Dr. Gary Carkin has been a professor of Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) at SNHU and has been involved in professional theatre for over 30 years. He specializes in teaching English through drama, using process drama for second language acquisition, and utilizing dramatic techniques as a means to accelerated language learning. He is founder, coordinator, and co-moderator of TESOL-Drama, an online workshop/forum connected to the International TESOL Association and is a regular speaker and workshop leader at regional, national, and international TESOL events.
Carkin received his Bachelor of Arts in English/Drama and Speech from the University of New Hampshire, his Master of Arts in Speech Communication from the University of New Mexico, and Doctor of Philosophy in Asian and Western Theatre from Michigan State University.
He has multiple publications including "Vygotsky, Stanislavski, and Second Language Acquisition." ETAS (English Teachers of Switzerland) Journal, Spring 2010, and "The Effectiveness of and Student Satisfaction Related to Three Approaches of Learning English through Drama: Applied drama techniques, process drama, and readers’ theatre." Occasional Papers. Manchester, NH Carlisle Publications 2009.
Carkin's books include, "How to Succeed in the USA," Discovery Publishers, Taipei; Se-Ed Publishers, Bangkok; "Teaching English through Drama: The State of the Art," Carlisle Publications, "Ten Plays for the ESL/EFL Classroom," and "Ten MORE Plays for the ESL/EFL Classroom," Carlisle Publications, Manchester, NH.
Carkin's professional memberships include TESOL, Northern New England TESOL and the South Atlantic Modern Language Association.
An assistant professor of TESOL, Lleij Schwartz joined SNHU in 2008 as an adjunct professor and most recently served as a visiting assistant professor of TESOL. Courses taught include English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and American Culture in the Intensive English Program (IEP).
Research Interests include Intensive English Programs, TESOL in Higher Education, Educational Leadership in TESOL, Needs Analysis, and Second Language Acquisition and Adult Learners.
Schwartz received his Bachelor of Arts in Humanities and his Master of Arts in Teaching in English and ESOL from the University of New Hampshire.
An assistant professor of TESOL since 2012, Dr. Rita Naughton began at SNHU as an adjunct professor in the ESL program. Other recent teaching posts have been at the University of Massachusetts on both the Boston and Lowell campuses. Research interests include the intersection of literary and language capacity as is reflected in her doctoral dissertation: ''Metacognition, Writing Strategies and Learning Styles in the ESL College Writing Classroom.''
Naughton has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Spanish and a Master in Education in Secondary English, Middle School English and English as a Second Language from University of Massachusetts-Lowell. She received her Doctor of Philosophy in Intercultural Communication from the Cook School of Intercultural Studies of Biola University.
Naughton carries New Hampshire certifications in English Education (5-12) and English for Speakers of Other Languages. She is a native speaker of Portuguese, and she has taught Spanish at the high school and college levels.
Dr. Rosemary Orlando joined SNHU in 1994 and is a professor of TESOL in the Institute for Language Education. Rosemary has been a visiting professor at Vietnam National University in Hanoi for the past four and a half years traveling back and forth between Vietnam and the U.S. numerous times each year to teach courses onsite to Vietnamese English language teachers as part of a joint master's degree program. She also serves as a liaison between SNHU and VNU MS TEFL program administrators.
Orlando received her Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from Providence College, her Master of Education in English as a Second Language from Rhode Island College, and her Doctor of Education from Argosy University, Sarasota, Florida.
Orlando's professional memberships include TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) where she served as Chair of the TESOL Awards Committee and is a frequent presenter at the annual international convention, IATEFL (International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language), and NNETESOL (Northern New England Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) where she previously served as President.
Presentations include April 2012, Qatar TESOL, Doha, Qatar, ''Teacher Trainers as Motivators for Effective Cultural Development,'' March 2012 TESOL International Convention Philadelphia, PA, ''Building Community: Culturally Responsive Approaches in Innovative EFL Teacher Education,'' May 2011 Hanoi Academy for Journalism & Communication – Faculty of Foreign Languages - Hanoi, Vietnam, ''New Ways of Teaching English Teachers in Vietnam,'' and May 2011 Hanoi Economic & Technology University, Hanoi, Vietnam,''Approaches in Vietnamese English Language Teaching Techniques.''
Dr. Steven Johnson is the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Southern New Hampshire University. He is responsible for the execution of the school's vision, mission, and guiding principles in support of SNHU's wider mission. Prior to assuming this role, Dr. Johnson served as the Associate Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Johnson's academic experience also includes time as an adjunct faculty member at SNHU, as well as time as an Assistant Professor of English and an Instructor of English at the United States Military Academy. He has taught courses in Composition, Literature, and Graphic Narratives.
After earning his B.S. in English from the United States Military Academy, Dr. Johnson went on to earn an M.A. in English and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Washington. His dissertation was titled "Re-enacting the Civil War: Genre and American Memory." Dr. Johnson is a member of the American Conference of Academic Deans, the American Literature Association, and the North East Modern Language Association, among other organizations. He has been published in The Ambrose Bierce Project Journal and given scholarly presentations at a wide range of conferences and lectures series.