ITBE's Newest Board Member

Erin O’Reilly is the Director of the Intensive English Institute for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Previously, she held the positions of Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Faculty Development at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, California. This experience offered her a firsthand view of the intricacies involved in the language learning process from both the teacher and student perspectives. Erin's administrative roles include extensive work in intensive language program administration, faculty professional development, and self-access language learning. Prior to entering the professional TESOL field, Erin served in the U.S. Army as a multinational peacekeeping force in Egypt, where she came to appreciate the dynamic role of language and culture in our everyday lives.  Erin holds an MA in TESOL from Arizona State University and a PhD in Education – ESL from Northcentral University.  She and her family are avid campers and enjoy exploring the rich history of Illinois through trips across the state. 

Erin brings a broad set of experiences to the profession, including budgeting and problem-solving in times of economic uncertainty. Her current interests include teacher professional development and program administration in the changing landscape of the ESL profession. She recently presented on professional development at the annual ITBE conference. Erin views the opportunity to work with the ITBE organization as a way to engage, learn, and advocate with TESOL members across the state of Illinois.
ITBE Link - July 2016