Gretchen McCullough

May 19th, 2015

Gretchen McCullough, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Rhetoric and Composition, has just published her co-translation with Mohamed Metwalli of his poems from a recent collection, “Izmir Poems” in Banipal, Arabic Literature in Translation, Issue 52. Here is the link:

Salima Ikram

May 19th, 2015

Dr Salima Ikram of the Egyptology Unit, in conjunction with other scholars, has published:

2015 (2014 vol). ‘From Steering Oar to Embalmer’s Tool: Re-Identification of an Artefact’, Sofia Häggman, Salima Ikram, Johanna Bornholm, and Sven Isaksson. Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 100: 479-83.

‘New Kingdom Activities in the Kharga Oasis: the Scribe Userhat Travels West’,  Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 100: 474-78.

Rania Jabr

May 19th, 2015

Rania Jabr, Senior Instructor II, has attended and presented at the 21st TESOL Arabia International Conference (March 12-14, 2015). Her presentation entitled: ” Info-graphics: Students Presenting Information in ‘Bytes’!” was selected to be featured as part of the Education Technology Special Interest Group.

Atta Gebril

May 19th, 2015

Atta Gerbil, assistant professor of Applied Linguistics has released a new book. The book is called Assessment Myths: Applying Second Language Research to Classroom Teaching, was co-authored by Lia Plakans of the University of Iowa and published by the University of Michigan Press. This book follows other volumes in the University of Michigan Press famous series on myths in language learning and teaching. It has also adopted the same framework as previous myths books to illuminate important issues that impact language teaching and learning. The goal of this volume is to begin conversations about beliefs held regarding language assessment and to provide a basic understanding of some of the assumptions / misconceptions experienced by practitioners.

This book takes a reader-centered approach to language assessment in English language learning and teaching. By highlighting eight myths commonly held by teachers, teachers-in-training, and administrators, the authors provide research and theory-based evidence to disprove or qualify each belief. Each chapter includes discussion of classroom applications for the research presented.

Faculty Merit Awards

May 10th, 2015

May 10th, 2015

Our three Award juries have just decided the latest winners of the AUC Faculty Merit Awards for Excellence in Academic Service, Excellence in Research and Creative Endeavors, and Excellence in Teaching. Now as ever, the jurors had difficult decisions to make. Juries include a mix of recent past Award winners and representatives from each of the AUC Schools. For a full list of past Award winners, please see the following webpage (today’s winners will be added to the list within the next few days):


Excellence in Research and Creative Endeavors

 Nageh Allam, Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics

Dr. Nageh Allam

Dr. Nageh Allam is an Assistant Professor of Physics. He received his BSc and MSc degrees from Cairo University and his PhD from the Pennsylvania State University. He joined AUC in 2011.


After getting his PhD, Dr. Allam joined the Laser Dynamics Laboratory (LDL) at Georgia Institute of Technology as a Postdoctoral Fellow in 2010. He then joined the Research Laboratory of Electronics (rLe) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as a research scholar in 2011. During the summers of 2012, 2013 and 2014, he was a visiting scientist at both MIT and California Institute of Technology (Caltech).


His research profile in any scholarly research databases shows a high h-index of citation that would reflect the high quality of his publications. He has published 68 technical papers in the most reputable peer-reviewed journals in the field, in addition to about 25 publications in well-recognized international conferences. Dr. Allam’s research is multidisciplinary in nature as it is at the interface between nanoscience, physics and chemistry.


Dr. Allam is the recipient of the highly prestigious Ford Foundation International Fellowship (2005-2008), the RAK-CAM Postdoctoral Fellowship (2010), the Misr El-Kheir Foundation Award for the best publication of the year (2012), Egypt State Award in Advanced Technological Sciences (2013) and National Research Center for the best publication (2014). His biography was nominated to appear in the “Who’s Who in the World,” 2006, 2008 and 2009 editions. In 2009, Dr. Allam was nominated by the International Biographical Center, Cambridge, England as one of the top 100 scientists in the field.


