Ashraf El-Houbi

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Dr. Ashraf El-Houbi
Professor of Business Analysis
Department of Business

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

M.B.A.:

Managerial Decision Making 
Special Topics in Management 

Bachelors:

Business Analysis I 
Business Analysis I 
Business Analysis II 

Professional Experience

Academic Experience 

Full Professor, Lamar University (February, 2018 - Present), Beaumont, Texas.

Associate Professor, Lamar University (January, 2010 - January 2018), 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 

2020:  Lamar University,  Helped several Faculty and graduate students to run Statistical Analysis such as Logistic Regression, and Factor Analysis. Provided direction to run the results and helpded in interpretations of the results

2016:  Lamar University, Helped several faculty at college of Business with their research to run statistical analysis in topic such as Multiple Regression, Logistic Regression, and factor analysis. 

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

2017:  International Academy of Business and Public Administration Disciplines, Dallas, Texas.   The Negative Influence of Media Bias on Arab-American and Muslims Families on The United States

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.

Board of Directors: Substantial Involvement
2020:  school Director, Beaumont, Texas.   serve as an school director of Jamie Masjid in Beaumont
2017:  school Director, Beaumont, Texas.  Serving as a school director For the Jamie masjid in the past ten years. I have participated in the establishment of the weekend school for young children to learn Arabic and to receive multicultural education. I have been the school principal for the past ten years.
Reviewer - Article / Manuscript
2016:  International Academy of Business and Public Administration Disciplines.  I have reviewed this paper and provided comments 
FACTORS AFFECTING CONSUMER PURCHASE DECISIONS AMONG ORGANIC FOOD PRODUCTS IN INDIA: AN EXPLORATORY STUDY"
2003:  First International Workshop and Conference on Resource Selections Studies, Laramie, Wyoming.  Reviewed a paper for the conference to be published in the conference proceedings
Reviewer - Book / Textbook
2020:  McGraw Hill higher Education. 
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

 

Reviewed this Book Business Statistics: Communicating with Numbers 3rd Edition, Kindle Edition
2017:  McGraw-Hill webinar demo for using Connect in BCOM course.  Reviewed  few Chapters for the Business Statistics Communicating with Numbers by Jaggia/ Kelly
2010:  Book Review for Jones & Bartlett Learning.  Reviewed four Chapters of this book (Understanding Clinical Statistics) for Jones & Bartlett Learning

Chapter 1: Descriptive Statistics

Chapter 2: Measures of Distribution and Dispersion

Chapter 3: Drawing Conclusions from Two Sets of Data

Chapter 5: Receiver Operator Characteristic Curves

The book is designed as a practical guide for healthcare professionals on how to understand medical statistics as they appear in various types of medical literature.

 

Presentation
2017:  The International Academy of Business and Public Administration Disciplines (IABPAD), Orlando, Florida.   The demand for African-American male students to be able to complete their education at Lamar University is crucial. This study seeks to identify those factors that affect retention of this at-risk group through the administration of the Student Readiness Inventory from ACT to all in-coming African American male students, and to conduct focus groups and interviews to assist in developing programs to address needs unique to this challenged group. The authors plan to construct an exit interview instrument to determine factors that play a role in these students’ leaving the university prior to graduating.
Low rates of retention is both a national and international problem. The number of African-American males illustrates that there is a decline at Lamar University among this group of students who remain in school. From the 2003 cohort, 42 percent dropped out by Fall 2004, a single academic year. Of those who remained, the expected rate of dropout would have reduced the 2003 cohort of 114 males to about 5 individuals by 2007.
 The authors seek to identify the underlying causes of the approximately 90% failure rate of African-American males at Lamar University.  Almost three times as many African-American females graduate from the institution as do African-American males. This presentation will also cover some of the academic and non-academic factors that influence the success of African-American males at Lamar University.  Several statistical techniques such as the binary choice decision model will be discussed in this 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

Institutional Service 

Department Assignments

Member:
2017-2018:  University Professor/University Merit Award  
2009-2010:  MIS Faculty position  
2008-2009:  College of Business Open House  
2007-2008:  Statistics position

Mentoring Activities:

2008-2009:  Faculty Marshall  

College Assignments

Chair:
2016-2017 – 2017-2018:  Committee on Statistics/Quantitative Analysis  

 

