Notre Dame University



Rosemary Suliman, PhD

Dr. Rosemary Suliman is a Senior Lecturer of Arabic Language & Education at the School of Humanities and Languages at University of Western Sydney, Bankstown Campus. Dr. Suliman holds a Doctorate of Philosophy, in Education from the University of Western Sydney. She has been a pioneer in the field of teaching Arabic since its inception in Australia in the 1980’s. She is renowned nationally and internationally for her extensive contribution to the field in the areas of curriculum and syllabus development. Dr. Suliman also has a record of wide-ranging, innovative and on-going research in relation to students of Arabic-speaking background, mainly Lebanese background students. Her most outstanding research is on The Motivational and Linguistic Context of the School Achievement of Arabic-background students in South-Western Sydney. Dr. Suliman’s most recent completed research is Success Stories of Refugee Students at the University of Western Sydney".
Dr. Suliman is a recipient of several awards including The School of Languages & Linguistics Award for best Community Project, UWS, 2005, The Vice Chancellor’s Excellence Award for Social Justice, 2004, The Arab Women Award for Outstanding Contribution to Arabic Language, 2000 and Self-portrait displayed in Parliament House in 1998 as one of fifteen Arabic- background people who made significant contribution to Australian society. Dr. Suliman is an Associate Researcher at the Lebanese Emigration Research Center (LERC). In collaboration with NDU , Dr. Suliman is working on Crossing and Return : Language, Culture and Identity" , a project which will study the impact of the migration, return and re-migration experience on the language, culture and identity of young university students in Australia and in Lebanon.