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John Nelson


Ph.D. – McGill University, 1980
Co-Director of ESOL Programs including the TESOL MA Program and the ESOL Certificate Program
Office: Sherman Hall, A Wing, Room 407
Phone: 410-455-2379
Dr. Nelson began his career in TESOL in the mid 1960s as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia. Since then he has taught ESL to elementary and secondary school, university and adult English language learners. He has been a teacher trainer, program administrator and consultant in more that 10 countries on 4 continents. Recently he served as the ESOL Parent Involvement Specialist for Prince George’s County Public Schools, in Maryland. Dr. Nelson came to UMBC as an adjunct instructor in 1988. He joined the Department of Education as a full-time clinical Assistant Professor in 2004 when he became the Co-Director of the MA TESOL Program.