Dr. Mahmud Alkailani from Jordan
Meet Dr. Mahmud Alkailani from Yarmouk University, who just joined BSU as a visiting scholar starting Fall,2023. Dr. Alkailani is an associate Professor of Digital Marketing at the Marketing Department at Yarmouk University, Irbid, Jordan. Dr. Alkailani earned his bachelor's degree with honor from Yarmouk University and a master's degree in business administration from University of Jordan. Dr. Alkailani got his Doctorate from Marshall Goldsmith School of Management at Alliant International University in San Diego, Ca, USA in 2009. His Main area of research is focused on Digital Marketing and Digital Business, more specifically on cross cultural online consumer behavior and social media Marketing. Dr. Alkailani is also an active instructor.
He has been teaching for 20 years where he taught more than 30 different undergraduate and graduate courses in the area of Marketing and Business Administration. Dr. Alkailani served as a vice dean at the faculty of Business and as head of the Marketing department for seven years at Yarmouk University. He has been involved in building relationships between Yarmouk Universities and other institutions inside and outside Jordan. Dr. Alkailani served on many academic committees and workshop programs. He worked with accreditation compliance committees at ministry of higher education in Jordan. Dr. Alkailani also participated in many international academic conferences across the world.
Dr. Alkailani is a proud father of four (Three girls and a boy). His oldest daughter Aya just started a residency program in Psychiatry in Des Moines, IA. His Son Saif, who is also a doctor is working to join a residency program in Internal Medicine in the USA.
Dr. Ketevan Mosashvili from Georgia
Meet Ketevan Mosashvili, a visiting scholar, professor of Psychology. Ketevan has PhD in Personality and Clinical Psychology and holds an assistant professor position at Tbilisi State University, Georgia. Her PhD research “Meaning – Making Framework: Religiosity, World Assumptions and Posttraumatic Growth in Case of Internally Displaced Persons after the Russian-Georgian War in 2008” is closely related with the problems of war and Internally Displaced Persons. Ketevan is extending her research, now focusing on IDPs and refugees from Russian aggression in Ukraine. Her collaboration with BSU has started from NSF funded undergraduate student research SIMuR project, where she worked with fellow students, providing training in Acceptance and Well-being in the Context of a Different Cultures, Cultural Adjustment vs “Culture Shock”, Meaning Making Framework, Appraisal of Life Events and Coping Strategies. Apart from teaching at BSU several classes in psychology, Ketevan cooperates with the student wellness center. Being a coordinator of Psychological Counseling Center for Students at Tbilisi State University (TSU), she is working on knowledge and experience exchange between the two centers.
Dr. Mikheil Elashvili from Georgia
Meet Dr. Mikheil Elashvili from Ilia State University ISU, Georgia (Republic of) joined the BSU community as a Fulbright research fellow for the spring of 2022. He has earned his Bachelor degree with honors in 1997, and Master degree with distinction at Informatics and Applied Mathematics in 1999 from the Tbilisi State University. Mikheil got his PhD degree in Geophysics in 2004. Professor at ISU, Mikheil is actively pursuing research and academic carrier. Former dean of School of Engineering at ISU and director of the Cultural Heritage and Environment Research Center, he is serving as a PI of various ongoing and completed international projects, collaborating with research teams from the Caucasus region, EU and US. Scientific/Research interests of Professor Elashvili are Environmental Studies, Climate and Environmental Changes, Reconstruction of Paleo Environment, Natural Hazards and Geomorphology, GIS and Remote Sensing, Applied Geophysics and Geo-Archaeology. Prof. Elashvili is engaged in developing innovative Virtual Reality technologies, used in research and education, by reconstruction of historic past and working on virtual museum concept. Currently Mikheil Elashvili is conducting the Multidisciplinary Study of Changes in Paleoclimate and Paleoenvironment and Human-Environment Interactions, actively participating in the NSF funded International Research Experience for Students project SIMuR and working with BSU students through the Graduate Course INTD499 in Multidisciplinary Studies. Mikheil Elashvili is also teaching several classes in calculus.