By Lyn Abu Seraj
LAU Tribune contributor
Raed Mohsen, the new dean of student affairs on the Beirut campus, said he never wanted to graduate from university. And he didn’t. His journey in the world of academia evolved from studentship to full-time teaching at the communication arts department in 1996 to his current position in October 2010.
Mohsen holds a BA in interpersonal and public communication from Bowling Green State University, Ohio, a Master’s of social work from Gallaudet University, District of Columbia, and an MA in Political Science and PhD in interpersonal and public communication, also from BGSU.
Before he became dean of students, Mohsen had his own clinical practice and a segment on social and family issues in the morning TV program, “Alam Assabah.” Managing such a heavy schedule was not easy. “Time is a factor and an obstacle,” Mohsen explained. He admitted he only gets to see his two young daughters before they go to bed and on weekends.
When he became dean of students, Mohsen decided to stop his counseling services and TV segment. “My identity is a dean of students, not a media person,” he explained.
Mohsen said he firmly believed “there are no shortcuts to success.” One needs time and effort to acquire the proper qualifications and Mohsen uses such knowledge to develop projects that service the LAU community and, in return, reflect positively on society.
The dean of students’ office already started work on the Student Staff Faculty Forum (SSFF). The project gives the LAU community a platform to discuss LAU-related issues of environmental, political and social nature. “The whole purpose of this project is to allow students and faculty to express their opinion in a professional way,” Mohsen said.
Mohsen encouraged students to distinguish themselves culturally and intellectually from others by looking for a job immediately after graduation or during university years. “After all you are one out of a hundred applicants applying for the same job around Lebanon. So what makes you different from others?” Mohsen rhetorically asked.
Mohsen said he does not see his job as an occupation or profession, but rather as an opportunity to get involved in student’s affairs using his knowledge and experience. “LAU contributed in making me what I am,” he said. “Now my skills are needed.”