Pre-College Programs

IEP Students Engaged in the Classroom

Intensive English Language Faculty

Intensive English Language in the Globalized World

Christopher Carr

Christopher Carr is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Slavic Languages at Brown, where he works on 19th- and 20th-century Russian literature and film. Both his interests in Russian and teaching developed during his service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan, after which he earned an M.A. in Russian from Middlebury College. After returning home from extensive travels throughout the former Soviet republics, Chris worked as an Adjunct Instructor of English and as a Writing Tutor at several colleges in New York City. During this time, he taught a wide range of writing classes, from Developmental Writing to First-Year Composition to Introduction to Literature, as well as a writing class for adult learners. As a graduate student at Brown, he has primarily taught Russian language and has served as a Teaching Assistant for Russian literature and history courses. In addition to his Slavic studies, Chris has worked to maintain his professional interest in teaching composition by taking a graduate seminar in composition theory and pedagogy and by working as a Writing Associate at Brown's Writing Center for the past three years. He is returning to teach in the Intensive English Program for the second consecutive summer.

Course: Read, Think, Write: Approaching the College Essay (CRN 10577)

Lindsay Goss

Lindsay Goss is a PhD candidate in Theatre and Performance Studies at Brown.  Prior to coming to Brown, she worked for five years as a director, actor, and teaching artist in New York City and Minneapolis, Minnesota.  More recently, her work has appeared at 95Empire in Providence, including as a part of an artist's residency in the spring of 2013.

Course: English on Stage: Building Language Skills through Performances (CRN 10571)

Peter Newcomb

Peter Newcomb has a wide range of teaching experience, including as a Graduate Teaching Associate at The Ohio State University, where he earned a Master of Arts in English.  He enjoys learning about other cultures, which led to a three-year stint teaching in Japanese middle schools with the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program.  Peter has also taught College Writing and Critical Reading at the Community College of Rhode Island, and has scored SAT essays for Pearson Educational Measurement.  Currently, he serves as an Assistant Director of Admission at Brown.  In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis and basketball with his sons, ages 10 and 13.

Course: Putting Your Ideas into Words (CRN 10572)

Panetha Ott

Panetha Ott graduated with an AB in Greek from Bryn Mawr College and is working on a doctorate in Classics at Brown.  She has taught Latin and Modern Greek in addition to Classics courses in translation as an assistant to Professor John Rowe Workman.  In the late 80s she was appointed assistant to the Dean of the College at Brown where she worked with Bruce Donovan on the CAP program and Charlotte Tomas on the RUE program.  In 1989 she joined the Admission Office, where she has enjoyed seeing students at their very best.

Panetha has been advising students for 25 years, both as an academic advisor and as a friend of many of the international students at Brown.  She also works with pre-college students who attend for which program she teaches a TOEFL prep course.  Outside of Brown, she works primarily with international organizations to make the dream of a US education a reality for students around the world, and the goal of international peace and understanding a reality for students everywhere.  She serves as chair of the Higher Education Committee for CIS (Council for International Schools), and has served as a member of national committees for NAFSA (Association of International Student Advisors), for OACAC (Overseas Association for College Admission Counselors), for the IB (International Baccalaureate) and for TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Languages).  For the past four years, she has worked with the Office of Overseas Schools of the US State Department to represent US higher education in international schools in the Middle East.  She considers her work inspiring students her most important contribution.

Her current passions are Indian literature, the development of the idea of the liberal arts, and the ancient historian Herodotus, who also had an enthusiasm for other cultures.

Course: TOEFL Preparation (CRN 10502 + CRN 10040)

Ian Russell

Ian Alden Russell is a curator, designer, and professor based in Istanbul, Turkey. He is currently Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art, Curatorial Practice and Cultural Heritage at Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey. He is also Guest Curator at the David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University where he recently assisted in the curation of Brown University's 250th Anniversary Alumni Art Exhibitions. Ian has taught public speaking and presentation courses and workshops at Brown for the last four years, sharing his professional experience in design and performance with the university community. With an academic background in history and cultural heritage, he is the author of Art and Archaeology (Springer: 2014), Unquiet Pasts (Ashgate: 2010), and Images of the Past (Springer: 2006). He holds a PhD in History from Trinity College Dublin and has held fellowships at the University of Notre Dame, University College Dublin, and Brown University. More information on his work can be found at his website:

Course: Big Ideas, Short Talks: How to Present Effective Presentations (CRN 10625)