Director of Undergraduate Research and Senior Instructor II
Department of Rhetoric and Composition


Brief Biography

Amani Elshimi is senior instructor II of rhetoric and composition, and founding director of undergraduate research at The American University in Cairo. She is a devoted supporter of undergraduate student scholarship, and an active practitioner of engaging pedagogies, including community-based learning, senior capstone experiences, and course-based internships.  She has over 20 years of experience in higher education teaching, faculty development, curriculum design, assessment, and program administration.  Between 2008-2011, she served as founding director of community-based learning, and she continues to serve as consultant to education focused civil society organizations.  She received the AUC’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2009, the Excellence in Community-Based Learning Award in 2013, and is recognized on the Talloires Civic Engagement Expert’s List. 


MA - Arab and Islamic Civilization, Specialization: Islamic studies, The American University in Cairo, May 2017

CTEFLA Certificate of Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults, Royal Society of Arts, Cambridge University, October - November 1994   

MA -  Applied Linguistics, The American University in Cairo, Egypt, June 1992

BA - English Literature and Linguistics, minor in translation and French, Kuwait University, Kuwait, January 1987


Selected Publications

Elshimi, Amani. “Ghazali’s Integral Epistemology:  A Critical Analysis of The Jewels of the Quran” The American University in Cairo, May 2017.

Elshimi, Amani.  “I Could Be You”: Reflections of a CBL Instructor in Cairo.”  NAFSA International Educator Magazine.  November - December 2016. 

Elshimi, Amani.  “I Could Be You: Reflections of a CBL Instructor in Cairo.”  Diversity and Democracy, Spring 2016.  The Association of American Colleges and Universities

Ayoub, Maha.  Galaxy of Light, Kassim, Yumna & A. Elshimi, Transl. (2014), Cairo: Nahdet Masr. 

Eltahawy, N., B. Comer & A. Elshimi (2009).  Voices in Refuge: Stories from Sudanese Refugees in Cairo.  Cairo: AUC Press.

Elshimi, A. “Up and Down the Donkey Track: Critical Paths to Community Engagement.” (2008), The Fountain. Newsletter of the John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement. 

Kassabgy, N. & A. Elshimi (Eds.).  (2007). Sustaining Excellence in ‘Communicating across the Curriculum’: Cross-Institutional Experiences and Best Practices. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 

Elshimi, Amani and Deanna Blevins.  "Promoting Excellence in Undergraduate Research and Rhetoric: A Proposal for AUC."  Proceedings of the 13th AUC Research Conference.  Cairo: The American University in Cairo, 2006.


Research Interests

  • Discourse and Corpus Analysis
  • Islamic Philosophies of Education
  • Service Learning
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Communicating across the Curriculum 
  • Learning Transfer
  • Integrative and Creative Learning


Awards and Recognitions

The Excellence in Community-Based Learning Award, The American University in Cairo, May 16, 2013

The Excellence in Teaching Award, The American University in Cairo, February 2009 

The John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement Certificate for contribution to Campus Worker Literacy Program, American University in Cairo, May 2006.  

The Center for Learning and Teaching Award for the “Promotion of Active Learning," The American University in Cairo, May 2005. 

Vice President for Student Affairs Certificate for the organizing of “The First Undergraduate Research Conference,” The American University in Cairo, May 2005. 

Talloires Civic Engagement Experts List

Interviewed by Talloires Network for Strengthening Civic Roles in Higher Ed

Interviewed by The American University in Cairo, Faculty Bulletin