Lina Choueiri, PhD, was appointed Interim Provost on January 1, 2021.
She holds a BS in mathematics from AUB and a License ès Lettres in French literature from Université Saint-Joseph in Beirut. She received her MS from Georgetown University and her PhD from the University of Southern California, both in linguistics. She joined the AUB faculty in 2000 and is currently professor of linguistics in the Department of English. She has been a visiting scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and at the University of São Paulo. She currently serves on the editorial board of Syntax and as editor for Brill's Journal of Afroasiatic Languages and Linguistics.
Choueiri specializes in comparative syntax, the study of sentence structure. In her work, she describes many aspects of the grammars of spoken varieties of Arabic and examines their implications for linguistic theory. Her research interests lie at the intersection of linguistics, psychology, and education, making important contributions to the understanding of language development, language learning, and language disorders. A dedicated teacher of both undergraduate and graduate students, Choueiri was also a recipient of AUB's Teaching Excellence Award in 2014.
Throughout her faculty career, Choueiri has been extensively involved in service efforts at the level of her department, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and the university. She has been serving as associate provost since September 1, 2017. In that role, she has been overseeing and facilitating the development of external partnerships and strategic initiatives related to undergraduate education, scholarships, and international programs to advance the delivery of a transformative university experience.