ESOL Faculty and Staff

ESOL Faculty

Kimberly Spallinger

Kimberly Spallinger

Position: Lecturer, Program Director
Phone: 419-372-2746
Email: spallkk@bgsu.edu

Kimberly has been teaching ESOL courses at Bowling Green State University since 2004. Before this time, she taught teacher preparation and linguistics courses at Bluffton University and also had the opportunity to teach for a short time in Viet Nam. At BGSU, her primary role has been in ESOL, teaching graduate and undergraduate students in both speaking/listening and writing courses. Additionally, she occasionally teaches English 3800, an introduction to linguistics course for future English teachers, and English 5100, a TESOL Methodology Course. Kimberly enjoys working with students from different departments across campus, and one of her favorite parts of being an ESOL teacher is that she learns just as much from her students as they learn from her.


Lucinda Hunter

Position: Instructor, Assistant Program Director
Phone: 419-372-8145
Email: lhunter@bgsu.edu

Lucinda received her MA in English (specialization in TESOL) in 1999 from Bowling Green State University.  She has taught composition and ESOL courses at Bowling Green.  In addition, in the greater Philadelphia area, she taught new U.S. residents enrolled in literacy programs. She taught full time in the ESOL Program in 2002, returning to BGSU in 2007. 

Sheri Wells Jensen

Dr. Sheri Wells-Jensen

Position: Associate Professor, Coordinator of the TESOL Certificate
Phone: 419-372-8935
Email: swellsj@bgsu.edu

B.A., Psychology and Sociology, Adrian College

M.A., Spanish and Applied Linguistics, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

Ph.D., Linguistics, State University of New York, University of Buffalo

Research Interests: Psycholinguistics (especially cross-linguistic aspects of speech production and speech errors), applied phonology, phonetics, General Linguistics, braille literacy and processing, voice identification, xenolinguistics, language preservation.



Amy Cook

Position: GSW Instructor, ESOL Instructor
Phone: 419-372-9398
Email: amycook@bgsu.edu

Amy began teaching in the ESOL Program at BGSU in the fall of 2010. She is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she completed a BA in Languages and Latin American Studies. She also holds an MA in Teaching ESL from the University of Arizona, where she taught First-Year Composition classes for American and international students. One of her favorite things about teaching ESOL is meeting students from all over the world and learning about their cultures.


Jason Wells-Jensen

Position: ESOL Instructor
Phone: 419-372-8205
Email: wellsj@bgsu.edu

M.A., Linguistics, State University of New York, University of Buffalo; M.L.I.S., Kent State University. Recently, Jason developed three languages for a series of fantasy novels, One Night in Sixes, by Arianne "Tex" Thompson. Jason also narrated the WBGU-TV documentary Made In America: The Lima Locomotive Works, which began airing in November 2013. Jason has taught ESOL and Academic Writing at La Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, Recinto de San Germán. Additionally, he taught General Linguistics and Phonology at SUNY-Buffalo. At BGSU, Jason teaches courses in ESOL and Linguistics.

ESOL TEaching Associates

Position: ESOL Program Graduate Teaching Assistant
Telephone: 419-372-8205


Adam Sprague received his M.A. in Rhetoric and Composition from Washington State University and his B.A. in both Communications and English from the University of Wisconsin--Stevens Point. One of his favorite things about teaching multilingual writers is meeting students from all over the world and learning about their lives and culture while also helping them become more confident and successful communicators.

In his spare time, Adam enjoys writing fiction and poetry.  His stories and poems have been published in several online and print publications. He also enjoys hiking and being outdoors with his wife, Tonia.

Position: ESOL Program Graduate Assistant/Teaching Assistant
Telephone: 419-372-8205

Wei is from China and had taught English for over twelve years at Suzhou University. She received her BA in English from Southeast University, China and MA in Scientific and Technical Communication from Bowling Green State University. Currently, she is a PhD student in BGSU's Rhetoric and Writing program. In her free time, she enjoys travelling, watching movies, and TV shows.

Position: ESOL Program Graduate Teaching Assistant
Telephone: 419-372-6864

Soha’s interest in languages, writing, and rhetoric developed at a very young age. Coming from Cairo, Egypt, she was immersed in a culture that values language learning. She pursued her BA in English with a minor in German in her homeland. For two years she taught a variety of EFL courses at a private university. Her first MA was at Oklahoma State University where she studied TESL and Linguistics. She, then, complemented her MA degree with another in Composition and Rhetoric at Eastern Illinois University. Her area of interest focuses around continuing the conversation she started in her latest MA thesis on nonnative students’ perceptions on their placement in the mainstream FYC classroom and how their perceptions can, consequently, affect their learning. However, finding areas of intersection between the field of Composition and that of ESOL is something she is yet planning to explore in more depth during her PhD career at BGSU.


Position: ESOL Program Graduate Assistant

Email: esolprog@bgsu.edu

Telephone: 419-372-8205

Danielle Donelson-Sims is a native of southwestern New York state. She completed her BA in theatre with minors in English and Gender Studies from Marietta College in Marietta, OH. She earned her MA in English literature with a certificate in the teaching of writing from the University of Toledo. After graduating, she worked as an adjunct lecturer at Columbus State Community College and Zane State. Desperate to get out of Ohio, she moved to Salatiga, Central Java in Indonesia and served with Mennonite Central Committee for 5 years. She taught English language and literature classes at Satya Wacana Christian University. Her research interests include cultural differences in teaching critical thinking to TESOL students, how an instructor's perception of his/her own teaching efficacy influences his/her responses to student writing, rhetoric in times of peace and war, critical pedagogies, and feminist composition pedagogies. She's happy to be back in the area enjoying the Toledo Metroparks and Middle Eastern food.