Ashraf El-Houbi

Contact

Dr. Ashraf El-Houbi
Associate Professor 

Phone: (409) 880-8637
Email: aelhoubi@lamar.edu
Office: Galloway Business Building Room 270

Ph.D.   University of Wyoming
M.S.   Kansas State University
M.S.   Iowa State University
B.S.   ALFateh University

Courses Taught

MBA:

Managerial Decision Making 
Special Topics in Management 

Bachelors:

Business Analysis I 
Business Analysis I 
Business Analysis II 

Professional Experience

Academic Experience 

Associate Professor, Lamar University (January, 2010 - Present), Beaumont, Texas. Currently teaching Business Statistics I and II, and Managerial Decision Making

Assistant Professor, Lamar University (August, 2006 - December, 2009), Beaumont, Texas.

Assistant Professor, Valparaiso University (August, 2005 - July, 2006), Valparaiso, Indiana. Valparaiso University, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.  Taught Calculus, Introductory Statistics, and Business Statistics  

Assistant Professor, John Carroll University (August, 2004 - May, 2005), Cleveland, Ohio. John Carroll University, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. Cleveland, OH
         
Taught Calculus, Introductory Statistics, Probability and Statistics, Applied Statistics and Biostatistics. (August, 2004-May 2005)

Instructor, University of Wyoming (August, 1998 - July, 2004), Laramie, Wyoming. University of Wyoming Department of Statistics, Laramie, WY

Instructor: Taught 'Statistics for Business and Economics' to undergraduate students; Prepare labs and create homework assignments, projects, and exams; Prepare solutions to homework assignments, and grade exams and projects; conference with students during weekly office hours.

Adjunct Faculty, Laramie County Community College, Laramie, WY (January, 2000 - July, 2003), Laramie, Wyoming. Taught 'Statistics for Social and Behavioral Science' to 20-25 undergraduate students; Assigned and graded homework, labs and, exams; Held office hours.

Taught Pre-Calculus Algebra

Instructor, Kansas State University (January, 1997 - May, 1998), Manhattan, Kansas. Taught Arabic 1-4 for the Modern Language Dept. at KSU

Research Assistant, Kansas State University (January, 1996 - May, 1997), Manhattan, Kansas. Research Assistant: Graded homework and labs for graduate students in Linear Models I & II. Assisted students across all disciplines with their research in topics related to Applied Statistics

Consultant, Iowa State University (January, 1993 - August, 1994), Ames, Iowa. Served as consultant regarding statistical analysis to graduate and undergraduate students across all disciplines; Helped students run statistical analysis while in the process of working on their thesis.

Non-Academic Experience 

Consultant, WEST, Inc. (May, 1999 - May, 2000), Laramie, Wyoming. Consultant: Analyzed statistical information using Logistic Regression and the Mixed procedure in SAS

Consulting 

2015:  Lamar University,  Helped several Graduate students as well as faculty members at Lamar University with several statistical questions, analyzing and Data interpretations.

2013:  Reviewed a paper for a Journal,

Performed a referee review for this paper " Teaching Statistics to Non-Statistics Students in Palestinian Universities: Realties and Potentials for Development. I have submitted the review with comments for the Associate Editor and Editor

Service

Professional Service 

Academic Conference: Discussant

2015:  The International Academy of Business Administration Disciplines, Orlando, Florida (National).   The effect of Internet Addictions use on University Students.

Throughout history, technological advances report to have produced a number of immense benefits to society, in general.  The internet, as the principal technology of the past two decades, has been transforming the way people think, perform their daily activities, and  behave. Currently it is estimated that more than 30% of the world’s population uses the internet. Yet, does this adolescent technology comprises of any side effects, or short comings? One might ask! Could addiction in its complete medical or social postulation be one of the most severe side effect(s) of this technology? The authors of this presentation conducted a survey at a mid size public university, Lamar University-Texas State System, to investigate the aforementioned questions, to uncover any factors that may lead or have led to a possible addiction that may be related to the widely use or abuse of this technology.  Multi statistical methods (e.g. correlation analysis and logistic regression) will be employed in this study for a careful exploration and examination.

