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Jerry G. Gebhard

Jerry Gebhard


Director, Graduate Studies in Composition and TESOL

Office: 111 Leonard Hall
Phone: 724-357-2264


Ed.D., Teachers College-Columbia University, 1985

Academic Interests

English as a Foreign Language, Cross-Cultural Communication, Teacher Education

Jerry started his career in EFL/ESL teaching in Northeast Thailand where he taught Buddhist monks English in exchange for Thai lessons. He has since formalized his education by earning a B.A. in Anthropology from Temple University, an M.A. in ESL at the University of Hawaii, and an Ed.M. and Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University, in TESOL/Second Language Teacher Education. Jerry is known for his overseas teaching experience, having taught English majors at Thammasat University (Thailand), acted as assistant chair of the English Department at Bangkok College (now Bangkok University), and worked as a crosscultural sensitivity trainer for Heuristic Associates in Tokyo. He has also taught as a visiting professor in Hungary at the University of Pecs, in the People’s Republic of China at Beijing Second Foreign Language Institute, and in Japan at Teachers College, Columbia University, Tokyo M.A. TESOL Program. Recently, Jerry has been granted two Department of State Academic Specialist awards to lecture and do workshops in Hungary and Croatia.

Jerry teaches Cross-Cultural Communication, TESL/TEFL Methodology, ESL Materials/Media, Observation in the Teaching of English, Second Language Teaching, Advanced Seminar in Linguistics, and Internship in ESL. His publications include Language Teaching Awareness: A Guide to Exploring Beliefs and Practices, which he coauthored with Robert Oprandy, and Teaching English as a Foreigh or Second Language: A Self-Development and Methodology Guide.