Dr. Sawsan Abbadi
Dr. Sawsan Abbadi is a professor and director of the Arabic Program at Loyola University Chicago. She received her M.Ed degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2004) Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies with a concentration on Bilingual, Multicultural, ESL. She received her Ed.D from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2011) with a concentration on Language, Literacy, and Culture. Her doctoral thesis “The Teaching and Learning of Arabic post 9/11: Late modernity and Possibilities for Change in Language Classrooms” explores complexities of language teaching and learning, with a focus on Arabic, in discourses of postmodernity and globalization. Dr. Abbadi taught Arabic in a number of prestigious college campuses in the US and presented different stages of her work in diverse national conferences. Since her employment at Loyola University Chicago in 2011, Dr. Abbadi has been nominated to several prestigious awards including St. Ignatius Loyola Award for Excellence in Teaching by the Office of the Provost and the Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy; Ediwn T & Vivijeanne F. Sujack Award for Teaching Excellence in the College of Arts and Sciences; The Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Freshmen, granted by the Office of the Provost and the Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy; and Alice Bourke Hayes Award for Advising and Mentoring by the Office of the Provost and the Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy.