Education

PhD, Foreign Language Education, University of Texas (2011)
MS, Mass Communications, Oklahoma State University
BS, Mass Communications, University of Cairo

Research

  • Teaching effectiveness
  • Motivation in foreign language classrooms

Publications

  • Ahmad, A. (2012). 30 online modules of Arabic listening materials for Aswaat Arabiyya. The leading Arabic website for listening materials that based on ACTFL guidelines: http://www.laits.utexas.edu/aswaat
  • Ahmad, A. (2009). “Out of place: Teaching Arabic as a foreign language in the U.S.” Chapter In H. Wang, & N. Olson (Eds.), A journey to unlearn and learn in multicultural education (pp. 109-116). New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing.

Conference Papers and Invited Lecturers

  • Ahmad, A., Schallert, D. (2016). “Learners views of their effective Arabic language teachers.” In preparation.
  • Ahmad, A. The Optimal Experience in Arabic Language Classrooms. Workshop in TexTESOL at San Antonio, TX, October (2015).
  • Ahmad, A. (2012). 30 online modules of Arabic listening materials for Aswaat Arabiyya. http://www.laits.utexas.edu/aswaat
  • Ahmad, A. Best Language Teaching Practices. Language Matters Series. The University of Texas at Austin, October (2012).
  • Ahmad, A. Learners’ Views of Effective Arabic Language Teachers as Culture Guides. The Third International Conference on the Development and Assessment of Intercultural Competence. The University of Arizona. Tucson, AZ January (2012).
  • Ahmad, A. Is it Effective or Ineffective? That is the Question: American Council on the Teaching of foreign languages (ACTFL) Conference. Pennsylvania, PA November (2012).
  • Ahmad, A. (2009). “Out of place: Teaching Arabic as a foreign language in the U.S.” In H. Wang, & N. Olson (Eds.), A journey to unlearn and learn in multicultural education (pp. 109-116). New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing.
  • Ahmad, A. Towards Understanding Successful Arabic Language Learners. The 8th annual TexFLEC Conference. The University of Texas at Austin, March (2007).
  • Ahmad, A. Cultural Component in Curriculum and Pedagogy for a Just Society: Committing to the 21st Century. The 7th Annual Curriculum and Pedagogy Conference at Balcones Conference Center, Marble Falls, TX (2006).
  • Wang, H., & Ahmad, A. Autobiography, Difference, and Curriculum: A Polyphonic Reading: Narratives of Immigrant Scholars and the Process of forming Teacher Identity. The 7th Annual Curriculum and Pedagogy Conference at Balcones Conference Center, Marble Falls, TX (2006).
  • Fullerton, J., & Ahmad, A. The Portrayal of Women in Egyptian Television Commercials. The Association of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMAC) Conference at Miami, FL (2002).

Honors & Awards

  • Nominee for Excellence in Teaching Award at the University of Texas at Austin
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, College of Education, UT-Austin
  • The Timy Baranoff Graduate Research Award. Presented by The University of Texas Professional Education Association, Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa (PDK)
  • Oklahoma State University Student Appreciation Award

Courses

Undergraduate
  • Elementary Standard Arabic (Arabic 1A, Arabic 1B, Arabic 1C)
  • Arabic Media (Arabic 142)
Graduate
  • Arabic Language Pedagogy Course (Arabic 496)