- BA (Honors 1969, University of Khartoum, Sudan).
- MA in English (University of Khartoum, Sudan, 1975).
- Ph.D in English and American Literature (University of South Carolina, USA, 1987).
Dr. Ahmed Elnimeiri is an associate professor in the English Program, Department of Communication Studies and Languages, College of Arts and Sciences. He received his Ph.D in English and American Literature from the University of South Carolina, in the US. He was three times a Fulbright fellow. His work included developing the English curriculum for schools in the Sudan and being chief examiner of English literature in the Sudan School Certificate, external examiner of MA and Ph.D theses for the Graduate College, University of Khartoum, as well as teaching for over 30 years in universities in Sudan, United States, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. He has done research in English and American Literature, African Literature and Postcolonial Literature. He published a book, William Faulkner’s The Reivers (Garland Publishing 2009), and articles in journals such as ADAB, Gomack Review, Mississippi Quarterly, Critique, and Southern Literary Journal.
He joined Abu Dhabi University in 2003.
AREAS OF COMPETENCE
Teaching: In his more than thirty-five years of teaching in universities, he has taught almost every of literature, writing and translation to undergraduate, diploma, and M.A students. The courses he taught range from basic composition and Introduction to Literature and Translation to advanced courses in literature and translation. He has also supervised several M.A theses and Ph.D dissertations.
His teaching philosophy rests on the idea that the student is the center of the educational process. The main target of this process is to get the student to learn significant things that develop his/her mind and personality and that lead him/her to act effectively in the sphere allocated to him/her in this life. The educational process must lead to a visible and positive development in the student’s character and must lead him/her to develop a clear, deep and positive view of life.
In order for this outcome to be achieved there is need for principles and methods in teaching and learning that can produce the processes that aid students to mature intellectually and emotionally while studying. The first principle is to make learning a discovery. The best way for students to learn is to get them to discover what they need to know. Instead of telling them, get them to develop ideas and to find information and see the significance of what they discover.
To make students discover they must be seen as part of the instructional process. Learning must be seen as a collaborative process. The student and the instructor collaborate so that student learns. The ideal class is the one which is conducted in form of dialogues and questioning sessions and as much as possible it should be open-ended.
Research: Over the years he has done and published research in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century American Literature (Hawthorne, Poe, Faulkner, Styron); Postcolonial Literature (especially Tayeb Saleh and Sudanese literature written in English). He published his work in reputable journals in the US and elsewhere and some of his work is referenced in researches of other scholars. He believes that the research he has done makes a contribution to the areas it deals with. He is currently working on books on Hawthorne and Leila Aboulela.
Service: He believes a faculty should be actively engaged in the service and development of the institution he works in. In his 10 years of work in Abu Dhabi University he has served in a number of committees and councils at the department, college and university level. They range from the departmental program review, to the college promotion committee, to the University enrollment management and promotion committees to the Academic Council and the University Council.
- 1 June 2009-Present : Associate Professor, Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences,Abu Dhabi University.
- 6 June 2007-31 May 2009 : Acting Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Abu Dhabi University.
- August 2003—June 2008 : Associate Professor, Department of English,College of Arts and Sciences, Abu Dhabi University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
- August 1998—August 2003 : Associate Professor, Department of English Language and Literature, United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, UAE.
- Feb. 1997-Aug. 1998 : Associate Professor, Department of Foreign Language, King Faisal University,Elahasa, Saudi Arabia.
- July 1995- Jan. 1997 : Associate Professor, Department of English Language and Literature,International Islamic University Malaysia.
- Feb. 1994- July 1995 : Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Khartoum, Sudan.
- 1988-1994 : Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Khartoum Sudan.
- 1978-1987 : Lecturer, Department of English, University of Khartoum, Sudan.
- 1969-1978 : Teaching Assistant, Department of English, University of Khartoum, Sudan.
RESEARCH & SCHOLARLY ACTIVITIES
He has done research in English and American Literature, African Literature and Postcolonial Literature and presented papers in conferences in the US, the UK, Malaysia, and Oman. He published a book, William Faulkner’s The Reivers (Garland Publishing 2009), and articles in journals such as ADAB, Gomack Review, Mississippi Quarterly, Critique, and Southern Literary Journal.
- “Thoreau and Emerson: An Anatomy of Friendship,” ALIF: Journal of Comparative Poetics. No. 36, 2016 (pp. 91-106).
- “Vision and Revision: William Styron’s Lie Down in Darkness and Set This house on Fire.” International Journal of Humanities and Management Sciences(ISBN 2320-4036), volume 2, issue 3, 2014 (pp.108-114).
- “The Huck Finn Novel: Faulkner’s Revision of Twain.” Journal of Language and Cultural Education. Journal of Language and Cultural Education(ISBN 1339-4045), volume 2, number 2, May 2014(pp.103—122)
- “The Use of Weblogs by Non-Native Students in the UAE.” With Intan Mukhtar and Ghanem Al Bustami. In G. Richards (Ed.) (2009). “Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education. (pp. 3370-3375) Chesapeake, VA (Canada): AACE.
- William Faulkner’s The Reivers . Detroit, Michigan: Gale Publications 2009 ((ISBN-10 0815322763—ISBN-13 978 0815322764).
- “Play in Augustus Baldwin Longstreet’s Georgia Scenes”. Southern Literary Journal, 33, ii (Spring 2001), 44-61.
- “Straining Colonialist Discourse: T. E. Lawrence’s Seven Pillars of Wisdom”.
In English and Islam: Creative Encounters 96, edited by Jalaludin Khan and Adrian E.Hare. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: The Research Center, International Islamic University, Malaysia, 1998, pp.269-276.
- “I Detect Allegory in All This” Thomas Pynchon’s V”. Gomback Review, 1 (1996), 100-114.
- “Djuna Barnes’ Nightwood and the ‘Experience of America’.” Critique. (Winter 1993, pp. 100-112).
- “The Puritan and the Wizard: The Past and the Present in The House of the Seven Cables”, ADAB: The Journal of the Faculty of Arts 1 (1992), pp. 19-30.
- “Letter from Khartoum”. (An Overview of African Literature), Dictionary of Literary Biography Yearbook, 1990, pp. 268-276.
- “Reconstruction Which Was Also War: Realism and Allegory in Grace King’s The Pleasant Ways of St. Medard”. Mississippi Quarterly, XLI (Winter 1987-1988), pp. 39-54.
CONSULTANCY & INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE
- Chair of committee that developed the English curriculum for schools in the Sudan 1990-1994.
- Chief examiner of English literature in the Sudan School Certificate, 1976-1993.
- External reviewer and examiner of MA and Ph.D theses for the Graduate College, University of Khartoum, 1997-2006.
- External Reviewer of application for promotion to the rank of Associate Professor , Ajman University, May 2014
MEMBERSHIPS OF PROFESIONAL SOCIETIES
- APETAU: Association Professors of English and Translation at Arab Universities.
- SITA: Sudanese Interpreters and Translators Association in the UAE.