Loyola University Chicago

Modern Languages and Literatures

Faculty & Staff Directory

Dr. Sawsan Abbadi

Title/s:  Director of Arabic Language & Culture Minor

Office #:  CC215

Phone: 773.508.3973



Arabic Language & Culture Minor

Arabic Interactive Blogs:


  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst,  Doctor of Education (Ed.D.): Teacher Education & Curriculum Studies: Language, Literacy, and Culture
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst , Master of Education (M.Ed.): Teacher Education & Curriculum Studies: Bilingual, Multicultural, ESL
  • Media-Institute, Frankfurt, Germany,  Certificate in German proficiency            
  • University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan, Bachelor of Arts (BA): English Language and Literature

Research Interests

  • Post modernity in Language Studies
  • Bilingual, ESL, and Multicultural Education
  • Teaching Arabic for Speakers of Other Languages
  • Teaching Methods & Technology in Curriculum
  • Learners’ Identities and Investments, Learning Assessment, Critical Language Studies

Courses Taught

  • Arabic 101-104
  • Arabic Literature in Translation: Literature and Film (summer sessions only)
  • Arabic 250 - Engaged Service course - Forthcoming Fall 2019


  • Recipient of Edwin T & Vivijeanne F. Sujack Award for Teaching Excellence - College of Arts and Sciences - Loyola University Chicago (2018)
  • Nominee of Edwin T & Vivijeanne F. Sujack Award for Teaching Excellence - College of Arts and Sciences - Loyola University Chicago (2013, 2014, 2015,  2017, & 2018)
  • Finalist Nominee for the Faculty Member of the Year Award sponsored by the Student Government of Loyola Chicago (SGLC) and the Maroon & Gold Society (2018)
  • Community-Engaged Experiential Learning Scholar - Center for Experiential Learning - Loyola University Chicago (2018)
  • Nominee for Alice Bourke Hayes Award for Advising and Mentoring - Office of the Provost & the Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy - Loyola University Chicago (2017 & 2018)
  • Finalist Nominee for Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Freshmen - Office of the Provost and the Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy - Loyola University Chicago (2017)
  • Nominee for St. Ignatius Loyola Award, the most prestigious teaching award given by Loyola to recognize commitment to excellence, raising global awareness, promoting social justice, and educating the whole student (i.e., cura personalis)- Loyola University Chicago (2014 & 2017)
  • Nominee for Outstanding Dissertation Award – the American Educational Research  Association (AERA) Qualitative Research SIG Outstanding Dissertation Award (2011)

Selected Publications

  • Abbadi, S. (2016). Globalization and Possibilities for Intercultural Awareness: Multimodal Arabic Culture Portfolios at a Catholic University. In C. Wang, & L. Winstead (Eds.)
    Handbook of Research on Foreign Language Education in the Digital Age (pp. 277-294). Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference. doi:10.4018/978-1-5225-0177-0.ch013
  • Abbadi, S. (2014). Teaching Arabic post 9/11: Humor and the Potential for CriticalLanguage Awareness. Dirasat: Human and Social Sciences Journal, 41(1), 322-334.
  • Abbadi, S. (2013). Teaching Arabic post 9/11: Late Modernity in Language Classrooms-Challenges and Possibilities for Change. (Doctoral dissertation). Scholars Press: Germany.
  • Abbadi, S. (2008). Of Rage and Hope. In S. Nieto (Ed.), Dear Paulo: Letters from those who dare teach. Paradigm Publishers