Dr. Mohamed Azaza

Dr. Mohamed Azaza

Dr. Mohamed Azaza

Assistant Professor


  • PhD in Education, University of Leicester, UK
  • MSc in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Aston University, UK
  • Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults, University of Cambridge, UK
  • BA in ELT, Faculty of Human and Social Sciences of Tunis, Tunisia

Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations

  • International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI)
  • UAE Learning Network


Dr. Mohamed Azaza is an experienced educator having mastered a variety of roles including teaching, coaching, mentoring and leading professional development activities. In 2016, he served as the President of TESOL Arabia, the largest organization providing professional development opportunities for ELT teachers and leaders in the UAE, the Gulf and MENA Region.

Since joining ECAE in 2019 as an Assistant Professor in the Assessment and School Evaluation Division, he has been teaching school leadership, educational effectiveness, school evaluation and improvement.

Prior to joining ECAE, Dr. Azaza  gained extensive experience as a teacher, head teacher, supervisor and professional development coordinator in the UAE schools and ADNOC Technical Institute.  During this period, he won several educational awards including Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Award for Distinguished Academic Performance (Dubai), Sharjah Award for Excellence in Education and the UAE Ministry of Education Award for Distinction.

Dr. Azaza’s research into value-practice dissonance in professional learning in schools as a resource for school self-evaluation is the first of its kind in the region, carried out in the context of Abu Dhabi Education Council. He focuses on understanding the significant and untapped potential of utilizing value-practice dissonance feedback reports as one of the many forms and strategies of school self-evaluation for optimal use by school leaders. Dr. Azaza has presented the findings of his research at both local and international conferences in the UAE, the UK, the USA, Turkey and Tunisia.

Dr. Azaza holds a PhD in Education from the University of Leicester, an MSc in TESOL from Aston University, and DELTA from the University of Cambridge.


Articles in Peer-Reviewed Research Journals

  • Azaza. M. (Under review) Investigating teachers’ professional learning values and practices in the United Arab Emirates. Journal of Educational Research.

Books, Chapters in Books and Published Reports

  • Azaza. M & Khemakhem. S (in press). Peer Feedback in Writing: Opportunities for Collaboration and Potential Pitfalls. In S. Hidri and S. Troudi (Eds.). Springer Publishers.
  • Azaza. M. (2014). Re-conceptualizing Teacher Professional Learning. In McLaren, P. Al-Hamly. M, Coombe. C, Davidson, P. Gunn., and Troudi, S. (Eds.) (2014). Proceedings of the 19th TESOL Arabia Conference: From KG to College to Career. Dubai: TESOL Arabia Publications.
  • Azaza. M. 2013. The Effect of Peer Editing on Improving the Writing Mechanics of Arab Learners. In Al-Hamly. M, Coombe. C, P. Davidson, A. Shehada, and S. Troudi (Eds.) From KG to College to Career. Dubai: TESOL Arabia Publications.
  • Azaza. M. (2012). Evaluating Learner Training Materials. In Davidson, P., Al-Hamly. M., Coombe. C, Troudi, S., Gunn, C., and Engin, M. Achieving Excellence through Life Skills Education. (Eds.) Dubai: TESOL Arabia Publications.