Irshat Madyarov, Ph.D.
Associate Professor; MA TEFL Program Chair; Director of Center for Research in Applied Linguistics
Irshat Madyarov, Ph.D.Associate Professor; MA TEFL Program Chair; Director of Center for Research in Applied Linguistics

University of South Florida, USA

Irshat Madyarov received his MA in TESOL at West Virginia University, WV and his Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition and Instructional Technology at University of South Florida (USF), FL. He has taught English as a second and foreign language, and applied linguistics courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels in the US. He has been a coordinator of Computer-assisted Language Learning and Academic English Curriculum at the English Language Institute, USF, as well as a number of distance courses and projects at the Baha’i Institute of Higher Education, Iran. He has presented and published internationally. His interests include digital technologies in TESOL, language assessment, teacher education, bilingual preschool education, and brain studies. His blog can be found at:  LinkedIn profile



Rubina Gasparyan
Lecturer; Director of EEC After School English Program 
Rubina GasparyanLecturer; Director of EEC After School English Program 

MA, American University of Armenia

Rubina Gasparyan graduated from the Yerevan State Teacher Training Institute of Russian and Foreign Languages (named after V. Brusov), Department of English and a Second/Foreign Language. She completed her graduate studies towards an MA TEFL at the Monterey Institute of International Studies and received her MA in TEFL in 2001 from AUA. She has been working at AUA since 1992. Her major interest is language assessment. She participated in a number of research and assessment projects and was a team member and report writer of the Armenian Baseline ELT Study Project (2001-2005) under the auspices of the British Council and the Ministry of Education and Science of Armenia. In 2007, by the request of the Centre of Testing and Assessment, she directed the work of the committee which was entrusted with the task of developing the Guidelines for the Nationwide School Leaving and University Entrance Unified Tests of English.
She has presented papers on issues related to language testing and assessment at professional conferences such as AELTA, TESOL Arabia, ALTE. She is also co-author of reports, manuals, and articles in the area of language assessment.


Liliana Edilyan
Liliana EdilyanLecturer

Liliana Edilyan graduated from the Yerevan State Teacher Training Institute of Russian and Foreign Languages (named after V. Brusov), Department of English and Second/Foreign Languages. She continued her studies in Moscow taking “A Two-year Advanced Professional Degree Training” at Morris Torrez Institute of Foreign Languages. Upon completion she was conferred the title of “Senior Lecturer” and worked at Yerevan State University in the Department of Romance and Germanic Languages. She received her MA in TEFL in 2005. She has presented at international conferences and published in professional journals.

She has been working at AUA since 1994. She is the author of an ESP book for students of theology and co-author and editor of the manual “A Practical Course in Written English” (a textbook on the writing course for the students of Romance and Germanic Languages).

Irena Galikyan, Ph.D. candidate
Lecturer, Research Associate, Center for Research in Applied Linguistics
Irena Galikyan, Ph.D. candidateLecturer, Research Associate, Center for Research in Applied Linguistics

Leiden University, Netherlands

Irena Galikyan is a Ph.D. candidate at Leiden University Graduate School of Teaching. Her research focuses on feedback for enhancing cognitive engagement in virtual learning environments. She received her MA in Teaching as a Foreign Language from the American University of Armenia in 2006. Irena currently serves as a Research Associate at the Center for Research in Applied Linguistics in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, AUA. Her research interests lie in the areas of instructional design, e-learning, and teacher education. In the MA TEFL program, she teaches Second Language Acquisition, Teaching Test Preparation Courses, Teaching Armenian as a Second Language, and Endangered Languages and Biodiversity as well as supervises students’ capstones.



Marina Dodigovic, Ph.D.
Visiting Professor
Marina Dodigovic, Ph.D.Visiting Professor

At present Marina Dodigovic a Visiting Professor in MA TEFL, was first appointed a Professor at AUA in 2016. She has taught in MA TESOL/TEFL programs internationally and published her research in a number of books, chapters and peer reviewed journal articles. In 2018, she was awarded the title of a Principal Research Fellow by the National Council for Science and Technology of the Republic of Croatia. In 2019, she was appointed an honorary professor at the University of La Rioja in Spain. Currently, she is the chair of the Vocabulary SIG within the International TESOL Union.

Talin Grigorian
Talin GrigorianLecturer

MA, California State University

Talin Grigorian received her BA in Art History and English Literature from the University of Toronto and her MA in Linguistics (ESL) from California State University, Fresno. She worked at AUA in the Department of English Programs from 2001-2006. She returned to Armenia in 2014 and currently teaches in the MATEFL and BA in English & Communications programs. She was involved in establishing AUA’s Experimental English classes for children (EEC), a project with which she is particularly proud to be associated.

