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Athar I. Almadanat

  • Adjunct Lecturer
    Foreign Languages Program
  • Adjunct Lecturer
    English Language & Global Trng

My name is Dr. Athar Almadanat. I have a Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature form Mut’ah University in Jordan. In 2012, I moved to Erie, PA to further my education and teaching skills. I earned and Master’s in Education in 2013, and Doctorate in Philosophy in 2018 from Gannon University.

My journey as a second language educator/trainer in higher education began in 2011 when I was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to teach Arabic as a second language at the University of Texas at Austin. Since then, I have been teaching English as second language at Gannon University. Also, I have taught Arabic as a second language both online and in person at UT Austin, Gannon University, Virginia Military Institute, and Sijal Institute.

I believe language should be taught as a skill not as a content-based subject. Therfore, my classroom is student-centered. I follow the flipped classroom model and customize my courses each semester based on my students’ needs. My classes offer a dynamic and interactive experience where learners are engaged. Learners apply and practice the target language 90% of the class time.

I love teaching ESL at Gannon University because I get the chance to meet people from all over the world and learn about their cultures at no cost.  


Mutah University, BA in English Language and Literature, 2009

Gannon University, MA in Education (Curriculum and Instruction), 2013

Gannon University, PhD in Organizational Learning and Leadership, 2018

Athar           I. Almadanat

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