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Dr. Ronald Eckard
Dr. Ronald Eckard
- Professor, Emeritus

I came to WKU in 1976 after graduating from Ball State University and after serving as Department Head at Walsh University (then Walsh College).  Early on I worked to develop the ESL program to meet the needs of the growing number of international students at WKU and later developed the TESL program to train ESL teachers.  I am proud to be known as one of the co-founders in 1979 of Kentucky TESOL, an affiliate of TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) and an officer in that affiliate for thirty years.  In the early 1980’s I taught in the Summer Intensive English Program at Harvard University and later developed a similar program at Campbellsville University for Brazilian missionaries and their families.  I also developed summer intensive ESL institutes at WKU, one for Japanese business students and one for education majors from Colombia.  During two sabbaticals from WKU I managed to receive Fulbright Senior Lectureship grants, one to Turkey and one to Denmark.  Back at WKU I taught a variety of courses, from ESL and TESL to the first half of the Survey of British Literature, and advanced composition.  I ended my teaching career at WKU by reconfiguring the TESL courses and several others for online delivery and by teaching exclusively online for my final five years.  In 2012 I retired from WKU and moved to San Antonio to live with my daughter and her family.

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