Rachid Bendriss, EdD

Rachid Bendriss, EdD

Associate Professor of English as a Second Language
Assistant Dean for Student Recruitment, Outreach, and Foundation Programs

 (+974) 4492 8221 


Ed.D. in Educational Leadership 
University of Central Florida 2007



Dr. Rachid Bendriss joined Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q) in 2010 as Lecturer of English as a Second Language in premedical education and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2016. Dr. Bendriss graduated from the University of Central Florida (UCF) with an MA in TESOL and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership.  In 2013, Dr. Bendriss was appointed as Assistant Dean for Student Recruitment, Outreach, and Foundation programs. In this role, he provides a dynamic and forward-looking leadership to attract local and regional student talent to the pursuit of a career in medicine through innovative pathway programs and engaged relationship-building. To strengthen long-term partnerships with the high school community in Qatar, Dr. Bendriss established creative initiatives focused on effective college readiness for prospective students, yielding a significant number of highly motivated applicants from Qatar and the GCC.

Prior to joining WCM-Q, Dr. Bendriss was a faculty member at Valencia College and UCF . In addition to teaching, Dr. Bendriss assumed several administrative leadership roles. At UCF, he served as Assistant Director of the Center for Multilingual Multicultural Studies, where he managed an Intensive English Program of 380 international students. He was also Assistant Director of the International Services Center, leading institutional global initiatives to internationalize the campus. As a Faculty Development Specialist at UCF’s Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, Dr. Bendriss designed programs to internationalize curricula and facilitated training on learning theories, course design, curriculum, assessment, classroom management, and pedagogy for teaching assistants and new faculty.

At WCM-Q, Dr. Bendriss has served as chair and member of numerous committees, task forces, and advisory boards focused on curriculum reform, admissions, student research experience, educational technology, academic readiness, and student advising. Dr. Bendriss has lectured and written extensively on the internationalization of higher education, recruitment and enrollment management, academic English development, information fluency, college readiness, and educational technology.

Dr. Rachid Bendriss is an international education expert who received the prestigious U.S. Department of State Fulbright Award of International Education, the distinguished Florida Association of International Education Annual Award, and WCM-Q’s Excellence in Teaching Award.


Selected Publications

  • Bendriss, R., & Saliba, R. Embedding information literacy strategies in an ESL curriculum through technology. In S. Sivapalan, & S. Cheah. 21st Century learning in English language education: Embracing technology and progressive pedagogy. (2016, May 30). Paper presented at 25th MELTA International Conference: 30th May – 1st June 2016 , Ipoh, Perak (Paper no. 1). Malaysia: MELTA.

  • Bendriss, R., Saliba, R. & Birch, S. Faculty and Librarians' Partnership: Designing a New Framework to Develop Information Fluent Future Doctors. Journal of Academic Librarianship. 2015; 41(6): 821-838; doi:10.1016/j.acalib.2015.09.003

  • Bendriss G, Bendriss R. Raising awareness among health educators and educational institutions of the need to overcome the language barrier among Non-Native English speaking students of Health Sciences in Qatar: A needs analysis and solutions. Journal of Local and Global Health Science. 2015; 1.DOI: 10.5339/jlghs.2015.1

  • Bendriss, R. Asynchronous Online Discussions: Perceptions on Second Language Reading, Writing, and Critical Thinking. In Proceedings of the Third International Conference on E-Learning & E-Technologies in Education (ICEEE). Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: The Society of Digital Information and Wireless Communications (SDIWC). 2014. 48-54.

  • Bendriss, R. Second Language Reading, Writing, and Blogging: An Integrated Approach to Promote Academic Competence. In Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2013,1573-1579. Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

  • Bendriss, R. & Golkowska, K. Increasing Reading and Writing Motivation through the Use of Blogs: The Case of WCMC-Q Qatari Students. In Shifting Sands of School Librarianship, Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference of the International Association of School Librarianship incorporating the 16th International Forum on Research in School Librarianship, 11-15 November 2012, Doha, Qatar: IASL.

  • Bendriss, R. Sources of influence affecting adult Arab EAP students' critical thinking. Arab World English Journal 2012; 3(3): 35-45.
  • Bendriss, R. Blogging Impact on L2 Arab Undergraduates' Affect and Writing Performance. In Proceedings of the Asian Conference on Language Learning. Osaka: International Academic Forum, 2012. 371-380.

  • Bendriss, R. Internationalization efforts at state universities in Florida. Charleston, SC: BiblioLabsll; 2011.

  • Bendriss, R & Golkowska, K. Early Reading Habits and their Impact on the Reading Literacy of Qatari Undergraduate Students. Arab World English Journal 2011; 2(4):37-57

  • Albritton FP, Jr., Bendriss R, Hahs-Vaughn DL. Presentation software and visual imagery: The influence of language and culture on interpretation of abstract symbols. The Journal of Language for International Business 2006, 17(2):42.