Judging Panel 2016


Prof. Adrian RoscoeProf. Adrian Roscoe

Though he recently retired to England after thirteen years’ work at Sultan Qaboos University, Adrian Roscoe continues to write. His latest books include Methodologies for Effective Writing Instruction, edited with Drs Rahma Al-Mahrooqi and Vijay Thakur (2015);Vol. I of The Common Touch: Popular Literature from Shakespeare to the Restoration, edited with Prof. Paul Scanlon (2014); and Focusing on EFL Reading, edited with Dr Rahma Al-Mahrooqi (2014).

He is currently working on Volume II of The Common Touch and on a book about aspects of the Roman colonial experience in Britain.

Dr. Susanne ShunnaqDr. Susanne Shunnaq

Susanne Ramadan Shunnaq is a Vienna born English literature specialist who has joined the English Department at Sultan Qaboos University in 2013 after a 14-year teaching, research, and administrative career in academia in the Middle East. She holds a Ph.D in Modern and Contemporary American Literature from The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, in the USA where she was a Fulbright scholar.  Upon her graduation, she accepted a position at Yarmouk University in northern Jordan where she continued her long years of dedication to the teaching of English language and literature and the study of Middle Eastern culture.  Her research interests include eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature, modernist literature, cultural studies, teaching strategies, and foreign language education.

Dr Faryal AhmedDr. Faryal Ahmed

Faryal Ahmed is currently working at Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. She is teaching skill based courses at the Language Centre. Prior to this she was teaching Language and Literature to the undergraduates, graduates and post graduates at Kinnaird College, Lahore, Pakistan. She was also involved in developing courses in Applied Linguistics, Management Studies, Communication and Teacher Education. She has also taught English and communication courses at the Academy of Civil Services in Pakistan.

She has a PHD in Management and a double Masters in Literature and Educational Management from Nottingham University, England. She is a gold and a distinction holder. Other than teaching she has served on several committees and was part of the committee that prepared the strategic plan for the Language Centre from 2004 – 2009. 

She has devoted her career in building and developing human potential where she has excelled in utilizing her core competencies of problem solving, organizing, and focusing on quality. She has not only been a teacher, but a facilitator, program developer, and a coordinator for hundreds of students in Oman and Pakistan.


Dr. Adil Al KhafajiDr. Adil Al Khafaji

Dr. Al Khafaji is Associate Professor of Linguistics and Translation. He obtained his M. A. in English as a Second or Foreign Language from the University College of North Wales, Bangor, UK and Ph. D. in Linguistics and Translation from Al Mustansiriya University, Iraq. He has more than 40 years of experience in ELT. He taught in Iraq, Jordan and, for the last 14 years, in Oman.

Dr. Al Khafaji is a former British Council scholar and has published on ELT and translation studies. He is the author of the Translanguage Hypothesis in Applied Translation Studies. He is experienced in program design and worked as a program reviewer for the Omani Ministry of Higher Education.

Dr. Chandrika BalasubramanianDr. Chandrika Balasubramanian

Dr. Chandrika Balasubramanian is an Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics at the English Department of Sultan Qaboos University, where she has been working for the last two years. Prior to coming to the Sultanate of Oman, Chandrika worked at Western Carolina University, in the USA.  While she has published extensively on World Englishes and the changing status of English as a Global Language, her current research interests focus more on issues concerned with language pedagogy. She thoroughly enjoys working with students and enjoys the challenge of making their learning experiences more enjoyable and fruitful.