· Extensive experience teaching Arabic, French and English at various levels.
· Extensive experience living, working, and studying in the Arab world.
(Thesis: Dialects in the Arabic Classroom: A Pedagogical Survey of Arabic Language Learners)
· Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA), University of Damascus, Syria (2010-11)
· B.A. (French Studies), Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY (2007) (GPA 3.75)
· La Sorbonne (Paris IV), Paris, France (2005-06)
· Arabic Language Institute in Fez, Morocco (Summer 2005)
Lecturer in Arabic (August 2012-present)
Department of Modern Languages, University of New Haven, West Haven, CT· Teach intensive Arabic courses to UNH students incorporating Modern Standard and Colloquial Egyptian Arabic.
· Work with faculty and administrators to craft programs to suit the specific needs and goals of the UNH student body.
· Devise and implement a diverse program of cultural activities for students of Arabic, including language tables, film screenings, and informal talks with native speakers.
Arabic Instructor (2012)
STARTALK/United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD· Taught intensive Arabic classes to US Navy midshipmen and local students.
· Incorporated STARTALK guidelines and best practices into curricula.
· Led students on a diverse program of extracurricular cultural events.
Arabic Language Teaching Assistant (2009-2012)
Arabic Flagship Program, University of Texas-Austin, Austin, TX· Taught intensive Arabic courses to UT-Austin students.
· Lead auxiliary discussion classes with a focus on Arabic speaking skills.
· Collaborated with faculty on curriculum design and lesson plan development.
· Met regularly with students to discuss and address their individual needs.
French Tutor (2007)
Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY· Designed and taught an intensive curriculum covering all aspects of French grammar.
· Worked closely with beginning French students to enable them to achieve their individual language-learning goals.
· Ensured that beginning students were qualified for summer study-abroad programs.
ESL Instructor (2006-07)
Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY· Led English classes for small groups of students, with an emphasis on preparation for TOEFL examinations and college-level coursework.
· Tutored students on a one-on-one basis, and adapted tutoring sessions to suit individual students’ needs.
Study Abroad Coordinator (2011)
Legacy International/NSLI-Y/CLS-Bridges, Rabat, Morocco· Lead a group of US high school students throughout Morocco in a program emphasizing linguistic and cultural immersion.
· Worked with local teaching staff and administrators to facilitate students’ progress.
· Assisted program participants with language coursework.
· Mentored program participants through the process of cultural adjustment.
President, Middle Eastern Studies Student Graduate Assocation (2009-10)
University of Texas-Austin, Austin, TX· Developed an extensive database of professional contacts for UT-Austin students.
· Organized a year-round series of professional development workshops featuring speakers from a variety of government agencies, including the US State Department.
· Arranged a series of round-tables between UT-Austin students, faculty and staff focusing on grant-writing and CV development.
Study Abroad Administrative Assistant (2009)
Bard College Summer Language Intensive, Fez, Morocco· Monitored and responded to students’ feedback in order to maximize their academic and cultural experiences, including homestay experiences and language coursework.
· Managed and assisted faculty with planning and execution of Bard College’s intensive Arabic program, including cultural field trips, overnight excursions, and homestays.
· Served as an emergency contact for students regarding health and safety issues, and visited students at their homestays to ensure their comfort and well-being.
Director of Program Operations (2007-08)
Subul Assalam Centre for the Arabic Language, Fez, Morocco· Designed and updated curricula in Modern Standard Arabic, Colloquial Moroccan Arabic, Moroccan Culture and Islamic Studies.
· Developed a diverse program of cultural activities and volunteer opportunities that offered students direct involvement with the Moroccan community.
· Advised incoming students on course selection, homestays, and cultural issues.
· Communicated with high school and college students to craft academic programs and cultural activities suited to their particular needs and interests.
Grants, Honors, and Awards
· Bard College Book Award for Excellence in Language Learning, (2004-05)
· Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA)