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Melissa Meisterheim
Melissa Meisterheim

Melissa Meisterheim, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Director
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Melissa earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Iowa. Her interests include first and second language acquisition of vocabulary as well as materials development.
Jeffrey Knowling
Jeffrey Knowling

Jeffrey Knowling

Title/Position
Assistant Director
Lecturer
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Jeff has taught at the university level in the United States, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates. He likes to draw on his own experiences as a language learner to help students be successful, especially in overcoming the challenge of reading in a different writing system.
Michele Gerot
 

Michele Gerot

Title/Position
Administrative Services Coordinator
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Sue Almén-Whittaker
Sue Almén-Whittaker

Sue Almén-Whittaker

Title/Position
Associate Professor of Instruction
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Sue graduated with a bachelor’s in Scandinavian Studies and an area emphasis in Japanese Studies from Gustavus Adolphus College. She received her master’s in Applied English Linguistics and a TESOL certificate from The University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Alicia Ambler
Alicia Ambler

Alicia Ambler

Title/Position
Associate Professor of Instruction
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Alicia graduated with her bachelor's and master's degrees in Linguistics with an emphasis in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) from the University of Iowa.
Eric Bodin
Eric Bodin

Eric Bodin

Title/Position
Associate Professor of Instruction
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Eric received his bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and master’s degree in TESL/Applied Linguistics from Iowa State University in 2002. He has taught in Turkey, Kazakhstan, Ames (Iowa), and now Iowa City.
Jennifer Brown
Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown

Title/Position
Associate Professor of Instruction
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Jen grew up in Gardner, Kansas. She earned her bachelor's degree in Linguistics (with a German minor) from the University of Iowa, as well as her master's in Linguistics with a TESL emphasis. In addition to serving as the Department Testing Coordinator, she teaches in the Iowa Intensive English Program and Teaching Assistant Preparation in English program.
Amy Chastain
 

Amy Chastain

Title/Position
Associate Professor of Instruction
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Ryan Kaduce
Ryan Kaduce

Ryan Kaduce

Title/Position
Associate Professor of Instruction
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Ryan received his master’s degree in linguistics with a TESL emphasis from the University of Iowa, where he also earned a bachelor’s degree in linguistics and anthropology. Prior to becoming a University of Iowa faculty member, Ryan spent a year abroad teaching English as a Foreign Language in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and Wuhan, China.
Molly Kelley
Molly Kelley

Molly Kelley

Title/Position
Associate Professor of Instruction
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Molly came to the University of Iowa in 2009 from el Instituto del Progreso Latino in Chicago.
Rebecca Yeager
 

Rebecca Yeager

Title/Position
Associate Professor of Instruction
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Rebecca has an M.A. in TESOL and Applied Linguistics and a B.A. in English Composition, both from Indiana University. She cares deeply about preparing her students to meet the demands of their university courses, and designs her classes accordingly to focus on authentic language tasks wherever possible.