Thor Sawin

As a scholar, I am most passionate about the value of multilingualism, specifically equipping international organizations with policies to improve the language acquisition of their personnel, and which don't devalue local languages at the expense of English.

As an instructor, I am most passionate about equipping language professionals to understand the beauty and creativity of linguistic structure, and its relevance to language pedagogy.

Netta Avineri

I am passionate about civic engagement, in which students connect course curriculum with purposeful reflection and meaningful work in broader communities. I seek to facilitate students’ discovery of ways to use their knowledge and expertise in order to positively affect populations around them. I believe that civic engagement provides a forum for all voices to be heard, and I am committed to creating rich environments where this polyphony can take shape.

Jason Martel

I am passionate about working with language teachers to develop curricula and pedagogical practices that promote students’ language acquisition and critical thinking skills.  

As a teacher, I most enjoy classroom discussions that take on a life of their own; that is, ones that unfold in an organic, conversational fashion. In my experience, it is during discussions like these that the greatest amount of new ground is broken. 

Patricia Szasz

Patricia first became interested in the field of language education based on her own language learning experience. She found that learning French as a school requirement was not nearly as motivating as learning Italian in an effort to engage with the Italian people and culture. After working as a software trainer in Silicon Valley, Patricia taught English as foreign language in Milan and Rome, Italy. Her love of teaching eventually led her to pursue her master's degree in TESOL here at the Monterey Institute.

Heekyeong Lee

What is it that you are most passionate about? 

I am passionate about understanding what language means and does to the individuals in a globalizing world. Conversing and exploring most effective ways of learning and teaching language are even more fascinating.

What do you enjoy most about teaching and/or what excites you about being a professor at MIIS?

Jean Turner

I taught English as a Second Language (ESL/EFL) for a variety of schools beginning in 1976 with my Peace Corps service in Morocco. Before coming to the Monterey Institute I was Assistant Director of ESL Services at UCLA and taught classes on assessment at California State University, Los Angeles. I joined the Monterey Institute faculty in 1990 and in 1997 was the recipient of the Institutes' Dean's Award of Teaching Excellence. In 2008, I was honored by receiving the Dr. Leslie Ellison Teacher of Excellence Award.

John Hedgcock

I am passionate about the challenges of learning language, learning about language, and learning how to teach language successfully.

Lynn Goldstein

Professor Goldstein has taught at San Francisco State University, the University of Pittsburgh, LaGuardia Community College, Hunter College, Columbia University, Dominican University, and the Regional Language Centre in Singapore.

Kathleen M. Bailey

Professor Bailey is currently serving as President and Chair of The International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF). With her work for TIRF, Professor Bailey and the TIRF Board of Trustees are seeking to promote effective practices in the use of English in the emerging global knowledge economy of the 21st century. She has conducted teacher training activities, including leading workshops and teaching courses, in thirty different countries.

Peter Shaw

Since giving up my post as Director of Intensive ESL Programs at the Monterey Institute in 1989, I've never stopped teaching English. Besides teaching my language education graduate students, I've most recently taught Public Speaking and Academic Writing for international Fulbright scholars and "Quantum-based English Instruction" for a group of physics professors from Russia in partnership with the Center for Nonproliferation Studies.