Desire BALOUBI, Ph. D.
Assistant Professor of English
118 E. South Street
Raleigh, NC 27601--USA
Office: Old Education Building 6
Phone: (919) 546-8307/546-8254
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* Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics (Major) & TESOL (Cognate), 12/2000-Ball State University.
* MS in Information and Communication Sciences, May 8, 1999-Ball State University.
* MA in Applied Linguistics (with specific reference to English Language Teaching), 12/90
University of Durham (England).
* MA in English-Spanish:Maitrise & CAPES-Teaching Certificate, 12/80-National University
* Certificate in English for Academic Purposes, 9/1989- Summer school at Institute for
Applied Language Studies (University of Edinburgh, Scotland).
* Training The Trainers: Certificate for Training High School Teachers of English and
French, 9/1986--South Devon College of Arts and Technology (Torquay, England).
* Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities, Shaw University (8/02-Present)
Teaching a) Writing: Research & Portfolio Development--EVR 300, Reading and Writing
across the Curriculum--MDS 216, Senior Seminar in Liberal Studies--MDS 418, ENG
111, ENG 309, MDS 360: Introduction to Linguistics, and b) Communication
Studies/Public Speaking: COM 210.
* Assistant Professor, Multidisciplinary Studies Department, Shaw University (8/01-6/02)
Teaching a) Writing: MDS 216, MDS 418, ENG. 309, EVR 300; b) Special Topics
MDS 360: Introduction to Linguistics; c) Speech Communication/Public Speaking, COM
210; d) Introduction to Humanities, HUM 200.
* Contract Faculty, Vance-Granville Community College, Henderson, NC (Spring 2002)
Teaching Communication (COM 231) at Butner Federal Correctional Institution
* Adjunct Faculty (English & Communication Studies), IVY TECH State College
* Office Administration Assistant at Ball State University/Dean Olson's Office/College of
Communication, Information, and Media, Muncie, IN (5/00-8/00)
Helped with Data Management and Customer Service.
* Graduate Teaching Assistant at Ball State University, Muncie, IN (8/99-5/00)
Taught the Fundamentals of Public Speaking (COM 210)
* Doctoral Research Assistant at Ball State University, Muncie, IN (8/99-5/00)
Worked with Dr. Marcy Meyer on "the devil's advocate role in innovation."
Served as a facilitator in a workshop about "Exploring opportunities in communication in a
* BSU Graduate School: Member of the Dean's Advisory Council (8/99-5/00)
A five-member council, including the Dean, working on best strategies to stimulate
graduate students' interests/efforts and to promote excellence in teaching and learning.
* The Ball State University Graduate Student Alliance (GSA)
Edited GSA Newsletter, Grad News, and served as liaison with GSA & international
* Journalism: Columnist for The Ball State University DAILY NEWS: Wrote "African
* BSU-English Department: Member of the Graduate Student Advisory Board
Advised new graduate students on academic and professional issues.
* Doctoral Research Assistant for Dr. Mackay, BSU (summer I 1996).
Helped to proofread research work in Spanish and to gather information on research tools.
* The Ball State University African Student Association (8/95-5/98)
Served as Vice-President (8/95-5/96) and President (5/96-5/98)
* Teachers of English as a Foreign Language Association in Benin (TEFLAB)
Served as TEFLAB newsletter co-editor (8/93-7/95)
* Assistant Lecturer at the National University of Benin (8/91-7/95).
Taught ESL/EFL Reading and Writing in three departments: English, History, and
* USIS, American Cultural Center: English Language Program (fall 1991-summer 1995)
Taught English in various programs:
Intensive English course for USAID/ATLAS grantees;
Intensive English course for 5th-year University graduate students in Agronomy;
Modern techniques in Teaching English as a Foreign Language for High School teachers;
English for Specific Purposes (ESP) for the staff of Benin-Sheraton Hotel;
Adult education in English (beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels); and
Intensive English course for the staff of Benin High Commissioner for Refugees (HCR).
* Benin-Maerskline Shipping Company (8/93-7/95):
Taught communication skills in Business English
* Brilliant Stars International School (American Middle School in Cotonou, Benin):
Taught English, Science, Mathematics, and social Studies (Spring 1995)
Also taught French-evening classes for immigrants and diplomats' dependents
* Intercom Polytechnic and Professional School (1991-1993):
Taught communication skills in English for specific professions
* Benin National University Teacher Colleges (1986-1991)
Trained Benin High School Teachers of English and French
* Benin-Public High Schools (1977-1979 & 1981-1985)
Taught English, French, and Spanish.
