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Linguistics Faculty

To contact any member of the faculty or staff for information, please email linguistics@harpercollege.edu. Your email will be directed to the correct person.

Alina Pajtek

Alina Pajtek

ESL Department Chair, TESOL Certificate Coordinator, Associate Professor
B.A., English and French Language, Literature, and Methodology, West University of Timisoara, Timisoara, Romania
M.A., TESOL, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Ph.D., Applied Linguistics, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

"I think education is a process that entails enthusiasm and rigor and that should foster learner autonomy and critical thinking. I view teachers as resources rather than as the only sources of information, and students as active participants to the learning process; along the same lines, I believe that learning does not end, but begins in the classroom and continues in all the social contexts in which students participate."

Kelly Coronado

Kelly Coronado

ESL Department Vice-Chair, Assistant Professor
B.A. Psychology, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
M.A. Linguistics, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL


Mary Gawienowski

Mary F. Gawienowski

B.A., Comparative Literature, Spanish minor, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
M.A., English and TESOL, California State University at Sacramento
Ph.D., English: Rhetoric and Linguistics, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

"The study of language opens up people to so many new ideas and revelations. In our linguistics classes, I try to ensure that this kind of discovery is a large part of our educational experience while offering solid foundations in theories and practices to apply new concepts. Learning in these courses is truly a partnership, and all of us have something to contribute. My hope is that students will feel excited about the topics to continue their learning even after the course ends and empowered to look deeper into critical language issues of today."


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