Biography

Suzanne Panferov  is the Associate Vice President for the University of Arizona Office of Global Initiatives.  Recently, she servedis the Director of the Centers for the Applied and Public Humanities, the Director of the Center for English as a Second Language (CESL) at the University of Arizona as well as Professor in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT).  Panferov completed her graduate studies at The Ohio State University, earning both a Ph.D. and M.A. in Foreign and Second Language Education and an M.A. in Russian Literature.  Panferov’s research focuses on language program administration, professional development, teacher training, pedagogy, and literacy acquisition.  She has published on topics ranging from teachers transitioning into professional leadership roles, ESL program marketing, and parental support for K-12 ELL students.  Panferov has presented in numerous countries on issues of professionalizing and empowering teachers, professional development, leadership, and teaching methodologies.  In 2009, she participated in a Fulbright Administrator Exchange in Jalisco, Mexico.  She served as President (2011-2014) of the TESOL International Association Board of Directors and has served on the TESOL Board of Directors (2008-2011) and recently served in the capacity as the TESOL Convention Program Chair (2007) and Professional Development Chair on the UCIEP Steering Committee (2005-2008). She currently serves as the Vice-President of UCIEP.