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Alexandra Rowe Receives Governor's Award

Congratulations to Linguistics Program faculty Alexandra Rowe for being one of the three recipients of this year's Governor's Award in the Humanities.

Dr. Alexandra Rowe was appointed Director of English Programs for Internationals at the University of South Carolina in 1989. As a teacher and administrator, Dr. Rowe’s career has been devoted to helping international students master the English language skills needed to be successful in American universities, successful teachers of English in countries on all continents, and productive citizens of the world in all walks of life. She has recruited students from Europe, South America, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. She is an incredible transmitter of and advocate for the culture of our nation and state to a wide range of people from around the world. In 2004 her program became one of only two in the United States to reach a full ten year’s accreditation from the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation. A Ph.D in English with a focus on Composition and Rhetoric, Rowe has established herself through publications and workshops at national and international level meetings as an expert in curriculum building for intensive English programs. Her program is self-supporting, sponsored by numerous sources, including the US Department of State, other countries, and foreign businesses who want employees more proficient in English. Rowe has traveled to Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and the United Arab Emirates to conduct reviews of English language programs in those countries. Over 12,650 students have gone through her core program, and over 1,220 teachers and students have completed at least one project hosted by the USC program. She is a true ambassador for South Carolina to the world. (From the SC Humanities Council website.)

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