Graduate Program Faculty


James Whiting, PhD

Professor of Applied Linguistics
Coordinator of Graduate TESOL program
Tel: (603) 535-2370

James Whiting has three decades of experience in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) as a teacher and teacher-trainer in the United States and overseas.

Professor Whiting has an MA in TESOL from Teachers College, Columbia University and a Ph.D in Applied Linguistics, from New York University.

His research interests include advocacy in TESOL, and English language learners in low-incidence settings.

He is a past-President of Northern New England TESOL, where he also served as the New Hampshire state representative on the Executive Board.

Professor Whiting holds a K-12 ESOL teaching license in Vermont.



Karen Goyette

Graduate Teaching Lecturer, Language Education

Karen Goyette has spent over a decade working with all age levels and abilities of ELLs in Colorado, Ohio, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. She has worked with ELL refugees of all ages, ELLs in grades K- 12, and adult ELLs in public and private colleges/universities. Karen is extensively involved with ESOL at the NH state level and serves on many committees to help ensure state policies and procedures reflect the unique nature of ELLs and the teachers with whom they work. Karen has served on the Executive Board for NNETESOL, and currently serves on the Publications Committee for MATSOL Currents. Karen has worked as an ELL administrator and currently teaches ELLs in southern New Hampshire. She holds NH and MA certification in ESOL K-12, as well as ACCESS and Alt. ACCESS certification K-12.

Degrees and Education

  • MA, Colorado State University
  • BA, Hiram College



Stuart Granoff

Graduate Teaching Lecturer, Language Education

Stuart Granoff has over 20 years’ experience working with all age levels and abilities of ELLs, in environments including Head Start, elementary and high school, and continuing and higher education. He has served as a teacher, coordinator, and administrator in public school districts in Vermont and New Hampshire. He holds NH and VT certification in ESOL and ACCESS K-12.

Degrees and Education

  • MA, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • AB, Harvard University



Eileen Ordu

Graduate Teaching Lecturer, Language Education

Eileen Ordu is both a teacher and teacher-trainer in the field of TESOL. She has over 20 years of experience teaching ELLs from a wide variety of countries and backgrounds, in both public and private settings, K-12 through college, as well as adult education. She holds an ESOL teaching license from New York State and currently teaches ESOL at a private high school.

Degrees and Education

  • MA, San Francisco State University
  • BA, Syracuse University



Nancy Dragonette Morse

Nancy Dragonette Morse is an educator with over forty years in teaching at all levels. She has more than fifteen years’ experience as a New Hampshire certified K-12 Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages. Nancy was the ESOL Teacher/Coordinator for several public schools in New Hampshire, most recently teaching ELLs in the four Hollis, NH schools.

Nancy graduated from Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA with a BA in Psychology and Pennsylvania Teacher Certification as an Elementary Classroom Teacher. She has taught elementary grades and Adult Ed. in Georgia, Michigan and New Hampshire.

Nancy facilitates the South Central ESOL Teacher Network and is a member of the Department of Education ELL Advisory Team. She has represented the state at WIDA Standard Setting and Bias and Content Review for the ACCESS Test.  She served on the ESOL Praxis Review Team for the Educational Testing Service and served a term as a member of the New Hampshire Professional Standards Board and as a New Hampshire State Representative on the Executive Board of NNETESOL. In retirement, Nancy maintains NH Elementary and K-12 ESOL certification and WIDA ACCESS Test Administrator Certification. She administers the ACCESS Test and WIDA Screener for school districts with testing needs.

Degrees and Education

  • BA, Wilson College, Chambersburg, PA