Meet Our Faculty

SIT Graduate Institute faculty practice what they teach. With expertise in conflict transformation, international development, English and foreign language learning, international education, social justice, management, and human rights, faculty at SIT Graduate Institute have come together at an institution that bridges practice and theory. The collective experience of the faculty shapes a curriculum that equips students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required of global citizens.

Their professional and academic networks provide opportunities for students to make career connections around the world. The diverse, multicultural faculty members have experience as consultants, trainers, and developers in the business, nonprofit, education, and public sectors, and many are returned Peace Corps volunteers. They pursue specialty areas of interest and frequently publish research on topics ranging from sustainable industrial development to brain-friendly learning and the role of technology in language teaching. Affiliated faculty and practitioners in residence from across the World Learning international education and international development network provide additional resources for graduate students.

 

Administraton

  • Donald SteinbergDonald Steinberg
    President and CEO
    World Learning

    Donald K. Steinberg became the president and CEO of World Learning on July 1, 2013. He brings more than 30 years of experience with government and nongovernmental organizations and expertise in the fields of international relations and development to World Learning. Prior to World Learning, he served as deputy administrator at the US Agency for International Development where he focused on areas including the Middle East and Africa, organizational reforms, and enhancing dialogue with development partners.
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  • John LucasJohn Lucas
    Senior Vice President for Academic Programs
    Chief Academic Officer

    John Lucas brings nearly two decades of international education experience to his position as senior vice president for academic programs at World Learning. An alumnus of SIT Graduate Institute, Lucas serves as the chief academic officer for World Learning's graduate programs, SIT Study Abroad, and The Experiment in International Living, overseeing programs in more than 50 countries.
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  • Preeti Shroff-MehtaPreeti Shroff-Mehta
    Dean, SIT Graduate Institute, Washington, DC Center
    Dr. Shroff-Mehta has over 25 years’ leadership, management, and teaching experiences in the field of democratic governance, civil society strengthening, and institutional capacity development. She has taught graduate courses in Citizen Leadership, Policy Advocacy, Good Governance at World Learning’s SIT Graduate Institute, and School for International and Advanced Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins.
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  • Dr. Daniel YalowitzDaniel Yalowitz
    Dean, SIT Graduate Institute, Vermont Campus
    Dr. Daniel Cantor Yalowitz has been a community builder and activist locally and professionally for nearly three decades. He has served as a faculty member and administrator in both baccalaureate and graduate institutions in New England.
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Core Faculty

  • Marti AndersonMarti Anderson
    Faculty
    Marti Anderson has taught, trained, and supported teachers in both formal and nonformal contexts for 25 years. She has worked with teachers of English and French as well as those who teach non-language subjects and trainers who work in the trades and other technical environments.
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  • Tatsushi AraiTatsushi Arai
    Associate Professor, Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation
    Dr. Tatsushi (Tats) Arai is a scholar-practitioner of conflict resolution, sustainable development, and cross-cultural communication with seventeen years of international experience. Currently, he is an associate professor of peacebuilding and conflict transformation at SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont and a fellow of the Center for Peacemaking Practice, the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University in Virginia.
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  • Kanthie AthukoralaKanthie Athukorala
    Assistant Professor
    Sustainable Development

    Kanthie Athukorala holds a doctorate in international education. A member of the SIT Graduate Institute faculty since 2000, she teaches courses in research methods, theory and practice of sustainable development, and assessment and evaluation.
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  • Susan BarduhnSusan Barduhn
    Professor
    Chair, Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Low-Residency Program)

    Susan Barduhn holds a doctorate in English language teaching. In 2003, she joined SIT Graduate Institute, where she has directed the summer MA in TESOL program and now directs the low-residency MA in TESOL program, teaches in the MA in TESOL program, and supervises student teachers all over the world.
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  • Karen Stromgren BlanchardKaren Stromgren Blanchard
    Associate Professor
    Chair

    A member of SIT Graduate Institute faculty since 1988, Karen Blanchard developed and taught the Institute’s first course in conflict transformation. She also has directed a training program for Southeast Asian development professionals in the US and in Southeast Asia, and has been an academic director in Nepal.
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  • Charles Curry-SmithsonCharles Curry-Smithson
    Professor
    Sustainable Development

    Charles Curry-Smithson holds a doctorate in human and organizational systems, as well as four master's degrees in organizational development, sociology, religious education, and theology. A member of the SIT Graduate Institute faculty since 1989, Charlie teaches courses in social change, policy advocacy, leadership and organizations, program planning and project design, and monitoring and evaluation.
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  • Sora FriedmanSora Friedman
    Associate Professor
    Chair, International Education

