Meet the Faculty

Mohammed ErrihaniELP Director

Mohammed Errihani, Ph.D.
Office: CLO 264
Telephone: (219) 989-2657

I was born and raised in Fez, Morocco, where I received a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in English Literature. Once in the U.S., I received a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics and a Ph.D. in English – Language and Rhetoric from the University of Illinois at Chicago. After my MA, I taught at Al Akhawayn University in Morocco for two years then returned to Chicago to teach at the University of Illinois at Chicago while pursuing my Ph.D. I joined Purdue University Calumet in May 2007, where I am both director of ELP and associate professor of English & linguistics. In 2011-2012, I spent a year at Al Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt, doing teacher training and directing the English Language Program. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, running, playing and watching soccer, and traveling and learning about other cultures.

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ELP Advisor

Jennifer Rockafellow
Office: CLO 243
Telephone: (219) 989-4189

I got my start in ESL as a volunteer at a local literacy council during my senior year of college. I loved the experience, scrapped my plans to become a journalist, and decided to follow my true passion. I enrolled in graduate school and have been teaching ESL since 2003 when I earned an M.A. in English Language and Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  After graduation, I began teaching ESL at non-profit organizations and community colleges before becoming an IEP program administrator in 2006.  It was my interest in program management that brought me to Purdue University Calumet as Assistant Director of the English Language Program in December, 2012.  I have also held positions in international student advising at universities in Illinois and Wisconsin.  When not working, I love traveling, socializing with friends, and spending time with my husband and our two very mischievous Chihuahuas.

Julie Osborn - ELP SecretaryELP Secretary

Julie Osborn
Office: CLO 176
Telephone: (219) 989-2502

I began working for Purdue Calumet in August 2005 in the English and Philosophy Department as Assistant Secretary. About two years later I joined the newly established English Language Program as the Program’s secretary while still working for the English and Philosophy Department.  In May 2010, I became the Secretary/Receptionist for the International Affairs Office in addition to being the English Language Program Secretary.  I enjoy helping all of the international students who come in to the International Affairs Office every day.  In my leisure time, I enjoy traveling and spending time with my husband of 30 years.

ELP Teachers

Mark EmmettMark Emmett
Continuing Lecturer
Reading Coordinator


Office: CLO 295
Telephone: (219) 989-2663

I have been teaching English in various places around the world for nearly thirty years.  After a brief stint studying education in both Ireland and China, I received my state teaching credentials from Indiana University in 1984. Then, in 1987, I took what was to supposed to be a temporary job teaching EFL in Japan, and ended up staying in the Tokyo area for seven years.  From there, I moved on to teach in Queensland, Australia, where I earned an M.A. TESOL from Bond University, and, more recently, at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates.  I am happy to have settled back here in Indiana, where the bulk of my family resides. In my free time, I still enjoy traveling, but now I mainly just stay around the Midwest.

Brian HampsonBrian Hampson
Continuing Lecturer
Writing Coordinator


Office: CLO 297
Telephone: (219) 989-8059

I have been teaching English for more than 10 years. After receiving my Bachelor’s degree from North Central College in 2003, I left the United States for 6 years to teach English in Japan. While overseas, I taught EFL at various institutions to a variety of students. In 2009, I returned to Chicago to enroll in a Master’s program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. I graduated with an M.A. in TESOL and Applied Linguistics in spring 2012, and I have been teaching in the ELP since summer 2012. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and playing guitar in a rock-n-roll band.  

Photo of Brianna JohnsonBrianna Johnson
Continuing Lecturer


Office: CLO 283
Telephone: (219) 989-2656

Originally pursuing and completing a degree in English Literature and French, I began teaching English as an Additional Language in 2009 and fell in love with it.  After working with refugee adolescents in Baltimore, Maryland, and spending a year in France teaching English to middle and high school students, I returned to the U.S. to receive my M.A. in Applied Linguistics and TESOL from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2012.  I taught at The University of Iowa before joining Purdue Calumet’s English Language Program in the fall of 2014.  When not teaching, you can find me at a local coffee shop reading or writing in a comfy space.  I also enjoy exploring new places by bike or in my running shoes, as well as cooking (and eating) delicious vegan food.

Photo of Katy MontgomeryKaty Montgomery
Continuing Lecturer
Listening/Speaking Coordinator

Office: CLO 226
Telephone: (219) 989-2656


After finishing my undergraduate degree with a double major in English-Writing and Computer Science, I worked for a few years as a technical writer.  I soon realized that teaching ESL would be an ideal career for me with its opportunities to focus on the English language, help students achieve their goals, and be creative when designing materials and activities.  I completed my M.A. at University of Chicago in 2005, and since then have also taught at community colleges around Chicago and a university in Mexico.  I especially love teaching grammar and observing the moment when a new pattern clicks with a student. Beyond teaching, I enjoy gardening, cross-country skiing, and otherwise being outdoors.

Tatjana MulinaTatjana Mulina
Continuing Lecturer


Office: CLO 281
Telephone: (219) 989-3124

On one side, there’s an unwavering curiosity about how language works and how we learn it.  On the other, there’s a love of English and a desire to work in a multicultural setting. As a way of merging these two worlds, I got a Master of Arts in Linguistics at Northeastern Illinois University.  Ever since, I’ve been working with international students.  International students are the most innovative architects in the landscape of language, the builders, the fearless risk-takers, and accompanying them on their journey of new linguistic and cultural discoveries has truly been a pleasure.

Photo of Joy PerleyJoy Perley
Continuing Lecturer


Office: CLO 291
Telephone: (219) 989-2942

A native Floridian, I grew up in sunny Orlando going to Disney World and watching the space shuttle launch from my bedroom window.  I graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in Spanish Linguistics from the University of Florida and have a Master’s in TESOL from Wheaton College.  I have been teaching for ten years, mainly in IEP and Adult Education programs, and was thrilled to start working at PUC in January 2014.  I have traveled to over 30 countries and enjoy spending my summers teaching overseas in places such as the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Lithuania and Oman.  When I am stateside, I enjoy exploring Chicago with my twin sister, baking and trying ethnic restaurants.


Heather TorrieHeather Torrie
Continuing Lecturer
Assessment Coordinator
Office: CLO 285
Telephone: (219) 989-2648

I have been teaching in the English Language Program at Purdue Calumet for quite a while and thoroughly love it. I grew up on a farm in Canada, and I became interested in teaching English as a second language when I was in college. I had the opportunity to go to Russia to teach English to children. After that, I returned to the United States and completed my Master’s degree in TESOL from Brigham Young University, in Utah. While in graduate school, I also taught English to immigrants in the community as well as to university-aged students in an intensive English program there. In 2007, I moved to Chicago and began teaching at Purdue Calumet. I have taught all levels and skill areas. My favorite classes are reading and listening/speaking. In my spare time, I like to travel, explore Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods, play the piano, and bake.

Photo of Jesus VillegasJesus Villegas
Continuing Lecturer


Office: CLO 291
Telephone: (219) 989-2942

For 18 years, I have been teaching English to speakers of other languages throughout the world -in the U.S., East Asia, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe- and, now, here at Purdue Calumet. With an MA in TESOL, I have worked with students as young as three and as old as seventy-two. I also have a background in photography. My dedication to photography has been a great way to meet new people and to share stories about my work and travel experiences around the world. As part of my teaching career, I have often used photography to teach English. This has led to the publication of several student-produced photography books. Another interest I have is learning new languages. Though I have studied seven languages, I only speak four and a half at this point. When I’m not studying a new language or taking pictures, you can find me on my bicycle or doing yoga- or both!

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