FLORENCE, S.C. – Amar Almasude, coordinator of instructional technology at Francis Marion University, recently participated in the prestigious Dissertation Workshop 2000 held at Harvard University.
Almasude, a native of Morocco, was one of 12 presenters at the international workshop, which was sponsored by Harvard, the Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and the American Institute of Maghrib Studies. The 12 doctoral candidates, chosen from a variety of disciplines and from institutions on three continents, presented and discussed their findings on cultural, socioeconomic, and technological developments in the Maghrib.
The fourth-annual session was held at Harvard’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies. The workshop also included an Institute-sponsored dinner in Cambridge, special film study sessions at Tufts’ Tisch Center, and a brunch in the Murrow Room of the Fletcher School. As part of the workshop, prominent Harvard professors, Dr. Roger Owens and Dr. William Granara, discussed current methods of Maghrib research and likely future influences on such research.
Almasude will graduate from Ohio University’s doctoral program this spring. His dissertation examines the effects of experience with microcomputer-based instructional technology on critical social attitudes of Moroccan secondary teachers belonging to two culturally distinct groups.
“I am extremely grateful for this early recognition of my work,” Almasude said. “It was truly difficult. Research on sensitive issues anywhere in the Maghrib has extremely complex constraints. I want to thank FMU’s Dr. Lloyd Hutchings for his ingenious consultative support. Whenever others told me that something deemed necessary to the project was essentially impossible, he could suggest several alternatives that would accomplish the same thing.”
Prior to joining the Francis Marion staff in 1996, Almasude worked in the Alden Library at Ohio University. He earned three M.A. degrees from Ohio University, a B.A. degree from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., and a B.A. degree from the University Mohammed V in Oujda, Morocco.
Almasude received a financial award from conference sponsors to facilitate his attendance.