Presentation
2013:  Education Research Conference, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas (National).  Presented this topic " Students' Attitudes Towards Mathematics" with Dr. Ahmed Khago
2012:  Education Research Conference. Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas (International).  Presented along with other faculty members about the media Bias topic " What Teachers need to know when Teaching the impact of Media Bias"
2011:  Education Research Conference. Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas (National).  Presented a paper with Dr. Thompson about SAS and The Efficient Portfolio
2011:  Education Research Conference. Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas (International).  Presented a paper about What Teachers need To Know When Teaching The Impact Of Media Bias? Education Research Conference. Lamar University. Beaumont, Texas, March 24, 2011

Reviewer: Book / Textbook
2016:  Kendall Hunt Publishing, Beaumont, Texas (International).   
2011:  Book Review, Beaumont, Texas (International).  Evaluated a book Business Statistics: Communicating with Numbers Jaggia / Kelly Gave several comments about the book and recommendations

Institutional Service 

College Assignments

Member:
2015-2016:  Student-Faculty Relations Committee  
2015-2016:  Engagement & Innovation Committee  
2014-2015:  Accreditation and Assessment Committee Lamar University  
2011-2012 – 2013-2014:  Assessment Committee Lamar University  
2011-2012 – 2012-2013:  Graduate Program Committee Lamar University  

College Assignments

Mentoring Activities:
2011:  Marshal at the Spring Commencement 2011: Served as a Marshall at the 2011 Spring Commencement. Assisted in seating the students at the graduation ceremony.  

Member:
2012-2013:  MIS search committee

College Assignments

Member:
2016:  The College of Business Scholarship Committee
2014-2015:  Majed AL-Bokhari:

 A DATA to Text Framework for describing of Regression Models: An optimization Approach for content Determination. Thesis / Dissertation Committee - Member. Served as a committee member for a Ph.D. student “Majed Al-Bokhari" Industrial Engineering Department. Majed has successfully defended his dissertation on August 2014. Currently working in research papers. 

University Assignments

Chair:
2015-2016:  Advisor for Muslim sisters at Lamar University:  arranged several social activities such as Eid Carnaval and Hijab day  
2014-2015:  Served as MSA Advisor:  Advisor for Muslim students at Lamar University  

Member:
2014-2015:  Uinversity Professor/University Merit Award  
2014-2015:  Uinversity Professor/University Merit Award  

Other Institutional Service Activities:
2012:  Have attended December 2012 Commencements  

Thesis Assignments

Member:
2014:  S. M FAJLA Rabbi:   The Design and Applications of Runge-Kutta Methods for the simulation of Planetary Orbits. Thesis / Dissertation Committee - Member.   

 Served as a committee member for Mr. S M Fajlay Rabbi in his thesis toward his master of science in Mathematics

 " The Design and Applications of Runge-Kutta Methods for the simulation of Planetary Orbits". The student defended successfully and got his master degree on May 2014.

Community Service 

Chair of a Committee
2015:  MSA Advisor,  Advisor for Muslim students Association, have arranged for several social activities for the community
2014:  Advisor to Muslim Students at Lamar University, Advisor for Muslim students Association, have arranged for several social activities for the community
2013:  advisor to League of International Leaders,
Served as an Advisor to League of International Leaders and MSA students. Supervised several social Activities.
2012:  Advisor of MSA (Lamar University)
2011:  Advisor to League of International Leaders, Supervised several Activities
2011:  Ramdan Dinner, Arranged for a social event Ramadan Dinner on Sept. 2011 at Lamar University. Even Was very well attended and organized. Received very good comments from people who attended
2011:  Advisor To Saudi students at Lamar University, Served as an Advisor for the Saudi students at Lamar University. Helped arranging social events at Lamar University

Member of a Committee
2015:  University Professor/University Merit Award Committee
2014:  Accreditation and Assessment Committee
2014:  University Professor/University Merit Award Committee, Serving as a committee member for the University Professor/University Merit Award Committee

Speech / Presentation at a Community Meeting
2012:  Family Nights,

Have given several presentations and speeches for our community during family nights to local Muslim residents

