Faculty & Staff

The IEI full-time faculty are experienced professionals who are trained in ESL teaching methods. Our faculty have a degrees in Teaching English as a Second Language, Linguistics or a related field.

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Matt Rosenstein

Director


rosenstn@illinois.edu

Matt Rosenstein became Director of Global Education and Training (GET) in 2015. He is also Director of the Shanghai Office since 2017 and the Intensive English Institute since 2018. Prior to joining GET, from 2010-2015 he was Senior Associate Director of the European Union Center (EUC) at the University of Illinois. Rosenstein also served as EUC’s Director of Graduate Studies for the Master of Arts degree program in EU Studies. Previously, Rosenstein was Associate Director of the Program in Arms Control, Disarmament and International Security (ACDIS) at Illinois from 2001-2010. He holds Ph.D. and M.A. degrees from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and a B.A. degree from Duke University.

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Kristin Bouton

Academic Director, Faculty, Academic Admin Team


bouton@illinois.edu

Kristin has been with the IEI since 1996 and has been an ESL/EFL teacher for more than 30 years. She first began teaching English in Spain where she lived for 12 years. She is a member of the Academic Admin team which oversees the IEI curriculum and supervises the IEI's teachers, among other duties. She is also the IEI CEA Coordinator. She has an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Illinois and coursework in the MATESL field.

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Anna Kasten

Senior Lecturer


a-kasten@illinois.edu

Anna Kasten joined the IEI over 25 years ago after teaching abroad in Japan and Venezuela. Through Illinois International’s office of Global Education and Training, she currently manages the KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology) Gifted Student Program, advising Saudi Arabian scholarship students as they prepare for undergraduate study at top U.S. universities. She holds an M.A. in Teaching ESL from the University of Illinois. Anna is passionate about her work with faculty and international students, and she really enjoys her role supporting students as they assimilate in their new culture.

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Ben England

Office Support Associate


ee4@illinois.edu

Ben joined GET in July 2020 as the Office Support Associate where he performs a variety of office support functions and assists in the daily operations of GET. Originally joining the University of Illinois’ Grounds Department in 2014, he later secured an Office Support Associate role for the Dining Services Office in 2017 before finding his home at GET.

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Jenny Brown-Rocheleau

Lecturer, Faculty, Academic Admin Team


jabrown7@illinois.edu

Jenny holds a B.A in Linguistics and an M.A. in TESL from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before joining the IEI in 2015, Jenny taught EFL in Japan through the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program and ESL to adult learners in Canada. Apart from teaching, Jenny works on various IEI projects and helps teachers use technology effectively in the classroom. Jenny's teaching and research interests include vocabulary, motivation in L2 learning, and blended learning.

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Peter Chiligiris

Senior Lecturer, Faculty, Academic Admin Team


chiligir@illinois.edu

Peter has been teaching ESL for over 20 years, including seven years in Asia, and has taught every age group, subject, and skill level. He has two master’s degrees from the University of Illinois: one in Education, the other in TESL. Peter is a member of the Academic Admin team which oversees the IEI curriculum and supervises the IEI's teachers, among other duties. He is also the IEI testing coordinator and the International Student Advisor.

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Hanna Asmaeil

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Faculty


asmaeil2@illinois.edu

Hanna earned her BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Benghazi and is currently enrolled in Illinois’ MATESL program as a graduate student. She has been teaching ESL for 11 years and served as a school supervisor in her country, Libya. Before joining the IEI in 2021, Hana taught Arabic as a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for a year. Her research interests include learner and teacher identity, teaching refugees and immigrants, intercultural communication, and educational technology. She enjoys teaching all levels and courses, but she especially enjoys teaching speaking and listening classes.

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Ivan Crespo

Teaching Assistant, Faculty


ilr4@illinois.edu

Ivan taught English for eighteen years in Brazil and is currently a MATESL student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He’s particularly interested in Second Language Pronunciation; his goal is to work with sounds that affect intelligibility such as the short and long vowels. In his free time Ivan also teaches English on social media. Apart from teaching, Ivan likes traveling, reading, and spending time with his family.

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Joy Howard

Lecturer, Faculty


jchoward@illinois.edu

Joy has been with the IEI since 1998 and has been teaching ESL for over 20 years. She has an M.S. in Sports Psychology from Purdue University and did graduate work in Slavic Studies at the University of Illinois before completing an M.A. degree in TESL at the University of Illinois. While interested in various aspects of the English language, she has devoted her research and teaching to grammar. Originally from Taiwan, Joy is currently a lecturer at the IEI. She is looking forward to writing an ESL grammar textbook.

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Norb Huether

Lecturer, Faculty


huethr@illinois.edu

Norb has been teaching ESL for twenty years. He has taught in a variety of English programs in the U.S. and Japan. He has an undergraduate degree in Linguistics with a minor in Japanese language as well as a master’s degree in TESOL all from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He enjoys teaching all levels and courses, but he especially enjoys teaching reading and writing classes.

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Michelle Kim

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Faculty


mjkim10@illinois.edu

Michelle received her BA from the University of Illinois Champaign in Molecular and Cellular Biology and worked as an ESL teaching assistant in the Champaign Unit 4 District before joining the MATESL graduate program at Illinois. She enjoys developing meaningful relationships in the classroom as students progress in their language learning. Outside the classroom, she loves to try new recipes and spend time with loved ones.

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Sarah Morrow

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Faculty


semorrow2@illinois.edu

Sarah received her BA from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and is currently enrolled in the University’s MATESL program as a graduate student. She taught intensive writing and assisted in curriculum design at an independent English school in South Korea for 2 years. Her research interests are in the production and the perception of English syllable boundaries in ESL learners. At the IEI, Sarah loves to get to know the incredibly talented students and help them reach their listening/speaking and pronunciation goals.

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Aria Santos

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Faculty


aksanto2@illinois.edu

After earning her BA in East Asian in Languages and Cultures at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Aria worked in Japan for 3 years teaching English speech and writing. She is currently earning her MA degree in TESL and her research interest is in L2 English learning motivation and educational psychology relative to university entrance examinations in Japan. As a teacher, Aria has special interest in the protections of transgender students. Aria’s favorite part of teaching at the IEI is learning about the different cultures of all the IEI students.