To ensure the success of the Arizona Arabic Flagship, engaged and collaborative Arabic faculty work closely with a well-trained instructional team of instructors, tutors, TAs, and peer language partners. The extensive experience and efforts of the faculty and staff work to build rigorous, coherent, and supportive, structured, semi-structured and unstructured learning environments that develop professional-level Arabic. The Academic Director, Dr. Shiri, ensures that Flagship scholars receive the highest level of instruction and support. 

Sonia Shiri

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Director of the Arizona Arabic Flagship Program

Dr. Sonia Shiri is Associate Professor, Middle East Language Programs Coordinator, and Director of the Arabic Flagship Program at the University of Arizona.  Prior to joining MENAS, Dr. Sonia Shiri coordinated the Arabic Program at the University of California, Berkeley, taught Arabic at Oxford University and held a Research Fellowship at the Center for Women and Gender at Stanford University. From 2009-2012, she acted as Senior Academic Director of the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS), overseeing curriculum development, program administration, and teacher training in Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan and Oman.  During 2002-2005, she served as the Academic and Outreach Coordinator for the Berkeley Language Center. In 2007, Dr. Sonia Shiri received UC Berkeley’s Faculty Award for Outstanding Mentorship of Graduate Student Instructors” then CALICO’s “Access to Language Education Award... Read More

Abdessamad M'Barki

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Assistant to the Flagship Director

Abdessamad M’barki is a Lecturer of Arabic and the Assistant to the Flagship Program Director at the University of Arizona. He received his Ph.D. in Comparative and Applied Linguistics from the University of Mohamed V in Rabat and holds a master’s in Arabic and Linguistic Theories. Dr. M’barki has over 9 years of experience teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language and was the Academic Coordinator for the 2019 and 2020 Arabic Summer Program at the University of Arizona. He was previously the Co-Academic Coordinator for the Arabic Flagship Program in Morocco, overseeing curriculum development, program administration, and teacher training. Before that, he was an Arabic Professor at the Arab-American Language Institute in Morocco and taught with the Arabic Flagship Program and CLS. Dr. M’barki was also a visiting instructor of Arabic at the University of Arizona in 2014. In addition to this... Read More