ELI History

Administrative Changes to the English Language Institute

Northwest Campus with its Address on a Sign

  • In the summer of 1987, the ELI was relocated to the Northwest Campus (NWC), an auxiliary campus of Gallaudet University on Kalmia Road NW in Washington, DC, near Silver Spring, MD.
  • In the fall of 1987, the ELI had its first year at the NW campus of Gallaudet, though separate from the School for the Preparatory Studies. The position of Coordinator was vacant, so with the help of the Dr. Ann Davidson, the Dean of the School for Preparatory Studies, Ms. Cynthia Patschke, Head Teacher, coordinated the ELI program until the position could be filled. Three full time teachers were hired, including Cynthia Patschke, and several part time teachers taught ESL. Holly Roth taught ASL and Nancy Lewis taught Cross-Cultural Communication. Paru Narayan worked for both the English department and for the ELI as administrative assistant.
  • In August 1988, Cynthia Patschke became Coordinator of ELI. Ms. Elizabeth Nowell, Mr. Timothy Anderson, and Mr. Alexander Quaynor were also hired as full time ESL instructors.
  • In 1990, Mr. Francisco Cordero-Martinez became the next ELI coordinator.
  • In the summer of 1995, the ELI program was moved to the main Gallaudet University campus when the auxiliary Northwest campus (NWC) was closed and sold.
  • The ELI staff operated from briefcases and borrowed space from the Admission's office, which was then temporarily located in Ely Center. Then the first ELI program offices were temporarily housed on the first floor of the south wing in Hall Memorial Building (HMB), specifically HMB S131, S132, and S133. The ELI offices were moved to the east wing of HMB into Suite E111 approximately three months later. Then the ELI moved into four rooms in the basement of Peet Hall.
  • In June of 1996, the ELI offices were temporarily relocated to the basement of the Merrill Learning Center (library) while Peet Hall was being renovated. The ELI program was then moved back to the basement of Peet Hall in the fall of 1996.
  • In August 1998, after Mr. Francisco Cordero-Martinez left, Mr. Edgar (Bernie) Palmer became the interim director of the ELI in addition to his responsibility as director of the Academic Bowl competition. That same month, Mr. Alexander Quaynor and Mr. Timothy Anderson, senior lead instructors, became co-coordinators of the ELI program and managed it jointly.
  • In 2000, Mr. Terry Coye became the director of the ELI along with the Tutoring Center and English Works! He was able to convince the administration to move the ELI program back into Hall Memorial Building on the second floor. When English Works! and the Tutoring Center merged into Tutoring & Instructional Programs and moved into the new SAC tutoring center, Mr. Terry Coye moved the ELI program into the rooms previously occupied by the Tutoring Center and English Works! This move back into Hall Memorial Building in order to be more visible to others on the Gallaudet University campus is his legacy.
  • In June 2003, Mr. Olugbenga Aina, otherwise known as ‘Bunmi, became the director of a newly established, one-stop office that centralized all the university's international operations, the Office of International Programs and Services (OIPS). The ELI program, along with International Services (formerly International Student Services) and the Center for Global Education (formerly ICD), was housed under OIPS. OIPS was housed in the Center for Academic Programs and Students Services (CAPSS).
  • In 2005, Mr. Timothy Anderson left the ELI program and became an instructor in the English department at Gallaudet University. Mr. Alexander Quaynor assumed the additional duties that Timothy Anderson formerly had as ELI program co-coordinator. As a result, Mr. Alexander Quaynor became the sole ELI coordinator.
  • In January, 2008, the Center for Global Education (CGE) and International Services (IS) were transferred to Regional, National, and International Outreach (RNIO) from the Office of International Programs and Services (OIPS). Mr. ‘Bunmi Aina continued as the director of the ELI until June 2008. In June 2008, the ELI was also moved into RNIO.
  • On June 17, 2008, Dr. Asiah Mason became the director of the Center for International Programs and Services (CIPS), which consisted of all the former OIPS subunits and the International Outreach portion of RNIO. CIPS consisted of the following units:
    1. English Language Institute (ELI);
    2. Global Education and Scholar Services (GESS), which was formerly the Center for Global Education (CGE);
    3. International Outreach (IO), which was formerly part of Regional, National, and International Outreach (RNIO);
    4. International Student Services (ISS), which was formerly International Services (IS);
  • CIPS became a unit under College of Professional Studies and Outreach (CPSO) with Dr. Jay Innes as dean. RNIO became Regional and National Outreach (RNO). Throughout this reorganization, Mr. Alexander Quaynor continued as senior lead instructor and coordinator of the ELI program.
  • In August 2008, Mr. Ali Sanjabi became the Coordinator of Operations for CIPS and the ELI program.
  • The Fall 2009 semester was the first time the ELI English classes were held in the Hall Memorial Building Atrium classrooms. This prime location helped the HMB Atrium look more alive and active than before and also helped the international students to interact more with other Gallaudet University students.
  • In August 2010, Mr. Timothy Anderson returned to the ELI program again as an instructor. Mr. Alexander Quaynor had been the senior lead instructor and coordinator of the ELI program for 12 years until Ms. Beverly Buchanan assumed duties as the ELI supervisor full-time in mid-September, 2010. Mr. Alexander Quaynor continued teaching ELI students as he had done for more than twenty years.
  • On June 30, 2011, the College of Professional Studies and Outreach (CPSO) was dissolved, and the ELI program became an independent entity within the College of Liberal Arts, Sciences, and Technologies (CLAST) with Dr. Isaac Agboola as dean. International Outreach (IO) moved back to Regional and National Outreach (RNO) and RNO became Regional, National, and International Outreach (RNIO) again. The Center for International Programs and Services (CIPS) only consisted of Global Education and Scholar Services (GESS) and International Student Services (ISS).
  • On April 2, 2012, the Provost decided that the ELI program will move to the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. This department was renamed the Department of World Languages and Cultures in mid-July under the interim chair, Mr. Mark S. Weinberg.
  • On July 10, 2012, Dr. Gemma Gabor was appointed ELI Coordinator and Mr. Ali Sanjabi became the Operations Support Specialist under the new organizational structure.
  • On July 28, 2012, Mr. Mark S. Weinberg became the chair of Department of World Languages and Cultures.
  • On July 1, 2013, Dr. Genie Gertz became the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS).
  • On January 6, 2014, Dr. Pilar Piñar became the chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures. The outgoing chair, Mark Weinberg, stayed in his position until February 1, 2014 in order to complete a response to the December 1, 2013 findings of the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) during their October 24-26, 2013 site visit by the deadline on January 24, 2014, which was postponed to January 27, 2014 with the permission of CEA.
  • The outgoing chair, Mark Weinberg, stayed in his position until February 1, 2014 in order to complete a response. The response was to the December 1, 2013 findings of the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) during their October 24-26, 2013 site visit. The deadline for the response was January 24, 2014, but was postponed to January 27, 2014 with the permission of CEA. The response was compiled with the help of the ELI administration outlining factual errors, submitting explanations, and providing additional documentation in order to resolve the site team's concerns.
  • On August 16, 2017, Dr. Amanda Holzrichter became the WLC Chair.