Faculty and Staff

IMG_5092.JPGA small, dynamic team with the support of IUPUI students, staff, and scholars, as well as community volunteers and interns, conducts the day-to-day work at ICIC. Information has been provided so that team members may be contacted directly.

Ulla M. Connor, Ph.D. Ulla M. Connor, Ph.D.

Director, ICIC
Chancellor’s Professor of English
Barbara E. and Karl R. Zimmer Chair in Intercultural Communication
Program Director, M.A. in TESOL
(317) 278-2441
Office location: Cavanaugh Hall 134

Ulla Connor, Ph.D. is the Barbara E. and Karl R. Zimmer Chair in Intercultural Communication, Chancellor’s Professor of English, and Director of the International Center for Intercultural Communication at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.

Dr. Connor received her B.A. and M.A. in English philology from the University of Helsinki, an M.A. in English literature from the University of Florida, an M.A. in comparative literature and Ph.D. in English linguistics from the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Connor has held academic positions at the University of Florida, University of Wisconsin, George Mason University, Georgetown University, Purdue University, and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. She has also held guest and visiting professor positions in linguistics and applied linguistics with Temple University in Japan, Lund University in Sweden, Åbo Akademi University in Finland, and Leon University in Spain. She is an elected foreign member of Societas Scientiarum Fennica (Finnish Society of Sciences and Letters).

Dr. Connor has authored and co-authored 10 books and over 100 articles and book chapters, including Contrastive Rhetoric: Cross-cultural aspects of second-language writing (Cambridge U. P., 1996), and Intercultural Rhetoric in the Writing Classroom (U. of Michigan P., 2012). In her research on writing and intercultural communication, Dr. Connor combines theories and methods from both linguistics, classical rhetoric, and psychology. Results of her intercultural research have been applied in ESL and EFL, intercultural business communication, and, most recently, the language of health care among U.S. immigrant populations. This research focuses on the language use between health care providers and chronically ill patients, including patients diagnosed with addictions. She is the Chief Scientific Officer for CoMac Analytics, Inc.


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Assistant Director

Matthew Hume is Assistant Director of the International Center for Intercultural Communication at IUPUI. Matthew received his MA in TESOL from IUPUI in 2018, and he holds a BA from Yale University. He served for two semesters in 2018 as an instructor of English for Academic Purposes at Peking University Health Science Center, and he has taught in the Program for Intensive English (PIE) at IUPUI. He also works as a facilitator in the Indianapolis Public Library’s English Conversation Circle program. Before joining ICIC part-time as their International Programs Consultant in early 2019, Matthew was a Graduate Research Assistant for both ICIC and PIE.

Matthew’s work with ICIC focuses on department research and educational offerings, and includes grant writing, instructional development and teaching, and strategic planning. He has presented on classroom-based ESP research as well as research into international recruitment at conferences locally and internationally, including COMET, INTESOL, and TESOL. His interests outside of TESOL and ESP include magazine writing, choral singing, and the Great American Songbook.

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Liaison for Community ESL
Ginger Kosobucki is a TESOL instructor in Indianapolis. A native of Massachusetts, she studied French at University of Vermont, and completed her MA in English with TESOL Concentration at IUPUI. Ginger has lived in Norway, France, Bolivia and Poland. She currently teaches at ELS Language Center, and volunteers at the Immigrant Welcome Center. Ginger helped to create the IWC’s ESL Map, and is leading a research project on barriers to English learning for the adult immigrant population of Indianapolis. She serves ICIC as Liaison for Community ESL. 


Rehab Morsi

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Rehab Morsi is an adjunct faculty at ICIC. She has been teaching ESP training program for Japanese Engineers at SMC Corporation in Noblesville, IN for five years. Mrs. Morsi received her Masters Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of other languages (TESOL) from Ball State University in 2010. She has nine years experience teaching ESL/ESP and assisting in curriculum planning and materials development. She has served for four years as a full time contract Faculty at BSU teaching ESL to international students. Mrs. Morsi has also taught a variety of online ESP teacher training courses to international scholars and instructors in different countries.


Nate Wynne, M.S.Ed.