Intellectual Contributions

Refereed Articles 

  • Bhuyan, M. H., Reza, R., & ELHoubi, A. F. (2016).  Is the Diversification Benefit from Holding a Certain Number of Stocks a Reality or Myth?  International Journal of Education and Social science, 3 (1), 15-23.
  • Khago, A., ELHoubi, A. F., & Shahin, S. (in press, 2016).  Students' Attitudes towards Developmental Mathematics.   DIAS Technology Review: The International Journal for Business & IT.
  • Bokhari, M., Curry, J., ELHoubi, A. F., Chu, H., & Marquez, A. (2015).  A DATA TO TEXT FRAMEWORK FOR DESCRIBING REGRESSION MODELS: AN OPTIMIZATION APPROACH FOR CONTENT DETERMINATION.   International Journal of Business, Marketing, and Decision Sciences, 8 (1).
  • Khoshlessan, R. & ELHoubi, A. (2015).  An Exploratory Study on International Students' Study Anxiety.   International Research and review: Journal of phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars, 4 (2), 48-64.
  • Montano, C., Slaydon, J., & ELHoubi, A. F. (2014).  A reexamination of the engine of economic growth in southeast Texas.   Journal of Finance and Accountancy, 16, 160-169.
  • Thompson, T. H. & ELHoubi, A. F. (2012).  SAS AND THE EFFICIENT PORTFOLIO.   International Research Journal of Applied Finance, III (3).
  • Khago, A., El-Houbi, A. F., Craig, B., & Tomlinson, C. (2012).  Mixed Nationalities Impact on Safety in Container Ships.   DIAS Technology Review: The International Journal for Business & IT, 9 (1), 45-55.
  • Hamza, M., ELHoubi, A., Yassen, N., & Tovar-Silos, R. (2011).  E-Learning vs Traditional Education: A Meta Analysis of Distance Learning Technologies.   DIAS Technology Review: The International Journal for Business & IT, 7 (2), 37-46.

Presentation of Refereed Papers 

  • El-Houbi, A. & Khago, A. (2015). The effect of Internet Addictions use on University Students.   International Academy of Business and Public Administration Disciplines, Orlando, Florida.
  • Slaydon, J., Montano, C., & ELHoubi, A. (2015). Examining the Golden Triangle's Historically High Rate of Unemployment.   Academy of Business Research Conference, San Antonio, Texas.

Presentation of Non-Refereed Papers 

  • Hamza, K., Fitzpartick, O., ELHoubi, A., & Yassen, N. (2015). Media Bias & Terrorism: Building An American Culture of Hatred for the New Generation.   Lamar University Education Conference, Beaumont, Texas.
  • Khoshlessan, R. & ELHoubi, A. (2015). A Comparative study on international students' study anxiety Stress in Education.   Education Research Conference, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas.
  • El-Houbi, A. (2014). The effect of Internet Addictions use on college Students.   Education Research Conference, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas.
  • Slaydon, J., Montano, C., & ELHoubi, A. (2014, March). A reexamination of the engine of economic growth in southeast Texas.   Academic and Business Research Institute Conference, San Antonio, Texas.
  • ELHoubi, A. F., Hamza, M., & Fitzpatrick, O. D. (2012). The Impact of Media Bias against Muslims.   Education Research Conference. Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas.
  • Fitzpatrick, O. & ELHoubi, A. (2012). A Pilot Study on the Use of the ACT Student Readiness Inventory As An Early Warning System to Improve Student Retention Among African American Males.   The National Symposium on Student Retention, New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Khago, A., ELHoubi, A. F., Saba, F., & Shahin, S. (2012). Students' Attitudes Towards Mathematics.   Education Research Conference, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas.
  • Sladyon, J. L., ELHoubi, A. F., & Montano, C. B. (2012). Global Index Universal Life Insurance.   Southwestern Society of Economists, New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Hamza, M., ELHoubi, A. F., Fizpatric, O. D., & Yassen, N. (2011). What Teachers need To Know When Teaching The Impact Of Media Bias?   Education Research Conference, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas.
  • Thompson, T. & ELHoubi, A. F. (2011). SAS And The Efficient Portfolio.   Education Research Conference. Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas.

Grants 

Funded

  • 2016: El-Houbi, A. William E. & Katherine Fouts Endowment in Business, Evaluator.

Papers Under Review 

  • Slaydon, J., ELHoubi, A., & Motano, C. (2016). "Examining Southeast Texas' Historically High Rate of Unemployment," Revised and resubmitted.
  • El-Houbi, A. & Bokhari, M. (2015). "ASSESSMENT OF HEALTH ISSUES DUE TO REFINERY AND AIR QUALITY IN SOUTH EAST TEXAS," Initial submission to International Journal of Business Excellence.

Intellectual Contributions-Other 

Basic or Discovery Scholarship

  • 2013: El-Houbi, A., Survey.  

Constructed a survey about Internet Addiction, collected Data at Lamar University and comparing it with Data from other colleges in the US. The study will be compared to other countries in the Middle East. Several statistical methods such as correlation analysis and logistic regression will be used to the study the factors that may lead to internet addiction.