Faculty Directory


Thomas Upton, Ph.D – Director 

Jordan Gusich, M.A. – Assistant Director for Academic Affairs 

Cindy Carr, M.A. – Assistant Director for Student Affairs 


Kate W. Brinkmeyer (M.A., English Studies and Communication, Valparaiso University, Indiana) is the Special Programs Coordinator in the Program for Intensive English (PIE) at IUPUI, where she also serves as a full-time instructor. Before joining the faculty at IUPUI, Kate taught at Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana, and Saint Francis University, Loretto, Pennsylvania. With over 10 years of professional teaching experience in intensive English programs, she enjoys helping students achieve their unique language goals. In addition to teaching, she has developed and coordinated numerous short-term language and cultural immersion programs at IUPUI for visiting groups from China, Japan, and Argentina, as well as ESP courses for students in the IU School of Dentistry and the IU Department of Family Medicine. Kate currently serves on the INTESOL Board as Newsletter Editor. 

Carrie Brodnik has been an instructor at PIE since 2015. She’s been teaching English and working with international students of all ages for over 20 years.  Carrie has a Master’s degree in Language Education with a concentration in English as a Second Language. In her free time, she enjoys camping, hiking, and exploring national parks with her husband and children. 

Cindy Carr helped develop the PIE and has taught from the first session in 2015. She holds a Master’s degree in English with a concentration in TESOL and a certificate in Teaching Writing. Cindy has lived abroad in Venezuela, Germany, and Norway and has studied Spanish, German, and Norwegian. She enjoys learning about other languages and cultures, hiking, and gardening. 

Oznur F. Dundar holds an M.S in TESOL, Education from the University of Pennsylvania (2006) 

Sarah-Grace Kane holds an M.A. in TESOL from IUPUI (2018) 

Caitlin King holds an M.A. in TESOL/Applied Linguistics from the University of Northern Iowa (2015) 

Jordan Gusichhelped develop the PIE from the beginning. He has been teaching English since 2006 in all corners of the world, including Ukraine, Serbia, Korea, China, and Arkansas. Jordan is passionate about helping students and working with teachers. When he isn’t at the PIE, he likes to play basketball at the gym and go on adventures with his wife and son.  

Brynn Rojas holds an M.A. in TESOL from Indiana University, Bloomington (2007) 

Kim Robertson holds an M.A. in TESOL from IUPUI (2018) 

Kim Waletich holds an M.A. in TESOL from IUPUI (2018) 


Carrie Spohn, Office Coordinator 

Laura Colantonio, Tutor and Classroom Assistant 

Rachel Winkler, Tutor and Classroom Assistant