Contact us

The ELI Offices are located in 302 Olin Hall on the east side of the beautiful University of Akron campus.
View the University of Akron campus map to find Olin Hall. To get driving directions to The University of Akron, view this map of Ohio.

Please visit all of the pages of this website to learn more about the ELI's ESL programs. If you have any questions about the ELI or about the information on our web pages, please send e-mail to If you prefer, you can write to us or call at:

English Language Institute
The University of Akron
Akron, OH 44325-1909

Phone: 330-972-7544
Fax: 330-972-7353



Tom Swinscoe

I have been teaching English as a second language (ESL) for over 20 years. I first taught ESL at the University of Pittsburgh, where I received my TESL certification and an MA in Linguistics. I have taught for the English Language Institute at The University of Akron since 1990.

I've taught other subjects over the years, but teaching ESL has always been my "first love." People tell me that my personality shines in the classroom -- I become a performer. Maybe I'm an actor at heart!

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Sherri Niesz
Program Secretary

The past fifteen years in the ELI have been the most rewarding of the 25 years I have been an employee of The University of Akron. The best part of my job is meeting all the wonderful students from around the world! Although I have not traveled to many other countries, our international students help me experience their cultures -- right here in Akron! In my spare time, I love to vacation to the beach, read books, and enjoy music and cultural events.

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andrea Andrea Woll

Visiting Assistant Professor

I have taught ESL for the last 17 years: 2 years in Japan, 5 in Chicago, and 10 in Ohio. My Master's degree is from DePaul University (Chicago, IL) and my Bachelor's degree is from Wittenberg University (Springfield, OH). I mostly teach Advanced and High Intermediate Reading at the ELI, but I have also taught ESL Grammar, Writing, and Speaking for many years. I am the Coordinator of the ELI's Reading Program, and I look forward to your joining one of our Reading classes!

Come to Akron to Meet the Rest of the ELI Faculty

Additionally, the ELI is proud to have an experienced and highly creative faculty, dedicated to providing our students with quality instruction that is based on sound theory and methods in second language instruction. All of our faculty members have learned other languages themselves and many have studied and worked overseas. They know firsthand the challenges involved in acquiring a new language and adjusting to life in a new country and culture.

They all look forward to meeting you here in Akron, OH and helping you reach your goal of learning English and making your career dreams come true.