Category: Innovative and Sustainable Practices in Intensive English Programming

Creating Strong University Partnerships Through Enhanced Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs)

Wednesday, May 31
11:15 AM – 12:45 PM
Table 50

Presenters will share how creating a strong infrastructure with a detailed strategic plan and enhanced communication and outreach will lead to improving partnerships between intensive English programs and universities.

Caroline Gear

Executive Director
International Language Institute of Massachusetts
Northampton, MA

Caroline Gear is the Executive Director of the International Language Institute of Massachusetts and has been at the school since 1986 as teacher, administrator and teacher trainer. She is also a Trainer of Trainers for the School for International Training’s TESOL Certificate Course. Caroline has written articles on assessment and evaluation and presented in the area of teacher training and the administration of programs both regionally and nationally. She continues to teach ESOL and Spanish to various adult populations. Caroline has lived and worked in Peru, Mexico and Spain and has a Masters in Spanish Literature from Michigan State University. She has served as secretary on the Executive Board of Directors for EnglishUSA (American Association of Intensive English Programs). She is currently serving on the Executive Board of the Northampton International Rotary Club and is the Intensive English Programs MIG Network Leader for NAFSA.

Deborah Alm

Director, International Center
Springfield College-Massachusetts
Springfield, MA

Deborah Alm, M.Ed., has been working in the field of International Education for over thirty-five years and at Springfield College since 1993. She has extensive background in teaching English as a second language and in directing intensive language programs. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts, she held the position of tenured faculty in the Department of Humanities at Springfield College. She assumed the position of Director of the Doggett International Center at Springfield College in 2004, and in that capacity, she is responsible for managing the recruitment, applications, immigration, and orientation of international students and scholars at the College. In addition, she oversees the study abroad program, advises faculty on short-term study abroad programming, provides oversight of the intensive English program, and coordinates the Internationalizing the Campus initiatives.