Assistant Professor

2018, PhD in Management, Leadership and Policy in Education, The British University in Dubai
2014, Master in STEM Education, The British University in Dubai


Areej ElSayary is an expert in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM), curriculum design and development, teaching and learning, assessment, and schools accreditation. She is also a certified associate for the Blackboard academy, a Fellow for the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), an Editor, and a researcher. She is an Approved Accreditation Lead Inspectors from New England Association of School and Colleges NEASC & Council of International School CIS. She was the Graduate Program Coordinator in the College of Education at Zayed University and is currently an Assistant Professor in the College of Interdisciplinary Studies. Her research interests include the cognitive development, positive psychology and wellbeing, entrepreneurship, innovation, design-thinking, Interdisciplinary STE(A)M, and assessment. She has published her work internationally and has presented conferences papers. Areej has also conducted several teacher training programs across the United Arab Emirates. Furthermore, she is a Mental Health Ambassador at Zayed University and specialized in positive psychology.


Abu Dhabi - Khalifa City, MF3-01-033


+971 2 599 3104

Teaching Areas

Interdisciplinary STE(A)M Education, and Innovation

Research and Professional Activities

Kuhail MA, ElSayary A, Farooq S, Alghamdi A. (2022). Exploring Immersive Learning Experiences: A Survey. Informatics,  9(4), pp. 75. 

Mohebi, L. & ElSayary, A. (2022). Evaluating Pre-service Teachers Performance in a Blended Field Experience Course During the Quarantine of COVID-19. Journal of Educators Online, 19(3),

ElSayary, A. (2022). Developing Preservice Teachers' Design Thinking Mindset Using Interactive Technology. Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, 20(2), 13-16.

ElSayary, A. Mohebi, L. & Meda, L. (2022). The Impact of the Relationship of Social/emotional, Cognitive, and Behavioral Engagements on Developing Preservice Teachers Digital Competency. Journal of Information Technology Education: Research, 21, pp.269-295.

ElSayary, A., Zein, R., & San Antonio, L. (2022). Using Interactive Technology to Develop Preservice Teachers’ STEAM Competencies in Early Childhood Education Program. Eurasia Journal of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 18(2), em2079.