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Assistant Professor

Dr. Dhaifallah Almatrodi

Biography

During my 32 years of teaching, I developed attributes that complement the listed position. I am an advocate for active learning and I practice what I preach. I, for example, earned three Master’s degrees, curious about all facets of Psychology, spanning from Human Resource Development to Educational Psychology and Research Methodology. My curiosity led me across the globe, allowed me to immerse myself in different cultures, and become the cultured psychologist I am today.

My educational experience is complemented by a significant number of academic achievements, concluding with a Ph.D. in Evaluation, Measurement, and Research Design dissertation, which focused on 33 teaching strategies that enhance critical thinking.

What I offer can be categorized under three areas: Teaching, Counseling & Advising, and Professional Development.

Teaching and Assessment: I maintain a safe, inclusive, and dynamic learning environment, wherein individuals are encouraged to exercise their critical thinking and are free to question things. My classroom is not a place for one-way communication, but rather a place to share knowledge through dialogue (debates, group discussions, team projects etc.). During my lessons, I rely on relevant examples, real-life situations, and current events to which students can relate, thereby forming strong connections between myself and the malleable minds that I teach; a proven teaching style to which students respond, as demonstrated by my faculty evaluation.

Counseling & Advising: led a group of highly qualified social workers and psychologists, I provide counseling services to students who are struggling with personal problems, schoolwork, or mental health issues. Being a founding contributor to the establishment of the University’s guidance and counseling offices, I maintain a steady stream of mental health awareness campaigns and programs that help students keep a healthy balance between their academic responsibilities and their lives outside university. Helping students transition from high school to college, and then from college to the real world has been a pleasure and an honor – a profound and fulfilling experience that I’m grateful for.

Professional Development: I train junior faculty members, help them develop and improve upon their teaching techniques, build upon their processes, and coach them into being more active, dynamic, and engaging teachers with whom students can connect and identify. As a result, faculty members who previously relied on fixed and ridged teaching methods became more fluid, adopting a more evolved style that students positively responded to.

Education

2007 PhD in Evaluation, Measurement, and Research Design from Western Michigan University, Michigan, United States of America.

2003 M.A in Human Resource Development from Western Michigan University, Michigan, United States of America.

2001 M.A in Research Methodology from University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America.

1996 M.A in Educational Psychology from King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

1988 BS in Psychology from King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Specialization

Aadvanced Psychology in the areas of social psychology, personality, learning theories, motivations, health psychology and development psychology.

Recent Research

Counseling Service Quality and Students Satisfaction at KFUPM

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