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Michael Telafici

Michael Telafici

Instructional Associate Professor

Office Number: 329G
Office Phone: +974.4423.0511

Michael Telafici has had extensive experience in language, training, and teaching. He currently teaches Technical Business Writing, Composition and Rhetoric, as well as Writing and Reading courses for the Aggie​​ Gateway Program. Before joining the Texas A & M University at Qatar faculty, he spent nearly a decade as a professional writer. In his spare time he enjoys painting, world literature and poetry, writing, and learning new languages. Areas of interest include: ​

  • Technical Writing
  • Language and Identity 
  • Technology in Education
  • Motivation


  • DELTA Cambridge ESOL Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Modules 1 & 2) 2014
  • CELTA   Cambridge ESOL Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults 2010
  • M.A.       Master of Arts in Diplomacy, Norwich University, Northfield, VT 2009
  • B.F.A.     Bachelor of Fine Arts, College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ 1991


  • Lecturer, Texas A & M University at Qatar (July 2010 – Present)
  • Teaching Associate, Texas A & M University at Qatar (Aug 2009 – June 2010)
  • Employee Development Trainer, Qatar Foundation (February 2009 - May 2009)
  • Analyst, Fiserv Inc. (2006 - 2008)
  • Senior Technical Writer, Fiserv Inc. (2003 - 2006)
  • Communications Coordinator, Fiserv Inc. (2000 - 2003) 

Professional Affiliations 
Member: TESOL, TESOL Arabia, TESOL Greece, Cambodia TESOL


Conference Proceedings
  • Not so fast: A case against leaving liberal arts behind in the rush to STEM education. Paper presented at the International Conference on Education and New Developments 2017, Lisbon, Portugal (June 2017).
Conference Presentations
  • Not just engineers: using ICT to prepare international engineering graduates for the workplace, 12th Annual Education and Development Conference, Bangkok, Thailand (March, 2017)
  • Method and Madness in the Classroom: The Continuing Story of an Oral History Website in Qatar. Texas A&M University at Qatar Liberal Arts International Conference, Doha, Qatar (February, 2016).
  • STEAM Powered by Undergraduate Research: Student Connections between STEM and Oral History, Michael Telafici. Texas A&M University at Qatar Liberal Arts International Conference, Doha, Qatar (February, 2016) with Hodges A., Schmidt, E..
  • Local Knowledge, Global Classroom: Teaching Technical Writing Through Oral History in Qatar. 4th International Conference on Linguistics, Literature and Culture, Penang, Malaysia (October, 2016).
  • “Honoring the Local in the Global Classroom: Creating Oral History in a Technical Writing Classroom in Qatar” The Third Asian Conference on Society, Education & Technology, Kobe, Japan (October, 2015).
  • “Keeping it real: teaching technical communication as authentic experience” 3rd International Conference in Academic and Professional Communication. Gaborone, Botswana (July, 2015).
  • “Strangers In Their Own Land: Language, Identity, and Opportunity in Qatar” International Journal of Arts & Sciences’ (IJAS) International Conference for Teaching and Education, Paris, France (April, 2015),.
  • “Never the Twain Shall Meet? Liberal Arts courses and Local Culture at an IBC in Qatar” Gulf Studies Symposium, American University of Kuwait, Kuwait City, Kuwait (March, 2015).
Journal Articles
  • Martinez, M., Telafici, M., & Telafici, M. (2014). East of West: Re-arguing the value and goals of education in the Gulf. The Journal of General Education: A Curricular Commons of the Humanities and Sciences, 63 (2), 184-197.  September, 2014.
Book Chapters
  • Rudd, M., & Telafici, M. (2017). In An Arabian Gulf: First Year Composition Textbooks at an International Branch Campus in Qatar, in Arnold, L, Nebel, A., Ronesi, L. (Eds.) Writing Research and Pedagogy in the MENA Region (pp. 115-132). Anderson, SC: Parlor Press/WAC Clearinghouse.