Ph.D. alumnus Osman Umarji is joining the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research as Director of Survey Research and Evaluation and Senior Research Fellow.
The Yaqeen Institute is a non-profit research institute that addresses relevant topics, translates and analyzes classical works on the subject matter, and disseminates research findings in journals, papers, articles, surveys, videos, conferences, and curriculum.
Dr. Umarji will be researching the development of religious identity, with emphasis on the causes of religious doubt and conviction, and working on a project investigating the relations between motivation, engagement, and achievement in online courses.
While a doctoral student, Umarji studied the dynamic nature of motivation, including the role of values, goal setting, and self-regulation on behavior. He also explored positive psychology, particularly in the development of character strengths and moral beliefs. His Ph.D. in Education specialization was Learning, Teaching, Cognition, and Development. He was advised by Distinguished Professor Jacquelynne Eccles.
Osman previously received his B.S in Electrical Engineering from UC Irvine and worked as a systems engineer at Broadcom Corporation in mobile phone development. He then traveled across the world to Cairo, Egypt to study Arabic and Islamic Studies at Al-Azhar University in the School of Islamic Law.
Recent publication: Umarji, O., McPartlan, P., & Eccles, J. (2018). Patterns of math and English self-concepts as motivation for college major selection. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 53, 146-158.