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  • Phone:

    +966548574636

  • Email:

    susman@pmu.edu.sa

  • Office No:

    F135

  • Dr. Shakir M. Usman

  • Job Title :

    Assistant Professor

  • College :

    College of Sciences and Human Studies


  • Department :

    Humanities & Social Sciences


Currently, I’m working as "Assistant Professor" at Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University, Saudi Arabia. In the most recent past, I conducted research as  the First Jan Warner Scholar at CGDS (the Center for Gender and Development Studies), American University in Iraq - Sulaimani where I also taught several courses such as "Israel/Palestine Conflict" “Gender and Genocide” “Gender and Islam” “Kurdish History” “Modern Civilizations” “Gender in Ancient Greece” and supervised “Capstone Project”.
 
My PhD Dissertation "the History of Shia, Sunni and Yazidi Conflict: A Political, Social or Religious Conflict and its impact on the Peace Process in the Middle East" with a special focus on Kurdistan, northern Iraq and my MA in Peace and Conflict Studies were done at the University of Innsbruck-Austria. I have served in different educational institutions around the world as Teacher/administrator and I have worked with national and international NGOs in different positions, where I was dealing with a number of multi-cultural and multi-lingual colleagues. The major areas in which I have worked sufficiently are Education, Media, Human Rights, Sexual & Gender-based Violence, Disaster Management, Child Protection, Psychosocial Support & Rehabilitation, Peace & Conflict and Community based Interventions.

Interdisciplinary Ph.D.  (2021)
University of Innsbruck – Austria  
 
M.A. in Peace, Development, Security and International Conflict Transformation Studies (2018)
The UNESCO Chair for Peace Studies, University of Innsbruck – Austria

Articles:

(2020). “Islam & Pakistan: A Critical Analysis.” Pakistan Journal of Society, Education and Language (PJSEL), Pakistan.
(2021). “Yazidis: A Tale of Lost, Found and Misunderstood Legacy in the Light of Mimetic Theory.” Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture, Michigan State University, USA.
(2021). “Epistemological Violence against the Yazidi Community: A Historical Perspective.” PalArch’s Journal of Archaeology of Egypt/Egyptology, the Netherlands (with A. G. Bhatti and M. Imran). 
(2021). “The Idea of Female Muezzins and Imams in Islam: A Challenge to the Pakistani Patriarchs.” Pakistan Journal of Society, Education and Language (PJSEL), Pakistan.
(2020). “Islam & Pakistan: A Critical Analysis.” Pakistan Journal of Society, Education and Language (PJSEL), Pakistan.
(2023). “Violent Conflict and Ethnic Identity: Reflection on Ethnic Relations among the Pukhtuns (Pashtuns) in Swat, Pakistan” (With S. Wasif Azim). National Identities Journal, Taylor & Francis.
 
Books:
 
(2001). Zawal Apnay Urooj per hay – An Urdu poetry book. Al-Syed Graphics, Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
(2023). The Kurds: A Misunderstood and Forgotten Might of Mesopotamia.
 
Book Chapters:
 
(2021). “Religião, Islã e os Equívocos Sobre o Islã.” Religião em Suas Diversas Faces. Vol. 2. Editor UFPB CTC. Brasil (with Gilmário Kassandro Xavier Pinheiro).
(2021). “Maria e Jesus no Islã” Religião em Suas Diversas Faces. Vol. 2. Editor UFPB CTC. Brasil (with Gilmário Kassandro Xavier Pinheiro).       
 
Conferences:
"Challenges, Options, and Opportunities for Working Women in Saudi Arabia." PMU International Conference in Future Studies, 6th – 8th December, 2022, Al Khobar, KSA.
“Female Entrepreneurs in Saudi Arabia.” 23rd EURAM 2023 Conference, 14th – 16th June, 2023, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.
“Socioeconomic and Socio-Religious Challenges in Career Development for People with Disabilities in Saudi Arabia.” 3rd International Symposium on Educational Research (ERL2023), 21st October, 2023, Prince Sultan University, Riyadh, KSA.
“Female Entrepreneurs in Saudi Arabia.” 23rd EURAM 2023 Conference, 14th – 16th June, 2023, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.
“People with Disabilities in Saudi Arabia: A Constant Struggle in the Job Market.” International African Congress – 21st – 23rd February, 2024, Toruń, Poland.
  
