ELI Faculty & Staff

The English Language Institute (ELI) at Pacific University has dedicated faculty and staff members who help international students to adjust to American Culture, get involved in the community, and improve their ESL skills. Because class sizes are kept small, students form close relationships with their teachers which allow for individualized instruction. Read more about the ELI team.

Scot Dobberfuhl
Program Coordinator
English Language Institute 

Scot began working with ESL students in 1989 and has been teaching ever since. He has a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and a master’s degree in Composition & Rhetoric from the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee.  He has studied in Norway and taught at universities in western China and Turkey.  He enjoys supporting students as they transition into life in the U.S. and helping them reach their academic and personal goals.

Ty Merrick
Academic Coordinator
English Language Institute

Ty has been working with ESL students since 2006. After finishing a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics at the University of Oregon, she taught EFL in Seoul, South Korea. She enjoyed that experience immensely. After returning to the U.S., she earned a Masters of Education in English as a Second Language (ESL). Ty has studied many languages, including German, Spanish, French, Japanese, and Korean, and she enjoys helping students identify and overcome challenges associated with their native language and learning English.

Atsuko Rothberg
Program Coordinator
International Programs

Atsuko is the Program Coordinator of the International Programs Office, handling office management and outbound study abroad programs.  She can help answer general questions for visitors to the International Programs/ELI offices. She was born and raised in Japan, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with an emphasis on Intercultural Communication.  She also received a Bachelor of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language in the United States.  In addition, she worked on Technical Seminars and Employee Development at Intel for over 10 years. She enjoys working with students who are exploring the new adventures in foreign countries!  

Katelyn Eisenhooth
Assistant Director
International Programs

Katelyn is the Assistant Director of International Programs and has been working in international education administration for 5 years.  She first became interested in international education after her study abroad experience in China during her undergraduate study at Allegheny College.  Upon her return to the US, she went on to get a Master’s degree in higher education administration with a focus in international student and faculty services from Baldwin Wallace University.  Her role at Pacific includes advising international students on immigration matters, conducting international student and scholar orientations, providing resources and support to the Pacific international community,  serving as the staff advisor for the International Club, and leading the efforts in conducting events and programming for current international students & scholars.



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