Faculty and Staff
The ESL Program employs experienced professionals with substantial backgrounds in international education, applied linguistics, and methods of teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). The faculty includes master's and doctoral-level teachers who are skilled in assisting international students with language development, cross-cultural learning, and adjustment to life and study at a U.S. university.
Dr. Susan Todhunter
Director & Adjunct Professor of ESL
Dr. Susan Todhunter joined the ESL Program as Director in May, 2011. She earned a Ph.D. in Education from the Department of Instruction and Learning at the University of Pittsburgh. She received her M.A. degree in Linguistics with TESOL Certification at the University of Pittsburgh and her Bachelor's degree in Russian Language and Literature from Franklin and Marshall College. Dr. Todhunter has taught English in the United States and in Spain, Russia and South Korea. Her professional interests focus on the ways that teachers support their students' learning through classroom interaction.
Mrs. Julia Salehzadeh
Julia Salehzadeh joined the Duquesne ESL Program as Associate Director in August of 2012. She received her B.A. in German Literature and her M.A. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin. Prior to her current position, she was a lecturer in English for Academic Purposes and Coordinator of the EAP Summer Program at the University of Michigan. Her primary interests focus on lecture comprehension and vocabulary development for advanced English language learners. She has presented at national TESOL conferences and has published work in English for Specific Purposes, and The TESOL Classroom Practice Series. She is currently working on a second edition of a text on lecture comprehension for The University of Michigan Press.
Ms. Cynthia Lennox
Learning Technology & Student Services Coordinator
Ms. Cynthia Lennox joined the Duquesne University ESL Program faculty in 2000 and serves as Student Activities Coordinator. She received her M.A. degree in English from Carnegie-Mellon University and holds a dual B.A. degree and Certification in French and English from Washington and Jefferson University. Her professional interests have focused on curriculum design and instruction related to speaking-listening, Business English, and intercultural education. Ms. Lennox has presented results of her work at regional and national TESOL conferences.
Kathleen Barnard joined the ESL Program faculty in 2008. She earned an M.A. in TESOL at the University of Alabama and a B.S. in Elementary Education at Armstrong State College. Her current professional interests include curriculum design, instruction and assessment of student competencies in grammar and cross-cultural education. She has presented at local and regional TESOL conferences.
Mr. Michael Burke
Testing Supervisor and Student Advisor
Mr. Michael Burke joined the Duquesne University ESL Program in 2013 and currently holds the position of Testing Supervisor/Student Advisor. He earned his M.Ed. and TESOL certification from the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to his experience in the US, he worked and lived in the United Arab Emirates for more than a decade. His professional interests include sociolinguistics, second language assessment, program administration, and educational leadership.
Mrs. Janine Carlock
Janine Carlock joined the full-time staff of ESL Programs at Duquesne University in the summer of 2015. She has a Bachelor's degree in Chinese and a Master's degree in Linguistics, both earned at the University of Pittsburgh. She earned a certificate to teach ESL while pursuing her Linguistics degree. She has been an ESL instructor for over 20 years and has taught students of all ages and in a variety of contexts, with the majority being at the university level in a classroom setting. Her special areas of interest are academic writing and speaking. In addition to teaching ESL courses, she has taught entry-level composition courses at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University in addition to working one-on-one as a consultant and as a member of the Freshman Engineering Writing Program staff for 15 years at the University of Pittsburgh Writing Center. She is the co-author of "An ESL Writer's Handbook" and currently is working on other textbook projects as well.
Ms. Bethany Mueller Iyobe
Bethany Mueller Iyobe joined the ESL Program at Duquesne University as a full-time faculty member in July 2015. She has a BA in International Relations from the School of International Service at American University in Washington, D.C. and an MSc in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Aston University in Birmingham, U.K. Before coming to Duquesne University, Bethany spent close to 20 years teaching English in Japan at a variety of levels ranging from young children through to adults. For over 10 years she held full-time faculty positions at Japanese universities where she participated in numerous aspects of university administration and actively contributed to innovations in curriculum development for their English language programs. Her research interests have focused on the expansion of English-medium education at Japanese Universities and the materials and course design of such courses. Bethany has shared her work through presentations at the annual conference of the Japan Association of Language Teachers (JALT), the Annual Conference of Global Higher Education, and the North East Asian Region Language Education Conference as well as through publications in the Asian EFL Journal and the Language Teacher.
Ms. Sarah Campbell
Mrs. Kathy Lipecky