I am a faculty member of the English Department at Mesa Community College. I teach English courses in several areas including English as a Second Language, College Writing, Linguistics, and Literature.
My research interests include Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Composition, Rhetoric, and Critical Discourse Studies. To me, all these academic areas share a common thread: Language and social life are inextricably intertwined. To understand one, the other must be studied and critically analyzed; and to learn language well and use it effectively, one must understand and appreciate how language is used to represent the world and establish and maintain social relationships and identities.
My research as well as my teaching is informed by Critical Discourse Studies, Multimodal Discourse, and Systemic Functional Linguistics.
In addition to teaching at MCC, I have served as the Director of the Jordan Study Abroad program, offered through the International Education Program. Currently, I am the Area Chair of Arab Culture in the U.S. at the annual conference of the Southwest Popular/American Culture Associations (see CFP for 2014). I am also the Web Coordinator for the Arab American Studies Association.
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