As Senior Lecturer and director of MIT's English Language Studies program, I draw on an upbringing in bicultural Canada and a background in classical rhetoric, both of which have fostered a keen interest in communication protocols. I have taught many subjects in professional and cross-cultural communication--Management Communication for Undergraduates, Advanced Workshop in Writing for Science and Engineering, Advanced Speaking and Critical Listening, Communicating across Cultures, and Communicating in American Culture--and collaborate with colleagues across MIT to help shape policies and practices in support of MIT’s diverse domestic and international community.
Beyond MIT, I have designed research-grounded professional communication courses, seminars and workshops for (1) domestic and international organizations, including the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and the International Institute in Spain; and (2) universities around the world, including the Masdar Institute (Abu Dhabi), the Vellore Institute of Technology (India), L’Institut d’Etudes Politiques, (France), Yaşar University (Turkey), and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Research Areas / Expertise: Teaching & experiential learning in internationalizing higher education; English as an academic lingua franca in multilingual universities; Classroom applications of corpus linguistics and genre theory; Professional and academic communication protocols across cultures
1982 M.Ed. Boston University
1978 B.A. University of Calgary