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Core Faculty

Steven Iams
Steven Iams

Assistant Professor
MA in TESOL on campus
MA in TESOL online with Vermont residencies

Degrees

PhD candidate, Ohio State University
MA, SIT Graduate Institute
BA, University of Virginia

Steve is an assistant professor in the MA-TESOL program, where he teaches linguistics and curriculum design courses on campus and online. He chairs SIT’s Academic Affairs Committee and serves as faculty coordinator of the Sandanona Conference for Language Teaching and Learning. 

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Alex Silverman
Alex Silverman

Associate Professor and Chair
MA in TESOL on campus
MA in TESOL online with Vermont residencies

Degrees

MA, Indiana University
BA, Antioch College

Alex Silverman holds master’s degrees in Slavic and French linguistics. A faculty member of SIT Graduate Institute since 1974, he serves as a supervisor and teaches in the areas of general linguistics, methodology, culture, sociolinguistics, and English language and linguistics. 

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Elka Todeva
Elka Todeva

Professor
MA in TESOL on campus
MA in TESOL online with Vermont residencies

Degrees

PhD, MA, University of Sofia, Bulgaria

Elka holds a doctorate in English applied linguistics and a master’s degree in British and American literature, English linguistics, and simultaneous interpretation. At SIT Graduate Institute since 1993, she teaches and does research in the areas of second language acquisition, English applied linguistics, critical pedagogy, language analysis, multilingualism, teacher cognition, and ecological approaches to teaching.

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Leslie Turpin
Leslie Turpin

Associate Professor and Co-Chair
MA in TESOL on campus
MA in TESOL online with Vermont residencies

Degree

PhD, California Institute for Integral Studies
MAT, School for International Training

After teacher-training in refugee camps in Thailand, Leslie began teaching in SIT’s MA in teaching programs in 1989. Her interests include refugee adjustment, cultural identity and memory, cultural and linguistic revitalization, reflective practice, classroom inquiry, teaching practice, literacy non-formal education, and teaching supervision.

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Adjunct Faculty and Guests

Marti Anderson
Marti Anderson

Visiting Professor
MA in TESOL on campus
MA in TESOL online with Vermont residencies

Degrees

PhD, California Institute of Integral Studies
MAT, School for International Training
BA, University of Minnesota
AA, University of Hawaii

Marti Anderson has taught, trained, and supported teachers in both formal and nonformal contexts for 25 years.  She has worked with teachers of English and French as well as those who teach non-language subjects and trainers who work in the trades and other technical environments.

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Susan Barduhn
Susan Barduhn

Associate Professor Emerita
MA in TESOL on campus
MA in TESOL online with Vermont residencies

Degrees

PhD, Thames Valley University, UK
MAT, School for International Training
BA, University of Washington

Susan Barduhn holds a doctorate in English language teaching. In 2003, she joined SIT Graduate Institute, where she has directed the summer MA in TESOL program and now directs the low-residency MA in TESOL program, teaches in the MA in TESOL program, and supervises student teachers all over the world. 

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Ray Clark
Ray Clark

Emeritus Faculty
MA in TESOL on campus
MA in TESOL online with Vermont residencies

Degrees

MA, Brown University 
BA, University of New Hampshire

Ray Clark has been involved in the world of language teaching and learning since 1963 when he was immersed in TEFL training at the University of California, Los Angeles as a Peace Corps Volunteer for Nigeria. 

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Diane Larsen-Freeman
Diane Larsen-Freeman

Professor Emerita
MA in TESOL online with Vermont residencies

Degrees

PhD, MA, University of Michigan
BA, State University of New York, Oswego

Diane Larsen-Freeman holds a PhD in linguistics from the University of Michigan, where she is professor emerita, having served on faculty from 2002–2012. She is also professor emerita at SIT Graduate Institute, where she was on faculty from 1978–2002. Currently, she is a visiting senior fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Bonnie Mennell
Bonnie Mennell

Adjunct Faculty
MA in TESOL online with Vermont residencies

MAT, School for International Training
BA, Pennsylvania State University

Bonnie Mennell’s work as an educator for the last 39 years has centered on creating inviting, vital, collaborative “containers” for self-directed experiential learning in community—whether that community is a language classroom, a department meeting, a language teacher training session, or a weekend training in The Way of Council.

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Elizabeth Tannenbaum
Elizabeth Tannenbaum

Adjunct Faculty
MA in TESOL on campus
MA in TESOL online with Vermont residencies

Degrees

MAT, School for International Training
BA, Mount Holyoke College
Certificate in Nonformal Education, University of the South Pacific
Certificate in Conflict Transformation Across Cultures (CONTACT), SIT Graduate Institute

Elizabeth Tannenbaum has been a practitioner in the field of ESOL teaching and teacher training for the past 40 years. As an English language teacher, teacher trainer, and curriculum developer, working both internationally and domestically, Elizabeth’s work has focused on adult literacy, refugee resettlement, teaching practice for a variety of contexts, and curriculum development.

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