Nicole Abiad

Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology, Arizona State University, expected graduation December 2020

Master of Arts (M.A.) in International Studies, University of Denver, June 2011

Bachelor of Arts (B.A) in Psychology, Minors in International Studies & Criminology, University of Denver, November 2008

International Diploma of English Language Teaching (IDELT), TESL/TEFL Certification, August 2011


With an educational background in Psychology and International Studies, Nicole moved to Qatar as an English as a Second Langauge (ESL) teacher in 2011. During her first year in Doha, she primarily worked with businesses teaching English skills to staff as well as helping students prepare for IELTS examinations. She then spent three years in business development and communication in the construction industry before making her way to the Writing Center in VCUQ in January of 2016, where she blends essential intercultural competencies learned through business in Doha with her ESL and writing background to provide the best support possible to the students.

Her instructional methodology focuses on the importance of planning and big-picture formulization as well as understanding the mechanics of writing. She believes in teaching skills rather than quick-fixes.

A general session with Nicole involves creating plans and outlines, reviewing writing for overall understanding and clarity, organizing thoughts and information, identifying mechanical/grammatical issues, and learning skills rather than the quick fixes. She believes that it is through understanding the steps and mechanisms of writing that students can grow to become independent writers.