Catherine Baumann


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.

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

Rod Edwards

IT Specialist and Operations Manager

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

Ellen Hohmann


Ellen joined the Language Center in Spring 2016 where she is responsible for doing all the things. She holds an MFA in interior architecture from Columbia College Chicago and would be happy to talk to you about yarn.

Karin Maxey

Language Pedagogy Specialist

Karin Maxey came to the CLC in May 2020, after teaching German, language pedagogy, and writing courses at Vassar College and Northeastern University. She received her Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics in 2014 from the University of Texas at Austin, with a focus on reading development in beginning German learners. As the Language Pedagogy Specialist, she co-leads the LPII and Mellon Collaborative Partners initiatives as well as the the Curriculum Development workshops. She can be reached at

Phuong Nguyen

Language Assessment Specialist

Phuong Nguyen joined the Language Center in January 2020. With her expertise in language assessment and testing, she helps language instructors with their test development projects, develop new language tests, and conducts test validation research. She can be found in her office in Cobb 211 or at

Nick Swinehart

Multimedia Pedagogy Specialist

Nick started working at the Language Center in Fall 2014, where he helps language teachers with instructional technology. He also coordinates CourseShare courses and professional development workshops. He can be found at his office in Cobb 211 or at