Sevtap Frantz (Chair)

Sevtap Frantz is currently an Assistant Professor at Prince George’s Community College’s Language Studies Department. She holds a MA in Curriculum and Instruction with an ESL speciality from George Washington University. She is a Swiss born Turkish-American citizen who has had the opportunity to teach to students from various social-cultural backgrounds.


Lizabeth England (Co-Chair)

Liz England enjoys a career in language teacher education. Her Ph. D. is from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana (1984), with academic teaching positions in the United States, Egypt, Hong Kong and Indonesia. She is a frequent consultant on international education projects. Her publications include books, book chapters and research reports in scholarly journals and her presentations at international conferences and in online interactive contexts span a variety of topics in teaching English to speakers of other languages as well as Arabic to speakers of other languages. Throughout her career, Liz has enjoyed her work with non-native speakers. In addition to working with WATESOL's NNEST community, she is currently writing a book on TESOL career path development. Audiences worldwide have participated in Liz’s presentations and read her publications on issues related to non-native English speaking teachers – most recently in her online graduate courses, at TESOL Electronic Village Online, Kuwait TESOL, and at universities in Russia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Kuwait and Dubai.

Lucy Ruiz (Event Coordinator)

Margarita L. (Lucy) Ruiz was born in Peru and immigrated to the United States while in high school.  She earned a BS in Business Administration from American University and a Graduate Certificate in Human Resources from the University of Miami.  Lucy worked in as a Human Resources professional for over 25 years. She embarked on a second career in higher education administration while pursuing a post graduate degree at American University. She received a Master’s Degree in TESOL in December, 2013. Lucy has worked as a volunteer for the past two years in the Montgomery College Workforce Development and Continuing Education ESOL Program and at a Community church Adult English language program where her past experience as an HR professional has been valuable in teaching English to adult learners.  

Di Liu (Research/Editorial Coordinator)

Di Liu is doctoral fellow in Boston University. He earned his MA degree in TESOL from New York University and is working with Dr. Marnie Reed on applied phonology and Computer-Assisted Language Learning. He taught English in various contexts and has been working on several research projects including (1) technology-enhanced pronunciation research and teaching, (2) cross-linguistic investigation of Mandarin and English prosody, (3) constraints on intonation as a function of tone inventory structure, and (4) neurocognitive investigation of prosodic features. He has presented his studies in various conferences including TESOL, AAAL, WATESOL and PSLLT conference.

Rejane McCorkel (Secretary/Webmaster)

Bio coming soon.

Professor Brock Brady - Founder member

Brock Brady is a Past-President of TESOL International Association. He also served as the Co-Director of the AU TESOL Program for twelve years, teaching courses in English language teaching methodology, assessment, teaching pronunciation, intercultural communication, online learning, and curriculum and materials design. Currently he works as a educational consultant for Peace Corps. His research interests in addition to NNEST studies include program and course design, cross-cultural discourse analysis, pronunciation teaching, classroom assessment, distance learning, and teacher training.  Brady was an early member of TESOL’s NNEST Caucus, founder of the WATESOL NNEST Caucus, and Chair Elect of TESOL’s NNEST Interest Section, 2008-2009.

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