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.

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

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

Administrator

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.

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 nswinehart@uchicago.edu.