PRESENTATIONS AT CONFERENCES
* American Society of Geolinguistics International Conference on Language in the Era of
Globalization at Baruch College, NY (CUNY), October 2-4, 2003:
"Language in the era of globalization: Old wine in new bottles."
* Southern Interdisciplinary Roundtable on African Studies: Annual Conference at
Kentucky State University, Frankfort, March 27-29, 2003:
"Reflections on the Legacy of Colonization and Slavery from Africa to America."
* American Society of Geolinguistics: International Conference on Language and Identity at
Baruch College, NY (CUNY), October 2-6, 2002
The Idaacha Communities in the Republic of Benin: Joggling for Linguistic and Ethnic
* The Inaugural Southern interdisciplinary Roundtable on African Studies (SIRAS) at
Kentucky State University, Frankfort (4/12-13/2002): a) It's a Small World: The Zuni and
Yoruba Myths of World Creation, and b) Ethnography of Public Speaking across
Cultures: A Proposal of Research for Peace Keeping in Africa.
Kentucky State University, Frankfort (4/14-15/2000): "The Art of Storytelling in Africa:
The Narrative Structure of a Folktale in the Idaacha Dialect of Yoruba."
* Indiana Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (INTESOL) Conference in
Indianapolis (fall 1999): "Writing in English across cultures"
* Pan-African Studies Conference at Indiana State University (ISU) in April 1999:
"Communicating across and beyond: Africa in the Information Age"
* INTESOL Conference in Indianapolis- Panel presentation (fall 1998):
"Teaching English Abroad: The Cultural Issue"
* INTESOL Conference in Indianapolis (fall 1998):
"These Words Don't Mean The Same Thing Across Languages and Cultures"
* Pan-African Studies Conference at Indiana State University (ISU) in April 1998:
"African Linguistics: Tones in Yoruba and Idaacha"
* Pan-African Studies Conference at ISU in April 1997: "Scrambling for Africa Again"
* INTESOL Conference (fall 1996): "Teaching African Literature in English to Speakers of
Other Languages: The Cultural Issue"Publications
* "The Idaacha Communities in the Republic of Benin: Juggling for Linguistic and Ethnic
Identity," in Leonard R.N. Ashley and Wayne H. Finke, eds. Language and Identity.
East Rockaway, NY: Cummings + Hathaway Publishers, 2004, 49-62.
* "Beyond Those Arbitrary Borders," in Adebayo Oyebade, ed. The Foundations of Nigeria.
Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, Inc, 2003, 529-544.
* "From Nigeria to Benin: Introducing the Idaacha Dialect of Yoruba," in Adebayo Oyebade, ed.
The Transformation of Nigeria. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, Inc, 2002,
* "The Art of Storytelling in Africa: The Narrative Structure of a Folktale in the Idaacha Dialect
of Yoruba," in Africa in Transition: A Retrospect of the 20th Century, Conference
Proceedings. Kentucky State University: Frankfort, 14-15 April 2000, 116-126.
* Journalism: Columnist for The Ball State University DAILY NEWS: Wrote "African Lines"--
Issues related to Africa and people of African descent (from fall 1998 until spring 2000)
"Development of Africa must not fall behind." The Ball State Daily News 28 April 2000: 4.
"Student gives appreciation to supporters." The Ball State Daily News 21 April 2000: 4.
"Africa can evolve successfully with action." The Ball State Daily News 14 April 2000: 4.
"International festival creates memories." The Ball State Daily News 7 April 2000: 4.
"African girls face educational challenges." The Ball State Daily News 31 March 2000: 4.
"African festival to focus on education." The Ball State Daily News 20 March 2000: 4.
"Africans should rise to help Mozambique." The Ball State Daily News 3 March 2000: 4.
"Everyone should be concerned with hate." The Ball State Daily News 25 Feb. 2000: 4.
"Dinner with president an honor, privilege." The Ball State Daily News 18 Feb. 2000: 4.
"King's dream still not completely realized." The Ball State Daily News 11 Feb. 2000: 4.
"Experiences help understand future." The Ball State Daily News 4 Feb. 2000: 4.
