Arabic Instructors

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Dr. Abdellatif Oulhaj
Associate Professor

  • Ph.D. in Linguistics, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
  • M.A. in Linguistics, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
  • B.A. in English, University Ibn Tofail, Kenitra, Morocco

Phone: (406) 243-3604
Fax: (406) 543-6462

Interests include implementing dialectal variation in curricula, authenticity in language instruction, and following national standards in designing courses. He has developed new courses at DCLCP following ACTFL Standards and got certified by ACTFL as a full OPI tester. His primary research interests are in the field of pedagogy. Specifically, he is interested in how to assist learners achieve the advanced levels, and how to boost their exposure to more input via technology. Abdellatif resides with his family in the beautiful city of Missoula. In his free time, he explores the city for good vegetarian cuisine and spends quality time with his family.


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Dr. Maher Alkhateeb
Assistant Professor

  • Ph.D. in Educational Technology, University of Kentucky
  • M.A. in Education: Teacher as Leader, Northern Kentucky University
  • B.A. in English, Yarmouk University, Jordan

Phone: (406) 243-3600
Fax: (406) 543-6462

Maher came from Jordan to the United States in 2006 as a Fulbright visitor scholar of Arabic and culture at the University of Kentucky. He has taught all levels of Arabic language courses for at least 10 years at the university of Kentucky, and other educational institutions such as the University of Pittsburgh and Center College. His research interests include curriculum deign, foreign language education and technology, and online and hybrid education. Maher lives in Kentucky with his wife and daughter and enjoys gardening in his free time.


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Rana Shaaban
Adjunct Professor

  • B.S. in Agriculture, American University, Beirut
  • Diploma in Ingenieur Agricole, American University, Beirut

Phone: (406) 243-3600
Fax: (406) 543-6462

Rana is originally from Lebanon, and graduated from the American University of Beirut, with a great passion for teaching. Since she moved to North Carolina, she has been teaching at the language school in Fort Bragg for the last 10 years. She proved herself as a professional language and culture  training Instructor and a great team player in the Arabic department. Her outstanding performance was recognized in all the programs taught there, whether in the basic, intermediate, or enhanced programs. 

Rana is so excited to join the DCLCP team in University of Montana, to work along inspiring members. An important aspect of her life is family, a husband and two boys, and a great love for teaching.


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Amir Morkos
Adjunct Professor

  • B.S. in Political Science, Cairo University, Egypt
  • Diploma in Human Rights and Civil Society, Cairo University, Egypt

Phone: (406) 243-3600
Fax: (406) 543-6462

Amir is originally from Egypt; he was raised, studied, and gained his 18 years work and training experience in the Middle East. Amir showed his talents during college through many student activities, and his leadership to student groups. He was a founder of student seminars to train students on foreign affairs. After his graduation, he led an inter-cultural program, and drafted articles for key persons in Egypt. Amir was then selected to join the United Nations Volunteer (UNV) program in the Middle East, where he worked for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). His 9 years experience in the Middle East include working for nonprofits, think tanks, international donors (USAID), and media.

Amir became a certified interpreter working for NY Department of Education in 2014, as well as maintaining his job duties in DHS and ACS as a legal, social, and medical interpreter. He has a lot of experience teaching, and developing curriculum in the Arabic language. His expertise includes Department of State, Department of Agriculture, Air Force, DLI, Department of Army, and Intelligence.

Amir has proven himself through his outstanding performance, and was awarded twice from Department of State, and was selected to represent the Arabic department in Arab-Americans in Foreign Affairs Agencies in Washington DC. He is excited to now become a part of the DCLCP team. Amir is married, and enjoys meeting new people, travel, and cross-cultural seminars.


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Moayyad Al-Azzam
Graduate Teaching Assistant

  • B.A. in Translation, Yarmouk University (2014)

Phone: (406) 243-3615
Fax: (406) 543-6462

Moayyad received his B.A. in Translation from Yarmouk University in 2014. He worked as a language and cultural facilitator for the Peace Corps from 2013 to 2014. Moayyad became a language instructor for SIT - Study Abroad (School of International Training) in Jordan from 2015 to 2018.