print header

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

Position: Senior Lecturer
Department: Languages
Campus Address: Centennial Hall 4804
Phone: 715-836-4348

Julie received her undergraduate degree in Comparative Literature and her M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction/TESOL from the University of Wisconsin Madison. She began her career as a secondary school French teacher before teaching ESL at the elementary level in the Madison Area School District. She subsequently taught beginning English and literacy to adult refugees at Chippewa Valley Technical College, and Family Literacy in the Eau Claire Hmong Community. She has taught all levels of English in the Department of Languages at UW - Eau Claire for the last 20 years, and served as Interim Coordinator in 2016-2017. Over the course of her career, Julie has lived and worked in France,Tunisia, Haiti, Mexico, and China. She is conversant in French and Spanish.

No Image Available

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

Position: Lecturer
Department: Languages
Campus Address: Centennial Hall 4812
Phone: 715-836-5253

Tom studied Linguistics and History in Stuttgart, Germany, after graduating with a Linguistics and German honors B.A, from Augsburg College, in Minneapolis. After completing his M.A. in TESL from the U of Minnesota, Tom worked in Stuttgart for another 15 years as Director of Studies for a professional language school. Upon returning to the US in 2012, Tom began teaching in the Intensive English Program at UW - Eau Claire, and has since taught TEFL/TESOL courses in Second-Language Acquisition and ESL Assessment, as well as courses in Business English and Beginning German. Tom's specialties within the Intensive English Program include pronunciation and study skills.

Areas of Expertise

Pronunciation (phonology and articulatory phonetics)
Vocabulary learning
Oral skills
Business English and professional communication
Study skills
Intercultural competence
Second-language acquisition
Language assessment
Communicative approach
Lexical approach

Degrees and Universities

M.A. in TESL, minor in Linguistics from University of Minnesota, 1998
Zwischenpruefung in Comparative Generative Linguistics of Germanic Languages from  Universitaet Stuttgart, 1993
B.A. Honors (Summa cum Laude) in German and Linguistics, minors in History and English, from Augsburg College, 1988

Research Interests

Phonology of my students' first languages
Psychology of language learning

Professional Organizations

WITESOL (Wisconsin Teachers of English as a Second Language)
ASEEES (Association of Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies)
AATSEEL (American Association of Slavic & East European Languages)
SLS (Slavic Linguistic Society)



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