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Dr. Aymen Elsheikh

Dr. Aymen Elsheikh

Instructional Associate Professor (English)

Office Number: 328
Office Phone: +974.4423.0211

Aymen Elsheikh is a classroom teacher and teacher educator with a wide range of research interests. This research has investigated issues of translanguaging in English medium instruction contexts, writing centers in the Gulf region, language teacher knowledge and identity, motivation, investment, and identity development of second language learners and teachers, teachers and students’ perceptions of teaching English as an international language, language teachers’ associations, among others. He has given numerous conference presentations on these topics, as he is a frequent invited speaker at international conferences.     

Elsheikh is also involved in leadership and professional development projects. He has recently won the prestigious Leadership and Mentoring Program Award from TESOL International, the world’s preeminent English language teaching association.


Ph.D. in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education with a minor in Second Language Studies, Indiana University – Bloomington, 2012

M.S. in Teaching English as a Foreign/Second Language, Southern New Hampshire University, 2004

BA in English Education, Omdurman Islamic University, 1996


Instructional Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University at Qatar, August 2017 – present

Adjunct Faculty of English, Abu Dhabi University, Abu Dhabi, UAE, August 2015 – June 2017

Adjunct Instructor of TESOL (Online), University of Missouri, January 2016 – May 2017

Lecturer of English, Qatar University, Qatar, August 2010 – June 2015

Associate Instructor of TESOL/Arabic, Indiana University, August 2007 – May 2009


Elsheikh, A., Coombe, C., & Effiong, O. (forthcoming). International perspectives on language
             teachers’ associations
. Switzerland: Springer.

Elsheikh, A. (2018). Rubrics. The TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching
            Wiley & TESOL International.

Abu-Rumaileh, S. Elsheikh, A. & Al-Alami, S. (2017). Motivation and Classroom 
            Management: Theory, practice, and implications
. Dubai: TESOL Arabia 

Elsheikh, A. & Mascaro, J. (2017). A critical re-reading of the history of Writing Centers in the UAE.
              In O. Barnawi (Ed.), Writing Centers in today’s neoliberal higher education landscape:
              Critical comparative perspectives from the Arabian oil-rich Gulf countries
              London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Elsheikh, A. (2017). Researching motivation: Then, now, and the future. In S. Abu-Rmaileh,
              A. Elsheikh, & S. Al-Alami (Eds.), Motivation and classroom management: Theory,
             practice, and implications 
(pp. 110 – 116). Dubai, UAE: TESOL Arabia.

Elsheikh, A., Elnumairi, A. (2017). Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on
             Literature and English Language Teaching
, The Victorian.

Elsheikh, A., Riddlebarger, J., Abu-Rumaileh, S. & Al-Alami, S. (2016). Proceedings of
            the 21st TESOL Arabia Conference: Theory, Practice, Innovation, Teaching and
            Learning in the Digital World
. Dubai: TESOL Arabia Publications.

Elsheikh, A. (2016). Teacher education and the development of teacher identity. In
            J. Crandall & M. Christison (Eds.), Teacher education and professional
            development in TESOL: Global perspectives
(pp. 37-52). New York, NY:

Elsheikh, A. (2015). Teachers’ perceptions of teaching English as an international
            language. IJBMTE, 3(2), 131-141.

Elsheikh, A. (2013). Doing teacher education: Implications for the classroom.
            Proceedings from TESOL Sudan 3rd International Conference, AWEJ, 3-17.

Conference Presentations


Elsheikh, A. (2017, October). Glocalizing through English as an International Language. 33rd SPELT International Conference, Karachi, Pakistan, October 28 – 29, 2017.


Elsheikh, A. Coombe, C., & Effiong, O. (2018, March). Sustaining dialogue across the TESOL community through language teachers’ associations. TESOL International Conference, Chicago, IL, USA.

Elsheikh, A. & Effiong, O. (2017, March). Teacher development through teacher associations: Lessons from Africa and beyond. TESOL International Conference, Seattle, WA, USA.

Elsheikh, A. & Coombe, C. (2017, March). The importance of researching teacher associations: TESOL Arabia Conference, Dubai, UAE.  

Elsheikh, A
. & Effiong, O. (2017, May). Africa TESOL and its affiliates: The way forward. Africa TESOL 2nd Conference, Kigali, Rwanda.

Elsheikh, A. (2017, July). A discussant for an invited colloquium entitled “Research cultures in Applied Linguistics in South America”. The 18th World Congress of Applied Linguistics, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Elsheikh, A., Riddlebarger, J., Abu-Rmaileh, S. & Al Alami, S. (2016, March). Writing successful articles for TESOL Arabia Proceedings and Perspectives. Paper Presented at TESOL Arabia Conference. Dubai, UAE.

Elsheikh, A. Effiong, O., & Barrett, E. (2016, February). Writing conference proposals. Paper Presented at the 1st Africa TESOL Conference, Khartoum, Sudan.

Elsheikh, A. (2015, April). Teachers’ perceptions of TEIL. Paper Presented at the Third International Conference, The Department of English Language and Literature, University of Mustapha Istambouli, Mascara, Algeria.

Community Service

Vice President (2017 – present) & Co-founder, Africa TESOL

Program Co-Chair, Africa TESOL 2nd International Conference, Kigali, Rwanda, 2017

Chair, The International Conference on English Language Teaching and Literature (ICELTL), Abu Dhabi, UAE, November 17-18, 2016

Co-Chair, Africa TESOL 1st International Conference, Khartoum, Sudan, February 26-27, 2016

Vice President (2012 – 2016) & Co-founder, TESOL Sudan

Publications Coordinator, TESOL Arabia, 2015 – 2016

Membership in Professional Associations

Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Sudan, Africa TESOL, TESOL Arabia, TESOL International, Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquée (AILA), American Association of Teachers of Arabic (AATA)