Dr. Semaan is communication and media specialist and an expert on the Middle East politics and cultures. He holds a Ph.D from BGSU in Communication with a specialization in Intercultural Communication and cognates in Organizational Communication, Education and Language Teaching. He is an associate professor and the Director of Middle East Studies and the coordinator of the Arabic program at the University of Toledo. Dr. Semaan also co-directed the Summer Arabic Intensive Program at California State University San Bernardino from 2011 to 2016. He has numerous publications in national and international journals and is an active presenter at regional, national and international conferences. His areas of research include cultural identity of Arab Americans and Arab diaspora in the U.S. and Europe. Dr. Semaan also researches and publishes in the field of global competence and language teaching pedagogy. Currently he has ongoing projects researching about the Arab refugees in Germany.