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Nesreen Akhtarkhavari

  • Associate Professor & Arabic Program Director
  • Modern Languages; Arabic
  • Faculty
  • ​​PhD, Florida State University​​​
  • 773-325-8639
Professor Akhtarkhavari publications range from co-authoring the National Standards for Teaching Arabic in the United States, to preparing teaching material, writing short stories in Arabic, translating novels, muses, and poems, and preparing training material. Her collection of short stories, Between Present and Absence, gained her a membership in the Jordanian Writers Association, and Arab Writers Association. She translated the Jordanian Arabic novel, You As of Today, by Tayseer Al-Sboul (2012), and a collection of muses and short stories, Walk, by Saud Qubailat (2012). She also translated Desert Sorrows, poems on love and politics by Tayseer Al-Sboul (expected Spring 2015). She is currently working on the translation of Rumi: The Arabic Poems and The Cat that Taught Me How to Fly, a prison novel by Hasheem Gharaibeh. Her articles, short stories, translations, and opinion editorials appeared in Afkar, the Journal of the Jordanian Ministry of Culture, AlRai, Al-Zamman, Mantis, Ezra, The Christian Science Monitor, and a number of literary websites.

She presented at national and international conferences including the American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL), American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), and Northeast Modern Languages Association (NEMLA), The National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL), Middle East Studies Association (MESA), Women Leaders Conference in Abu Dhabi, and TAKAFUL Conference on Community Engagement in Amman, Jordan, among others. Her presentations covered a range of topics including pedagogy of teaching foreign language and literature, education for engagement, Arabic prison literature, eroticism in Arabic literature, Arabian Nights, translation and other topics.

Building on her experience as a manager of $36 million capital campaign which she raised for an NGO in less than five years, she secured and managed federal grants for a total of about half a million dollars since she started working at DePaul. These include three grants from the United States Security Agencies, to teach Arabic to high school students and conducts training and professional development for Arabic teachers in Illinois; a grant from the United States Department of Education to plan and manage a Teacher to Teacher workshops; two grants to establish Illinois Arabic Teachers Council from Qatar Foundation; two grants to hold national conferences for teaching Arabic and Arabic literature. She is currently working on a project with Michigan State University Press, the Jordanian Consulate in Chicago, and The Jordanian Ministry of Culture to translate Jordanian literature and make it accessible to English readers.

In addition to Professor Akhtarkhavari's service to DePaul on various capacities including Faculty Council, the DePaul Women Network, the College Community Engagement Taskforce, the department By-Laws Committee, she serves on a number of non-profit boards including, president of the Board of Directors of the World Engagement Institute, member of the board and chair of Amman Chicago Sister City International Education Committee; board member and Vice President of the Arabic Language and Culture Center; and board member of Radius of Arab Writers Association.  Further, she was instrumental in supporting the development of civic and professional organizations in the Arab world, especially Saudi Arabia. She chaired a number of annual conferences that promote civic development and delivered training on leadership, program development, networking, teamwork, board development, fund-development, international communication, diversity, and international consulting. She founded the Saudi Association of Teachers of English (SATA), one of the first professional organizations in the Kingdom, participated in the launch of Arabian Society for Human Resource Management (ASHRAM) as its female membership director, and helped launch Maan, a public awareness NGO sponsored by Arab News.

Professor Nesreen Akhtarkhavari is an international consultant, and training professional with over 25 years of experience. She utilizes her diverse background in developing, designing, and managing need-based, culturally sensitive training material with focus on partnership, engagement, and sustainability.  As the President of Global Education and Training Services, Inc., and a senior consultant, Dr. Akhtarkhavari worked with major educational, business, and civic organizations in the United States and the Middle East, including Florida State University, the University of Maryland, Middlebury College, Illinois State University; DePaul Language Academy; Illinois Board of Education, Dar Al-Hekma College, CET Study Abroad Program at Yarmouk University, the University of Jordan Language Center, Jeddah Chamber of Commerce, Jeddah Women Training Center, Wazn for Development and Services, Saudi National Guard Hospital, Arab News, Saudi Gazette, Chicago Public Schools, Virginian City School District, the American International Schools-SAIS, and Dar Al-Fikr Schools. 

In addition to directing the DePaul Arabic Studies Program, Dr. Akhtarkhavari is currently serving on the National Arabic Standards revision task-force and chairing the Chicago Arabic Teachers Council.​