Nate Wynne

Program Coordinator

Nate Wynne joined the staff at the International Center for Intercultural Communication in 2017. He has an M.S.Ed. from Indiana University, Bloomington (2017) and both a BA in Religious Studies and a BA in English with a concentration in Linguistics from IUPUI (2015). As Program Coordinator for ICIC, Nate is a factotum. He assists with research, educational programming, and other daily operational duties. Nate is committed to public education, outreach, and supporting the awareness of ICIC's programs and research.




 Advisory Board

The four-member, advisory board of ICIC is composed of community-based stakeholders. Even though ICIC's board does not function as a legal, governing body like a traditional nonprofit board of directors, ICIC's board provides invaluable resources, input, and oversight to benefit ICIC's mission and work. The board meets regularly and represents a key component in the application of both ICIC's research and community outreach.  Board members may be contacted via Ulla Connor, Director of ICIC, at

Current Members

Ulla Connor Ph.D. (ex officio)
Director, ICIC

Asieh Dicken
Retired, IBM

Joann Ingulli-Fattic
Retired, Eli Lilly and Co.

Robert S. Mac Neill Jr.
Retired, Eli Lilly and Co.

Karl R. Zimmer III
Board Chair Zimmer Success Group 


Past Advisory Board Members

Sergio Aguilera
Retired Mexican Consul, Indianapolis

Tamara Cabrera Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Spanish and Translation Studies, IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI

Larry C. Cimino
Former Chair of the ICIC Advisory Board
President, ProConsult, LLC

Charles Clark
Associate Dean, IU School of Medicine, Continuing Medical Education

Robert Dufour Ph.D.
Competitive Health Analytics, Inc., Humana

Mario Gomez M.D.
Alivio Medical Center

Giles Hoyt
Associate Dean, Office of International Affairs, IUPUI

Ann Kratz
Proposal Development Manager, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, IUPUI

Gil Latz, Ph.D.
Associate Vice Chancellor for International Affairs, IUPUI

Jhani Laupus
President, Partners of the Americas Indiana Chapter

Ji-Qing Liu
Baker and Daniels Law Firm

Cheryl Lozo
Human Resources Manager, McDonald's Corporation

Marjorie Lyles Ph.D.
Professor of International Strategic Management, IU Kelley School of Business Indianapolis

Angela McBride
Dean, IU School of Nursing

Gail Plater
Assistant Dean, Development & External Affairs IUPUI

Liz Pilnik B.S.N., M.B.A.
Retired R.N.; Developer & Trainer: Peer Support Programs for T2DM and Diabetes Prevention Program

Robert Sandy Ph.D.
IU Assistant Executive Vice President, IUPUI

Jane Schlegel
Civic Leader, Indianapolis

Susan Sutton
Associate Dean for International Programs
Office of International Affairs, IUPUI

Eugene Tempel
Executive Director, IU Center on Philanthropy

Thomas Upton Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI


Faculty Fellows


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Marta Antón, Ph.D., (University of Massachusetts at Amherst) is Professor of Spanish, Associate Director of the Spanish Resource Center, and Interim Associate Dean for Academic Programs. Antón has served as director of the Program in Spanish at IUPUI, President and Vice-president of the Indiana Chapter of the America Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, and examiner for the international language proficiency test, Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera (DELE). She has conducted research on sociocultural approaches to classroom interaction and dynamic assessment, health discourse, and Spanish sociolinguistics, particularly in the area of language contact. Recent publications include a book on methods of assessment (Arco Libros, 2013), book chapters in The Routledge Handbook of Language Testing (Routledge 2012), Spanish Second Language Acquisition: The State of the Science (Georgetown University Press 2003), Teachers’ roles in second language learning: Classroom applications of sociocultural theory (Information Age Publishing 2012), and numerous articles in academic journals such as International Journal of Applied Linguistics, Language Teaching, Foreign Language Annals, The Modern Language Journal, The Canadian Modern Language Review, Hispania, Revista Internacional de Lingüística Iberoamericana, Revista Española de Lingüística Aplicada, Estudios de Lingüística, Communication and Medicine, The Journal of Rhetoric, Professional Communication, and Globalization, etc. She is also an editorial board member for two top journals in the field of second language teaching and learning, Language Teaching (Cambridge University Press), and Language and Sociocultural Theory (Springer). She is Editor-in-Chief for The Modern Language Journal. Antón has been the recipient of several awards, including university faculty awards by Indiana Foreign Language Teachers’ Association (2001) and Indiana Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (2001), a service award by the Indiana Network for Early Language Learning (2005), and Outstanding Faculty Award by the School of Liberal Arts, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (2013).

