EAP Staff


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Lisa Oglesbee

Coordinator and Instructor of English for Academic Purposes
M.A. in TESOL and Applied Linguistics, Indiana University

Lisa Oglesbee teaches in both the EAP program and the TESOL program through the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures. She earned her Master's degree in TESOL and Applied Linguistics from Indiana University and thereafter taught in the Intensive English Program at IU. She has taught English as a Second Language in multiple contexts, both stateside and overseas in China, Spain, and Lithuania. Her academic pursuits lie in aiding non-native speakers of English in their successful acquisition of the language and in training new TESOL teachers to do the same. Her research interests include the integration of Second Language Acquisition theories and practice, as well as the effects of perception training on production intelligibility and accentedness. 


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Habiba Akter

2017-2018 NDUB Visiting Fellow funded by the Ortenzio Family 
M.A. in English Language, Khulna University

Habiba joins the EAP team from Notre Dame University Bangladesh in Dakha, where she is a lecturer in the English department. She is here as a visiting scholar for collaboration between the two universities. Her principal research interests lie in the field of TESOL and Pragmatics, focusing on ‘code switching’ in English language classrooms in the Bangladeshi context.  Her future research plans are to build on the foundations of higher studies to further investigate the nature of ‘code switching’ tendency in young adults and the frequent use of English in electronic media in Third World countries, especially in Bangladesh.


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Brandon Cook

EAP Post-doctoral Teaching Fellow
Ph.D. in Medieval Studies, Notre Dame 

Brandon L. Cook is a linguist and art historian of medieval France, and he defended his dissertation in July 2017. As the son of an American diplomat, Brandon spent his high school years in Pakistan and Hungary where he first became passionate about languages and world cultures. He developed his intellectual interests in these areas as an undergraduate Linguistics major at Yale University and in his studies of ancient languages and medieval culture as a graduate student at the University of Notre Dame. He has been an English language tutor and English editor for over ten years and is eager to work with Notre Dame's international students, postdocs, and their families.


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Ryne Clos

EAP Post-doctoral Teaching Fellow 
Ph.D. in International Peace Studies and Latin American History, Notre Dame

Ryne Clos is a cultural historian of twentieth-century Central America. He was granted his doctorate in International Peace Studies and Latin American History from the University of Notre Dame in January 2016. His research is centered on the connections between identity, religion, social change, and structural violence. Specifically, he investigates the development of liberation theology in Nicaragua in the 1960s and 1970s as an organic response to the population’s poverty and lack of institutionalized agency. He is also a lover of language and culture, generally speaking, making hobbies of language study and film-reviewing. He has taught courses in Central American History, World History, Writing and Rhetoric, and English Pronunciation.