    Sora Friedman has worked in the field of international education for 27 years, focusing on the administration of adult exchanges in public diplomacy, international training programs, high school exchanges, and international policy advocacy. She joined the SIT Graduate Institute faculty in 2005 and was an adjunct faculty member for three years before that. Sora holds a doctorate in cultural studies, as well as a master’s in international administration and a certificate in distance education.
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  • Linda Drake GobboLinda Drake Gobbo
    Professor
    International Education

    A former dean of SIT Graduate Institute and member of the faculty since 1984, Linda Drake Gobbo teaches courses and advises students in international education and management in both the online and face-to face programs. She has travelled as faculty with SIT Graduate Institute programs, and has also provided administrative support from the home campus to various SIT Study Abroad programs in such areas as crisis management, health, student development, and professional staff support.
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  • Paula GreenPaula Green
    Professor, Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation
    Program Director

    Paula Green is a professor of conflict transformation at SIT Graduate Institute, and the founder-director of Conflict Transformation Across Cultures (CONTACT), a graduate certificate program of the SIT Summer Peacebuilding Institute held annually for peacemakers from around the world.
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  • Teresa HealyTeresa Healy
    Associate Professor
    Sustainable Development: Advocacy, Leadership, and Social Change

    Teresa Healy earned her doctorate in political science from Carleton University in Ottawa. Her work focuses on social movements’ struggles for equity and community-based sustainability in times of economic crisis.
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  • Steve IamsSteve Iams
    Assistant Professor
    Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

    Steve Iams is originally from Columbus, Ohio, and has spent the past several years at Ohio State University as a PhD student in foreign, second, and multi­lingual language education.

     


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  • Nikoi Kote-NikoiNikoi Kote-Nikoi
    Professor, Sustainable Development
    Nikoi Kote-Nikoi, who holds a doctorate in economics, has been a member of the SIT Graduate Institute faculty since 1989. He also has served as a policy analyst and director of research at the Institute of Economic Affairs in his native Ghana, and as a visiting professor at the University of Copenhagen, Marlboro College, and the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration.
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  • Christian ParentiChristian Parenti
    Professor, Sustainable Development
    Christian holds a PhD in sociology (co-supervised in geography) from the London School of Economics; he later completed a series of post-doctoral fellowships at the City University of New York Graduate Center where he worked closely with the geographers Neil Smith and David Harvey. He has held fellowships from the Open Society Institute, the Ford Foundation, and the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation. He arrived at SIT in 2011 from a teaching position at Brooklyn College.
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  • Richard RodmanRichard Rodman
    Professor, International Education
    Richard Rodman, who holds a doctorate in comparative international education, teaches graduate courses in international education, program planning and project design, social change, and intercultural communication. Richard has a special interest in theory-to-practice modeling in international and experiential education, non-formal education, and intercultural communication.
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  • David ShallenbergerDavid Shallenberger
    Professor, International Education
    David Shallenberger joined the SIT Graduate Institute’s International Education program in 2006, after four years serving as director of European and Middle Eastern studies for SIT Study Abroad. He also served for one year as dean of SIT Graduate Institute.
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  • Alex SilvermanAlex Silverman
    Associate Professor
    Chair, Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

    Alex Silverman holds master’s degrees in Slavic and French linguistics. A faculty member of SIT Graduate Institute since 1974, he serves as a supervisor and teaches in the areas of general linguistics, methodology, culture, sociolinguistics, and English language and linguistics.
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  • Elizabeth TannenbaumElizabeth Tannenbaum
    Associate Professor
    A member of the SIT Graduate Institute faculty since 1987, Elizabeth Tannenbaum teaches courses in methodology and applied linguistics, with a special interest in teaching large classes with limited resources, self-directed language learning, and adult literacy.
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  • Janet Y. ThomasJanet Y. Thomas
    Associate Professor
    Janet Thomas received her PhD in educational policy studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also has an Ed.M. in educational psychology from Widener University and a BA in the sociology of education from Norfolk State University.
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  • Syed Aqeel TirmiziSyed Aqeel Tirmizi
    Professor
    Dr. Aqeel Tirmizi’s professional portfolio includes more than 20 years of international experience in teaching, research, management and capacity building. The major focus of his work extensively deals with managing and leading in global and multicultural environments as well as working with themes of social justice and social innovation.
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  • Elka TodevaElka Todeva
    Professor
    Elka Todeva holds a doctorate in English applied linguistics and a master’s degree in British and American literature, English linguistics, and simultaneous interpretation. At SIT Graduate Institute since 1993, she teaches and does research in the areas of second language acquisition, English applied linguistics, critical pedagogy, language analysis, multilingualism, teacher cognition, and ecological approaches to teaching.
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  • Leslie TurpinLeslie Turpin
    Faculty
    After teacher-training in refugee camps in Thailand, Leslie began teaching in SIT’s Master of Arts in teaching programs in 1989. Her interests include refugee adjustment, cultural identity and memory, cultural and linguistic revitalization, reflective practice, classroom inquiry, teaching practice, literacy non-formal education, and teaching supervision.
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  • John UngerleiderJohn Ungerleider
    Professor
    Chair, Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation

