Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane - Spotlights


Dr. Seilstad Publishes Chapter on the Transformation of Teaching Methods

Dr. Brian Seilstad, Assistant Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at AUI, has published a chapter in a TESOL Press series book titled "Engaging Research: Transforming Practices for the High School Classroom." The book focuses on transforming practices in the K-12 classroom with Dr. Seilstad's chapter focusing on ethnographic and discourse analysis research done by him, Somin Kim, and Min-Seok Choi with a high school teacher, Derek Braun, documenting and analyzing the teacher's exemplary efforts to decenter English and support students' home languages and content learning. This chapter, and book as a whole, shares space with many established and emerging scholars in TESOL and bi/multilingual education, including the current president of TESOL International.

The book can be found here:

Dr. Hassi Publishes Paper on Leadership and Job Satisfaction

AUI SBA Professor Abderrahman Hassi recently published an article entitled “You Get What You Appreciate: Effects of leadership on job satisfaction, affective commitment and organizational citizenship behavior" in the International Journal of Organizational Analysis. The purpose of this paper was to examine the influences of transactional and transformational leadership styles on employee job satisfaction, employee affective commitment and organizational citizenship behavior (OCB) within Moroccan organizations. 
Dr. Hassi gathered data from a sample of 219 employees working in seven different industries in Morocco which he then analyzed using Structural Equations Modeling (SEM). The SEM analyses reveal that employee job satisfaction, affective commitment and OCB are only impacted by the personal recognition dimension of the transformational leadership style. 
If you'd like to learn more, you can access the research paper here:

Dr. Lounnas' First Publication of the New Year

Dr. Djallil Lounnas, Assistant Professor of International Studies at AUI, has once again had his work published with his first publication of the new year in the Maghreb Review Volume 44, Number 1 2019. Dr. Lounnas' new paper, titled " L'Algerie face a l'arc des menaces: Quelle Stategie" and co-authored by Yahia Zoubir, is based on interviews conducted in Algeria, Europe and the United States and examines the foreign and defense policies of Algeria towards its eastern and southern borders with Libya and Mali with regards to terrorist organizations, as well as Algeria's responses to the various European and US initiatives to stabilize the situation in those two countries.

You can find the link to the article here:

Dr. Gray Publishes Paper on "Indirect Victims"

Dr. Doris H. Gray, Associate Professor in AUI's School of Humanities and Social Sciences, recently published a report for the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ). The ICTJ is an organization that works for justice in countries that have endured massive human rights abuses under repression and in conflict.
Dr. Gray's new report titled, "Who Hears My Voice Today?: Indirect Women Victims in Tunisia", focuses on "indirect victims" of human rights violations in Tunisia, namely, the wives, sisters and children of political prisoners in Tunisia, who suffered discrimination, social exclusion, police violence and harassment during the dictatorship. Presenting the documentation and analysis, it argues that the transitional justice process in Tunisia must recognize the experiences of indirect victims, and address the consequences of the violations they faced.  
An executive summary of the report, as well as PDF downloads of the full report in both Arabic and English, can be found here: 

Dr. Lounnas Published Once Again

Dr. Djallil Lounnas has once again been published in the Middle East and North Africa Regional Architecture papers (MENARA)The MENARA Project aims to study the geopolitical order in the making, identify the driving forces behind it, shed light on bottom-up dynamics and assess the implications of these processes on the EU and its policies towards the Middle East/North Africa region.
Dr. Lounnas and Dr. Mehdi Lahlou, a Professor of Economics at the National Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics (INSEA) in Rabat and member of the AUI MENARA team, conducted a series of field works in the Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia between 2016 and 2018. These field works led to multiple studies and reports for the EU on illegal activities in the region. 
The first paper, which is drafted by Dr. Lounnas, observes the links between armed groups in the Sahel and the illegal trafficking as a means of finance. The paper shows that while these are real and genuine, they have been exaggerated. The second paper, drafted by Dr. Lahlou, focuses on the patterns of migration between the Sahel and Morocco. With these two reports, AUI has successfully completed all of its commitments to the MENARA Project. 
The two papers can be found here: