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Associate Dean for Continuing Education & CGS Executive Director: Kristine Billmyer

K. Billmyer

Dr. Kristine Billmyer has been named Associate Dean for Continuing Education in the SAS and Executive Director of CGS, effective February 1. Dr. Billmyer has served as Interim Director of CGS since July of 2004 and as executive director of Penn’s English Languages Programs (ELP) since 1990. Before serving as executive director, she served as ELP’s associate director, 1987-90 and prior to that as a language specialist, 1981-87. She chaired the Philadelphia Region Intensive English Program Consortium, 2000-03.

In announcing the appointment, SAS Dean Rebecca Bushnell noted that Dr. Billmyer, who was selected after a national search, has “significantly expanded ELP from a single year-round program to a diverse and internationally respected series of credit and non-credit offerings. During her seven months as Interim Director of CGS, Kristine has been extremely effective in engaging faculty, staff, and students in thinking afresh about CGS’s challenges and opportunities and has demonstrated a keen understanding of the place of continuing education in the context of both the liberal arts and a major research university.”

Dr. Billmyer,  a nationally recognized scholar in her field, earned her Ph.D. in educational linguistics from GSE, where she is an adjunct associate professor. She holds a B.A. from Vassar College and M.Ed. in English Education (TESOL) from Temple. Her research interests are sociolinguistics and second language acquisition.  She has published widely on the acquisition of pragmatic competence among second language learners. She has been an advocate on matters of international education and is president of the American Association of Intensive English Programs.  

 

 



 
  Almanac, Vol. 51, No. 21, February 15, 2005

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