Lecturer - Education for Cultural and Linguistic Diversity

Arby Ghemari is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program and he teaches courses in the Education for Cultural and Linguistic Diversity (ECLD) Minor program. Ghemari’s teaching methodology includes examining theories, practices, and policies related to race and language, and how they impact the working, teaching, and learning of refugee students and other ELs in multilingual and multicultural settings.

His research interests lie in the areas of social justice, comparative and international education policy, educational technology, multilingual learners, and the study of multicultural brokers as they enact their agency to support refugee families.

Prior to higher education, Arby taught and provided teacher training to foreign language teachers in several countries, including China, India, Spain, Tunisia, and Vietnam. He also held several leadership positions at global education companies in North Africa and Southeast Asia, where he worked on developing blended learning programs for local schools.

Research and/or Creative Works

  • Figured Worlds and Identity in Multicultural Brokering
  • Refugee Family and School Professional Partnership Work: Project RAFT under the supervision of Dr. Cynthia Reyes and Dr. Shana Haines

Awards and Recognition

  • United Nations Global Leader (UNOG 2020)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, University of Vermont (2021)

Associations and Affiliations

  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • New England Educational Research Organization (NEERO)
  • Association internationale des étudiants en sciences économiques et commerciales (AIESEC)
  • United Nations Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (UNOG)
  • Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Arby Ghemari

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

  • Educational leadership and policy
  • Educational technology
  • Plurilingual and multilingual education
  • ESL/ELL teacher training
  • Culturally and linguistically minoritized populations


  • Ph.D. in Ed Leadership & Policy Studies (anticipated graduation Spring 2022)
  • B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in Child and Human Development from Chadron State College
  • B.A. in Applied Foreign Languages from the University of Tunis, Tunisia


Office Location:

404 Waterman

Courses Taught

  • ECLD 56 Language Policy Issues, Race & Schools
  • ECLD 295 ELL Practicum (Community-Engaged Learning)
  • ECLD189 Teach Reading & Writing to ELs