Title: Special Lecturer
Company: Oakland University
Location: Sterling Heights, Minnesota, United States
Dunya Mikhail, Special Lecturer at Oakland University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Arabic and literature.
In 1996, Ms. Mikhail arrived in the United States from Iraq to pursue a career in journalism. By 2001, she had built off her previously acquired Bachelor of Arts in English literature from the University of Baghdad and earned a Master’s degree in near Eastern studies from Wayne State University. During her time there, she took on a position as an adjunct instructor of Arabic as she completed her studies. Through her work in this role, Ms. Mikhail discovered a passion for teaching. She consequently decided to change career paths and pursue a career in education. She was then hired as an Arabic resource teacher at Dearborn Public Schools in 2002. Ms. Mikhail remained there until 2009, going on to become an instructor of Arabic at Michigan State University in 2011. In 2012, she relocated and took on the title of special lecturer at Oakland University and continues to excel in her position.
Outside of her primary ventures, Ms. Mikhail has found additional success as an author, as she has written numerous anthologized poems and essays. Some of her most notable titles include, “In Her Feminine Sign,” “The Beekeeper: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq” and “Diary of a Wave Outside the Sea.” In recognition of her accomplishments, Ms. Mikhail has earned a plethora of awards and honors. In 2001, she was presented with the Human Rights Watch Award for Freedom of Writing from the United Nations, which was followed by the Translation Award from PEN in 2004. In 2006, she was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize, a highly respected international honor. She has also earned the Knights Foundation Grant, the Arab American Book Award from the AAN Museum and was long-listed for the National Book Award. Most recently, in 2019, Ms. Mikhail was named as the Poetry Book Society Wild Card. Looking toward the future, Ms. Mikhail plans to continue her current work in academia and literature for as long as possible.
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