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Kathryn Mutchnick

Office: Faner 3231
Phone: (618) 453-2265



Kathryn Carpenter holds a Master’s Degree in TESL from Kent State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She has taught and tutored ESL and EFL in the United States and in Mexico in both the ESL and IEP settings. Her areas of interest include second language acquisition in the areas of communication and writing. She is currently spending her free time pursuing her doctorate in curriculum and instruction.

Stacie Lawley

Office: Faner 3223
Phone: (618) 453-2265



Stacie Lawley earned her TESOL master’s degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, and her Bachelor’s Degree in Plant and Soil Science at SIU. She has taught for more than 30 years, both in the U.S. and abroad in Korea and Mexico. She was a participant in the Fulbright Seminars Abroad program in Pakistan, and spent two years in Sierra Leone, West Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Stacie has presented at TESOL conferences at both the state and regional levels. Her research interests include second language reading and writing.

Rachel Lee

Office: Faner 3237


Teaching Assistant

Rachel has lived in Carbondale since 2000, when she came to SIU as a freshman. She has a B.S. Degree in Aviation Management and a Master's in Public Administration (MPA), and is now working towards her Master of Arts Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). She has always loved languages, cultures and meeting people from around the world, and she enjoys practicing her Spanish and Chinese with friends and family. For fun, Rachel and her husband like to go hiking and camping with their dog. She is also a huge Disney fan, and you will often find her wearing Disney-related outfits.

Susan G. McFalls

Office: Faner 3321
Phone: (618) 453-2265



Susan G. McFalls received her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Education and her Master’s Degree in English as a Foreign Language, both from Southern Illinois University. She has more than 35 years of teaching experience in intensive language programs and was the director of curriculum at both the ELS at Eckerd College and the CELL at Maryville College. She has also presented workshops at state, regional and national TESOL conventions.

Colin Robinson

Office: Faner 3331
Phone: (618) 453-2265



Colin Robinson has a PhD. in Curriculum and Instruction with a Reading and Language Studies Focus from SIU. His dissertation was a mixed methods longitudinal study on Spanish-English code-switching patterns in bilingual boy-girl twins. He holds a Master’s Degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures (Spanish). His thesis was on the training of teaching assistants regarding rude and disruptive behavior in the classes they teach. He also completed a Master’s Degree in Linguistics at SIU. His thesis examined linguistic freedom in the Catalan Language Law of 1998. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, with a minor in Spanish, from the University of California – Riverside. His interests include family language planning, bilingual children, heritage languages, and teacher mentoring. He has taught at four different Intensive English Programs in the United States, published articles in peer-refereed journals and presented at multiple professional ESL and foreign language conferences. Robinson has taught at CESL full-time since 2005.

Abdulsamad Humaidan

Office: Faner 3225


Teaching Assistant

Abdulsamad Yahya Humaidan is a teaching assistant at CESL and a doctoral student majoring in Language, Literacies and Culture/TESOL in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC). In 2012, he was awarded a Fulbright Foreign Student Scholarship by the U.S. Department of State to pursue an MA/TESOL at SIU. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and Translation from the University of Science and Technology-Yemen in 2007. He taught English language courses at the college level for four academic years at the University of Science and Technology and at Lebanese International University - Yemen. Humaidan’s research interests include ESL and EFL assessment, English for academic purposes, corpus linguistics, literacy, adult literacy, teacher education, and language teaching and learning with technology.

Tatiana Lunina

Office: Faner 3333


Teaching Assistant

Tatiana earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English and French Linguistics at N.I. Lobachevsky State University in Russia. She is currently a teaching assistant at CESL and a graduate student at the Department of Linguistics at SIU. She taught English to undergraduate students at her alma mater, and she was an English tutor during and after her studies. Tatiana’s academic interests include second language acquisition, bilingualism and TESOL.

Paula Rolim

Office: Faner 3229 


Teaching Assistant

Paula Rolim started her PhD at the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at SIU in Fall/2018 and has been a teaching assistant at CESL since then. Prior to that, she taught ESL at Southeast Missouri State University, where she also completed her Master's in TESOL and Professional Writing; and taught EFL in Brazil, her home country. Her research interests include autonomy and motivation, writing styles, and extensive reading. In her free time, she loves to learn different languages, listen to music, read, or make brigadeiros.

Ashley Zhao

Office: Faner 3235 


Teaching Assistant

Ashley Zhao earned her Double Master’s Degree in Applied Linguistics and TESOL from Southern Illinois University and her Bachelor’s Degree in English from Northeast Normal University in China. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction at SIU. Ashley enjoys teaching as well as learning languages. She has taught both English as a second language and Mandarin Chinese in higher education and in non-profit organizations. She has picked up some Spanish from her students as well. Outside of her classroom, it is likely to find Ashley hiking, kayaking, cooking, or painting.