Brenda is a Lecturer IV at the English Language Institute. She holds a BSc in English Language & Literature from Carnegie Mellon University, and an MA, MEd and PhD from the University of Michigan.
Her general areas of interest are English for Specific Purposes (ESP) and English as a Lingua Franca (ELF). Her special foci are the use of technology in teaching pronunciation, instructional discourse strategies, teacher training, and professional cross-cultural communication skills.
At the ELI, Brenda is the coordinator for the training and counseling of international graduate students who are potential and current GSIs. She teaches courses in pronunciation and seminars and practicums for first year GSIs. She also collaborates on the GSI training courses in the Teacher Development Programs for the doctoral students in the Ross School of Business School. In the summer, she teaches the Case Studies course in the English for Business Studies program for internationals entering their first year of the UMMBA degree.
In addition to her lectureship at the ELI, Brenda served as president-elect, president, and past-president of the Michigan State affiliate of TESOL (MITESOL). She is also the founder of Cross-Cultural Communications (CCC, Inc.), a private consulting company providing training to corporations, law enforcement agencies, health care service providers, and educators.