Dr. Osamha Obeidat

Dr. Osamha Obeidat is the Jordan Country Director for the Civic Education Project working to establish new CEP programs in Jordan. He is also an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Foundations & Administration at Hashemite University. Dr. Obeidat received his bachelor’s degree from Yarmouk University, Jordan, his Master’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and his Ph.D. in educational policy and administration from the University of Pittsburgh in 2003.

Since 2003, Dr. Obeidat has been teaching several courses including classroom management, communication skills, educational planning, educational policy, and economics of education. His research interests include educational policy implementation, privatization of education, public-private partnerships in education, educational reform, and the role of international and non governmental organizations in education. Before joining the Faculty of Educational Sciences, he was an assistant to the director of the Institute of International Studies in Education at the University of Pittsburgh. While in Pittsburgh, he also participated in several training programs for Kashmiri Senior Educational administrators, Egyptian teachers, and training for directors and deputy directors of Provincial Education Departments from Pakistan. For the last two years he has been involved with the Seeds of Peace organization as a delegation leader and with its Arab Educators Program. Finally, Dr. Obeidat has received several awards and fellowships—the most recent one was the TEMPUS Individual Mobility Grant in 2004.

Dr. Obeidat has several published, in-press, and under review articles including:

  • Obeidat., O., & Khali, A. (2007). “Towards privatization of education in Jordan: Causes and consequences.” Kuwait University Journal (in Arabic) (in press).
  • Al-Omari, & Obeidat, O. (2006). “University Missions/Goals in the Context of Globalization: Public and Private Institutions in the Middle East.” International Journal of Private Higher Education, 1.
  • Khasawneh, S; Abu-Tineh, A, & Obeidat, O. (2006). “The relationships between learning style preferences and academic achievement of Hashemite University Students.” Accepted for publication in the Journal of Educational and Psychological Sciences, University of Bahrain.
  • Obeidat, O. (2005). “Recent tends in higher education sector.” Accepted for publication in Damascus University Journal
  • Obeidat, O. 2001. “Educational system in Jordan.” In World Education Encyclopedia (Vol. 2, pp.706-719). Detroit, MI: Gale Group
  • Obeidat, O. & Banat, K. (1996). “Notes on biogenic tufas associated with Zarqa- Ma’in hot springs of Jordan.” Carbonates and Evaporites, 11, (2).