Anna Gevorgyan
Anna GevorgyanLecturer

MA, University College London Institute of Education

Anna Gevorgyan holds an MA degree in Lifelong Learning Policy and Management from the University College London Institute of Education (2017) and an MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from the American University of Armenia (2008). She has taught English to adults in various settings and has been leading teacher training schemes for local and international pre- and in-service teachers. She is experienced in higher education program policy and management, both locally and in the context of her work with international organizations. Her research interests include aspects of higher education policy and practice, language teaching and pedagogy, rights-based approach to education.  In 2019 she joined the Erasmus+ Higher Education Reform Expert team.
Mimi Zarookian
Adjunct Lecturer
Mimi ZarookianAdjunct Lecturer

Mimi Zarookian is a career educator of 35+ years holding a BA & MA in English Literature from California State University Northridge, a Clear Life Teaching Credential from the State of California, and a Bilingual Certificate of Competency from the University of La Verne. She has worked with school districts in the greater Los Angeles area in instructional and administrative capacities. She moved to Armenia in 2014 and joined AUA’s faculty teaching in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the MA TEFL Program. Mimi proudly serves on the Armenian Educational Foundation Scholarship Committee and is responsible for their annual publication. She is also a board member of Orran NGO. Mimi’s passion for education has made each day of her career a joyful journey.

Founders of the MA TEFL Program



Professor Emeritus of Applied Linguistics & TESL, Los Angeles

The following bio has been adapted from the UCLA website:

Professor Russ Campbell was Founding Dean of the AUA's Department of English Programs and was actively engaged in assisting the growth and development of AUA, holding the position of Dean until he passed away in 2003. In 1991, on his trip to Armenia, he became involved in testing the first group of applicants to AUA. He understood Armenia's needs to train English language teachers, and consequently developed AUA's Certificate Program in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Finally, he brought into existence the Master's Program in Teaching English as a Foreign Language in 2002.

Professor Campbell was a leader in the field. He served as president of TESOL (Teacher of English to Speakers of other Languages) from 1971 to 1972 and developed the concept of the TESOL Summer Institute, organizing the first one at UCLA in the summer of 1979. His most recent contribution to TESOL was the establishment of the TESOL Research Fund. His lifelong commitment to language education was realized in a variety of capacities in many countries all over the world: Director of the English Language Institute, American University of Cairo, Coordinator of Peace Corps Training Programs in Thailand, Iran, Nigeria and Ethiopia, Consultant for The Ford Foundation in Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt, and for the United States Information Service in Italy, Tunisia and Jordan, as a Fulbright Grantee in Peru, and as U.S. State Department Representative to TESL Seminars in Rumania, Poland, and Yugoslavia.


Professor Emerita, Department of Applied Linguistics and TESL, UCLA, Los Angeles

The following bio has been adapted from the University of California website:

Marianne Celce-Murcia, Ph.D., is Professor Emerita of Applied Linguistics & TESL at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she taught and mentored graduate students for thirty years. Professor Celce-Murcia has published widely in the areas of language teaching methodology (including discourse-based approaches), the teaching of pronunciation, and pedagogical grammar. Both at UCLA and at AUA she has worked with professionals who are non-native speakers of English in need of improving their spoken and written English to progress professionally.

Professor Celce-Murcia served as Dean of the AUA's Department of English Programs from 2003 through 2007.

ANTONY JOHN KUNNAN, Ph.D.Professor, California State University, Los Angeles

The following bio has been adapted from the Cal State LA page:

Antony John Kunnan areas of expertise lie in language testing, language planning and policy and ethics and educational research. He is the author of Test Taker Characteristics and Test Performance: A Structural Modeling Approach (Cambridge, 1995, editor of Validation in Language Assessment (Lawrence Erlbaum, 1998), editor of Fairness and Validation in Language Assessment (Cambridge, 1999), and co-author (with Lyle Bachman) of Workbook and CD for Statistical analyses for language assessment (2005).

He is a frequent keynote speaker in Asia and Europe; in 2010, he gave talks at Shanghai Jiatong University, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the Language Testing and Training Center, Taipei, the American University of Armenia, and the Association of Language Testers of Europe Conference in Prague. In 2004, he was also the President of the International Language Testing Association and currently he is the editor of Language Assessment Quarterly. He is now working on many research and publication projects: one of them is an edited 4-volume 150-chapter Companion to Language Assessment (print and on-line version) to be published by Wiley-Blackwell in 2013.

Professor Antony John Kunnan served as Dean of the AUA's Department of English Programs from 2007 through 2011.