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Faculty Feature - Alia Sheety, PhD

Posted on 9/28/2017 11:51:33 AM

Beginning in 2012, Alia Sheety, PhD, has taught at Cabrini for more than five years. Currently, she is teaching courses at the Masters and Doctoral level in the department of Educational Policy and Leadership at the School of Education, most of which are online, and coordinates the Online Masters of Education in Curriculum Instruction and Assessment. Many of her courses focus on teaching Sheety students how to read and evaluate research studies, something she constantly does as a scholar. One of her recent projects was finalizing an analytical work on the use of restorative approaches to integrate refugees in host countries with an emphasis on working with traumatized children.

Do you have a favorite subject matter—or lesson—that you teach?
I love teaching different research classes. They allow students to stretch out of their comfort zone and to explore areas that they wouldn’t typically have a chance to do with their busy daily schedule.

What is your go-to advice for Cabrini students?
The sky is the limit. Think big, set attainable goals to help you move toward achieving your dreams. Ask, explore, reflect, and enjoy your journey at Cabrini. We are here to support you.

What is your favorite item in your office and why?
My computer keyboard because it holds the alphabetical letters in Arabic, English, and Hebrew, a good reminder of inclusivity and the opportunity to live in peace. My family picture is also a favorite because I only get to see them once or twice a year. Sometimes in midst of busy days, I look at the picture and a quick memory will come to mind that makes me smile.

What is your favorite quote and why?
My favorite quote changes as it depends on the time and circumstances. For now, and as we are working on the issue of inclusivity and interfaith, I am sharing a quote from Khalil Gibran,

“I love you when you prostrate yourself in your mosque, kneel in your church, and pray in your synagogue. For you and I are sons of one faith.”

I chose this quote because I am saddened and unable to understand how religion is turned into a divider between people and nations. Religious identity is important, but it shouldn’t be prioritized over what it means to be a human being.

Do you have any hidden talents or interests? If so, what are they?
I do not have any hidden talents. I love what I do and do what I love whenever I get the chance.