Our Leadership

Board Members - Communications

T. Leo SchmittT. Leo Schmitt, VP Communications

T. Leo Schmitt has lived in seven countries and visited dozens more. He has extensive experience in intercultural communication and speaks multiple languages. He has used this knowledge to enhance his work with international students both as an administrator and faculty member in a wide variety of environments over thirty years.

He has an PhD in linguistics from the CUNY Graduate Center. He currently works as Assistant Professor in the MATESOL program at the New School, New York where he hopes his own experiences can help a future generation of teachers make a better world and fewer mistakes. His research interests include second language acquisition, sociolinguistics, corpus linguistics, intercultural communication, language and power, and the interaction between these and other linguistic phenomena.

Amany AlkhayatAmany Alkhayat, Director of Online Communications,

Amany Alkhayat is currently pursuing a second MA degree in Instructional Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University. She received her first MA degree in TEFL from the American University in Cairo and has more than twenty years of English teaching Experience in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United States. She was also the Applied Linguistics program Coordinator at Prince Sultan University, KSA, for five years. Her research interests are focused on Technology in the classroom, designing technology assisted learning/intervention in formal/informal settings, using conversational agents in the EFL/ESL Classroom, Applied Linguistics, Discourse analysis and Critical Discourse Analysis. Her 2017 book chapter is in the edited volume, Teaching English Reflectively with Technology, by Dr. Hubbard and Dr. Ioannou-Georgiou and entitled Exploring the Effectiveness of Using Chatbots in the EFL Classroom. Amany served as a TESOL International proposal reviewer from 2011- 2015. She was also an active member at the CALL interest section. Amany looks forward to collaborating with educators from all special interest groups in the future.

Sarah Rorimer ChenSarah Rorimer ChenListserv Manager

Lubie Grujicic-Alatriste, NYS TESOL Journal Editor-in-Chief
New York City College of Technology, CUNY

Lubie is Professor of English and Applied Linguistics at NYC College of Technology (CUNY), Department of English. She is the coordinator of academic ESOL program, director of the ESOL Language Lab and chair of the college-wide ESOL Task Force. She has taught ESL courses (all levels), second language writing, composition and rhetoric courses across CUNY, as well as graduate courses in applied linguistics and TESOL at Hunter College, New School University, and Long Island University. She has also presented at conferences and symposia in the USA and abroad. With her educational background in literature, theoretical and applied linguistics, and her long experience teaching ESOL, composition and linguistics, she strives to both build bridges among these disciplines and cross borders in research. Her current research interests are related to college writing and composition studies, classroom methodologies of teaching writing, second language acquisition, genre acquisition and genre transfer. She has published papers, reviews, and handbooks, and has recently edited, and authored a number of essays in the college textbook Urban Reader for College Writers.

Genie Smiddy, Idiom Editor

Genie Smiddy has been tutoring or teaching undergraduate and graduate students writing since 2005. During this time she has taught in the intensive English program for St. John’s University as well as in Hunter College‘s freshman composition and introduction to literature courses. Very early on, this work sparked her interest in the unique experiences of ELLs in American universities, particularly in how they respond to writing and the revision process. She holds both a B.A. in Art History and an M.A. TESOL from Hunter College.