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IEP Faculty and Staff

Learn from our experienced faculty who hold graduate degrees in linguistics and/or language teaching and are native English speakers. IEP students receive individual attention from a dedicated and caring faculty and staff.

If you have any questions, contact us at iep@wcu.edu

Portrait of Melanie Robbins

 

Melanie Robbins

Academic Coordinator and Instructor

mrobbins@wcu.edu
+1 828.227.3458

Melanie has over ten years of experience in English language teaching (ELT). She has taught students from over 70 different countries in a variety of settings including private language schools, community colleges, and universities in the U.S. and abroad. Before coming to WCU and returning to her home state of North Carolina, Melanie was a faculty member of the Maryland English Institute at the University of Maryland.

Her professional experiences abroad include serving as an English Language Fellow in the country of Georgia from 2015-2016, teaching English in Slovakia, facilitating professional development workshops for pre-service and in-service English teachers in Georgia, Ukraine, and Azerbaijan, and conducting research with EFL teachers in Cuba.

Education:

B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of South Carolina; M.A. in TESOL from Seattle Pacific University; Ph.D. coursework in International Education Policy at the University of Maryland (expected 2020).

Hilary Linder Ruff

 

Hilary Lindler

IEP Admissions Specialist

hlindler@wcu.edu
+1 828.227.4933
 

Hilary has lived in the local area for over a decade and attended Western Carolina University as both an undergraduate and a graduate student. 

In addition to admissions, Hilary is responsible for pre-arrival IEP student support.

She maintains the program's student records, works with WCU International Programs and Services' agent partners, runs the IEP's social media accounts, and does most of the IEP's photography/videography.

Education:
B.F.A. in Studio Art (Photography), M.A. coursework in American History (Public History)

Studied art theory and the French language for a year in Rennes, France.

Image of Lisa Mingus

 

Lisa Mingus

IEP Instructor


lamingus@wcu.edu

Lisa has been teaching English for over 25 years, with a focus on academic ESL instruction.

During 1990-91, she was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Wurzburg, Germany and returned to teach English at the University of Bamberg, Germany in 1998-99. Before moving back to western North Carolina in 2014, she was the senior instructor at ELS Language Center in Charlotte, NC, instructor of composition and German courses at Central Piedmont Community College, and business English/German instructor at The Language Academy of the Carolinas.


Education:
B.A in English from Western Carolina University, M.A. in English from Wake Forest University, Ph.D. coursework in comparative literature and languages at USC-Columbia

 

 

 

 

Melanie Robbins - Academic coordinator

 

Melanie Robbins, Academic Coordinator and Instructor   mrobbins@wcu.edu - +1 828.227.3458

Melanie has over ten years of experience in English language teaching (ELT). She has taught students from over 70 different countries in a variety of settings including private language schools, community colleges, and universities in the U.S. and abroad. Before coming to WCU and returning to her home state of North Carolina, Melanie was a faculty member of the Maryland English Institute at the University of Maryland.

Her professional experiences abroad include serving as an English Language Fellow in the country of Georgia from 2015-2016, teaching English in Slovakia, facilitating professional development workshops for pre-service and in-service English teachers in Georgia, Ukraine, and Azerbaijan, and conducting research with EFL teachers in Cuba.


B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of South Carolina; M.A. in TESOL from Seattle Pacific University; Ph.D. coursework in International Education Policy at the University of Maryland (expected 2020).

Hilary Lindler - Admissions Specialist

 

Hilary Lindler, IEP Admissions Specialist   hlindler@wcu.edu - +1 828.227.4933

Hilary has lived in the local area for over a decade and attended Western Carolina University as both an undergraduate and a graduate student. 

In addition to admissions, Hilary is responsible for pre-arrival IEP student support. She maintains the program's student records, works with WCU International Programs and Services' agent partners, runs the IEP's social media accounts, and does most of the IEP's photography/videography.


B.F.A. in Studio Art (Photography), M.A. coursework in American History (Public History)
Studied art theory and the French language for a year in Rennes, France.

Jennifer White - Instructor

 

Jennifer White, Instructor   jlgemma@wcu.edu

Jenn has been an ESL instructor for over 15 years and a teacher trainer for over 10. She has experience in Intensive English programs and has also worked at the community college level. She has taught and trained in various countries such as Spain, Mexico, Brazil, Korea and in Africa. 

When she is not teaching ESL, she is working with her two business partners on other projects related to curriculum design and training in the field of adult education.


BA in Communications, Masters in TESOL from St. Mary's College in California

Lisa Mingus - Instructor

 

Lisa Mingus, IEP Instructor  lamingus@wcu.edu

Lisa has been teaching English for over 25 years, with a focus on academic ESL instruction.

During 1990-91, she was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Wurzburg, Germany and returned to teach English at the University of Bamberg, Germany in 1998-99. Before moving back to western North Carolina in 2014, she was the senior instructor at ELS Language Center in Charlotte, NC, instructor of composition and German courses at Central Piedmont Community College, and business English/German instructor at The Language Academy of the Carolinas.


B.A in English from Western Carolina University, M.A. in English from Wake Forest University, Ph.D. coursework in comparative literature and languages at USC-Columbia. 

Jordan Parsons - Instructor

 

Jordan Parsons, IEP Instructor   jlparsons@wcu.edu

Jordan has been teaching with the WCU IEP since January of 2012. During her undergraduate studies, she spent a semester in Monterry, Mexico studying Spanish, and spent her final undergraduate semester interning at WLOS-News13 in Asheville, NC. After graduate school, Jordan taught two years of private elementary school before joining the IEP in January of 2012.

When she is not teaching, she spends her time raising her two future Catamounts with her husband in Cullowhee. The Parsons are avid sports fans and are active members of the local community.


B.S. in Communication and B.A. in Spanish from Western Carolina University, M.A.T. in TESOL from Western Carolina University

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