About:

CLC Staff

Full-time Staff

Catherine Baumann

Director

Catherine Baumann is director of the University of Chicago Language Center and director of the German language program. She received her Ph.D. in Second Languages and Cultures Education at the University of Minnesota, specializing in reading comprehension and language testing. She is a certified ACTFL tester and trainer, and does consulting for high school and college language programs on a variety of curricular and assessment-related issues. She oversees all programs in the CLC.

James McCormick

Director, Summer Language Institute

Jamie began working at the Language Center in Spring 2014. He can be found at his office in Cobb 211 or by email at summerlangauges@uchicago.edu.

Ezekiel Flannery

Director, English Language Institute

Ezekiel Flannery is the Director of UChicago’s English Language Institute (ELI) where he oversees all academic and professional ESL programs. He has developed and taught many courses on North American English and U.S. cultures in a range of academic and corporate contexts around the world. Ezekiel has a passion for language pedagogy, linguistic pragmatics, and phonetics and phonology, and continues to learn languages for personal and professional growth. He holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Linguistics from Indiana University and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Illinois where he researched the interconnection between language, food and cosmology.

Shane Dunkle

ESL Pedagogy Specialist

Shane Dunkle joined the Language Center in the Autumn of 2015 and teaches in the English Language Institute. He can be reached in Cobb 227 or at sdunkle@uchicago.edu.

Ahmet Dursun

Language Assessment Specialist

Ahmet Dursun began working in the Office of Language Assessment in January 2016. He is responsible for the University’s language assessment programs including the Academic Reading Comprehension Exam (ARCA) and the Academic English Proficiency Assessment (AEPA). He also oversees research and development projects for the Office of Language Assessment. He can be found in his office in Cobb 211 or at adursun@uchicago.edu.

Rod Edwards

Multimedia Specialist and Project Manager

Rod Edwards has been with the Language Center since Autumn 2004, when he began working as an acting student manager. He was hired in his current position in Autumn 2008. He is the Center's in-house IT and AV support. He can be found at his office in Cobb 211.

Pamela Martin

ESL Pedagogy Specialist, English Language Institute

Pamela Martin started working at the Language Center in the Summer of 2015. She can be found in Cobb 223.

Ashley Merriweather

Language Pedagogy Assistant, English Language Institute

Ashley Merriweather joined the Language Center in 2015. She can be found in her office in Cobb 211 or at apmerri@uchicago.edu.

Paul Quaintance

ESL Pedagogy Specialist

Paul joined the Chicago Language Center in Summer 2015 to develop curriculum and teach courses for the English Language Institute. He can be found in his office in Cobb 227 or at pquainta@uchicago.edu.

Nick Swinehart

Multimedia Pedagogy Specialist

Nick started working at the Language Center in Autumn 2014. He assists language teachers with instructional technology and development of online materials. He can be found at his office in Cobb 211 or at nswinehart@uchicago.edu.

Student Staff for 2015-2016

  • Erin Franklin
  • Aparna Srinivasan
  • Bronwyn Koehl
  • Olivia Clink
  • Jocelyne Muñoz
  • Ksenia Ershova
  • Ellen Swicord
  • Megan Brookman
  • Mina Zhang