Academic Coordinator

Dr. John Schmidt


  • Ph.D., Foreign Language Education, The University of Texas at Austin
  • M.A. Studies, Spanish Linguistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Universitat de Barcelona, Spain
  • B.S., Spanish Education & Ibero-American Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain

Teaching Experience

  • English as a Second Language, Texas Intensive English Program, Austin, Texas, 1996-present
  • English Teacher In-Service Training (American Culture, Second Language Acquisition, Public Speaking, Reflective Learning and Teaching, TOEFL iBT Preparation, TIEP, 1988-present
  • English as a Second Language, The University of Texas at Austin, 1978-1985
  • English as a Foreign Language, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain (1 year)
  • Spanish, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1974-1978

Related Experience

  • Trainer of English teachers on five continents on behalf of the U.S. State Department and various educational sponsors and entities
  • Program Coordinator, Texas International Education Consortium (TIEC), 1985-1996
  • Co-developer of TIEC projects and implementation in Malaysia, Qatar, South Korea, Senegal, Mexico, Panama, Iraq
  • U.S. State Department evaluator of Eastern European Fellows Program in Central European and Baltic Countries
  • Test developer and assessment administrator in Mexico, Malaysia, Qatar, and South Korea
  • Member of CTB/McGraw-Hill English Language Learner Advisory Panel on Testing

Professional Activity

  • Coordinator for over 35 training programs for English teachers from Asia and Latin America
  • Coordinator for over 30 language and culture programs for English students from Asia
  • TESOL International Association Convention Committee Chair (2014-2015), Convention Program Chair (2014), Convention Associate Program Chair (2012, 2013, and 2015)
  • Member, TESOL Board of Directors (2006-2009, 2013-2014, and 2015-2018)
  • Member of TESOL International Association since 1982; Member of the following TESOL committees: Convention, Awards, Membership, Global Initiatives, Technology
  • Conferee at all TESOL conventions since 1982, frequent presenter at TESOL conventions since 1983
  • Presenter at TESOL affiliate/national conventions in Mexico, Cuba, Peru, Russia, and the United Arab Emirates
  • Member of TEXTESOL III affiliate since 1978 and Executive Board Member (10 years); President (1985-1986)
  • Member of UCIEP (University and College Intensive English Programs) Executive Committee; President (1987-1988)
  • Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM degree), current Toastmasters International Ambassador (Education Program)
  • Toastmasters International District 55 Area & Division Governor, District Public Relations Officer, club president, founder & mentor
  • ESL textbook co-author, Frontiers: An Active Introduction to English Grammar; co-editor of Reigniting, Retooling, and Retiring in English Language Teaching; chapter author in three, recent professional volumes: Leadership in English Language Teaching and Learning, Language Teaching Insights from Other Fields, New Ways in Teaching Business English