Steven Iams, PhD Candidate

Steve has nearly 20 years of experience as a language teacher and teacher trainer in higher education in the U.S., Korea, China, Nepal, and Japan. His teaching blends an experiential pedagogy with subject areas such as service learning and global health, both of which were highly influenced by his early professional experiences as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal and China. At SIT, Steve has taught MA-TESOL courses in second-language acquisition, applied linguistics, curriculum design and assessment, and has served as the faculty coordinator of the annual Sandanona Conference on Language Teaching and Learning. As a teacher trainer, he has mentored teachers in a variety of contexts around the world: higher education, private language schools, K-12, and refugee resettlement centers throughout New England. 

Steve is an active presenter at international and regional conferences. Recently, he has explored students as linguistic anthropologists; the role of storytelling and story slams in English language teaching; inquiry-based language teacher development; language corpora as sites of student inquiry, and; designing content-based courses. His research examines faculty experiences of change in this era of rapid campus internationalization.


  • MA, SIT Graduate Institute
  • BA, University of Virginia
Steven Iams, PhD Candidate

SIT Graduate Institute

Assistant Professor


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