International English Program

Instructional Staff

Kaitlin Gram, Director

Kaitlin GramKaitlin Gram has cultivated her love of ESL education across the Midwest for the past several years. She has enjoyed ESL instruction at the high school level for Lincoln Public Schools in Lincoln, Nebraska and for the Adult Basic Education program at Southeast Community College in Lincoln, Nebraska. Before coming to Missouri Southern State University, Kaitlin began her career at the Applied English Center at the University of Kansas. Kaitlin has a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature & Music from Nebraska Wesleyan University and a Master's in TESOL Education & Applied Linguistics, from the University of Kansas. Now, at Missouri Southern State University, she serves to promote the overall success of the IEP, continues to build the Speaking & Listening curriculum, and develops program methods of assessment. Topics of her research are primarily concerned with student research needs and oral presentation skills. She is originally from Kansas City, Missouri and close to her family. In her spare time, Kaitlin enjoys camping, reading, and cheering on the Missouri Southern Lions!

Aaron Carmichael, Assistant Professor

Aaron Carmichael, Assistant Professor

Aaron Carmichael has several valuable years teaching English as a Second Language across the globe. Most notably, Aaron has instructed English at Zhengzhou University in Henan Province, China. He has a great love for Chinese culture and enjoys regular travel to Asian countries. Aaron has a Master’s in TESOL Education from Wheaton College, Illinois. At Missouri Southern State University, Aaron serves as the IEP’s grammar and composition coordinator. His research is primarily concerned with a cross-cultural comparison of students’ non-oral, academic abilities. Aaron aims to provide more cohesive goals and objectives across course levels to increase student progress throughout the program. In his spare time he likes to play guitar, cook international cuisine, and write short stories.

 Kevin Keller, Assistant Professor

kevin keller photoKevin Keller has explored ESL instruction across many cultures and environments. He has taught ESL at Missouri State’s English Language Institute. Additionally, Kevin has worked with Latin immigrant communities of southwest Missouri and New York City’s Spanish Harlem. Prior to ESL instruction, he was a Spanish instructor for many years. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Missouri Southern State University and a Master’s in TESOL Education from Missouri State University. At Missouri Southern State University, Kevin is the IEP’s reading coordinator. His research is primarily concerned with reading curriculum development across course levels in the university IEP. Kevin aims to provide success and ease for ESL students as they transition into university reading expectations. In his free time, Kevin travels frequently throughout Latin America. At home, he enjoys photography, reading, cooking, and SKYPE chatting with friends around the world.