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Teaching Associate Professor
GEC 4120

Faculty Advisor for INJAZ refugee outreach group
Green Zone trainee – to help student veterans identify and connect with appropriate resources

Professional biography

I began my studies of Arabic (long ago) at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, as a member of the United States Marine Corps.  After completing my enlistment, I taught Marines in the Survival Level Arabic Course aboard Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina for two years.  I then attended the University of Texas at Austin for my undergraduate and graduate studies, during which time I had the opportunity to study in Damascus, Syria for the yearlong capstone experience of the Arabic Flagship Program.  I specialize in teaching Arabic as a foreign language and my research interests focus on pedagogical development.  My thesis discussed the potential effects of nontraditional grammar sequencing on students’ written output.  I am also very interested in the incorporation of culture in Arabic courses (via films, authentic texts, music, colloquialisms, etc.) as a means of encouraging student engagement with the language and culture outside of the classroom.


ARAB 101: Elementary Arabic I
ARAB 102: Elementary Arabic II
ARAB 203: Intermediate Arabic I
ARAB 204: Intermediate Arabic II
ARAB 305: Advanced Arabic I