Suzanne Matula

Special Programs Academic Coordinator


Dr. Suzanne Matula joined Georgetown University’s Center for Language Education and Development as the Academic Coordinator of Special Programs in 2010. She provides academic oversight of Special Programs, including the development, monitoring, and quality control of curricula, programs and faculty for professional English language training and teacher training. This has included tailored programs for Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, SK Corporation of Korea, the Madrid Regional Educational Council and Spanish Ministry of Education in Spain, the US Department of State Public Affairs Office, Peru, and partnerships with the US Department of Defense NSEP and Center for Applied Linguistics for the English for Heritage Language Speaker’s Program (EHLS), and the US Department of State Public Affairs Office, Georgia and PH International for the English Language through Civic Education (ELCE), as well as GU CLED’s in-house TEFL Certificate Program. She also participates in the recruitment, selection, and orientation of candidates for the U.S. State Department-sponsored English Language Fellow and English Language Specialist programs, and has designed and implemented week-long professional development workshops for in-service educators, trainers, and ministry of education officials from around the world.

Dr. Matula has 20 years of experience in the field of second language education as an administrator, language instructor and teacher trainer, including program development, implementation, and evaluation; curriculum and materials design; and faculty development and supervision. Before coming to Georgetown, she conducted extensive teacher training and mentoring for both pre-and in-service teachers and teacher trainers in the U.S., overseas, and via video conferencing, as the Director of Academics for a private language school, the Director of a TEFL Certificate Program, and on a contract/project-basis. Her work has included U.S. government-funded project overseas, including the development and implementation of a U.S. Department of State INL-funded English language training center for law enforcement personnel in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. She has also developed assessment materials for the American Institutes for Research (AIR), the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL), and Second Language Testing, Inc. (SLTI) and has collaborated with the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) in Dushanbe, Tajikistan in curriculum development. She has served as an ESL Curriculum Specialist for on-site peer review accreditation visits to other schools for the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET). She has reviewed manuscript and published textbook material for Pearson Longman Publishers, and has reviewed manuscript submissions and edited accepted material for articles and lesson plans in English Teaching Forum (quarterly academic journal).

Her doctoral research examined cognitive linguistic analysis of language and its adaptation into classroom instruction and materials. Additional research and specialization include international teacher development, language and the law and law enforcement, and language attrition.

  • Ph.D. Linguistics, (2007) Georgetown University
  • M.S. Linguistics, (1996) Georgetown University
  • B.A. Linguistics, (1994) Boston College
  • German (advanced)
  • Russian (intermediate)
  • Tajik (beginner)