Cheryl Ernst has been involved in international education since high school, when she traveled to Germany with the Rotary Club and Japan with the Lions Club. After many international opportunities she sought lead her to an MA-TESOL from Northern Arizona University and ultimately a PhD in curriculum and instruction (reading and ESL emphasis) from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Her areas of interest include program administration and international marketing, teacher training and working with international teaching assistants, curriculum design, and advanced level academic English (graduate levels). Over 25 years in the field, she has been the director of the Center for English as a Second Language at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and taught at the University of Alaska Anchorage, Harvard University, The University of Findlay, and in Finland and Japan. She has conducted teacher training in Chile, Finland, Honduras, and Taiwan.