ELI Faculty & Staff

 

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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.

Monique Grindell
Academic Coordinator
English Language Institute

Monique has been teaching ESL for over 25 years and has worked at Pacific’s ELI for over 15 years.  She received a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in Bilingual/Multicultural Education from the University of Arizona.  Monique is fluent in Spanish and has lived and taught in Mexico and Spain.  She continues to enjoy learning about different languages and cultures from her students, through travel and by taking related courses at Pacific. 

Rachel Merrick
Outreach Coordinator
English Language Institute

Rachel 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). Rachel 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.

Kevin Bowles
ESL Instructor
English Language Institute

Kevin has been teaching Speech Communication classes since 1997 and ESL since 2003. He has taught at various colleges and universities in the state of Oregon and at the high school level in Japan. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from Oregon State University and a Masters of Teaching English as a Second Language (M.A. TESOL) in the Applied Linguistics Department at Portland State University. His passion is intercultural communication and health/patient issues which he researches at Oregon Health and Sciences University in Portland, Oregon.

Jamie Zerndt
ESL Instructor
English Language Institute

James (Jamie) Zerndt has been teaching ESL and English composition for nearly fifteen years. For a time he taught in South Korea and eventually wrote a novel, The Korean Word for Butterfly, based on his experiences there. He has a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a TESOL certificate from Portland State University, and an MFA in Writing from Pacific University. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and son.
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.