Excellence in Teaching

Pandeli Glavanis, Professor of Practice, Academy of Liberal Arts 

Dr. Pandeli Glavanis

Dr. Pandeli Glavanis holds a BA and MA from Princeton University and a PhD from Hull University. He started his teaching career at AUC in 1974 for two years in the Department of Economics and Political Science. He returned to AUC in 2004 to teach at the graduate level, Development Studies courses, and as the Associate Director of the Centre for Learning and Teaching. Currently Dr. Glavanis is the Director of the Academic Community Engagement Program, Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies.


Currently he is involved in both teaching graduate courses at AUC, but primarily in training AUC faculty to improve their teaching methodologies and strategies and how to incorporate learning technologies in their teaching. His passion for teaching and for sharing generously his experience and knowledge made him develop training workshops for graduate students on thesis proposals writing for many years, giving up many of his Saturdays, without compensation. His devotion to his students is quite unique. The student evaluations of his courses have all been higher than the departmental average.


As a teacher Dr. Glavanis is an innovator and does not shy away from trying new approaches. He uses technology effectively and has his students prepare end of semester original multimedia projects that are disseminated through a class wiki. His presentation of this approach to the annual conference of the AMICAL consortium in June 2013 generated much interest and he consequently organized, in collaboration with the American University of Kosovo, a workshop on the theme “Engage Students in Creative Multimedia Production”, which took place in the American University of Kosovo in March, 2014.


Meanwhile Dr. Glavanis and his students collaborated with Cabrini College students in the USA to produce a website on “Arab awakening” which won several international awards.



Excellence in Academic Service

 George Marquis, Senior Instructor in the Department of Rhetoric and Composition and Associate Dean of School of Humanities and Social Sciences

 Dr. George Marquis

Mr. George Marquis is the Associate Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and holds the rank of Senior Instructor in the Department of Rhetoric and Composition at AUC. He received his BA in history from Boston University in 1985 and an MA in applied linguistics from AUC in 1987.


Mr. Marquis is a PhD candidate in Higher Education Leadership at Colorado State University. His dissertation research focuses on socially constructed identities, the role that context plays for university students in understanding their identity, and how demographic variables impact a student’s self concept.


He started teaching at AUC in 2006. In 2011, he was appointed as Chair of the Department of Rhetoric and Composition. During his extensive academic service across the university, he was awarded the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2012.


Mr. Marquis has a remarkable record of commitment to serving the AUC community.  This commitment has not wavered or lessened one bit since he was appointed as an Associate Dean for the School of HUSS in 2013. In the last few years, he has chaired and served on numerous committees at the school and university level. His academic service is diverse in scope, from assessment, advising, and admissions, to research and academic integrity. His exemplary services to AUC are pictured in his contribution as the chair of two task force committees for the Provost: the development of the Research Institute for a Sustainable Environment (RISE) in 2013 and the summer winter instruction in 2014. He also played a key role in the committee formed by the President to look at alleged violations by members of the student body.




Soraya Altorki

March 18th, 2015

Soraya Altorki is announcing the May 2015 publication of a book she is editing, Companion to the Anthropology of the Middle East. Wiley-Blackwell: Cambridgeshire UK and Malden, MA.

Dr. Salima Ikram

March 18th, 2015

The volume, Egyptian Bioarchaeology: Humans, Animals and the Environment, edited by Dr. Salima Ikram (Egyptology), Jessica Kaiser and Roxie Walker, has just been published. Dr. Ikram has a separate chapter within the volume titled, ‘How to Study Mummies’.

Rania Jabr

March 18th, 2015

Rania Jabr, Senior Instructor II in the Department of English Language Instruction, has published her most recent article, “Quality Learning: Even Large Classes Can Interact and Collaborate” in The Proceedings of the 18th International NileTESOL/AUC Conference, 2014.

Faculty Merit Awards

February 9th, 2015

Our three Award juries have just decided the latest winners of the AUC Faculty Merit Awards for Excellence in Academic Service, Excellence in Research and Creative Endeavors, and Excellence in Teaching. Now as ever, the jurors had difficult decisions to make. Juries include a mix of recent past Award winners and representatives from each of the AUC Schools. For a full list of past Award winners, please see the following webpage (today’s winners will be added to the list within the next few days):

Excellence in Service

 Iman Soliman, Department of Arabic Language Instruction

Dr. Iman Soliman is an Arabic Language Senior Instructor in the Department of Arabic Language Instruction at AUC. Dr. Soliman received her BA in English literature from Ain Shams University, Cairo in 1982 and her PhD in 2003 in TAFL from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. From 1992 to 2001 she taught MSA and Colloquial Arabic at the international House in Cairo. Dr. Soliman first joined ALI in 2004 as an Arabic language instructor, where she excelled as a teacher, receiving very positive evaluations from her students. In 2010, Dr. Soliman became the Executive Director of the CASA/CAASIC program, and over the past four years has demonstrated her dedication to ALI and the CASA/CAASIC programs.

