Professional Experience and Interests
Nancy Swisher holds the position of Lecturer in ESL at North Carolina State University, where she is Editor and Webmaster of the ESL Globe, an online newsletter of NC State University. She holds a BA from Coker College and an MA from the University of South Carolina and has taught in the public schools of Virginia and North Carolina, at Newberry College, and at Campbell University.
For five years she administered a foreign language services contract with a major North Carolina public school system, whereby she was responsible for recruiting, training and staffing instructors for French, Spanish, German, Japanese, and Chinese.
In 1994 she founded ICN Language Services, a company providing translation, interpreting, and foreign language and ESL (English as a Second Language) instruction for individuals, small businesses, global corporations, and federal and state government agencies. ICN was one of the first companies in the Southeast to offer translation services via the web.
Ms. Swisher served as a volunteer member of the 1999 Special Olympics Language Services Committee, acting as chair of the Subcommittee for Volunteer Interpreter Training. In the latter capacity, she designed and published the World Games Volunteer Interpreter Resource Manual and developed, implemented, and led a series of interpreter training workshops for 1,200 Special Olympics volunteer interpreters.
Since 2001 she has presented at numerous professional conferences, sharing her ideas about using instructional technology for language learning.
Academic and professional affiliations include: Foreign Language Association of North Carolina; TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages); Carolina TESOL; Phi Beta Kappa Association of Wake County.
She is currently president of the Phi Beta Kappa Association of Wake County.
Teaching interests are centered around best practices for second language acquisition enhanced by cross-cultural sensitivity and communication. Research interests include new media technology applications to pedagogical methodology and materials and the impact of the philosophical and social implications of new media technology upon historical liberal arts curricula.