Professor Antón has served as a resident scholar at ICIC (2008-2013). As resident scholar, she worked on the grant project, "Health Literacy and Patient Adherence." The project resulted in a number of refereed publications, including a monogram titled "Understanding Patients' Voices: A Multi-method approach to health discourse," co-authored with Professor Beth Goering and John Benjamins, 2015. Professor Antón continues as a faculty fellow at ICIC.

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 André Buchenot, Ph.D., (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) is Associate Professor in the English Department at IUPUI. Buchenot has published essays on digital literacy and writing pedagogy. His current research focuses on database-driven writing assessment and health-literacy website development, both of which are supported by competitive grant awards.

Professor Buchenot was a resident scholar at ICIC from 2013-2016. He worked on projects related to health literacy, together with scholars from the IU schools of Nursing and Medicine. In addition to researching, Buchenot teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on literacy, technology, and pedagogy. He is an active member of the several professional organizations including the Conference on Composition and Communication, Midwest-Modern Languages Association, and the Indiana Teachers of Writing Project.

Estela Ene

Estela Ene, Ph.D., (University of Arizona) is Associate Professor of English, Director of the EAP Program, and Director of the MA and Certificate Program in TESOL at IUPUI. She received her MA in ESL and Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching with emphasis in pedagogy and program administration from the University of Arizona. She has taught English, Italian, writing, theoretical and applied linguistics, to native and non-native English speakers, at the University of Missouri - Columbia, the University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University, and IUPUI. A regular presenter at major conferences in the field -- TESOL, AAAL and SSLW (Symposium on Second Language Writing) -- Dr. Ene conducts research on L2 writing in ESL and EFL contexts. Most recently, her research has focused on the use of new types of electronic feedback in ESL writing, which she compiled into a large database (corpus) and analyzed by using corpus-based (data mining) techniques. She has also written about EFL teacher training and development in Romania, China, Mexico, and Poland, where she conducted invited workshops on L2 writing pedagogy for teachers. She oversees program development and teacher training in the EAP Program and is actively involved in IUPUI’s internationalization-at-home via faculty development. She co-leads IUPUI’s Gateway Community of Practice on Intercultural Learning, which is a co-recipient of a 2018 Welcoming Campus Innovation Fund Grant. Her publications have appeared in the Journal of Second Language Writing, System, Assessing Writing, the CALICO Journal, ELTJ, AJELT, ITL-International Journal of Applied Linguistics, the Routledge Handbook of EAP, the Wiley Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics, and others.

Professor Ene conducts research at ICIC on intercultural rhetoric. She also provides intercultural communication training on the IUPUI campus with ICIC.

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Elizabeth Goering, Ph.D., (Purdue University) is Professor of Communication Studies, Director of Undergraduate Studies for Communication Studies, and Director of the Online Certificate: “Human Communication in a Mediated World”. She earned her Ph.D. from Purdue University. She has had articles published in Howard Journal of Communication and Journal of Business Communication. Her academic interests are the relationship between communication and culture, organizational communication, health discourse, small-group communication, communication in conflict situations, and narratives methodologies. She is the Faculty Sponsor of Lambda Pi Eta.

Professor Goering has been a resident scholar during a number of years since the beginning of ICIC. She has collaborated and published on ICIC's research on fundraising and health communication and continues as an invaluable faculty fellow of ICIC.

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Thomas A. Upton, Ph.D., (University of Minnesota) is Professor of English, Director of the Program for Intensive English, and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs for the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. He also holds an appointment as Adjunct Professor of Language Education. Upton served as the chair of the Department of English from 2008-2013 and before that as the Director of the English for Academic Purposes Program from 1998-2008. His primary academic interests revolve around the field of Applied Linguistics that focuses on Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL); his research has focused on second language reading and writing, discourse analysis, and English for Academic Purposes. A resident scholar at ICIC during a number of years, he is the co-author and co-editor of multiple books (with Ulla Connor), including Discourse on the Move: Using Corpus Analysis to Describe Discourse Structure (Benjamins, 2007), Discourse in the Professions: Perspectives from Corpus Linguistics (Benjamins, 2004, and republished in Chinese by Beijing World Publishing Co., 2011), and Applied Corpus Linguistics: A Multidimensional Perspective (Rodopi, 2003). He is the author of the EAP textbook Reading Skills for Success: Guide to Academic Texts (U of MI Press, 2004). He has (co-)authored multiple articles on English for Specific Purposes (focusing on language instruction for non-native speakers of English) and language materials development, and was the co-editor (with Ulla Connor) of the Language for Specific Purposes section of the newly published Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013). He serves on the editorial boards for both TESOL Quarterly and the English for Specific Purposes Journal, two of the top journals in the field of English language instruction.

