At Northwestern, he is the founding director (since 2011) of the Middle East and North African Studies Program (MENA), which features an undergraduate major and minor, a graduate cluster and . certificate, a language program (Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish), as well as a vibrant calendar of programming both on campus and in the community. In addition to serving in the English department, where he was Director of Graduate Studies from 2009-2012, Edwards is a core faculty member in Northwestern's programs of Comparative Literary Studies , American Studies , Middle East and North African Studies , and International Studies , and is a faculty affiliate of the Program of African Studies , Screen Cultures , Rhetoric and Public Culture , and the Buffett Institute for Global Studies .
The fourfold models used to describe individual attitudes of immigrants parallel models used to describe group expectations of the larger society and how groups should acculturate.  In a melting pot society, in which a harmonious and homogenous culture is promoted, assimilation is the endorsed acculturation strategy. In segregationist society, in which humans are separated into racial groups in daily life, a separation acculturation strategy is endorsed. In a multiculturalist society, in which multiple cultures are accepted and appreciated, individuals are encouraged to adopt an integrationist approach to acculturation. In societies where cultural exclusion is promoted, individuals often adopt marginalization strategies of acculturation.
There are 10 sections in all in the test. The first section is writing essay (25 minutes), second is Critical Reading which includes Sentence Completion, Short Reading Passages, Long Reading Passages. Duration is 25 minutes. Next section is Mathematics (25 minutes). The fourth section is Writing- Multiple Choice and the fifth section is Critical Reading which includes Sentence Completion, Short Reading Passages, Long Reading Passages. Time allotted for both the sections is 25 minutes each. The sixth section is again Mathematics, multiple choice questions (25 minutes). The seventh section is again critical reading and next is Mathematics. Both of these are of 20 minutes duration. Next section is critical reading of 25 minutes and the last section is Writing- Multiple Choice which is of 10 minutes duration and includes Improving Sentences.