Mohammed Errihani, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Linguistics

Director of the English Language Program

Mohammed Errihani


I am an associate professor of linguistics and founding director of the English as a Second Language Program. In addition to directing the ESL program, I have also taught courses in linguistics, history of English, grammar and writing since I joined Purdue University Northwest in 2007.

Research Overview

My research focuses on language policy and planning, language in education policy, especially in Morocco, the teaching of English as a second/foreign language, and rhetoric.

Fact: I am fluent in 3 languages and have a working knowledge of two. Fun fact: I coached a college soccer team for one year after their coach was fired.

Select Publications

Language, Power, and the Economics of Education (Forthcoming book by Springer Nature)

(2016).“Language and Social Class: Speaking Darija with the “right” accent.” Journal of North African Studies. 21(5): 1-24.

(2017). English Education Policy and Practice in Morocco. In R. Kirkpatrick (Ed.), English Language Education Policy in the Middle East and North Africa. (pp. 115-131). Springer International Publishing AG.

Teaching Focus

  • Linguistics
  • History of English
  • Grammar
  • Writing

Previous Roles

  • Fulbright Scholar at Chouaib Doukkali University, El Jadida, Morocco (2018-2019)
  • Senior English Language Fellow and Director of the English Language Resource Center at Al Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt (2011-2012)
  • Lecturer at the University of Illinois at Chicago (1998-2007)
  • Lecturer at Al Akhawayn University, Ifrane, Morocco (1996-1998)
Mohammed Errihani


(219) 989-2657

Office Location:

Hammond, CLO 264


  • Ph.D. – English: Language and Rhetoric, University of Illinois at Chicago

Areas of Expertise

  • Language Policy Applied Linguistics
  • TESOL Sociolinguistics
  • North African Studies

Credentials, Accreditations & Awards

  • Fulbright Scholar Award for Morocco: 2018-2019
  • PNW Teaching Excellence Award: 2018
  • Senior Fellow Award for Al Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt: 2011-2012
  • ACUE Certificate in Effective College Teaching: 2018
  • Experiential Learning Award of Excellence: 2016