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National Associate Dean, Program Development in Science, Math, and Clinical Laboratory Sciences
DeVry University
1221 North Swift Road
Addison, IL 60101-6106
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Abour H. Cherif is theNational Associate Dean, Program Development in Science, Math, and Clinical Laboratory Sciences at DeVry University System.  Dr. Cherif holds a bachelor degree in Biology from Tripoli University, Masters degree in Teaching Biology from Portland State University and a Ph.D. in Science Education from Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada.

Dr. Cherif is a board member of the AAUA and a member of the executive committee of the International Institute for Human Factor Development (IIHFD) and one of the two vice presidents of the U.S. Chapter.  He is and or was also a member of the advisory board, editorial broad and/or editorial review of a number of bi-review journals such as Journal of Human Factor Studies, the American Biology Teachers, Journal of Higher Education Management, and the Journal of College Science Teaching.  Dr. Cherif is also an educational consultant for a number of public school districts and publishing companies.

Dr. Cherif also published over 60 papers in various professional journals, magazines, and newspapers in various areas of teaching, learning, curriculum design and development, student assessment, as well as academic and educational leadership.   He has also published a number of science lab books, SCIENCE Lab Kits, and teaching techniques, as well as co-edited a number of science textbooks in the areas of biology and chemistry.  He has presented and conducted numerous presentations, workshops, and mini-courses at state, national, and international levels at AAUA, KSU, NSTA, NABT, IIHFD, ACUBE, NCA, ICTM, ISTA, WSTA, IASCD, MEEC and NCTM to name a few.  

He has also been conducting workshops for faculty and chairs at a number of colleges and universities on assessing students’ needs in the classrooms, on teaching strategies and techniques, promoting multiculturalism in classrooms through the teaching of science and mathematics, Empowering faculty and faculty leadership, and academic leadership.  

Dr. Cherif received a number of awards such as the 1992 Aristotle Academy Team Work Award, the 1999 ISTA Outstanding Preserve Science Education Award, and the 1998 IIHFD Outstanding Accomplishments and Leadership Award, 2003 DeVry University iOptimize Initiative Award.

Dr. Cherif ‘s professional work includes Curriculum Design, Development and Reform, Instructional and Assessment Design, Evaluation Techniques, Faculty Leadership, and Academic Leadership.

Dr. Cherif taught General Biology, Genetics, Biotechnology, Integrated Sciences, Science Education, and Science Technology and Society courses and directed the science and biology programs at undergraduate levels and master degree program in teaching science at the graduate levels. At DeVry University, Dr,. Cherif directs the development of the science and math courses for various programs of Associate, Bachelor, and Master Degree programs.

He is an active member of a number of professional organizations such as the National Association Biology Teachers (NABT), The Association of College and University Biology Educators (ACUBE), National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), North American Association of Environmental Education (NAEE), The International Institute For Human Factor Development (IIHFD), National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT), Association For Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), American Association of University Administration (AAUA), Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE), Illinois Council of Teachers of mathematics (ICTM), to name a few.

Dr. Cherif is the founder of Friends of Schools and Teachers Support Group; a group of scientists and science educators who volunteer to respond to schools or science teachers requesting help in the areas of pedagogy and or science content.  He is the founder and the was managing editor of the Forward to Excellence in Teaching & Learning News Letter (FTE Newsletter).  The goal of FTE is to report trends, news, research findings, exemplary programs, and available resources in teaching and learning science and mathematics.  It is also a vehicle of communication in new ideas and educational materials for teaching science and mathematics especially for art, media and communication students as ell as non-science majors.  Dr. Cherif is also the co-founder of DeVry University Academic Colloquium Series; lectures that presented to DeVry Academics every month.

Furthermore, Dr. Cherif is the founder of DINNER WITH DARWIN, a 4-hour event sponsored by a number of publishing companies in conjunction with the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABA) National Conferences DINNER WITH DARWIN is open to educators from local colleges and universities as well as NABT National Conference participants.  The event features a panel discussion on the influence of The Origin of Species on a wide variety of areas of human endeavors in the areas of science, mathematics, and humanities.  The panel consists of highly respected scholars from various academic areas and is moderated by a distinguished professor or journalist.

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