Core Faculty

Leslie Turpin
Leslie Turpin

Associate Professor and Chair
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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Elka Todeva
Elka Todeva

Professor
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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Affiliated Faculty

Marti Anderson
Marti Anderson

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

Professor Emerita
TESOL online with Vermont residencies

Degrees

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

Professor Emerita Susan Barduhn joined the faculty at SIT in 2003. She directed the summer MA in TESOL program for 12 years and helped design and launch the low-residency MA in TESOL program. She was also director of SIT’s Professional Development and Teacher Training Institute.

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Ray Clark
Ray Clark

Professor Emeritus
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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Steven Iams
Steven Iams

Assistant Professor
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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Diane Larsen-Freeman
Diane Larsen-Freeman

Professor Emerita
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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William Linn
William Linn

William has been an ESOL teacher for 10 years, primarily at community organizations in New York City. He earned his MA in TESOL from SIT Graduate Institute in 2011 and has worked as a teacher educator since 2015.

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Bonnie Mennell
Bonnie Mennell

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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Patrick Moran
Patrick Moran

Professor Emeritus
Language Teacher Education

PhD, Lesley University
MAT, School for International Training
BA, University of Nebraska

Patrick Moran holds a doctorate in educational studies. A member of SIT Graduate Institute's faculty since 1977, he has a special interest in courses related to French and to the interface of intercultural communication and second language education, a topic he explores in Teaching Culture: Perspectives in Practice (Heinle & Heinle).

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Alex Silverman
Alex Silverman

Associate Professor
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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Elizabeth Tannenbaum
Elizabeth Tannenbaum

Professor Emerita
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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