Emily Rukobo Director, English Language Institute Office: Academic Affairs Campus: Manhattan
Member of NYIT Since: 2014
In July, Emily Rukobo joined NYIT as the new director of the English Language Institute (ELI), which was previously part of the College of Arts and Sciences and is now part of the Office of Academic Affairs' initiatives for global and international students. ELI offers intensive English language training and support to students at all NYIT campuses.
What attracted you to NYIT?
NYIT's reputationI knew I would be proud to work for a college with such a long history of leadership in higher education. Its heightened focus on educating international students was a big draw for me, too.
What are you looking forward to in your new position?
I'll play a leadership role in developing, implementing, and marketing programs that further our academic initiatives for non-degree, executive, undergraduate, and graduate ELI programs. I am also responsible for supervising the coordinators across all campuses, and look forward to providing vision and direction related to ELI global marketing and recruitmentand to identifying and developing new markets for ELI programs.
How did you choose your career path?
My educational and professional career has focused on innovations in teaching and learning focused on English language learners. For the past 10 years, I have guided multidimensional teams, helping them plan, design, and implement projects related to teaching and learning English through emerging technologies and innovative approaches. I have developed a background in technology implementation and project management and a professional style based on excellent interpersonal communications and an ability to make the best possible use of my personal network.
In the past, I have held positions at RMC Research, Thirteen/WNET, and the United Nations Secretariat, as well as schools in the United States, Spain, and Taiwan.
Can you describe your "road" to NYIT?
I grew up in a small town called Middlebury in Connecticut. I pursued my bachelor's and master's degrees in Fairfield, Conn., before moving to Taiwan to teach English as a second language. After teaching stints in Spain and Connecticut, I moved to New York to work on the project team developing the United Nations Peacemaker online mediation support tool, curating and digitizing an extensive database of peace agreements, guidance material, and information on mediation support services in the six official languages of the UN.
Do you speak any languages other than English?
I speak Spanish fluently.
Any fun facts you're willing to shareunique talents, family info, hobbies, travels?
Many people ask what kind of last name Rukobo is. Well, it's my married name. My husband is Zimbabwean and it is a name from the Shona people. Also, I am an avid college basketball fan, supporting my home state team and parents' alma materthe UCONN Huskies.
What inspires you in your professional life?
Albert Einstein said, "Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value." Every day I am inspired by this quote to help othersstudents and colleaguesby finding a way to be of value or of service to them. If I can say I have found at least one way to do that in my professional life at the end of a day or a week, then I am satisfied and inspired to work harder.
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