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Fall 2018

Section 2424 of ENGL1A
College Composition -- : Sep 05 - Dec 12 2018
This is a Petaluma Transfer Track class and is open to all students. Transfer Track classes start late and end early and do not meet during finals week.

Section 2427 of ENGL1A
College Composition -- : Sep 06 - Dec 13 2018
This is a Petaluma Transfer Track class and is open to all students. Transfer Track classes start late and end early and do not meet during finals week.

Section 3648 of ENGL1A
College Composition -- : Sep 06 - Dec 13 2018
This is a Petaluma Transfer Track class and is open to all students. Transfer Track classes start late and end early and do not meet during finals week.

Section 3653 of ENGL5
Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking -- : Sep 05 - Dec 10 2018
This is a Petaluma Transfer Track class and is open to all students. Transfer Track classes start late and end early and do not meet during finals week.

Spring 2018

Section 6000 of ENGL5
Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking -- : Jan 30 - May 10 2018
This is a Petaluma Transfer Track class and is open to all students. Transfer Track classes start late and end early and do not meet during finals week. The above section will focus on U.S. Middle East Culture, politics & perceptions (mainly from Arab perspectives in looking at the U.S.) & will address the question: Why do they hate us?

Section 6418 of ENGL1A
College Composition -- : Jan 29 - May 14 2018
This is a Petaluma Transfer Track class and is open to all students. Transfer Track classes start late and end early and do not meet during finals week.

Section 6547 of ENGL5
Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking -- : Jan 29 - May 09 2018
This is a Petaluma Transfer Track class and is open to all students. Transfer Track classes start late and end early and do not meet during finals week. The above section will focus on U.S. Middle East Culture, politics & perceptions (mainly from Arab perspectives in looking at the U.S.) & will address the question: Why do they hate us?

Section 8696 of ENGL1A
College Composition -- : Jan 30 - May 15 2018
This is a Petaluma Transfer Track class and is open to all students. Transfer Track classes start late and end early and do not meet during finals week.

Academic Experience: 

1996-2000 Taught literature and writing at various colleges in Southern California

2000-2004 Lived in Cairo, Egypt
Faculty member at The American University in Cairo
Traveled in the Middle East and around the world
Did some writing and had some of it published

2004-2006 Taught literature and writing in Southern California
Designed Critical Reasoning & Writing course focused on U.S.- Middle East perspectives and perceptions (looking at America and the Middle East from more than an American lens), with Fullerton College students & American University in Cairo students corresponding electronically during the term--look for this course focus for English 5 at Santa Rosa Junior College (Petaluma campus).

2006 Joined Santa Rosa Junior College's English Department

I'm an American of Arab descent. My ancestry goes back to Syria, but I was born in Egypt (where my parents grew up) and moved with my parents and sister to the U.S. when I was five years old. After spending most of my life in the U.S. (mainly Southern California), in August 2000 I returned to Cairo where I accepted a teaching position at the American University in Cairo. I was living in Cairo at the time of the terrorist attacks of 11 September against the U.S. In addition to teaching, I was also doing some writing related to the attacks and the American news media's coverage and government's actions. Reactions by some Americans to what I had to say made me think that I would like to address the subject when I would return to the U.S. During the fall-out of the attacks of September 11, I started thinking about taking a U.S. - Middle East focused approach to a critical reasoning and writing course when I would return to the U.S. I taught the course with this focus for the first time in the Spring 2005 at Fullerton College, and it was an amazing experience for those of us involved. My students who put in the effort and cared about what they were learning can certainly attest to that, and I really enjoyed working with them and was greatly encouraged by the experience.

I've been fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel quite a bit around the world, including within Europe, South and Southeast Asia, and the Middle East, and I speak Arabic. Because of my intimacy with America and part of the Arab world, my sensitivity to each, and the close relationships I have with people of both parts of the world, I believe myself to be a bridge between the cultures.

When I'm not busy trying to save the world, I enjoy listening to and playing music, playing, coaching, and watching sports, reading, writing, and spending time with my wife and our girls.

