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Dr. Alexandra Rowe

Program Consultant
English Programs for Internationals
University of South Carolina



A national leader in the field, Dr. Alexandra Rowe served as director of EPI for 27 years and currently continues her service as a special consultant to the program. She was the 2016 Chair of the Commision on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA), and she is also a former President of University and College Intensive English Programs (UCIEP). Additionally, Dr. Rowe is a Former VP for Standards of English USA: American Association of Intensive English Programs. She holds the Ph.D. in Composition and Rhetoric and M.A. in Applied Linguistics from the University of South Carolina. A specialist in ESL composition, writing assessment, teacher training, ESP, and curriculum development, Dr. Rowe joined the faculty of EPI in 1981. Additional information regarding her background, awards, and professional service follows:

Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA).
(This Commission accredits English Language Programs worldwide and is recognized by the profession as the preeminent accrediting body for English Language Programs.
11 Commissioners elected from the field, 2 Commissioners selected from outside the field) Chair, 2016, Chair-Elect, 2015, and Commissioner 2014—2016. Commissioner, 2002—2004 (During this time I chaired the Commission Task Force on the feasibility of accrediting internationally. I also served on the first Commission International Site Review Team.) NOTE: USC’s English Programs for Internationals is one of two programs with the longest continuing CEA accreditation, 1999 - 2024. The other is the program at Georgetown University.)
University and College Intensive English Programs (UCIEP).
(Founded in 1967, this organization is composed of 75 member programs governed and owned by universities and colleges. It is the AAU for intensive English Programs.)
Past President (2012—2013); President (2011-2012); Vice-President (2010-2011) (Nationally elected position)
American Association of Intensive English Programs/EnglishUSA, (430 member programs—both university-governed and proprietary programs.)
Vice President-Standards (2006-2008). (Nationally elected position) Vice President-Standards (1995-1997). (Nationally elected position)
Office of English Language Programs, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, US Department of State.
eTeacher (2004—2009). (1 of 5 eTeachers nationwide awarded a competitive contract to design and teach on-line courses for English teachers around the world. I taught eTeaching Business English.)
NAFSA: Association of International Educators.
National Administrators and Teachers of ESL Education and Training Representative (1999—2002) (Nationally elected position. Designed and implemented training workshops which have been delivered nationwide.)
United States Information Agency, US Department of State.
On-line Instructor (1997) Language Program Management Course for Brazilian Binational Center Administrators. (This project undertaken at the request of the US Department of State.) Polish Academy of Sciences Institute on English for Scientific Purposes in collaboration with the British Council, Swinoujscie, Poland. American EFL Director/USIA Academic Specialist (1992, 1993) USSR Academy of Sciences. Teacher Trainer and Lecturer (1991). Taught in Moscow, Puschino, and Leningrad at the invitation of the USSR Academy of Sciences.) Pagoda Foreign Language Institute, Seoul, Korea. Consultant in Pre-Academic Programs (1991) (At request of the USC Office of the President.) Conference for College Composition and Communication, National Council of Teachers of English Chair (1985—1988)
National ESL Committee International Consultancies
Princess Nora University and Al Baha University, Saudi Arabia. External Reviewer of Foundation English Language Programs. (2010) (Served at the request of Arabian Education and Training Group. 1 of 4 reviewers. Princess Nora University is the largest women’s university in the world.) Al Hussain Bin Talal, Al-Zaytoonah, and Al-Isra Universities, Jordan External Reviewer of English Departments. (2008) (Served at request of Al Hussein Fund for Excellence. 1 of 7 reviewers conducting Quality Assurance Reviews of Jordanian universities.) National University of Equatorial Guinea. Mentor and Reviewer of ESL instruction and testing (2003—2013) American Councils for International Education Office in Moscow, Russia. Consultant in Faculty Assessment. (2003) (Requested by American Councils for International Education, a world-wide NGO headquartered in Washington, DC.) Washington English Institute, Quito, Ecuador. Consultant in Curriculum and Assessment. (2000) Kidarea, Seoul, South Korea. Consultant in Teaching Materials Development. (1996)
Awards for Excellence
SC Governor’s Award in the Humanities: The Distinctive Achievement Award for best defining South Carolina’s cultural life to the world. (2014) “‘No Limits’ Tribute to Women” Certificate of Excellence. In recognition of “outstanding contributions to the University of South Carolina” (One of 18 awardees, including Christine Curtis, Helen Doerpinghous, Mary Anne Fitzpatrick, Kirsten Kennedy, Patricia Moore-Pastides, Helen Zeigler, others. Selections made by USC students.) “Champion of Our Children.” South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice. (2012)
University of South Carolina International Advocate Award. (2011) (Faculty Award presented to recognize outstanding commitment to international education.)
Grants and Contracts Written and Funded
1984-2015 Total of $5,786,386.00 (These competitive grants were primarily for teacher training programs that brought English language teachers to USC from around the world. )
Professional Presentations
1978-2016 Total of 111 presentations of which 15 were international, 48 national, 16 regional, and 32 local.


Second Language Rhetorics in Process: A Comparison of Arabic, Chinese, and Spanish.
New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 1993
"The Decision Maker and Negotiator." A Handbook for Language Program Administrators.
Eds. M.A. Christison, F.L. Stoller. Alta, 1997, pp. 77-90.
"Taking on the Challenges of Self-study,"
Co-author. Focus on Self Study. Ed. Ann Wintergerst. TESOL, 1995, pp. 37-51.
"An Overview of Second Language Writing Process Research,"
Second Language Writing: Research Insights for the Classroom. Ed. Barbara Kroll. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990, pp. 37-56.
Teaching Writing in Social Studies. Columbia, S.C. : University of South Carolina, 1980.