    John Ungerleider has been teaching about conflict transformation at SIT for more than 20 years—a time span he finds hard to grasp. He has authored articles that address youth, peacebuilding, dialogue, and empowerment programs, music in peace culture, and he edited a book on child labor.
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  • Jeff UnsickerJeff Unsicker
    Professor
    Chair, Sustainable Development

    Jeff Unsicker completed graduate studies in international development, education, policy analysis, and administration. His research focused on the political economy of foreign aid for adult education, rural development, and Ujamaa socialism in Tanzania. A member of the SIT faculty since 1990, Jeff has also served as academic dean and interim president of SIT Graduate Institute.
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  • Ryland WhiteRyland White
    Associate Professor
    Ryland White, associate professor, has been a member of SIT Graduate Institute faculty since 1993. She teaches courses in training design for experiential learning, training for social action, dismantling disability, and ethics and intercultural training design.
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  • Kenneth WilliamsKenneth Williams
    Associate Professor
    Kenneth Williams completed his doctorate in organization and leadership at Columbia University, and his master's degree at the London School of Economics.  He teaches courses in Organizational Behavior and Team Development; Organizational Behavior and Leadership; Social Identity; Research, Decision-making and Analysis; Qualitative Research Methodology; Quantitative Research Methodology using SPSS and Excel; Leadership, Community and Coalition-Building.
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  • Ray YoungRay Young
    Assistant Professor,
    International Education

    Ray received his doctorate in teacher education and curriculum studies and his master’s degree in international education from UMass Amherst.
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Emeritus Faculty

  • Alvino FantiniAlvino Fantini
    Professor Emeritus
    Alvino E. Fantini holds degrees in Latin American studies, anthropology, and applied linguistics. A senior faculty member since 1964, Alvino helped turn the Sandanona estate into the present SIT Graduate Institute.
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  • Beatriz FantiniBeatriz Fantini
    Emeritus Associate Professor
    Director, Language and Culture Department

    Beatriz Fantini, director of the Language and Culture Department at SIT Graduate Institute, has worked at World Learning since 1966. She has served in various capacities, including as a Spanish teacher, a teacher trainer, and a supervisor for both the Graduate Institute and Study Abroad. She also ran the summer language programs in Mexico.
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  • Claire B. HalversonClaire B. Halverson
    Emeritus Professor
    Claire Halverson holds a doctorate in education. A member of the SIT Graduate Institute faculty since 1986, she teaches Organizational Behavior, Multicultural Organization Development, and Social Identity.
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  • Patrick MoranPatrick Moran
    Emeritus Professor
    Patrick Moran holds a doctorate in educational studies. A member of the SIT Graduate Institute faculty since 1977, he has a special interest in courses related to French and to the interface of intercultural communication and second language education, a topic he explores in Teaching Culture: Perspectives in Practice (Heinle & Heinle).
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Senior Practitioners

  • Christopher FoleyChris Foley
    Senior Practitioner Faculty
    Master of Arts in Sustainable Development: International Policy and Management

    Christopher T. Foley has worked for the National Democratic Institute (NDI)’s Middle East and North Africa (MENA) team as the deputy regional director since 2004 and has managed field operations and program implementation throughout the region. He has developed expertise in local governance and administrative processes as well as election-day related policies and processes.
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  • Jennifer Collins-FoleyJennifer Collins-Foley
    Senior Practitioner Faculty

    Jennifer Collins-Foley, JD, is a democracy, governance, and gender specialist with 24 years of experience in the US and around the world. She serves as senior practitioner faculty with the World Learning/SIT Graduate Institute international sustainable development Master of Arts program in Washington, DC, where she teaches the courses Issues in Sustainable Development; Program Design and Management; Gender, Human Rights, and Development; and Grantwriting.


