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Formerly the Director of the Center for English as a Second Language (CESL), Suzanne Panferov joins the team at the Office of Global Initiatives as Interim Vice President. She was also the Director of the Centers for the Applied and Public Humanities (University of Arizona), Director of the National Center for Interpretation, as well as Professor in the Ph.D. program in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT). Panferov completed her graduate studies at The Ohio State University, earning both a Ph.D. and M.A. in Foreign and Second Language Education and an M.A. in Russian Literature.
Panferov’s research focuses on language program administration, professional development, teacher training, pedagogy, and literacy acquisition. She has published on topics ranging from teachers transitioning into professional leadership roles, ESL program marketing, and parental support for K-12 ELL students. Panferov has presented in numerous countries on issues of professionalizing and empowering teachers, professional development, leadership, and teaching methodologies. In 2009, she participated in a Fulbright Administrator Exchange in Jalisco, Mexico.
She recently served as President (2012-2013) of the TESOL International Association Board of Directors and has served on the TESOL Board of Directors (2008-2014) and in the capacity as the TESOL Convention Program Chair (2007) and Professional Development Chair of the UCIEP Steering Committee (2005-2008) and President of UCIEP from 2016-2017.