Member:
2020-2021:  College of Business Strategic Plannning (task force - College Environment)  
2019-2020:  College of Business Personnel Committee  
2019-2020:  General Business Programs  
2018-2019:  Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Administration  
2018-2019:  Committee member for the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research position at College of Business  
2018-2019:  University Professor/University Merit Award  
2016-2017:  Student-Faculty Relations Committe  
2016:  The College of Business Scholarship Committee
2015-2016:  Student-Faculty Relations Committee  
2015-2016:  Engagement & Innovation Committee  
2014-2015:  Accreditation and Assessment Committee Lamar University
2014-2015:  University Professor/University Merit Award2014-2015:  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. 2011-2012 – 2013-2014:  Assessment Committee Lamar University  
2011-2012 – 2012-2013:  Graduate Program Committee Lamar University
2012-2013:  MIS search committe  
2010-2011:  University Professor/Merit College Committee  
2010-2011:  Member of the Accounting search committee
2009-2010:  Ad hoc Committee on Improvement of Critical Thinking and Ethics Learning
2008-2009:  Exit Exam committee  

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.  

Assurance of Learning - Institutional Service
2010:  Summer 2010 Commencement  
2009:  Commencement  

 

University Assignments

Chair:
2016-2017 – 2017-2018:  Advisor Muslim sisters at Lamar University  
2015-2016:  Advisor for Muslim sisters at Lamar University:  arranged several social activities such as Eid Carnaval and Hijab day  
2014-2015:  Served as M.S.A. Advisor:  Advisor for Muslim students at Lamar University
2008-2009:  Faculty Advisor    

Member:
2016-2017:  Doctoral Student Mohammad Altayeb, Industrial Engineering Department  
2014-2015:  University Professor/University Merit Award  
2014-2015:  University Professor/University Merit Award
2014:  S. M FAJLA Rabbi  
2007-2008 – 2008-2009:  Focus Group  
2006-2007:  Faculty of Lamar Student Organization Research Organization  

Faculty Advisor:
2006-2007:  Advisor  

Other Institutional Service Activities:
2013-2014:  Assessment report in Weave  
2012:  Have attended December 2012 Commencements  

Dissertation Assignments
Member:
2009-2010:  Comittee Member  

 

Hospital/Clinic Assignments
Member:
2020-2021:  HDS Research Team: Crisis in Syria  

Thesis Assignments

Member:

2017-2018:  Azhar Uddin  
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
2020:  Weekend school, Help started a weekend school for the children at Jamia Masjid in Beaumont
2020:  Advisor Muslim Student Association
2020:  Advisor of Center For Youth Development
2019:  Advisor Muslim Student Association,  Have arranged several social Activites
2018:  school Director,  It is a volunteer position to help the young kids learn Arabic and learn about their culture
2018:  Advisor of League of International Leaders,  Serve as the Adisor League of International Leaders
2017:  Served as a Chair for the Committee on Statistics/Quantitative Analysis
2016 – 2017:  M.S.A. Advisor
2015:  Syrian Night,  Have arranged for the Syrian Night, was very well attended by several faculty and the Provest at Lamar University. I have given short speech about the event

2015:  M.S.A. 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 M.S.A. students. Supervised several social Activities.
2012:  Advisor of M.S.A. (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
2017:  Serving on the Students-faculty relations committee
2016 – 2017:  University Professor/ University Merit Award
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 

