction’,
‘Value and Risk Management’ and ‘Strategic Management in Construction and
Property Enterprise’. MSc Students are assessed continuously based on analyzing
and evaluating industry-based cases, technical report, discussion boards and
online tests. Since most of our MSc students are working for
various types of organizations, either public or private including clients,
consultants and contractors firms; their experiences make the lectures are more
interactive and fruitful because they bring many real world problems to
discussion and investigation. Always, I seek students’ feedback about my
teaching approaches which in turn can be considered as great inputs to validate
and improve my teaching strategies. Furthermore, I am using research findings
and outcomes to enhance and modernize teaching and learning outcomes.  

Research
Statement

To me, research is a
dynamic process where some certain areas of research become more noticeable,
while others receive less concerns.  

During my PhD study in the
University of Nottingham, UK, my thesis title was: ‘A system approach to
modelling construction company performance: Economics and Beyond’.
Investigating this topic required from me to obtain a wide knowledge about
several interrelated topics in the field of construction management, such as
construction business environment and its relation to the economy, performance
measurement at various levels of the construction industry, and construction
company strategies.  Additionally, the
concept of systems theory is required to understand and model interactions exist
between various aspects of the studied problem. 
Undoubtedly, this gave me the opportunity to strengthen my research
skills as well as obtaining a wide knowledge on other hot research topics in
the field.

During my work at
Damascus University as an assistant professor, I supervised several MSc
dissertations in several areas. Examples of these are: construction risk
management, human resource management in construction, cost of construction
quality, building information modeling (BIM) with project planning, and
critical success factors of public private partnership and procurement
strategies. Always I encouraged my students to search and share ideas with
others, which in turn helps in research process. Six journal papers were
published based on these studies locally and regionally in both Arabic and
English languages.  Three of these papers
were in the area of risk management.

Additionally, since the
topic BIM has been very hot topic over the last decade, I explored its
implementation in the Syrian construction industry and published a paper about
the barriers facing its adoption in Syria. Also, since 2011, Syria is facing a
continuous war which destroyed a large number of building and infrastructures;
this has created the need to investigate and conduct studies on various aspects
of reconstruction stage. I published one paper on the risk factors facing
reconstruction projects. Also, I was involved within a team who was responsible
to develop strategies for all aspects of the construction industry in
Syria.     

When I joined Caledonian
College of Engineering in Oman, I mainly involved in MSc teaching, and
currently I am supervising more than 9 MSc dissertations that cover several
topics in the field of construction management. 
Topics cover construction accidents, delay causes, risks management, sustainability
in construction, Building Information Modelling. Also, due to the dramatic
decline of oil prices since 2014, oil-based economies have been affected by the
decrease of oil revenues which in turn affect government spending.  Currently, I am writing a paper on the
effects of oil prices decline on construction cost in Oman. Also, I am working
on establishing some relations with the local and international industries
especially through workshops and engaging industrial guests and professionals
to share their experience with the college.

My future research plan
is to continue to conduct research though various tracks including, personal
research, shared research with research students and colleagues, and funding
research projects.  Potential areas
include Circular Economy and the Built Environment, Building Information
Modelling, Post-disaster Reconstruction, and Interdisciplinary research.

Finally, I can say that I
am very proud of what I have been able to accomplish during the last few years
even with all difficult, dangerous and complicated circumstances surrounding me
and my family in Syria. I understand that I need to, and I will, enhance my
research achievement through conducting more research and obtaining more
research grants.  This of course requires
stable and continuous work conditions.  I
believe that I am on the right track to achieve my research goals and
contribute to the knowledge of construction management. I also believe that I
will use my research findings as inputs to my teaching. This is why I am
looking forward to being a part of the University of Cambridge.

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