American University of Beirut

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Communication Skills Program engages students in one of their first common experiences at AUB, the writing classes. Building on a variety of schooling backgrounds and linguistic competencies, the program's faculty promote excellence in and through writing. Students are invited to deepen their critical thinking skills through multiple revisions of exploratory and expository writing, benefitting from the support and feedback of their classmates, instructors, and writing tutors. Learning takes place in a variety of face-to-face and online formats that include writing workshops, one-on-one conferences, small-group collaborative assignments, class discussions, and individual reflection that centers on one's evolving attitudes and application of new knowledge and skill.


CSP Governance​​​

CSP is a program within the Department of English. It is governed by writing instructors and department representatives working within three committees: Program, Curriculum, and Assessment Committee. CSP also has a vibrant new faculty mentoring program and continuing faculty development. CSP faculty expand and hone their teaching repertoire throughout their teaching career. In-house development opportunities begin with new faculty mentoring program, and continue to include class visits, reading groups, special interest groups, course and whole program meetings, committee work or ad hoc task teams​. The Program meets annually for working retreats in which all teaching faculty engage in discussions and work toward informed decision-making, which further fuels the ongoing development of the program and co-defines the committees' tasks. Work is organized in tandem by the program's director and assistant director. Faculty also benefit from the program’s conference travel grant.

​​Program Committees 


CSPC AY 2023-24
  • Malakeh Khoury, chair (
  • Dorota Fleszar
  • Sawsan Maktabi
  • Ryan Johnson
  • Rula Baalbaki

​Curriculum Committee 
  • Rabab Kodeih, chair (
  • Souha Riman
  • Rima Shadid

​Assessment Committee
  • Malakeh Khoury (
  • Hassan Zreik


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