Catherine Buon, Ph.D., is the Associate Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences for General Education, Program Chair for the MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, and Director of the Center for Research in Applied Linguistics. She earned a BA in English Language and Literature at the Université d’Angers, France, where she also obtained a BA in Teaching French as a Foreign Language. After moving to the USA, she earned an MA in French and Francophone Literatures, and a PhD in Applied Linguistics from Louisiana State University, USA. Dr. Buon is an applied linguist, language specialist, teacher trainer, and administrator with a passion for languages, world cultures, and pedagogy. Her research interests lie primarily in the areas of foreign language reading and writing, curriculum design, and teaching methods. After teaching French as a Foreign Language and English as a Second Language at the undergraduate and graduate levels for many years in U.S. universities, Dr. Buon’s professional career took her around the world teaching English as a Foreign Language in the Middle East and Cyprus; training EFL teachers in Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia; and now in Armenia. Dr. Buon’s administrative experience spans a period of over 15 years. She has held positions as Language Program Coordinator, Exam Coordinator, Foreign Languages Department Head, Assistant Dean, Associate Dean, and Interim Dean at various institutions of higher learning around the world. She joined the AUA faculty in 2010 as Assistant Dean in the Department of English Programs and has served as Interim Dean since January 2012.
Dr. Van Genderen, DBA FRSA, the Dean of College of Business and Economics
Dr. Van Genderen was Professor and Associate Dean of International Business and International Strategic Management at the Institute of Management Technology (IMT), in Dubai, UAE, where he worked from 2011 to 2015. Prior to that, he served as Senior Lecturer in Management and Leadership at Zayed University, Abu Dhabi (2005‐2011), and as Senior Lecturer in Management and Finance at the American University of Bulgaria (2003‐2005). Dr. Van Genderen received his BSc in International Economics in Moscow, Russia, his Master of International Management (MIM) from Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University, and his DBA from Henley Business School, Henley‐on‐Thames, England. Most recently, he completed a Certificate in Coaching Psychology at the University of Cambridge, where he has been commissioned by the Queen’s Young Leaders Program Director to design and deliver a leadership curriculum for the program.(including applied learning), accreditation and academic integrity.
Aram Hajian, Ph.D., is Dean of the College of Science and Engineering. Dr. Hajian received his Mechanical Engineering B.S. degree from Stanford University and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Engineering Sciences from Harvard University. After working in the Biomechanics Group at Exponent, Inc., he relocated to Armenia in 2000, where he has worked in a number of hi-tech, entrepreneurial and community positions. He has served as Executive Director of MadeinArmeniadirect.com and as a Managing Consultant at Arlex Intl. in Yerevan. He is also a co-founder and board member of the Chess Academy of Armenia. His scholarly publications are in the area of biomechanics and relate to the mechanical characterization of the human hand. He teaches several courses in the College of Engineering.
Varduhi Petrosyan, Ph.D., is the Dean of the AUA School of Public Health (SPH) and Director of the Center for Health Services Research and Development. She is a Professor of Health Sciences. Dr. Petrosyan was the Associate Dean in 2007-2015. She earned her PhD from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management. She also has a Master of Science, focusing on environmental health, from the University of Idaho and a degree in biochemistry from Yerevan State University. She has successfully led health services research projects in Armenia and the region focusing on public health services, tobacco control, tuberculosis control, primary care, ophthalmic care, diabetes care, environmental health, and determinants of health disparities among women and other vulnerable populations, including working migrants, diabetes patients, tuberculosis patients, pregnant women, and children 0-7 years old. Dr. Petrosyan teaches graduate courses in health services research, program evaluation, and comparative health systems. She has been appointed to be a member of the Country Coordination Mechanism for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria programs in the Republic of Armenia. In 2012-2014, Dr. Petrosyan was the Advisor on Health Reforms to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia on a voluntary basis. Prior to her arrival to AUA, she held a position of Research Assistant at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she conducted research on comparative health systems (focusing on health spending and cross national comparison of quality) in member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Dr. Petrosyan has authored many peer-reviewed publications and has extensively presented her work at international scientific meetings and conferences. She is currently the Associate Editor of the International Journal for Equity in Health, an open access, peer-reviewed, online journal presenting evidence relevant to the search for, and attainment of, equity in health across and within countries.
Thomas Samuelian, J.D., Ph.D., is the Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Program Chair of the LL.M., and Director of the Legal Research Center. He earned the J.D. from Harvard Law School, and holds the Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania. An international attorney with wide-ranging experience in the US, Armenia, Russia, Kazakhstan and other countries, Dr. Samuelian is the founder and managing attorney of Arlex International Ltd., a leading law firm in Yerevan, Armenia. Dr. Samuelian has served on the faculties of the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University, as well as St. Nersess Seminary and AUA Law Department. A scholar of many accomplishments, he is the author of numerous studies in law and public policy, including proposed measures for Armenia’s Anti-Corruption Strategy and Protection of Armenian Cultural Heritage, as well as Armenian historical and linguistic publications, including the first complete English translation of St. Gregory of Narek’s Prayer Book. He has served as President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Armenia. He clerked in US District Court (E.D. Pa.) and is admitted to practice in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, District of Columbia and Armenia.