Dr. Asmahan Sandokji, a Saudi Arabian national, is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at PMU, KSA. She received her Ph.D. in World Language Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Department of Curriculum and Instruction (rated #1 by US News) in Madison, Wisconsin, US. In addition, Asmahan has a master's degree in English as a Second Language and a bachelor's degree in English Literature.
Dr. Sandokji's dissertation research concerns the narrative of the experiences of bilingual resource specialists working with refugee children in US schools. Specifically, she explores the collection of stories and narrative accounts of the participates’ experiences, cultural values, and social relationships. Therefore, using their experiential knowledge to further empower minoritized individuals navigating US public and urban schools, community colleges, and higher education settings. Notably, Asmahan’s dissertation was recognized by the faculty at UW-Madison as she plans to publish her data chapters soon. In addition, Asmahan is an author of a book chapter and actively participates in many national and international conferences.
Some of Asmahan's research interests are social-emotional learning, personal narratives, curriculum development and course improvement, and a creative approach to instructional methods. In her research, she uses various qualitative methods, such as phenomenological interviewing, narrative inquiry, and thematic as well as discourse analysis. Nowadays, at PMU, she currently teaches technical, oral, written, and professional communication courses in addition to leadership and teamwork, critical thinking, and professional development classes.
Dr. Sandokji is a proficient speaker of English, Arabic, and Turkish, as well as a beginner in Spanish and Danish. She holds a wealth of academic teaching experience in the US, where she lived for nine years. During that time, she worked as a graduate teaching assistant in the Departments of Creative Writing and Scandinavian/Medieval Studies. Moreover, Asmahan worked as a writing specialist at the Writing Center with graduate dissertators, assisting them in writing their theses and scholarly publications. Besides, as part of her community work, she volunteered as an English language teacher for newly arrived immigrant families in Boston, Massachusetts, US.