Mahmoud Azaz (Ph.D. with Distinction)

Associate Professor

Arabic Language, Linguistics & Pedagogy (School of Middle Eastern & North African Studies) 

Second Language Acquisition & Teaching (Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program) 

Distinguished Fellow (University of Arizona Center for University Education Scholarship)

Academic Leadership Fellow (University of Arizona Academic Leadership Institute, 2021-2022 cohort)

Department of Linguistics (Courtesy Appointment) 

Arabic Sector Head (American Association of University Supervisors, Coordinators, & Directors of Language Programs) 

I am a tenured Associate Professor of Arabic language, linguistics & pedagogy and second language acquisition and teaching at the University of Arizona. I hold a Ph.D. with Distinction in Arabic SLA and Pedagogy. I am interested in the fields of SLA and pedagogy from linguistic & sociocultural perspectives and Arabic sociolinguistics. I welcome students who are interested in potential research and career paths in these areas.

My teaching philosophy aims at guiding students to form a critical understanding of the global world through language. I believe that language proficiency serves the further goal of intercultural and global competence. Instrumental pedagogical innovations that focus on linguistic and cultural aspects should target this goal. The language classroom is an ideal space in which socially-, historically-, and culturally-situated negotiations are employed to prepare global citizens.