In 2010, the CASA program was moved to Tahrir, and Dr. Soliman worked hard to ensure the move was successful and that the program continued working. She was involved extensively in preparing Tahrir for the program, which included moving all teaching resources, the CASA library and equipment as well as organizing the offices and classrooms quickly and efficiently. The revolution in 2011 created a new set of challenges for ALI when the CASA program was cancelled and CASA fellows were being evacuated. Within a short period, Dr. Soliman helped develop the Center for Advanced Arabic Study in Cairo and oversaw the transfer of the program to the Zamalek dorms. Dr. Soliman organized the move of the program while also ensuring the safety of forty students during this time. Dr. Soliman served AUC and ALI through her leadership and dedication to her responsibilities.

Excellence in Teaching

Michael Reimer, Department of History

Dr. Michael Reimer joined AUC in 1990 and is currently an Associate Professor of History. Dr. Reimer’s professional career at AUC demonstrates his passion for history and teaching, as well as his commitment to his students, both inside and outside the classroom.

Dr. Reimer’s passion for teaching is evidenced through his efforts to create entirely new courses as well as completely redesigning existing courses to ensure the assignments are challenging while also offering enriching elements, such as field trips.

Dr. Reimer’s contributions range from his consistent participation in the FYE program, advanced seminar courses, service on thesis committees as an active reader and as a thesis supervisor for graduate students. Dr. Reimer is a skilled and effective educator, who is described by one of his students as “truly one of the most influential people in my life, and is an invaluable asset to the History Department.”

Dr. Reimer is actively involved in advocating student research at AUC. A few years ago Dr. Reimer developed the History Research Symposium for students to present primary research and develop presentation skills. In 2012, he merged his conference with EURECA, where he served on the Organizing Committee as well as volunteering as a research mentor. Dr. Reimer serves on the Undergraduate Research Program Advisory and Grants Review Committee, where he continues to actively promote student research. Last year, he played a major role in designing the History Department’s Undergraduate Honor’s Thesis program.

Last summer, he led a team of undergraduate students to Washington, D.C. to conduct primary research at the US Library of Congress with the Great Lakes Colleges Association Faculty-Student Research Program. These experiences show his dedication to providing opportunities for his students to understand the process of research.

Excellence in Research and Creative Endeavors

Tamer Shoeib, Department of Chemistry

Dr. Tamer Shoeib is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry. He received his BSc with honors in chemistry from York University in 1997 and received his PhD from York University in 2002. Dr. Shoeib joined AUC in 2010.

Dr. Shoeib’s topics of research interest include the study of the interaction of metals with molecules of biological interest, with the goal of allowing for a personalized chemotherapy treatment of cancer patients. Dr. Shoeib is highly dedicated to his work and his research has been presented through publications and presentations in high impact journals and conferences within the field. As of October 2014, Dr. Shoeib published 33 papers in international peer reviewed journals of which 19 as first/or corresponding author with 835 citations and an h index of 16.

Additionally, Dr. Shoeib has demonstrated his ability to collaborate with other scientists in the field. His ability to lead a research group is recognized among his colleagues. At the same time, Dr. Shoeib’s research collaborations include student involvement, where he served as a mentor to graduate and undergraduate students. He inspires his students through his enthusiasm for his work and eagerness to share his knowledge.


Rania Jabr

January 22nd, 2015

Rania Jabr, Senior Instructor II in the Department of English Instruction in the Academy of Liberal Arts, has published her most recent article entitled; “Student Self-Reflection on Academic Writing” in TESOL Arabia Perspectives (an English language teaching periodical from TESOL Arabia Organization), Vol. 22:2, pp.28-30, June 2014. (ISSN 1813-1913)