Gannon University Announces New Director of English as a Second Language

Mariana_SyrotiakPosted: January 16, 2015

Gannon University announced the appointment of Mariana Palade Syrotiak as director of the English as a Second Language (ESL) department.

A native of Romania, Syrotiak has wide experience in the fields of languages, cultures and the arts. She earned two master's degrees, in teaching English to speakers of other languages and in intercultural management, from the School for International Training (SIT), Brattleboro, Vermont. Her bachelor's degree is in theatre and puppetry from Universitatea de Arta Teatrala si Cinematografica (UNATC), Bucharest, Romania.

For part of her eleven years at SIT, she served as adjunct professor, teaching English for academic purposes and graduate courses in organizational behavior and intercultural communication. As the manager of SIT's graduate certificate programs in peacebuilding and conflict transformation, she has worked with professionals and graduate students from more than eighty countries. Her travels have been extensive and have taken her to Europe, South Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Syrotiak speaks English, Romanian, French and Spanish, and has studied Russian and Thai.

Most recently, Syrotiak has directed the INTERLINK Language Center's ESL program at West Chester University, and served as an interim director of the same program at Indiana State University. She is a member of the TESOL International Association, a professional organization for teachers of English as a second or foreign language.