Instructor & Staff

INTENSIVE ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROGRAM

Instructor & Staff

Dr. Gokhan Alkanat

Rowan University, IELP Director

Dr. Gokhan Alkanat is the Director of the International Center and the Intensive English Language Program at Rowan University. He oversees International Student and Scholar Services, Intensive English Language Programs, the Pathway Program, International Partnerships, and the University’s International Travel Policy. Dr. Alkanat develops and implements plans for comprehensive internationalization at Rowan University, with aims toward achieving its international goals in research, academic programming, partnerships, student enrollment, and student engagement opportunities.

Jay Tran

Rowan University, IELP Assistant Director

Mr. Jay Tran is an assistant director of the Intensive English Language Program (IELP). His main responsibilities include student advising and student services. He is passionate about serving and helping students who come from diverse backgrounds. He enjoys advising students on their career paths, and he possesses strong understanding of the needs of English language learners (ELLs) and international students.

Frank Rubio

Frank Rubio

Frank Rubio is the Lead Instructor for the IELP at Rowan University. He received a M.S. in TESOL from Temple University in Philadelphia (2002). His teaching experience began at DPT Business School as a full-time instructor for the ESL Department. Transitioning into ESL Director in 2003, he was responsible for both the Philadelphia and Denver programs. He moved to Rowan University in 2005 as an adjunct instructor of ESL and was promoted to a ¾ time faculty position in 2007, which he remained in until 2015.

Frank has extensive experience as a teacher in a variety of settings, such as community-based, adult basic skills, and refugee resettlement programs. Professional memberships include but are not limited to: International TESOL, Penn TESOL East, and NJBE TESOL. He has conducted seminars and lectures on a variety of language-intensive topics. His specific areas of interest in the field of ESL learning include project-based learning and flipped classroom instruction.

Kenneth Gilfillan

Kenneth Gilfillan

Ken teaches in Rowan’s IELP, and coordinates the program’s tutoring schedule for those students who seek help on extra questions outside the classroom. Courses Ken has taught at Rowan include Advanced Academic Reading and Vocabulary, Advanced Reading and Writing, Beginning Grammar, Advanced Grammar, Basic Academic English, Intermediate Listening and Speaking, English Composition I, and Foundations of Writing.

Ken holds a Master of Arts in English from Rutgers, the Graduate School, with a concentration in Linguistics. His Bachelor of Arts degree is from Rutgers College of Arts and Sciences—a dual major in German and Spanish Language, Literature and Culture; and a minor in English. He has been a member of Pennsylvania TESOL since 2002, and is also a member of International TESOL. In 1997, he presented “Plagiarism: A Constant Plague” to the New Jersey TESOL, and before that offered presentations about portfolios in ESL writing and using popular media in the writing classroom.

Elizabeth Rosenberg

Elizabeth Rosenberg

Liz joined the IELP at Rowan University in 2011. She teaches Writing, Grammar, and Listening and Speaking classes. Her overall goal is to help students increase their skills, so that they can feel confident communicating in English.  She has previously taught ESL classes at the DPT School in Philadelphia and ESL classes at Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, PA.

She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech, a Master of Arts degree in Speech Pathology, a Master of Education in the Psychoeducational Process, and is a member of professional associations such as International TESOL and Pennsylvania TESOL.  Her background in a variety of fields—including career counseling, corporate training, and speech pathology—give her a breadth of experience that adds to her classroom experience.   Most of all, she enjoys teaching, and learning about the cultures and traditions of her students. 

Christopher Rothschild

Christopher Rothschild

Christopher Rothschild is the Instructor of Rowan University’s Pathway Program. In this role, he works with ESL students to develop their proficiencies in academic reading and writing, and to improve their speaking and listening skills. He also partners with both the Intensive English Language Program and Writing Arts Department to foster strong interdepartmental relationships and develop new and innovative course offerings.

Originally from New Jersey, Christopher attended Rutgers University in New Brunswick, where he earned his BA in English. He then completed his Master’s degree work at Temple University in Philadelphia, where he also served as a member of the English and First-Year Writing faculty for over ten years. Christopher enjoys teaching a wide range of courses—from ESL Composition, to Introduction to World Literatures, to Creative Writing Workshops.

Jessica Jarbouh-Rafeh

Jessica Jarbouh-Rafeh

Jessica Jarbouh-Rafeh has been a professor in Rowans’ IELP for three years. She recently earned her Master of Arts degree in Higher Education Instructional with a focus on ESL. In 2009, she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and International Studies at Rowan University. In 2006, she received an associate’s degree in Elementary Education from Camden County College. She has also taught Spanish and English to students overseas, in such locations as Venezuela and the Middle East. She has volunteered as a translator in the INS department, as well as a tutor in many middle schools and high schools in the Philadelphia and New Jersey area. In her free time, Jessica is a volunteer for many non-profit organizations. She also enjoys being a dance instructor.

Jessica is extremely proud to be an employee of her Alma Mater, Rowan University. She believes that teaching ESL students has also taught her a great deal. She feels that she can easily identify students’ needs because she was an ESL student herself. Jessica speaks three languages: Spanish, English and Arabic. This multilingualism has facilitated many enriching conversations with her students. She considers herself a self-motivated teacher who enjoys pursuing and disseminating knowledge.

Caroline Kochanski

Caroline Kochanski

Carrie recently joined the IELP at Rowan University this year. She teaches Reading, Academic Reading, and Listening and Speaking classes. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, a Master of Arts degree as a Reading Specialist. She has taught elementry education.