Our Communication Advisors

From Pennsylvania, USA

BA, History & Political Science, University of Pittsburgh
MA, Political Science, Virginia Tech

Academic Interests

Comparative Politics, Refugee and Migration Studies, Public Policy

Favorite Things

Food: Tacos, Pizza. TV Shows: Breaking Bad, The Shield. Sports Teams: Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh Steelers, Virginia Tech Hokies. Quote: “I’m not superstitious, but I am a little stitious.” -Michael Scott

Advising Hours

  • Mon 1:30 – 3pm (SS)
  • Tue 3 – 4:30pm (SS)
  • Wed 4 – 4:30pm (WC)
  • Thu 1:30 – 3pm (WC)
  • Fri 11 – 12pm (WC)​

Focus Areas

  • Academic Writing
  • Public Speaking
  • IELTS Speaking

From Hong Kong

BA & MA, Linguistics, The University of Hong Kong

Academic Interests

Bilingualism, First language transfer, English as a Second Language, Sociolinguistics, Phonetics and Phonology

Favorite Things

Food: Apple crumble and wine-braised oxtail! Movies: The Grand Budapest Hotel, Midnight in Paris, and basically all things fantasy! Book: South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami. Quote: “All that is gold does not glitter. Not all those who wander are lost.” — J. R. R. Tolkien

Advising Hours

  • Mon 1:30 – 3pm (SS)
  • Wed 11 – 12:30pm (SS)
  • Thu 1:30-3pm (WC)
  • Fri 11 – 12:30pm (WC)

Focus Areas

  • Video and multimedia projects
  • Academic & IELTS Writing
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Discussions on cultures

From Shenzhen, China

MA in English Language Teaching, the University of Warwick; BA in English, Shenzhen University

CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults), Cambridge ESOL

Academic Interests

English as Lingua Franca; English speaking and listening skills development; Interactive ESL/EAP classrooms

Favorite Things

Food: Spicy, crunchy vegetables, souvlaki, beef hofun; Movie: Locke, Farewell to My Concubine, Joker, Amélie… (too many!); Activities: Visiting new places, learning about cultures, cooking, reading

Advising Hours

  • Mon 3 – 4:30pm (SS)
  • Tue 11 – 12:30pm (WC)
  • Thu 11:30 – 1:00pm (SS)
  • Fri 2 – 3:30pm (WC)

Focus Areas:

  • Current Affairs Discussion
  • IELTS
  • CVs, cover letters and application essays
  • Academic essays

From Hong Kong

BA in Language & Communication, 2nd Major Psychology, The University of Hong Kong; Studying MA in English Studies, The University of Hong Kong

Academic Interests

Sociolinguistics; Politics of English; Gender Studies

Favorite Things

Food: Potatoes, sushi, fried rice. Movie: The Big Short, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Grand Budapest Hotel. Author: H.P. Lovecraft. Activities: Badminton, board gaming, movies

Advising Hours

  • Mon 10 – 11:30am (SS)
  • ​Tue 3:30 – 5pm (WC)
  • ​Thu 10 – 11:30am (SS)
  • Fri 3:30 – 5pm (WC) 

Focus Areas

  • Professional Writing
  • TOEFL 

From Alabama, USA

BSW, Auburn University; MSW, University of Alabama

Academic Interests

Foreign Languages; International Exchange; Social Work and Public Health

Favorite Things

Food: Sushi and any Earl Grey-flavored dessert. Movie: Now and Then.Book: The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell. Activities: Biking, Cooking/Baking. Quote: “Life is not like water. Things in life don’t necessarily flow over the shortest possible route.” – Haruki Murakami (1Q84)

Advising Hours

  • Mon 3 – 4:30pm (SS)
  • Tue 9:30 – 11am (SS)
  • Thu 9:30 – 11am (WC)
  • Fri 3 – 4:30pm (WC)

Focus Areas

  • Interview Skills
  • IELTS Speaking

From the West Midlands, UK

BSc English Language & Psychology, Aston University

CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults), Cambridge ESOL

Academic Interests

Speech Perception; Multimodal Communication; Digital Technologies in EAL; Intercultural Communication

Favorite Things

Food: Smoked salmon. Movie:I’d have to choose one for each genre! Book: Storm Thief by Chris Wooding. Quote: “The man who first abused his fellows with swear words, instead of bashing their brains out with a club, should be counted among those who laid the foundations of civilisation.” – Sir John Denham

Advising Hours

  • Mon 11 – 12:30pm (SS)
  • Tue 11 – 12:30pm (SS)
  • Wed 11 – 12:30pm (WC)
  • Thu 11 – 12:30pm (WC)

Focus Areas

  • Social English
  • Academic Speaking (Making Arguments)
  • Mind-mapping/ Draft stages of an assignment