Faculty Focus – Ribhi Salhi, political science instructor

Ribhi Salhi taught his first class with Columbia College–Lake County in October 2008, and is once again returning to teach POSC 111 American National Government in the June Session. If you are thinking about taking this class, please take a few minutes to learn more about one of our newest instructors.

1)Where are you from?

2)Tell us about your family.
I am a married man. My wife is from Chicago and she is a great woman.

3)What degrees do you hold, and where did you earn them?
I earned my bachelor of arts in political science from the University of Jordan. I earned my first master of arts in international relations from Roosevelt University and another master of arts in comparative politics from Northern Illinois University.

4)Tell us about your teaching experience and work history.
I have been involved in academia since 1993 and a political science instructor since 1998. In addition to Columbia College, I have taught classes at Roosevelt University, College of Lake County, McHenry County College, Oakton Community College and National Louis University.

My areas of interest are the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and U.S. foreign policy. My research interests are political terrorism and regional security concerns. I have presented papers at several conferences for the Illinois Political Science Association (IPSA), the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA), and the American Political Science Association (APSA). Last year I received a grant from the U.S. government through the College of Lake County to create a module for U.S. foreign policy in East Asia. It will be integrated into my American politics class in the August Session.

5)What do you most enjoy about political science?
Political science is a source that will teach you the world with its political, social and economic changes and how you can bring solutions to all these changes.

6)Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.
I get too excited when I lecture!

7)What advice do you have for students taking your class this summer?
Students are the future leaders for their communities, societies, and countries. Keep reading as much as you can and adopt a cooperative policy with your instructors. Instructors love students who work with them. Be active so you will be productive.