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Lisa Adeli

About Lisa Adeli

Dr. Lisa Adeli has been the Director of Educational Outreach for the University of Arizona’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies since July 2007.  A certified high school teacher (Social Studies and English with an ESL endorsement), she taught World History at Buena High School in Sierra Vista, Arizona, for 12 years.  She is currently teaching a dual-credit Middle Eastern Studies class at Tucson’s Cholla High School. 

Dr. Adeli received her BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in 1979, two master’s degrees - in History and in Applied Linguistics (Teaching English As a Second Language) from Indiana University in 1983, and a doctorate in History from the University of Arizona in 2004.  In between, she lived/studied in Yugoslavia for a year and a half, spent several years as a part-time college instructor, and then earned a secondary teaching certificate.  As a teacher she is deeply involved in National History Day, a Museum Teacher Fellow with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C, a teacher fellow with the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, and an alumna IREX’s Teaching Excellence and Achievement program, which took her to a school in Vanadzor, Armenia, in April 2008. She is currently on the board of the Arizona Council for History Education and the Middle East Outreach Council - and is a volunteer staff member with the Educators' Institute for Human Rights.

As CMES Director of Educational Outreach, her goal is to provide teachers with accurate information on the Middle East, professional development opportunities both in the U.S. and abroad, and materials that educators can use in their classrooms.  

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Contact Information

Lisa Adeli
Director of Educational Outreach
Telephone: (520) 621-7904
Fax: (520) 621-9257
Office: Marshall 474