Najwa S. Dham was a Dean of Research and Publishing, Director of Institutional Effectiveness, Faculty Member at three leading universities, Education Expert at the Ministry of Education in the UAE.
In her academic administration capacity she managed to enhance the academic research agendas and direct development programs for some reputable education institutions. Along with teaching and research, to assess education systems, restructure them, administer them, implement Quality measures in educational management and leadership, support instructional enhancement and assure the achievement of the targeted educational outcomes, lead accreditation nationally and internationally, conduct and manage organizational self-studies and publish them, plan human resources development programs, and enhance professional development opportunities.
As a Researcher, she conducted and participated in a number of research projects, her research abilities include qualitative, quantitative and meta-analytic methodologies, and she presented in some national and international conferences. Her research interests focus on educational administration and leadership, total quality management, education and Social Integration, educational planning and operation analysis; educational policies, technology of education; quality in education; curriculum development; management and societal development, etc. She has participated in the National Research Project for Manpower Development and Education Planning, UAE, as Senior Researcher, Education Consultant, and co-author. She has authored/co-authored many publications, books, articles, technical reports and studies; edited and supervised the publishing of over 25 books; Arabized books for UNESCO, International Institute for Educational Planning, Paris; reviewed report on education for UNDP/Abu Dhabi: organized and managed many international scientific conferences; managed six international refereed Journals of Excellence and edited the International e Journal of Excellence in Education.
She has been active in the Quality/Excellence arena for long time as Iinternational Expert, Consultant and Lead Assessor. She has published on Quality/Excellence; offered training, organized and conducted international conferences. Excellence has been her passion and the stimuli of her career.
She has been an active member of professional societies and associations of education, research, and quality management: Phi Delta Kappa Honor Society, Buffalo Chapter; Phi Lambda Theta Honor Society, Buffalo Chapter; American Educational Research Association; North-Eastern Educational Research Association; Middle East Studies Association of North America; World Future Society; Future Research and Strategic Planning (SIG); Dubai Quality Group, Higher Education Sub-group, UAE; Dubai Quality Award, and American Society for Quality, ASQ, etc.
Dr. Dham has earned her Doctorate, as well as Master’s degrees, in Educational Administration: Planning and Operation Analysis from SUNNY at Buffalo, NY; Graduate Diploma in Educational Administration and Supervision from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon.