Faculty and Staff

Instructors in the ACE program all hold master's or doctoral degrees as well as specialized training in language instruction. This highly qualified faculty have more than 100 combined years of experience working with non-native English speakers on their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. Students who complete the ACE program have formed lasting connections with their instructors — even after graduation!


photo of Carol OlausenCarol Olausen (MA), Director, ACE

Carol Olausen's career in education involves over 18 years of teaching experience emphasizing project-based inquiry and experiential learning, with the past 7 years spent working with college-bound adults in the field of ESL as both an instructor and administrator. Her research interests include crisis management and related support programming for international students, as well as examining models for effective and authentic cross-cultural integration and communication as a means of fostering globalization and cultural competency.
Office: Bachelor Hall 162C.
Email: olauseca@MiamiOH.edu

photo of Eun Chong YangEun Chong Yang (Ed. D), Associate Director

Eun Chong Yang earned a master’s degree in Multicultural Literature for Children, Xavier University, and a doctoral degree in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), University of Cincinnati (UC). For 14 years at UC and from 2014 at Miami University, she has assisted visiting scholars, international instructors and teaching assistants, and ESL college students and immigrants with language acquisition, cultural adjustments, and teaching strategies. Her expertise includes curriculum development, assessment, and teacher training in ESL. With a specific focus on intersubjectivity and ethnomethodological conversation analysis, her research interests include second language assessment, negotiation/expectation/interpretation in proficiency interviews, and examiner training.
Office: Bachelor Hall 162D.
Email: yange2@MiamiOH.edu

Instructional Faculty

photo of Jessica DowneyJessica Downey (MA), Assistant Lecturer, ACE

Jessica Downey has taught English overseas, has worked as a medical interpreter and business translator, and holds degrees in German Studies and Spanish Literature. In addition to teaching in ACE, she coordinates and develops ongoing exchanges with the Psychology Department to cultivate intercultural competence amongst international and domestic students. She is currently researching bilingual bicultural frame switching as it applies to linguistic and behavioral patterns of individuals with two or more internalized cultures. Ms. Downey earned her Masters in Literacy and Second Language Studies in the area of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.
Office: Bachelor Hall 160H.
Email: jessica.downey@MiamiOH.edu

photo of Ebru Dirsel-DuffieldEbru Dirsel-Duffield (PhD), Assistant Teaching Professor, ACE

Ebru Dirsel-Duffield earned her doctoral degree in TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) at the University of Cincinnati. Her research interests include ESL teacher education, non-native English speakers, second language acquisition, and cross-cultural adaptation.
Office: Bachelor Hall 162A.
Email: duffieed@MiamiOH.edu

photo of Irene KolaIrena Kola (PhD), Associate Teaching Professor, ACE

Irena joined ACE in 2013, after over 15 years of teaching extensively in the area of EFL/ESL communication for graduate and undergraduate students. Her teaching philosophy stems from the belief that students perform best when they are trusted with challenging projects and study in an inclusive environment that stimulates free, yet respectful exchange of ideas. Irenas research interests focus on Second Language Writing, Second Language & pedagogies, and cultural communication, with a focus on the integration of international students in the US academic culture and their representation in the media. She pursued her graduate work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she completed her MA in TESL and her PhD in Educational Policy Studies, specializing in the Internationalization of Higher Education and how it has promoted English as a lingua franca.
Office: Bachelor Hall 160D.
Email: kolai@MiamiOH.edu