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Who's Who

Intensive English Program Staff

For your questions about admission to the IEP or immigration contact:

Lee, Catherine

Catherine Lee, MA in International Education
Intensive English Program Manager

Catherine Lee is the Intensive English Program Coordinator at UW – Eau Claire. She is responsible for recruitment, admissions, orientation, immigration advising, and finances for the program.  In addition she also manages UWEC's recruiting partners.

She received her undergraduate degree in German and Biology from Colby College in Waterville, Maine,and her Masters in International Education from the SIT graduate Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont.  Her international experience includes studying and working for four years in Germany and working for two and a half in Azerbaijan.  She has also traveled extensively around the world both for work and pleasure.

Outside of the office you can find Catherine on the bike and cross-country ski trails in Eau Claire training for the next big race.

Teaching Staff

Adler, Julie

Julie Adler, MS in TESOL
ESL Senior Lecturer

I am from Madison, Wisconsin.  My BA was in Comparative Literature and included a one-year study abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France.  My MA is in TESOL.  In the last 20 years, I have taught all the ESL and TESOL classes at UWEC.   I have also lived and taught in France, Mexico and soon, China (summer of 2015).  I love working with international students and learning about different cultures! I am happily married to Ken who is retired and does a lot of volunteer work.  We have two wonderful adult daughters who both live just 150 kilometers away.  One is a bilingual music teacher, the other is a bilingual psychiatric social worker (both function is Spanish and English). In my free time, I love to ride my horse, Tabasko.  I also love to read, and travel with my husband.

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Joyce Johnson, MEPD in TESOL
ESL Senior Lecturer

Teaching at UW-Eau Claire has been such a rewarding experience for me. I am energized by interacting with students from so many different countries and backgrounds.  My love for cultures started when I lived in Czech Republic with my husband and three children. It was a life-changing experience and caused me to get my Masters in Education – Professional Development (TESOL). I thoroughly enjoy being back in Wisconsin where the summers are warm and green, and the winters are cold and snowy. When I'm not teaching, I relax with family or spend time cooking, gardening, and knitting.

Carlson, Tom

Tom Carlson, MA in TESL
ESL Lecturer

I have a BA in Linguistics and German from Augsburg College and an MA in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Minnesota. I studied Linguistics and History at the Universität Stuttgart. My experience teaching includes teaching business English and leading and training and developing teachers for 15 years in Stuttgart, Germany, and teaching English at the University level both in Stuttgart and at the University of Minnesota. I speak German almost as well as English, and I have also learned Dutch. My main hobby is playing trombone in several jazz, blues, and rock bands in the Eau Claire area. Teaching students from all over the world is always an exciting adventure, and I loves learning about their families and cultures as well as their languages.

Oswalt, Emilia

Emilia Oswalt, Ph.D.
ESL Senior Lecturer

•St. Petersburg State University, Russia - Ph.D. (Phonetics; Language Interaction in Bilingualism)
•St. Petersburg State University, Russia - M.A. (Phonetics; General and Applied Linguistics)
•Georgetown University, IREX, Certificate (Linguistics; American English and American Culture)
•Moscow State University, Russia - Certificate (Teaching English as a Second Language)
•Bashkir State University, Ufa, - B.A. (Philologist; Teacher of English as a Foreign Language)

Teaching Interests
•Teaching the Russian language and Russian culture
•Teaching English as a Second Language

Research Interests
•Language Interaction in the speech and mind of English speaking bilinguals