  • Slaydon, J., Montano, C., & El-Houbi, A. (2018).  Examining Southeast Texas' Historically High Rate of Unemployment.  Research in Business and economics journal, 12.
  • Hamza, K., ELHoubi, A., & Harris, S. (2017).  MEDIA BIAS: PSYCHOLOGICAL IMPACT ON ARAB-AMERICANS).   International Journal of Education and Learning, 6 (2).
  • 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.
Refereed Proceedings
  • Slaydon, J., Montano, C., & ELHoubi, A. (2017).  The Engine of Economic Growth in Southeast Texas.  AABRI Conference.
  • Slaydon, J., & ELHoubi, A. F. (2016).  The Engine of Economic Growth in Southeast Texas, 2009-2014.  Academy of Business Research.
  • El-Houbi, A., Aydin, R., & Morefield, R. (2009).  A comparative Study of Residents' Perception of Environmental Quality in the Texas Golden Triangle Area.   International Academy of Business and Public Administration Disciplines, 6 (2), 1-13.
  • Yassen, N., Hamza, M. K., & EL-Houbi, A. (2008).  Virtual Chemistry Lab Environment: Logistic Regression Analysis; Students' Attitudes; & the New Era of Chemical Experimentations!   International Conference on Terrorism in the Digital Age, Amman, Jordan:.
Non-Refereed Articles   
  • Hamza, M. K., & ELHoubi, A. F. (2018).  Human Devastation Syndrome. The Impact of Conflict On Mental Health.   Syrian American Medical Society (1), 37.
  • El-Houbi, A., Duncan, B., & Hamza, M. Khaled (2007). The Negative Effects of Media Bias on Arab-American and Muslims in the United States.  Educational Research conference, Lamar University.
  • Yassen, N., El-Houbi, A., & Musadaq, M. (2007). Virtual chemistry lab (VCL) Vs Traditional Chemistry Lab (TCL): Assessing Students' Attitudes & Learning Outcomes.  Educational Research conference, Lamar University.
Non-Refereed Proceedings
  • Rao, M., & ELHoubi, A. F. (2019). Analyzing and Predicting Student Retention and Graduation Rates.   50th Annual Conference of the Decision Science Institute, 229-235.
  • El-Houbi, A., & ELHoubi, F. A. (2017).  Retention of At-risk African-American Male Students at Lamar University.   The International Academy of Business Administration Disciplines.

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 

  • ELHoubi, A. F. & Hamad, A. (2019). How Islamic Banks can Shape the Economy?  Education Research Conference, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas.
  • ELHoubi, A. F. & Altimawi, I. R. (2019). How Internet Addictions Influence College Students?  Education Research Conference, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas.
  • El-Houbi, A., Hamad, A., & ELHoubi, A. F. (2019). How Non-Interest Bearing Banks help Poor People. Global Business & International Management Conference, San Antonio, Texas.
  • Rao, M. & ELHoubi, A. F. (2019). Data Analytic Applications for Student Retention and Enrollment Management.  Decision Sciences Institute, New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • El-Houbi, A., ALTimawi, I., & ELHoubi, F. (2018). Statistical Methods to Model Correlations Structure Using Biological and Health Application.  The International Academy of Business Administration Disciplines, Orlando, Florida.
  • Hamza, M. K. & ELHoubi, A. (2018). PTSD: The Human Devestation Syndrom.  Education Research Conference, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas.
  • ELHoubi, A., ELHoubi, F., & Hossen, M. (2017). The consequences of Internet Addictions use on college Students.  Education Research Conference. Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas.
  • Hamza, K. & ELHoubi, A. (2017). Human Devastation Syndrome: A Journey of Human Total Devastation. Education Research Conference, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas.
  • ELHoubi, A. F., Hamza, M. K., & Yassen, N. (2016). The consequences of Internet Addictions use on college Students.  Education Research Conference, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas.
  • El-Houbi, A. & Ahmed, R. (2016). THE NEGATIVE INFLUENCE OF MEDIA BIAS ON ARAB-AMERICAN AND MUSLIM FAMILIES IN THE UNITED STATES.  International Academy of Business and Public Administration Disciplines, Dallas, Texas.
  • Hamza, K., Yassen, N., & ELHoubi, A. (2016). The Syrian Tragedy: The Hypocrisy of Humanity!  Education Research Conference, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas.
  • 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.

Intellectual Contributions-Other 

  • 2018: El-Houbi, A., Research Team, Chief Statistician.   Syrian American Medical Society
     Human Devastation Syndrome
    The Impact of Conflict on Mental Health
  • 2018: El-Houbi, A., & Rab, M., THE EFFECTS OF PETROCHEMICAL PLANTS ON ENVIRONMENT, HEALTH AND LIFESTYLE IN SOUTHEAST TEXAS.  I worked with a graduate student Mr. Md Ashiqur Rab in this Research. I have giuded the student throught all the reserach process. 

    This study examines the attitudes of the residents of the Golden Triangle area towards their lifestyle in Southeast Texas. It focuses on residents’ perceptions of the effects of environmental pollution caused by the petrochemical plants. The data for this study were collected through a survey of 3,272 individuals in the Golden Triangle area. Statistical models such as logistic regression and factor analysis were used to analyze and ascertain if there were significant
    relationships between the response variables and the set of predictor variables. Variables tested included perceptual and attitudinal variables such as perception about pollution, health hazards,healthcare cost, neighborhoods close to the petrochemical plants, and economic benefits of the new plants. As a result, differences in perception regarding environment, health and economic impacts, and benefits of the petrochemical plants were found across the cohort.

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.