Meet the Team

Michele Rutherford

Graduation, Faculty & Student Services, and Training Coordinator

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Education

M.A. 2003:  Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom (with Commendation).

DISSERTATION: Classroom Metalanguage: An Observational Study on Communicative Discourse Among Teacher Trainees in Microteaching. 

PGDip. 1998:   Business Management and Research Institute. University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, UK    

B.Sc. 1990:  Recreation Management and Program Services. University of Montana, Missoula, Montana, USA 

Courses Taught

University of Montana, 2014-2015

  • BMGT 444: Management Communications, University of Montana - Missoula: This course is a senior-level seminar focusing on both theories and experiential learning. Five aspects of workplace communications will be addressed through understanding theoretical frameworks, research findings, and hands-on team projects. 

Oregon State University, 2011-2014.

• Associate Program Manager for the INTO Graduate Pathway Program • Instructor for the College of Business:

Oregon State University

• BA 512: Business Analysis and Communication, College of Business.

A guided process of determining business issues or challenges given specific business situations through case study analysis, thus providing reasons/justifications why these are important, proposing solutions to the identified business problems, and communicating this analysis through in-class discussions, formal presentations and case brief responses.

• BA 101: Business Now, College of Business, INTO Bridge course. Presents an integrated view of both established and entrepreneurial business organizations by studying their common processes and characteristics. Introduces theory and develops basic skills in the areas of management, finance, accounting and marketing; this bridge course provides support needed as an international student to understand class assignments and vocabulary related to the course.

  • ALS 161: English Integrated Language Skills, INTO – OSU

    Skill building to develop and improve comprehension and note-taking of lectures in an academic format. Students are required to give individual and group presentations. Instruction is given in cross-cultural communication styles, non-verbal communication, questioning techniques, and clarifying information.

  • ALS 162: Reading and Writing in Academic Content Areas

    Provides advanced practice in reading and writing with academic content. Assignments include extensive information searches, writing bibliographies, critiques of articles/readings, practice with essay exams, and a short research paper. 

Queen’s University Belfast, 2011

• Lecturer for the International Foundation Year in Business, and International Diploma and Graduate Diploma in Business, INTO Pathway Program: 

  • Lecturer in English language for the International Foundation Year in Business, International Diploma and Graduate Diploma in Business. English for Academic Purposes (EAP); 

• Program Coordinator for Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes.

University of Montana, 2003-2010

• Project Coordinator for the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR 2010).

• English for Academic Purposes:  Teacher Trainer and Language Instructor.

University of Ulster, 1999-2003

• Lecturer in English Language for International Business (GTA) • Pre-sessional English Instructor (GTA) 

Research Interests

CLIL: Content Language Integrated Learning

Projects

  1. Teacher Training and Special Programs:

    • Four week Mexican Teacher Training program: INTO Oregon State University 2012.

    • Six semesters of the Pakistani Teacher Training grant-funded program in TESOL Teaching Methodology.

      Best Practices for secondary and university English language instructors, University of Montana, 2004-2006.

    • Four-week summer intensive teacher training program conducted for the Korean Ministry of Education for primary and secondary English as a Foreign Language (EFL) instructors, University ofMontana 2004;

    • Three-week program in ESL and cross-cultural program combined collaborations with Okinawa University and Kobe University, Japan, University ofUlster 2003;

    • Eight-week program in Intensive English for Academic Purposes for Chinese Pre-MPA and Pre-MBA students to prepare for the IELTS exam, University ofUlster 2002. 

Publications

DISSERTATION: Classroom Metalanguage: An Observational Study on Communicative Discourse Among Teacher Trainees in Microteaching. University of Ulster, 2003.

 

Professional Presentations:  

 “Pedagogy in the New Millennium: Communicative Discourse in Content Language Integrated  (CLIL) Classrooms,”  Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, England. United Kingdom. June 2013.

“Building Professional Community: Lessons from a Peer Observation Group,” ORTESOL Fall Workshop, Portland, OR. November 2012.

“Teacher Talk in the Communicative Classroom,”INTO Staff Conference, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, April 2012.

"Communicative Discourse in a Teacher Training Classroom", University of Exeter, Devon, South West England, United Kingdom. April 2011.

“Classroom Metalanguage: An Observational Study on Communicative Discourse Among Teacher Trainees in Microteaching,” Inter-Varietal Applied Corpus Studies International Conference, University of Limerick, Republic of Ireland.  May 2002.

Affiliations

  • Member: TESOL, 2014; attended National Conference, Portland, OR, 2014, Long Beach, 2004 & Dallas, 2012.

  • Member: NAFSA, 2010; Region II, 2009 Conference, Park City, Utah & 2004 Conference, Missoula, MT.

  • Attended: NAFSA, Annual Conference 2005, Seattle, Washington.

  • Member: BALEAP, 2011 – 2012; Global Forum for EAP Professionals.

  • BASELT, 1999 – 2000; British Association ofState English Language Teaching (TEFL). 

Specialized Skills

English Language Teacher Training: Content Language Integrated Learning (CLIL).

Professional Experience

Professional Appointments:                             

University of Montana,   2014 – present

  • Research and Administration: Neural Injury Center, School of Physical Therapy
  • Special Programs Coordinator for the Office of International Programs
  • Adjunct Instructor for the School of Business Administration

Oregon State University,   2011 – 2014

  • Associate Program Manager for the INTO Pathway Program
  • English Language Instructor for Pathway, Academic English Programs.
  • Adjunct Instructor for the College of Business.

 Queen’s University Belfast,  2010 – 2011

  • Teaching Fellowship: Instructor for the International Foundation Year in Business, International Diploma and Graduate Diploma in Business.
  • Program Coordinator for Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes.

University of Montana,   2004 – 2010 

  • Project Coordinator for the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR 2010). Center for Lifelong Learning.
  • Teacher Trainer for Professional Development and English Language Instructor.

University of Ulster,    1999 – 2003‚Äč

  • Lecturer in English Language for International Business          
  • Pre-sessional English Instructor (GTA)/Program Assistant.

International Experience

Queen’s University Belfast, 2011

• Lecturer for the International Foundation Year in Business, and International Diploma and Graduate Diploma in Business: 

  • Lecturer in English language for the International Foundation Year in Business, International Diploma and Graduate Diploma in Business. English for Academic Purposes (EAP); 

• Program Coordinator for Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes.

University of Ulster, 1999-2003

• Lecturer in English Language for International Business (GTA) • Pre-sessional English Instructor (GTA)