A resident scholar at ICIC during several years, Professor Upton's contributions to ICIC's research and service activities are immense. He continues as a devoted faculty fellow.






Collaborations and Partnerships (Institutions and Organizations)

Since its foundation in 1998, ICIC has invested in highly successful collaborative projects with local, national, and international organizations. These collaborations and partnerships continue to create and foster innovative research. In order to develop and support close collaborative partnerships that function well and consistently produce quality research, a center needs significant stable infrastructure, but above all a staff capable of carrying the Center’s mission forward. ICIC’s current infrastructure gives it the kind of research-related visibility and reputation that has in turn generated new partnerships with other academic units at IUPUI, the immediate community in the Indianapolis area, and the international community at large.

IUPUI Campus

  • Binational/Cross Cultural Health Enhancement Center (BiCCHEC)
  • Departments of Communication Studies, World Languages and Cultures, Sociology and English
  • IU School of Medicine
  • IU School of Nursing
  • POLIS Center
  • Regenstrief Institute

Greater Central Indiana Community

  • Alivio Medical Clinic, Indianapolis,IN
  • Columbus Regional Hospital, Columbus, IN
  • Indiana Minority Health Coalition
  • Riley Hospital
  • VA Hospital
  • Volunteers in Medicine, Columbus, IN
  • Eskenazi Health Clinics

National (United States)

  • Georgetown University
  • Georgia State University
  • Northwestern University
  • University of Georgia


  • Aarhus University, Denmark
  • Cardiff University, Wales
  • Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Peking University Health Science Center, China
  • University of Leon, Spain
  • Universidad Jaume I, Spain

Scholars and Collaborators

Besides faculty and staff along with IUPUI-based graduate assistants and interns, ICIC collaborates with IUPUI-based scholars, external scholars, visiting scholars, and interns.

IUPUI Internal Collaborations (Past and Present)
  • Charles Clark, Professor Emeritus, IU School of Medicine
  • Neale Chumbler, former Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology, currently Department Head, Graduate Coordinator, and Professor of Health Policy and Management, College of Public Health at The University of Georgia
  • Rebecca Bartlett Ellis, Ph.D., R.N., Assistant Professor, Science of Nursing Care Department, IU School of Nursing Indianapolis
  • Richard Frankel, Research Scientist, Regenstrief Institute, VA Hospital, and IU Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research
  • Mary de Groot, Associate Professor of Medicine and Acting Director of the Diabetes Translational Research Center at Indiana University
  • David A. Haggstrom, M.D., Associate Professor at IU School of Medicine, Research Scientist, Richard L. Roudebush Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and Research Scientist, Regenstrief Institute for Health Care
  • Diane Lorant, M.D., Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, IU School of Medicine
  • Gerardo Maupome, Professor, IU School of Dentistry, Department of Cariology, Operative Dentistry and Dental Public Health
  • Paris Roach, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, IU School of Medicine
  • Katherine Schilling, Associate Professor of Library Science, School of Informatics

External Collaborations (Past and Present)

  • Dwight Atkinson, Professor of Applied Linguistics, University of Arizona
  • Viviana Cortes, Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics, Georgia State University
  • Robert Dufour, Research Scientist at Humana Competitive Analytics and ICIC board member
  • Liping Guo, Dean of Peking University Health Science Center
  • Lucina Kessler, Outpatient Diabetes Education Center program coordinator at Volunteers in Medicine, Columbus Regional Hospital: Columbus, IN
  • Alfredo López-Yunez, Director of Alivio Medical Center
  • Robert Mac Neill, Jr., ICIC Board Member and former Ely Lilly and Co. executive
  • Ana Moreno, Senior Lecturer at University de León, Spain, and Director of the ENEIDA research group (the Spanish Team for Intercultural Studies on Academic Discourse)
  • William Rozycki, former ICIC Associate Director and currently Professor and Associate Director of English Programs, International College of Liberal Arts, Yamanashi Gakuin University, Japan
  • Don Rubin, Professor Emeritus in the Departments of Speech Communication and Language and Literacy Education and the Program in Linguistics at the University of Georgia’s Center for Health and Risk Communication
  • Miguel Ruíz Garrido, Professor of English Philology, Department of English Studies, Universitat Jaume I, Spain
  • Diana Slade, Professor of Linguistics, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Michael Wolf, Associate Professor of Medicine and Learning Sciences and Associate Division Chief of Research for General Internal Medicine, founder and leader of Northwestern University’s Health Literacy and Learning Program (HeLP)

