ELI Staff

A Message from the ELI Coordinator:

Welcome to Northern Michigan University's English Language Institute - ELI - formerly the ESL department. To those of you who are new to the ELI program, we are very happy you are here! To those of you who are considering our program, we thank you for your interest. Whether you are interested in focusing on current and future academic studies and need to improve your English or pursuing future studies at Northern Michigan University (NMU), I am confident that our ELI program can help you achieve your personal, academic, and professional goals.

NMU has over 100 international students from all over the world. While our ELI program is new, our history of serving students dates back to the origin of NMU - in 1899. You will find the individuals in the university and in the community to be welcoming, friendly, and kind. Additionally, you will find that our city of Marquette offers a rare and beautiful environment in which to study.

Please explore our website for additional information about our ELI program at Northern Michigan University. You may contact me at cdoran@nmu.edu or 906.227.2594 - or you may contact the International Programs Office at 906.227.2510.

Again, I want to personally thank you for your interest in the ELI program at NMU. On behalf of our entire ELI faculty and staff, as well as the Northern Michigan University community as a whole, I welcome you and look forward to working with you here on our beautiful campus.

Best, Dr. Jo Doran

Jo Doran, Ph.D., M.F.A.

Dr. Jo Doran earned her Ph.D. in Rhetoric & Composition, with ESL and Writing Center Administration Secondaries from Purdue University in August of 2013. She earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing and her B.A. in English from Western Michigan University. Dr. Doran has over ten years of experience working with second-language students in classroom situations and in writing centers, working one-on-one. Jo has enjoyed teaching writing and English to first- and second-language students and working with/tutoring second-language graduate students. Dr. Doran plays the piano, knits socks, and loves to walk the beach on Lake Superior.

Tiffany Comfort, TEFL Certified, ELI Program Administrator / Instructor

Tiffany Comfort came to NMU in 2013 after spending nearly seven amazing years teaching ESL in Quito, Ecuador at the Fulbright Commission English Teaching Program with so many wonderful people. She has a B.A. degree from Grand Valley State University and TEFL certification. Tiffany enjoys being involved in the international student community at NMU.  New to the U.P. of Michigan, she is having a lot fun traveling around with her husband to photograph wildlife and go hiking.


Sara Mannschreck, M.A. in TESOL, ELI Instructor

Sara Mannschreck joined NMU's ELI program in August 2014. Before moving to Marquette, she taught in Chicago, IL for three years at a non-profit community center in Chinatown. Sara earned her B.A. in English from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 2010 and her M.A. in TESOL from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois in 2013. Sara enjoys learning about other cultures and engaging with and teaching students from diverse backgrounds. Though she is from lower Michigan, she is new to the U.P., and is learning to enjoy the very different culture and community of Marquette county. Sara loves to spend time outdoors, play piano, write, and try new foods.

Amber Suggitt, M.A., Ph.D. Candidate

Amber Suggitt is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Ohio State University who has recently joined Northern Michigan University to teach ESL and German. She began teaching in 2007 after graduating from Western Michigan University with B.A.s in German Language and Literature and French Language and Literature. Amber is currently finishing up work on her dissertation and plans to defend in spring 2015. Although she is relatively new to the area, she loves living in Marquette and hopes to make her move to the city permanent.


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