Fares Karam, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of TESOL
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Fares J. Karam is an Assistant Professor of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Nevada, Reno. Prior to his doctoral studies at the University of Virginia, he taught English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in Lebanon in bi/multilingual contexts. He also worked as a Senior English Consultant in the United Arab Emirates where, in collaboration with local school principals and language teachers, he coordinated all aspects of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) for a cluster of Emirati public schools.

His scholarship focuses on the language and literacy development of immigrant and refugee multilingual learners. His research has been published or is in press at Applied Linguistics; Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy; Research in the Teaching of English; TESOL Journal; and TESOL Quarterly – among other journals. Karam currently serves on the editorial review board of Journal of Language, Identity & Education (2019-present) and is a member of the Small Grants Review Panel for the Spencer Foundation (2021). He has also served as a member of the state of Nevada’s English Mastery Council and a member of TESOL International Association’s Research Professional Council (2016-2019) and Awards Professional Council (2018-2021).

Fares received the 2018 College of Education Outstanding Faculty Research Award from the University of Nevada, Reno. His doctoral research was awarded the 2017 Distinguished Dissertation Award from the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Second Language Research Special Interest Group and the 2017 Bruce Gansneder Outstanding Dissertation (Qualitative Methodology Award) from the University of Virginia. He was also the recipient of the 2016 TESOL Award for an Outstanding Paper on Non-Native English Speakers in TESOL (NNEST) Issues, awarded by TESOL International Association.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Education w/specialization in English Education, University of Virginia
  • Master of Arts in English Language and Literature, Lebanese University
  • Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature, Lebanese University