Dr Omar Kaissi

Teaching Fellow in Education

Background

I am a Teaching Fellow (MSc Education) at Moray House School of Education and Sport, The University of Edinburgh. My two specialisms are sociology of education, with a focus on critical masculinities studies, and politics of education, with a focus on education policy and the politics of education in Lebanon, my home country, and the wider Arab region. 

Qualifications

PhD Education (The University of Manchester, 2019) - Awarded with no corrections  

MA Educational Leadership (The University of Manchester, 2014) - Awarded with distinction  

BA English Literature (American University of Beirut, 2012) - Awarded with distinction 

Awards:

2014: Platt Prize for Outstanding Achievement in a Master’s Degree (School of Education, Environment and Development, The University of Manchester)

2016-2019: Faculty of Humanities Studentship Award (School of Education, Environment and Development, The University of Manchester)

 

Responsibilities & affiliations

I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK) - currently applying to full membership status. 

I am a member of:

  • British Educational Research Association 
  • Lebanese Association for Educational Studies 

Undergraduate teaching

Undergraduate courses: 

- Leadership I (BA Management, Leadership and Leisure - The University of Manchester)

- Sociology of Leisure (BA Management, Leadership and Leisure - The University of Manchester)

- Keys Issues in Education (BSc Education - The University of Manchester) 

Postgraduate teaching

Postgraduate courses: 

- The Philosophy of Education (MSc Education - The University of Edinburgh) 

- Education Policy and the Politics of Education (MSc Education - The University of Edinburgh) 

- The Sources of Knowledge: Understanding and Analysing Research Literature (MSc Education - The University of Edinburgh) 

- Conceptualising Research: Foundations, Assumptions and Praxis (MSc Education - The University of Edinburgh) 

- The Nature of Inquiry (MSc Education - The University of Edinburgh) 

- Higher Education in the Global Context (MSc Comparative Education and International Development - The University of Edinburgh) 

- Leading Educational Change and Development (MA Educational Leadership - The University of Manchester) 

- Educational Leadership (MA Educational Leadership - The University of Manchester)

Research summary

Publications: 

<القيسي، عمر والقيسي، إيمان. (2022). لبنان الأزمة: أيّ دور للقيادة التعليميّة؟ منهجيات، 7، 14-17.>

→ This blog post is listed by Teaching Matters as one of the ‘top 10 posts read in 2021, including all years of publication’ – see: https://www.teaching-matters-blog.ed.ac.uk/top-ten-teaching-matters-posts-of-2021/

Conference details

  • Kaissi, O. (2020, April). Critical Realism (CR): An ontological de-centring of the social sciences. Moray House PGT Conference, Edinburgh, UK.
  • Kaissi, O. (2019, June). The future of sociological knowing in the field of education. 11th International Critical Management Studies Conference, Milton Keynes, UK.
  • Kaissi, O. (2019, May). Professional intellectual work and body alienation in the neoliberal university. Bodies and Embodiment: The Fifth Annual Conference of the Centre for the Study of Global Ethics, Birmingham, UK.
  • Kaissi, O. (2018, September). The male body in research on boys and masculinities in the school: An exploration of presences and silences, and issues and challenges. Paper presented at the British Educational Research Association (BERA) conference, Newcastle, UK.
  • Kaissi, O. (2018, June). Boys, masculinities and corporeality: A Bourdieuian investigation of knowledge claims and limitations to knowing in gender and education research. Paper presented at the Gender Summit 15, London, UK. (Invited speaker)
  • Kaissi, O. (2017, July). Flesh-and-blood corporeality: Investigating contemporary male body image and its power to exclude in education. Paper presented at the Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism, Rome, Italy.

Invited speaker

  • The University of Manchester, Manchester Institute of Education

Guest lecturer on gender for Key Issues in Education (Course EDUC11100, BSc Education) – February 2021 and February 2022   

  • The University of Edinburgh, Moray House School of Education and Sport, Comparative Education and International Development (CEID) Research Group

Discussant in a webinar entitled, ‘Focus on Lebanon: Challenges of education in a nation in crisis’ – October 2020. For more details: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ceid-research-group-webinar-1-tickets-122366666995#

  • UCL Doctoral College, University College London, South West Asia and North Africa (SWANA) Forum for Social Justice

Speaker in a webinar entitled, ‘Lebanon education crisis’ – April 2022. For more details: https://www.grad.ucl.ac.uk/societies/swana-forum-for-social-justice.html

Organiser