Professor Sassine has a Ph.D. in French Language and Literature with a Minor in Spanish from Wayne State University (Detroit, Michigan), a Masters Degree and a bachelor Degree (Honours) in French Language and Literature from the University of Windsor (Windsor, Ontario).
He moved to Mount Royal in 1989. He is presently a professor of French and Arab Cultures. He has taught Classical and conversational Arabic and developed and taught courses on Quebec Culture and Literature, French language and Arab cultures.
He has been Coordinator for the Romance Studies and the French Programs. He has also been a member of the Arts Curriculum Committee, Art Council, Scholarly Pursuits Committee, Special Events Committee, Academic Development Instructional Projects Committee and Professional Development Committee.
He has published articles on French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau and poet Pierre Toreilles; on Quebec writers Louis Fréchette, Gabrielle Roy, Saint-Denys Garneau; on Francophone writers Amin Maalouf, Georges Schehadé, Andrée Chedid, Tahar Ben Jelloun. He also published an article on "les Symboles de la dualité identitaire canadienne" and interviewed playwright and poet Georges Schehadé and Canadian novelist Nancy Huston and published interviews with Amin Maalouf and Andrée Chedid and Nadine Ltaif. He translated poems from English to Arabic.
In addition, he has presented numerous research papers on different authors and poets such as Anne Hébert, Nancy Huston, and on Aboriginal questions, the status of the French language in Lebanon and on the American influence on Canadian identity.