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Hoda Mostafa

  • Position: Director Center for Learning and Teaching & Professor of Practice at the Center for Learning and Teaching
  • Department: Center for Learning and Teaching
  • Email: [email protected]
Brief Biography

Hoda Mostafa is a professor of practice and the director of the  Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT) at The American University in Cairo (AUC). She actively leads and serves in the areas of educational development, digital education and strategic educational initiatives that enhance the profile of AUC as a global university. Mostafa collaborates across the University and beyond, as an educational developer, supporting and enabling innovation in teaching and learning, formative assessment of learning and teaching, digital education, experiential learning, and integration of creative and critical thinking into the curriculum. She also has a Doctor of Medicine (MD), and MSc in Ophthalmology and a BSc in Medicine from Cairo University and extensive experience in clinical practice and medical education as an associate professor at Cairo University until 2011.

Mostafa joined AUC as a faculty member in 2011 after moving into higher education leadership and education and continues to develop her interest in, and commitment to, faculty development, digital education, pedagogy and thinking skills in the classroom and beyond. She develops and facilitates professional development workshops for faculty and teaching assistants across a variety of topics within the field of educational development, creative and critical thinking, design thinking and experiential learning strategies. She also consults with faculty and leaders across AUC through her role as director of the CLT, and is an active educational developer and consultant. Mostafa has held leadership positions at the CLT since 2016 as an associate director and director in 2018.

She has taught extensively in the core curriculum at AUC for over 12 years, teaching and developing the course Scientific Thinking and directed this multi-section course initiative from 2011-2016. She has also directed the co-development of the course Creative Thinking and Problem Solving at a freshman level and co-taught Design Thinking as part of this core offering (the first course of its kind at AUC). 

Mostafa led her team to support the University’s transition to emergency remote teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic and is responsible for leading the newly established Digital Education Unit at CLT for AUC blended and online learning initiatives. She has contributed extensively, co-led and coordinated multiple high-impact institutional initiatives including, but not limited to, AUC’s Learning Spaces Plan, AUC Online,  the Quality of Education Task Force for Undergraduate and Graduate Education, Experiential Learning Initiative at CLT and AUC Road to College.

She is also a passionate design thinking facilitator and coach with a mission to spread innovation frameworks in higher education curricular and co-curricular activities and spearheads design thinking activities at AUC. She also represents AUC in the Global Design Thinking Alliance and Design Thinking For Afrika in partnership with the HPI D'school University of Capetown.

Research Interest
  • Faculty Development
  • Future Skills and Curriculum Integration
  • Creativity and Design Thinking and Systems Thinking
  • Experiential Learning
  • Cissy J Ballen, Stepfanie M Aguillon, Azza Awwad, Anne E Bjune, Daniel Challou, Abby Grace Drake, Michelle Driessen, Aziza Ellozy, Vivian E Ferry, Emma E Goldberg, William Harcombe, Steve Jensen, Christian Jørgensen, Zoe Koth, Suzanne McGaugh, Caroline Mitry, Bryan Mosher, Hoda Mostafa, Renee H Petipas, Paula A G Soneral, Shana Watters, Deena Wassenberg, Stacey L Weiss, Azariah Yonas, Kelly R Zamudio, Sehoya Cotner, Smaller Classes Promote Equitable Student Participation in STEM, BioScience, Volume 69, Issue 8, August 2019, Pages 669–680, 
  • Ellozy, A. R., & Mostafa, H. M. (2010). Making learning visible: Using e-maps to enhance critical reading skills. MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, 6(3), 634-646.
  • Mostafa, M., & Mostafa, H. (2010). How Do Architects Think? Learning styles and Architectural Education.
  • MD 2003, Cairo University, Faculty of Medicine
  • MSc 2000, Cairo University, Faculty of Medicine
  • BSc 1995, Cairo University, Faculty of Medicine
  • Scientific Thinking
  • Creative Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Human-Centered Design: Creative Cairo