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  • Thomas H. FoxThomas H. Fox
    Senior Practitioner Faculty
    Tom Fox has forty-five years of experience working with and on behalf of developing countries. As a senior program manager and supervisor, his expertise includes organizational development, governance and management of NGOs, strategic planning, fundraising, knowledge management, evaluation, and performance measurement and monitoring.
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  • John W. GarrisonJohn W. Garrison
    Senior Practitioner
    Mr. John Garrison is a senior civil society specialist in the Civil Society Team at the World Bank, where he has worked since 1996.
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  • No photo availableVelina Petrova
    Senior Practitioner Faculty
    Master of Arts in Sustainable Development: International Policy and Management

    Velina Petrova teaches Program Monitoring and Evaluation and Quantitative Research Methods in SIT's Sustainable Development program in Washington, DC. She is the senior associate for program impact evaluation at Creative Associates International, where she is primarily responsible for the development of a comprehensive organizational design, monitoring, and evaluation strategy.
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Adjunct Faculty / Guest Lecturers

  • Hugh BirdsallHugh Birdsall
    Adjunct Faculty
    Master of Arts in TESOL, Low Residency

    Hugh Birdsall teaches language analysis and lesson planning for the Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL, Low Residency) program. He also supervises the interim-year teaching practicum and facilitates the peer mentoring program.
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  • Janice Amara BirdsallJanis Amara Birdsall
    Adjunct Faculty
    Master of Arts in TESOL, Low Residency

    Janis Birdsall teaches two classes for the Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL, Low Residency) program: Approaches to Teaching Second Languages and Teaching the Four Skills. She also supervises the interim-year teaching practicum and reads independent professional projects.
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  • Ray ClarkRay Clark
    Adjunct Faculty
    Ray Clark has been involved in the world of language teaching and learning since 1963 when he was immersed in TEFL training at the University of California, Los Angeles as a Peace Corps Volunteer for Nigeria.
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  • Susal Stebbins CollinsSusal Stebbins Collins
    Adjunct Faculty
    Conflict Transformation

    Susal Stebbins Collins teaches intercultural communication and the arts in SIT's Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management program.
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  • Sean ConleySean Conley
    Adjunct Faculty
    Sean Conley holds a BA cum laude in English literature and an MA in teaching from SIT. He also holds a TESOL certificate, and earned a postgraduate certificate in conflict transformation from SIT’s Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management program, in which he also taught. In 2010, Sean was appointed associate dean of the Marlboro College Graduate School.
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  • Tana EbaughTana Ebaugh
    Adjunct Faculty
    Tana Ebaugh teaches Four Skills for the Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL, Low Residency) program. She also supervises students during their interim-year teaching practicum and their Independent professional projects.
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  • Golam Samdani FakirGolam Samdani Fakir
    Adjunct Faculty
    Mohammed Golam Samdani Fakir holds a doctorate in economics. As senior manager and director of training for BRAC, one of the world’s largest NGOs involved in rural development, he is responsible for 13 training and resource centers throughout Bangladesh.
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  • Suhas KetkarSuhas Ketkar
    Adjunct Faculty
    Sustainable Development, International Policy and Management

    Suhas Ketkar is a recognized expert on emerging markets of Asia, Latin America, and Europe. He has recently concluded a five-year term as professor of economics at Vanderbilt University.
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  • Diane Larsen-FreemanDiane Larsen-Freeman
    Adjunct Faculty
    Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL, Low Residency)

    Diane Larsen-Freeman holds a doctorate in linguistics and has been associated with the SIT Graduate Institute faculty since 1978. She has authored articles and books on discourse analysis, English grammar, language teaching methodology, and second language acquisition research, and is series director for Grammar Dimensions, a four-level grammar series for ESL/EFL students.
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  • Paul LeVasseurPaul LeVasseur
    Adjunct Professor
    Paul LeVasseur has been a member of the SIT Graduate Institute faculty since 1990. He teaches Intercultural Communication, Social Change, Organizational Behavior, Literacy in the ESL Classroom, Teaching the Four Skills, Curriculum Design and Assessment, Way of Council, and Leadership, Community, and Coalition Building.
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  • Bonnie MennellBonnie Mennell
    Adjunct Faculty
    Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL, Low Residency)

    Bonnie Mennell’s work as an educator for the last 39 years has centered on creating inviting, vital, collaborative “containers” for self-directed experiential learning in community—whether that community is a language classroom, a department meeting, a language teacher training session, or a weekend training in The Way of Council.
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  • no photo availableJanaki Natarajan
    Lecturer
    Janaki Natarajan holds a doctorate in the sociology of education and policy. Born in Bangalore, South India, she has worked with the Sarvodaya and southern African liberation movements.
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  • Tessa WoodwardTessa Woodward
    Adjunct Faculty
    Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL, Low Residency)

    Tessa Woodward is a teacher, teacher trainer/educator, and the professional development coordinator at Hilderstone College in Broadstairs, England. Since 2000, She has been teaching courses at SIT Graduate Institute for those who want to become more skilled as teacher educators, trainers, or mentors.
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  • Cate WoolnerCate Woolner
    Adjunct Faculty
    Cate Woolner co-founded The Mediation and Training Collaborative (TMTC) in Greenfield, Massachusetts, in 1987.
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