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Irena Joseph

IEP Instructor

Full-Time Faculty

Global and Intercultural Affairs Center



Irena is a new addition to the Intensive English Program.  Prior to teaching at the University of Dayton, she taught English as a Second Language (ESL) in the LEAP Intensive English Program at Wright State University for 15 years.  In addition to teaching a variety of courses ranging from beginning to advanced, she organized social and cultural activities and academic workshops for students and served as the program’s curriculum coordinator.  Irena has also presented at conferences and mentored new ESL teachers.

Irena’s interest in international programs stems from her diverse background and being an ESL learner herself.  Originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina, she has always enjoyed learning foreign languages and getting to know other cultures.  She is thrilled to continue to promote intercultural understanding through her work with international students.

Degrees Held

M.A., English Composition and Rhetoric, Wright State University (2007)

M.A., TESOL, Wright State University (2005)

B.A., English and Croatian Language and Literature, University of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina (2003)

Awards and Achievements

Presidential Award for Faculty Excellence: Community Engagement, Wright State University, 2020

College of Liberal Arts Award for Outstanding Community Engagement, Wright State University, 2020

International Advocate Award, University Center for International Education, Wright State University, 2019

Research Interests

Bicultural identity formation, intercultural communication, multiculturalism, diversity and peacebuilding


The Hijab: An Expression of Identity or Oppression? Ohio TESOL Journal, 7 (2), Spring 2015