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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.


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.   


Mohamed AhmedMohamed Ahmed,

Mohamed is a doctoral candidate (ABD) in the English Department Composition and TESOL program at IUP. He has experience teaching English in different parts of the world, including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the U.S.


Mais Al-Shara'hMais Al-Shara'h,

Mais is a doctoral candidate in the English Department Literature and Criticism program at IUP. Mais taught a variety of courses in English Language and English Literature to adult EFL students in Jordan. She is interested in creative writing and digital literature for the EFL learner.


Jocelyn AmevuvorJocelyn Amevuvor,

Jocelyn Amevuvor obtained her master’s in TESOL from the 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 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,  

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.


Brian CopeDr. Brian Cope,

Brian, who finished IUP’s doctoral program in Composition and TESOL program in the spring of 2013, has thirteen years of collegiate level teaching experience. His previous experience includes teaching at IUP, Slippery Rock, and Westmoreland County Community College.


Ann Elise FrazierAnn Elise Frazier,

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,

Liz has a BA in English from St. Joseph's University and an MSED in TESOL from 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,

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 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,

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.


Nathan LindbergNathan Lindberg,

Nathan is a doctoral candidate (ABD) in the IUP English Department Composition and TESOL program. He has a B.A. in comparative history from University of Washington and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics-TESOL from University of Surrey, England. He is interested in assisting faculty working with EAL students and hopes to work as a TESOL specialist.


Xiaodong LiuXiaodong Liu,

Xiaodong is a doctoral candidate (ABD) in the IUP English Department Literature and Criticism program. She has an MA in TESOL from the University of Sydney and an MA in Literature from Bowling Green State University. She taught a variety of English courses at Xi’an International Study University, China. She enjoys teaching and loves literature.


Ravyn McKeeRavyn McKee,

Ravyn is a doctoral candidate in the English Composition and TESOL program at IUP. Her interests include international and domestic service-learning, literacy, and teacher education.


Michael O'BryanMichael O’Bryan,

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.


Begona Vilouta-VazquezBegoña Vilouta-Vázquez,

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 ten 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

In the ALI’s American Culture and English (ACE) Tutoring program, ESL tutors are employed in the Language Lab to tutor students at all levels in all subjects. Students select the topics or skills they need or want to study which is organized by the tutors. The ALI has a large library of ESL and language learning materials which the tutors use with state-of-the-art equipment and computers in the lab.

Administration and Support Personnel

Dr. Michele PetrucciDr. Michele Petrucci, Director,

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 IUP Office of International Education. She is currently serving as assistant vice president for International Education and Global Engagement as well as the ALI director.


Emma ArcherEmma Archer, Assistant Director,

Emma has an M.A. in TESOL from American University. She taught ESL courses at NVCC and language schools in the D.C. area and was a GA for the AU TESOL program. She served with the Peace Corps in Mongolia, worked with refugee families for the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council, and taught Spanish in Louisville Public Schools.


Cindy SmeltzerCindy Smeltzer, Secretary,    

Cindy was born and raised in western Pennsylvania. She has an Associate 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’s 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, Arene Al-Shara’h, Wasan Alhussaini, Gabbie Sanchez, Greg Hafer, Jonathan Montgomery, Paul Bliss, Taylor Snyder, and Emi Karimata.

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    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2402
  • Fax: 724-357-5640
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • 12:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.