"Plague of military coups hits Ivory Coast." The Ball State Daily News 28 Jan. 2000: 4.
"Study shows minorities avoid science." The Ball State Daily News 21 Jan. 2000: 4.
"Promise of freedom blossoms in Africa." The Ball State Daily News 14 Jan. 2000: 4.
"Leadership provides stability in country." The Ball State Daily News 10 Dec. 1999: 4.
"New millennium brings global changes." The Ball State Daily News 3 Dec. 1999: 4.
"Ball State not dragging feet in diversity." The Ball State Daily News 18 Nov. 1999: 4.
"New king of Morocco should help country." The Ball State Daily News 12 Nov. 1999: 4.
"EgyptAir crash prompts look at country." The Ball State Daily News 5 Nov. 1999: 4.
"Tanzanian President's death mourned." The Ball State Daily News 29 Oct. 1999: 4.
"Hate crimes violate sacred rights of human beings." The Ball State Daily News 21 Oct. 1999: 4.
"American food names influenced by French." The Ball State Daily News 8 Oct. 1999: 4.
"African unity summit in Lybia a success." The Ball State Daily News 1 Oct. 1999: 4.
"Communication is a key to world peace." The Ball State Daily News 24 Sept. 1999: 4.
"Francophile colonial policy hurts Africa." The Ball State Daily News 17 Sept. 1999: 4.
"Thin line exists between culture, politics." The Ball State Daily News 10 Sept. 1999: 4.
"Africans should decolonize their minds."The Ball State Daily News 3 Sept. 1999: 4.
"Names important in African heritage."The Ball State Daily News 26 Aug. 1999: 4.
"Socioeconomic status of Africa low." The Ball State Daily News 21 April 1999: 4.
"Cruel realities of world events cause more appreciation for humane leaders." The Ball State Daily News 7 April 1999: 4.
"Women of Africa treated with respect." The Ball State Daily News 24 March 1999: 4.
"We must all work to educate." The Ball State Daily News 3 March 1999: 4.
"U.S. democratic system best example." The Ball State Daily News 17 Feb. 1999: 4.
"African nations should embrace unity." The Ball State Daily News 3 Feb. 1999: 4.
"MLK Day celebrates our racial diversity." The Ball State Daily News 20 Jan. 1999: 4.
"Africans celebrate deities with symbols." The Ball State Daily News 9 Dec. 1998: 4.
"Proverb gives foundation for way of life." The Ball State Daily News 18 Nov. 1998: 4.
"African literature gives insight to culture." The Ball State Daily News 4 Nov. 1998: 4.
"Halloween traditions grow on columnist." The Ball State Daily News 21 Oct. 1998: 4.
"African nations have tragic histories." The Ball State Daily News 7 Oct. 1998: 4.
"Africa far from 'dark continent' image." The Ball State Daily News 23 Sept. 1998: 4.
* "Scrambling for Africa again," in Molefi K. Asante, ed., Journal of Black Studies.
Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc., vol. 29, no. 5/May 1999, 610-618.
* Co-author of "Teaching English abroad: the cultural issue," INTESOL, fall 1998
* "Teaching African Literature in English to Speakers of Other Languages: The Cultural Issue,"
* European languages: English, French, and Spanish.
* African languages: Idaacha, Yoruba, Fongbe, and Dendi
* Travel Grant--the Ball State Office of Academic Research & Sponsored Programs
* Leadership Award, 2000-The Ball State University African Student Association
* Internal Grant for Doctoral Research (summer 1998)
* Fulbright Scholarship (fall 1995 to summer 1999)
* The British Council Scholarship (fall 1989 to fall 1990)
* The British Council Grant (summer 1986)
* The Association of African Universities Scholarship (fall 1974 to spring 1977)
Member of the American Society of Geolinguistics
* Indiana Public Radio: A Growing Model of Strategic Planning
* TEM-COF (Project Member)
Recommending "a strategy for moving BSU back to national prominence in the use of
technology on campus" (Dr. Steele, ICS 601, Fall 1998).
* Ball Memorial Hospital (BMH) (Project Member)
Post-testing usability of CAMI-Information database and charting device: Input from
BMH's caretakers, nurses, and physicians.
* UN/High Commissioner for Refugees: 'Universite Populaire Solidarite' (Project Director)
Setting up information database and coordinating a government-approved project of free
education for Togolese refugees in the Republic of Benin.