New Faculty: Dr. Arieh Sherris

Returning from Saudi Arabia, Ghana, and Mt. Kilimanjaro this year, Dr. Ari Sherris is a welcome addition to the TESOL/AL program. With a Ph.D in Second Language Learning from George Mason University, Dr. Sherris has lived and worked in a variety of places and fields, most of which related to education and education reform. Most recently in Saudi Arabia, he co-founded a unit to support the development of academic English for graduate students at a new university, the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).

Before his work in Saudi Arabia, Dr. Sherris was active in US educational reform, spending eight years as a Research Associate at the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) in Washington D.C.While there, Dr. Sherris co-developed SIOP (Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol) workshops for teachers, administrators, and state education officials. He also facilitated these workshops throughout the US as well as in Thailand and Sweden. According to Dr. Sherris, “CAL has been instrumental in researching and developing a model of integrated content and language instruction (SIOP and Two-Way SIOP) for K-12 mainstream, bilingual, ESL, and content area teachers. He also “developed SIOP coaching materials for literacy coaches and public school administrators in both central office positions of leadership and at school sites.”

Dr. Sherris has spent much of his adult life as a member of a kibbutz in Israel where he was as he says, “a date farmer, cook in our communal  kitchen, schoolteacher, soldier–unfortunately, peace activist, father of three, and official in the Ministry of Education.” And now, luckily for us, he is looking forward to adding TC lecturer to his list of accomplishments.