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Henderson Lee

Sarah A. Henderson Lee
Assistant Professor and TESOL Chair
Butler 325
(636) 949-4862

Sarah Henderson Lee received her PhD in English, Composition and TESOL, from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She teaches courses in linguistics, second language acquisition, TESOL methods, and language assessment. Henderson Lee’s research interests include second language writing, intercultural rhetoric, world Englishes, and critical pedagogy. She currently is co-editing a 2015 special issue for TESOL Journal titled “Critical Critical Crossroads: Investigating Nonnativeness, Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality in an Era of World Englishes.”


Aslihan Akkaya
Adjunct Professor of TESOL

Aslihan Akkaya received her PhD in Linguistic Anthropology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Akkaya was a visiting scholar in the department of linguistics at Georgetown University from 2012-2013. Her research deals with language and identity, as well as media and semiotic ideologies in general. Her teaching interests and specialties include linguistic anthropology, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, intercultural communication, TESOL methods, research methods, intercultural pragmatics, and semiotics.


Justine M. Pas
Assistant Professor of English
Butler 323
(636) 949-4677

Justine M. Pas received her PhD in American Culture from the University of Michigan. She teaches sociolinguistics, world literature, and ethnic American literature courses.  Her research interests include translation studies, literature of the Holocaust, and the intersection of language and identity. Pas was recently awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to participate in “The Centrality of Translation to the Humanities: New Interdisciplinary Scholarship,” a 2013 summer institute at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana.


Sarah L. Noonan
Assistant Professor of English
Butler 306
(636) 627-2506

Sarah Noonan received her PhD in Medieval English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis. Noonan has published articles in the Journal of the Early Book Society (2012) and Viator (forthcoming, 2014).  She has recently received fellowships from the American Philosophical Society, the Beinecke Library at Yale, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the Huntington Library in coordination with Lincoln College, Oxford, in support of her research for her current book project, The Book in Parts: Selective Reading Practices in Late Medieval England. Noonan teaches History of the English Language for the graduate TESOL program.


Ann Canale 
Professor of English
Butler 223
(636) 949-4871

Ann Canale received her PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her major areas of study include Classical Greek and Renaissance literature. Canale’s ongoing studies and teaching interests include myth, folklore, comedy, and language structure. She currently teaches Modern Grammar for the graduate TESOL program. Additionally, she is a practitioner and teacher of karate and yoga.

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