 
Forthcoming Publications:
 
Yazidi Encyclopedia: A Concise History of Yazidi Religion and Culture. A book draft in progress.
Hegemonic Struggles in the Contemporary World Through the Lens of Realism. Submitted for presentation and publication.
Green & Clean KSA: Saudi Arabia’s Efforts and Contributions to Sustainable Growth. Draft in progress.
People with Disabilities and the Saudi Business Market: A Missing link Towards Sustainable Growth. Draft in progress.
 

 

Serving as a Chair of Quality Assurance Committee, Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University
 
Serving Board Member, Peace Studies Fund – An organization striving to support needy students by paying their tuition fee
 
Serving Member of University Committee on Curriculum Development, Faculty Hiring Committee as well as Institutional Need Analysis Committee, Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University

Academic Experience:
 
Assistant Professor (Fall 2022 to present)
Humanities and Social Sciences Department, Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University, Saudi Arabia
Undergraduate Courses Taught: “Writing and Research” "Written Communication" “Critical Thinking and Problem Solving” and “Technical and Professional Communication” 
Masters Courses Taught: “Career Development Counselling" "Teaching & Learning with Technology" and supervised "MA Thesis" 
 
Jan Warner Visiting Scholar & Lecturer (Fall 2020 to Summer 2022)
Center for Gender and Development Studies, AUIS, Sulaimani, Kurdistan, Iraq
Courses Taught: “Gender and Genocide” “Israel and Palestine Conflict” “Gender and Islam” “Kurdish History” “Modern Civilizations” “Gender in Ancient Greece” and supervised “Capstone Project”
 
Academic Coordinator (September 2011-January 2016)
Wise Up and Wise Up Life (International), Curitiba-PR, Brazil
Managing staff of 10 teachers and 600 students
Coordinating and corresponding with the head office
Delivering lectures on language and creative arts.
 
English Language Instructor (May 2010-August 2011)
Curso ER (English Language School), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Researching the syllabus and teaching English to individuals and groups
Preparing and delivering lectures on grammar and other aspects of language
Delivering weekly and monthly evaluations
 
English Language, Creative & Performing Art Instructor (March 2008-January 2010)
BOTLHALE Cambridge International School, Gaborone, Botswana
Preparing Lessons from text-based course and other sources
Teaching English Language, Creative & Performing Art
Peer counselling and behavioral management
 
NGO Work:
 
Mentor for Unaccompanied Minor Refugees &  Security Officer (May 2018-November 2019)
Ertebat – Asylum Platform for Human Rights & Gfs Security and Systems, Innsbruck-Tyrol, Austria
Counselling and guiding unaccompanied minor refugees
Accompanying them in their daily life
Trust building and helping them to integrate into the society
Monitoring, evaluation and recommendation on security related issues
 
Program Coordinator (January 2006-April-2006)
Royal Psychological Association UK (Pakistan Mission)
Coordinated and managed project activities aimed at providing psychological assistance and child protection support to those affected by the earthquake in the Mansehra District of Pakistan
Facilitated the work of 140 staff, mostly psychologists & social workers and handled their fleet management budget
Coordinated with other agencies, including the World Health Organization

 

Undergraduate Courses Taught:
“Writing and Research” “Gender and Genocide” “Israel and Palestine Conflict” “Gender and Islam” “Kurdish History” “Modern Civilizations” “Gender in Ancient Greece” "Written Communication" “Critical Thinking and Problem Solving” “Technical and Professional Communication” and supervised “Capstone Project”
 
Masters Courses Taught:
“Career Development Counselling" "Teaching & Learning with Technology" 
 
Masters Thesis Supervised: 
"Legal Expertise: Fundamental Skill to the Best Practices in Human Resources"
"The Role and Impact of Saudi Vision 2030 in Leadership Development"
"The Culture of Fear in Organizations"

Middle Eastern Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, Israel-Palestine Conflict, Islamic History, Genocide Studies, Kurdish History, History of Yazidism, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Inclusion & Diversity, Disability Studies, Transdisciplinary Studies and Writing and Research.