MA in Applied Linguistics (TESOL and Bilingualism), University of Montana
BA in Philosophy; Minor in English Literature and Spanish, University of Montana
Ben has been teaching at CELAC since the spring of 2006. Before moving to Albuquerque, Ben worked for four years at Seattle and Shoreline Community Colleges in Washington. There he taught developmental and transfer English courses for native and non-native speakers. While in Seattle, he also earned a Master-level English tutoring certificate through the College Reading and Learning Association. His first teaching position was at the University of Montana in Missoula, initially as a teaching assistant in Philosophy from 1997 to 1999, then as a graduate instructor of English composition from 1999 to 2001, and later as an adjunct English faculty member from 2001 to 2002. He completed a Masters in Applied Linguistics with an emphasis on TESOL and multilingualism at the University of Montana in 2001.
After completing most of his course work for a PhD in Educational Linguistics at the University of New Mexico, Ben transferred into the doctoral program in Linguistics. He is presently developing a dissertation on English grammar and teaching Linguistics 101, in addition to working at CELAC. Apart from studying and teaching, he likes to fly-fish, hike, and write poetry.