Visiting Scholars and International Interns

More than 15 linguists from around the world have been visiting scholars at ICIC and interacted with IUPUI faculty and students. The ICIC Visiting Scholar Program provides opportunities for research in applied linguistics, intercultural communication, and English for Specific Purposes.

Visiting Scholars (2002 to the present)

  • Xuemei “Nancy” Tan, M.A., July 2018 - July 2019; Lecturer, School of Foreign Language Education; Jilin University, Changchun, China
  • Xiaoqin "Cindy" Cao, M.A., September 2016 - September 2017; Lecturer, Department of International Tourism; Nanjing Institute of Tourism and Hospitality, Nanjing, China
  • Manyun ("Cloud") Zou, M.A., September 2013 - August 2014; Lecturer of English at the Applied Linguistics Department of Peking University Institute for Medical Humanities, Beijing, China
  • Katarzyna Hryniuk, Fulbright Scholar, September 2012 - July 2013; Warsaw University, Poland
  • Zhiqing Hu, August 2011 - August 2012; Professor of Applied Linguistics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China
  • Xiaojun Zhang, September 2011 - July 2012; Associate Professor, School of Foreign Languages, Beihang University, Beijing, China
  • Jinming Liu, February 2010 - February 2011; Associate Dean of Foreign Studies and Professor of English Linguistics, Hunan University of Science Technology in China
  • Yuan Ximing, January - July 2010; Associate Professor at Northwestern Polytechnic University, Department of Foreign Language Education in China
  • Kenichi Namai, August - December 2006; Associate professor at Waseda University in Japan in the School of Science & Engineering and the School of International Liberal Studies
  • Srikant Sarangi, October - November 2005; Professor in language and communication in the School of English at Cardiff University, Wales and Director of the Health and Communication Centre.
  • Pilar Mur Dueñas, June - September 2005; Research scholarship holder at the Department of English and German Philology at the University of Zaragoza, Spain
  • Miguel Ruiz Garrido, June - August 2005; Department of English Studies at the Universitat Jaume I, Spain, teaching English Language as well as ESP, mainly English for Business Communication and member of the research group GRAPE
  • Ania Saorín Iborra, August 2005; Department of English Studies at the Universitat Jaume I, Spain, as well as in a secondary school in the same city. Teaches ESP at the university. Member of the research group GRAPE
  • Sofija Micic, Fulbright Scholar, September 2004 - January 2005; Professor of English in the School of Medicine, University of Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro
  • Lorena Suaréz Tejerina, July - December 2004; Ph.D. student from the Universidad de León, Spain
  • Ana Moreno, July 2002; Senior Lecturer, Departmento de Filologia Moderna, Universidad de León, Spain

International Interns (2002 to the present)

ICIC and the Department of English Language and Literature at Åbo Akademi University (the only Swedish-language university in Finland) collaborate on an internship program in which Åbo Akademi graduate students of English Language and Literature complete their language practice internship at ICIC. The interns are assigned a mix of administrative office tasks and research support activities. While in Indianapolis, the interns reside with an American family as a way of enhancing their cultural experience.

  • Alina Timofeeva, Summer 2019
  • Jannika Abbors, Summer 2015
  • Anette Uuttu, Summer 2013
  • Iisa Sulasaarl, Summer 2012
  • Sofi Lindholm, Summer 2011
  • Inka Lehtinen, Summer 2007
  • Marie Eriksson, Summer 2006
  • Jennica Haga, Summer 2005
  • Mirva Lehtonen, Summer 2004
  • Yvonne Westergård, Summer 2004
  • Petra Lillia, Summer 2003
  • Åsa Westlin, Summer 2002