I've also performed as an actor at the American University in Cairo's Howard Theater, California State University, Long Beach Theater Arts Department, and Huntington Beach Playhouse and as a singer in the Cairo Choral Society, Cairo Celebration Choir, and Chorale Priere Vivante.

Since the Spring 2007 term at SRJC (Petaluma), I've been teaching an advanced composition and critical reasoning course (English 5) with the focus I described. I hope that this course allows us to understand each other's cultures better and better understand how we Americans and our actions are perceived in a different part of the world. At the risk of sounding like I'm over-stating things, I'm afraid that the world can't afford otherwise. I hope that you'll embrace the opportunity to challenge yourself to examine the important issues openly and honestly.

I find learning and teaching to be very stimulating, and I really enjoy being in the classroom and playing a part in helping students reach their goals. I try to foster a healthy, comfortable environment in my classes, and I hope that you will sense that right away and allow it to help you reach your full potential.
 

Professional Areas of Interest: 

Writing

Attended Conference on College Composition and Communication (March 2009) in San Francisco. Notable sessions: 

"Reading, Writing, and Rock Stars: Audio Literacies and the Millennial Classroom"
"Black Faces in White Spaces: African-American Identity on a Predominantly White Campus"
"Toward a Civic Discourse on the Israel-Palestine Conflict"
"Approaches to Teaching Argument"
"Film as Visual Rhetorical Texts"
"Taking the Stage: Performance and the Writing Classroom"
"Making Waves by Analyzing the Rhetoric of War"

Professional Involvement and Community Service: 

Mentor as part of the Puente Project

Summer 2008 Speaker at the Petaluma Women's Club:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Discussed my familiarity with Egyptian culture and politics and my effort to bridge our cultures through the approach I take to teaching Advanced Composition

Dec. 2004 Guest on two shows of Long Beach Community Television's The Palestinians: A Problem of Perspectives and Misconceptions

Presentations and Publications: 

Nov. 2010 "Walking in with a Guitar and a Grin: The Blues in Their Eyes Were Watching God" (Work of Literary Merit Lecture, SRJC)

Aug. 2010 "Approaching the Research Paper--or, 'Where Did Half the Students on My Roster Go?" (SRJC)

Conducted the workshop

Nov. 2009 "'Speakerly Text': Road to the Promised Land" (Work of Literary Merit Lecture, SRJC)

Spring 2009 Selecting and Teaching the Work of Literary Merit, SRJC                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Conducted the workshop 

Oct. 2005 "Bridging Cultures Electronically"

Presented at the ECCTYC Teacher Scholar Conference in Long Beach, California                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Described how my colleague in Cairo and I used an online program as a learning tool and cultural bridge between an Arab country (Egypt) and the United States 

July 2005 "Engaging the Global Community -- Looking Over the Horizon" Presented ideas with colleagues from The American University in Cairo, at the Merlot International Conference, Nashville, Tennessee

March 2001 Second International Conference on Contrastive Rhetoric, American University in Cairo, Egypt                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Participated as Panel Chairperson Spring 2001 Film Adaptation as the Basis for Evaluative-Comparative Writing, American University in Cairo Conducted the workshop 

2001-2004 Had essays (dealing with U.S. foreign policy in the Arab world and the role of news media) published in the opinion pages of the Arab press

Honors and Awards: 

Excellence in Teaching Award (Dec. 2017), The National Society of Leadership and Success

Spring 2011 Outstanding Mentor (Puente Program, SRJC)

Spring 2010 Outstanding Mentor (Puente Program, SRJC)

Fall 2009 Tenure Granted (SRJC) Spring 2009 Outstanding Mentor (Puente Program, SRJC)

Spring 2006 Certificate of Excellence in Student Support (Fullerton College)

Spring 2000 Certificate of Award (from Fullerton College's Inter-Club Council for work as Political Awareness Club Advisor)

Fall 1997 Certificate of Merit (Rio Hondo College)

Dean's Lists (California State University, Long Beach) for outstanding academic achievement