ALI Staff

  • The instructors, tutors, and administrative staff at the American Language Institute are qualified professionals with considerable training and experience in working with international students. Our staff is committed to providing a quality educational experience for all students.

    Instructors

    Instructional staff at the ALI are selected for their expertise in English language teaching. All teachers have a minimum of a master’s degree in TESOL or a related area and experience working with English language learners.

    Issam AldowkatIssam Aldowkat, ptyt@iup.edu

    Issam Aldowkat is a PhD student in the English Literature and Criticism Program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He earned his BA and MA degrees in English from Jordanian universities. He has been a part-time and full-time ESL instructor for more than five years at Jordanian and Saudi Arabia’s Universities.   

    Tariq Al-Soud Tariq Al-Soud, ntbv@iup.edu

    Tariq is a doctoral candidate in the English Department Literature and Criticism Program at IUP. He earned his MA from Bridgewater State University, Massachusetts, majoring in English literature. He has taught in the English department at Tafila Technical University in Jordan. His interests include conducting gender studies, creative writing, and pedagogy and classroom management. 

    Jocelyn AmevuvorJocelyn Amevuvor, j.r.amevuvor@iup.edu

    Jocelyn Amevuvor obtained her master’s in TESOL from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She also has a bachelor’s in Spanish. Her interests include writing, student experiences, and pan-African studies. In addition to teaching at the ALI, she is also the SkillZone coordinator.    

    Brandon BoudreauxBrandon Boudreaux, brandon.boudreaux@iup.edu

    Brandon is a graduate of the Northeast Ohio MFA program with a concentration in writing fiction. He has taught composition and creative writing and now teaches writing and electronic literacy at the ALI.

    Dr. Soyoung BurkeDr. Soyoung Burke, s.baek@iup.edu

    Soyoung teaches various levels of reading and writing courses at the American Language Institute. She also teaches English courses to American college students at both IUP and Penn State University. Her interest areas are ESL/EFL writing, literacy, identity, culture, and teacher education in teaching English.

    Quanisha CharlesQuanisha Charles, q.d.charles@iup.edu

    Quanisha is a doctoral candidate (ABD) in the IUP English Department Composition and TESOL program. Her research interests include composition, intercultural communication, world English(es), and Black narratives within TESOL. She has taught in Vietnam, South Korea, and the U.S. Quanisha enjoys traveling, reading, and academic writing. 

    Ann Elise FrazierAnn Elise Frazier, a.e.frazier@iup.edu

    Ann Elise is an M.A. TESOL graduate from IUP whose career in education began while working with ESL students in Arizona as an elementary and reading specialist teacher. In addition to being an instructor, she is also the ACE Tutoring Program supervisor.

     

    Liz GhateLiz Ghate, lizelle.ghate@iup.edu

    Liz has a BA in English from St. Joseph’s University and an MSED in TESOL from the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught ESL at colleges in the Philadelphia region, as well as secondary English/ESL in Philadelphia and Scranton Public Schools.

     

    John GrantJohn Grant, j.grant3@iup.edu

    John is a doctoral candidate (ABD) in the English Department Composition and TESOL program at IUP. He has taught English in Taiwan and has worked with international students as a Graduate Assistant in the Office of International Education.

     

    Dr. Robin KneeDr. Robin Knee, robin.knee@iup.edu

    Robin earned a Ph.D. in Romance Languages from the University of Pennsylvania. She taught a variety of French courses at Penn, Drexel, Ohio State, and Trinity University before embarking on an ESL vocation seven years ago at La Roche College.  

     

    Chih-Lung J. Jeff KungChih-Lung J. "Jeff" Kung, c.j.kung@iup.edu

    Jeff holds an MA in English Literature and Criticism and has taught college writing and American fiction at universities in Taiwan and at IUP. Jeff is a doctoral candidate in the English Department Literature and Criticism program. He serves as an editor of the Crimson Quill and organizes events on campus to promote writing and electronic literacy.

    Michael O'BryanMichael O’Bryan, m.e.obryan@iup.edu

    Mike has been at the ALI since 1991. He currently teaches grammar and works as a testing co-coordinator (placement and exit) at the ALI.

    Myrna S. SchwarzMyrna Schwarz, myrna.schwarz@iup.edu

    Myrna S. Schwarz has a master’s in TEFL from the University of Texas. She has taught English, ESL, and Spanish in universities in Texas and now Pennsylvania. She loves learning other languages, reading, and international cooking.

    taylor_snyderTaylor Snyder, phmt@iup.edu

    Taylor obtained an MA from the IUP English Department TESOL Program. She has a BA in English Literature and a TEFL Certification from Kent State University. She previously taught in Germany and Poland. Her research interests include teacher development, ESL writing, language assessment and classroom pedagogy.

    Tewero TchekpassiTewero Tchekpassi, hjyr@iup.edu

    Tewero is a doctoral candidate in the English Composition and TESOL program at IUP. He has experience teaching English and advising students in secondary education in Togo (10 years). His interests include educational research, teacher education, ecological literacy, and second language literacy. 

    Begona Vilouta-VazquezBegoña Vilouta-Vázquez, b.vilouta-vazquez@iup.edu

    Begoña Vilouta-Vázquez is a doctoral candidate (ABD) in the IUP English Department Literature and Criticism Program. She has been teaching foreign languages (English in Spain and Spanish in the United States) for more than 10 years.

     

    The ALI hires both native and non-native qualified instructors. This policy provides students with models of excellence—teachers who know the experience of bilingualism and language learning as a personal as well as a professional experience. All teachers are encouraged to engage in professional development.

    ACE Tutors

    Ace_135 In the American Culture and English (ACE) Tutoring program, tutors work with ALI students to develop cultural understanding and English language proficiency. Undergraduate and graduate students with teaching or tutoring experience and an interest in working with diverse populations can apply to become tutors.

    SkillZone

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    SkillZone is a free drop-in center for all IUP international students and scholars (ALI, exchange, undergraduate, graduate, and visiting scholars) to access academic support. Tutors are hired from a variety of academic disciplines.


    Administration and Support Personnel

    Dr. Michele PetrucciDr. Michele Petrucci, Executive Director, intl-education@iup.edu

    Michele has been professionally active in the field of International Education for over 20 years. Since her arrival at IUP in 1997, Michele has worked in various capacities in both the ALI and the Office of International Education. She currently serves as associate vice president for International Education and Global Engagement.

     

    Emma ArcherEmma Archer, Assistant Director, earcher@iup.edu

    Emma has an MA in TESOL from American University. She taught ESL courses at NVCC and language schools in D.C. She served as a Peace Corps EFL teacher trainer in Mongolia, worked with refugee families for the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council, and taught Spanish in Louisville Public Schools.

     

    Cindy SmeltzerCindy Smeltzer, Secretary, cindy.smeltzer@iup.edu

    Cindy was born and raised in western Pennsylvania. She has an Associate’s Degree from Cambria Rowe Business College as a computer support specialist. She joined the ALI staff in 2011. In her spare time, Cindy enjoys reading, walking, shopping, eating out, volunteering with her children’s activities, and spending time with family and friends. Cindy lives in the Creekside area with her family.

    Student Advisors

    The ALI student advisors have extensive experience working with international students and experience abroad. They are dedicated to helping ALI students and are happy to advise them about academic issues and about adjusting to life in the United States.

    Student Advisors: Ahmed Alanazi, Wasan Alhussaini, Malik Alma'Aiteh, Emi Karimata Rachel Kiser, and Jonathan Montgomery.