Afshin Hafizi

  • B.A., English language and literature, 1989
  • M.A., comparative literature, University of Utrecht and Amsterdam, 1998
  • M.A., international affairs, Florida State University, 1999
  • Ph.D., critical theory, University of Florida, 2004
  • Postdoctoral, technical communication, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2005

"From the first day of the term, I strive to establish an atmosphere of cooperation and interaction, while fostering a context of mutual respect and professionalism. Though I occasionally lecture, I more often participate in classroom assignments with my students, assignments that emphasize interaction, performance, and the use of evidence to support positions. I have found that group work fosters a progression from the passive reception of information to active thought and facilitates opportunities for students to choose positions and defend their choices before the class. As part of this dynamic, I often collaborate with colleagues in the classroom and have team-taught several courses. Team-teaching, as I have practiced it, enhances the performative dimension of instruction and invites students to participate in the exchange taking place between the instructors. In contrast to traditional classroom in which the figure of the teacher represents authority, I envision a more democratic classroom in which the teacher appears as facilitator. In this democratic classroom the students are not merely passive recipients of a standardized curriculum, which is the same for all, but are also given the chance to explore their own interests. I am constantly reviewing my pedagogy through continuing research and classroom evaluation. I think it is important to not only follow new developments in my areas of specialization, but also to be aware of other disciplinary work so that various research interests will inform my future teaching."

Afshin Hafizi | General education professor

Previous Positions

Teaching at Georgia Tech, Kennesaw State University, Georgia Perimeter College, University of Florida, Santa Fe College, South University Online, Phoenix Online, Kaplan Online, Strayer Online

Publications and presentations

  • "Ideology and Utopia in William Godwin's Caleb Williams." Interdisciplinary Literary Studies, Spring 2003, Volume 4, Number 2.
  • "The Archival Machine of Language and the Logic of Spectrality: Of Repetitions, Translations, and Ghosts." Interdisciplinary Literary Studies, Fall 2006, Volume 8, Number1.
  • Hafizi, Afshin, and Angela Merta. "Modern Iranian Women's Poetry in Translation." In The Dirty Goat, Volume 19: September 2008.
  • " Eghtesade Mahdoode Safar Namehaye Mohajeran." ("The Restricted economy of Immigrant Autobiography") Pazhuhesh-e Zabanhaye Khareji (Research Journal of Foreign Languages), University of Tehran, Iran, forthcoming 2012.
  • Book project, a collection of translated Iranian Women's Poetry, under consideration by Host Publications, New York.
  • Translation project (together with Alireza Shomali, Wheaton College, Department of Political Science) on the political philosophy of Abolkarim Soroush, a contemporary Iranian philosopher and a visiting scholar at Harvard University. Proposal submitted and accepted by I. B. Tauris, London.