Texas Tech University

Abed Monawar, D.D.S., M.A.

Senior Academic Advisor
Theatre & Dance

Email: abed.monawar@ttu.edu

Phone: 806-834-8769

Office: Maedgen Theatre 256

My name is Abed Monawar [a: b i d] [m a: n'w a: r]. I come from Damascus, Syria. My journey to Texas Tech started from Doha, Qatar, where I was born and raised. After my graduation from high school in Doha, I moved to Syria for my college education where I was admitted to Dental School at the University of Damascus and graduated with a DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) in 1997. I arrived in the United States as an international student in 2001 and in 2003 I was admitted to the graduate program in Anthropology, Sociology and Social Work at Texas Tech University. In 2006, I completed my Masters' Thesis in Cultural Anthropology under the title, "Cultural Assimilation Among Palestinian Immigrants In New Mexico." In 2007, I joined the Doctoral Program in Fine Arts with a major in Visual Arts. My doctoral research was around multidisciplinary education and post-nationalism in the Arts. As a graduate art student, I taught art history at the School of Art for four years. In 2013, I left academia to work as a professional painter, a gallery assistant and a custom art framer.

After 5 years of working in the art field, I discovered that with all that experience as a professional student, my real career lies somewhere on a university campus. I had a firm belief in education and a passion for working with university students, so I started searching for teaching or administrative jobs on Texas Tech's campus in Lubbock.  When I was first hired as a Senior Academic Advisor for Texas Tech University Advising in February 2018, I was most certain that I had found my true calling. I am finally in a career that will allow me to use my long experience as a professional, multidisciplinary and multilingual student, to assist Texas Tech's new academics find the right path that suits their interests, potentials, and ideals. My professional development areas of research are: Academic Advising and Multiculturalism, and Branding in Higher Education. As for my advising philosophy, I consider myself a big advocate of developmental and wholistic advising.

Having said that, I strive to always remind myself that:

  • Every advising case is unique.
  • Every advising session is an opportunity to foster the rapport with the student.
  • Every advising session is an educational experience for both the student and their advisor.

When I am not working, I paint, and spend most of my time with my wife, Tawny, and son, Asher, and our two cats Frankie and BB.


Abed Monawar

Degrees Held

D.D.S. Doctor of Dental Surgery from Damascus University

M.A. Master of Arts in Anthropology from Texas Tech University