Instructional Assistant Professor
Office Number: 329B
Office Phone: +974.4423.0596
Deanna joined the Texas A&M University at Qatar faculty in 2011. She is the STLC Foundation English Coordinator, and teaches STLC Reading, Vocabulary, Writing and Grammar as well as ENGL 104. Deanna started the Extensive Reading program in Foundation English and is currently working on instituting ePortfolios in the curriculum.
Deanna has spent 20 years in North Africa and the Middle East, in Morocco, Egypt, and Qatar. At the American University in Cairo, she co-founded the university’s undergraduate research conference (EURECA) and journal. She also developed an online Research Writing course and a hybrid English course for young learners in the Moscow public school system. Prior to teaching, Deanna wrote and edited articles for a California newspaper. She is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer. Her areas of interest include technology in education, literacy, and rhetoric.
- Master of Arts, English, California State University, Sacramento, California, USA, 1996
- Graduate Diploma, Teaching English as a Foreign Language, The American University in Cairo, Egypt, 2006
Instructional Assistant Professor
Liberal Arts Department, Texas A&M University at Qatar, Doha, Qatar
August 2011- present
Department of Rhetoric and Composition, The American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt
August 2000-August 2010
Department of English, Faculty of Letters, Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah University, Fez, Morocco (Peace Corps Volunteer)
July 1997- July 1999
English Language Teacher
American University Alumni Language Center, Bangkok, Thailand
January 1997-June 1997
- College Composition and Communication (CCC)
- National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
- Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
- Qatar TESOL
- TESOL Arabia
- International Literacy Association
- “An Extensive Reading Campaign in Qatar.” 51st Annual International IATEFL Conference & Exhibition, Glasgow, April 2017
- “Examining Writers’ Intentions to Improve Instruction.” TESOL Arabia 2017 Conference, Dubai, March 2017.
- “’Collaborative Conversations’: Making Reading Social with Google Drive.” ICT for Language Learning, 10th Edition, Florence, November 2016.
- “Creating the Collaborative Classroom.” Presentation to Liberal Arts faculty, Doha, October 2016.
- “Caught between Culture and Curriculum: Teaching at an International Branch Campus.”Conference of the Arab Society of English Language Studies, Rabat, May 2016.
- “’What I meant was…’: Examining Writers’ Intentions.” 5th Biennial Middle East-North Africa Writing Centers Alliance Conference, Muscat, April 2016.
- “Facilitating Co-ed Communication: Case Study of a Classroom in Qatar.” 22nd International Academic Conference of the Institute of Social and Economic Sciences, Lisbon, March 2016.
- “Caught between Culture and Curriculum: Teaching at an International Branch Campus.” Conference of the Arab Society of English Language Studies, Rabat, May 2016.
- “The Classics in Qatar: A Case Study in Extensive Reading.” Excellence in Language Instruction: Supporting Classroom Teaching and Learning, TESOL Singapore, Singapore, December 2015. Co-presented with Sherry Ward
- “Building Bridges: Increasing Female Participation Through Technological Mediation.” 2015 TESOL International Convention, Toronto, March 2015.
- “The Reading Games: Gamifying Class Activities makes Everyone a Winner.” The 11th Annual CamTESOL Conference, Phnom Penh, February 2015.
- “Walking a Thin Line Between Tradition and Liberalization.” 6th Asian Conference on Education, Osaka, October 2014.
- “All Fun and Games: Gamification in the Reading Classroom,” The 10th International Qatar TESOL Conference, Doha, March 2014.
- “Great Ways to Google: Using Google Drive Applications to Enhance In-Class Collaboration.” Teaching with Technology Conference, Texas A&M University, College Station, February 2014.
- “Bridging the Aisle: Interaction in Mixed-Sex Classes.” TESOL Arabia 2014 Conference, Dubai, February 2014.
- “Driving Collaboration: Using Google Drive Applications for In-Class Learning.” The European Conference on Technology in the Classroom, Brighton UK, July 2013.
- “Wikis and Docs for Collaborative Learning.” Technology in Higher Education, Doha, April 2013.
- “WikiReadia: Using a Wiki to Create a Collaborative Reading Class.” TESOL Greece 34th Annual International Convention, Athens, March 2013.
- “Promoting Academic Honesty in Student Writers.” The 8th International Qatar TESOL Conference, Doha, April 2012.
- Rasmussen, D. (2015). Communicating across the aisle: Increasing cross-gender interaction through technology. In P. McClaren, M. Al-Hamly, C. Gunn, J. Riddlebarger, S. Calladine, D. Anderson, S. Troudi, Eds. Proceedings of the 20th TESOL Arabia Conference: Methods and Means in ELT. (pp. 66-72). Dubai: TESOL Arabia Publications.
- Blevins, D. & Elshimi, A. (2008). Eureka! We’ve Found It. The RHET Herring, 2. Newsletter of Rhetoric and Composition. Retrieved from http://www.aucegypt.edu/academics/dept/rhet/Documents/issue2rhetoric.pdf
- ElShimi, A. & Blevins, D. (2006). Promoting excellence in undergraduate research and rhetoric: A proposal for AUC. Proceedings of the 13th Annual AUC Research Conference (pp. 15-20). Cairo: American University in Cairo Print shop.