Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Amanda Stinemetz

Dr. Amanda K. Stinemetz holds a Ph.D. in Education with a concentration in Second Language Acquisition from Northcentral University in San Diego, CA. Her background experience in language instruction is comprised of composition, rhetoric, grammar, literature, English as a Second Language (ESL), English as a Foreign language (EFL), Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL); not only has she taught to students, but she has also taught to and formally trained language instructors in the United States as well as abroad.

Further, Dr. Stinemetz’s involvement with internationalization includes international TEFL presentations in Korea and Paraguay, global education initiatives, internationalization of curriculum and campus activities, international recruitment, cultural sensitivity and awareness training, teacher training, teacher assessment, and Sociocultural Theory. Prior to joining the Fairmont State Falcon Family in August 2018, Dr. Stinemetz (a Kansas native) fulfilled many roles, including ESL Program Director, ESL Program Assistant Director, and consultant for internationalization, ESL Program development, teacher training, and cultural awareness training for various institutions abroad (China, Brazil, Paraguay, and South Korea) as well as in the regional Midwest and East Coast. Her areas of expertise include creating, building, and strengthening programs and collaborative engagement initiatives that are relevant to internationalization. Within the field of ESL, Dr. Stinemetz is an advocate for Sociocultural Theory and cross-cultural engagement through social interactive learning.

Dr. Stinemetz served as the Director of Educational Pathways for International Centers and Students (EPICS) at Fairmont State University from August 2018 until December 2020, during which time she oversaw an assortment of dealings, including international student services, recruitment, partnership development, and program articulation. Like many others, she was impacted by COVID and resigned from her position to return to Kansas and care for her elderly parents. She currently teaches online and partakes in international recruitment and program development via remote measures.