Learn more about our team

All instructors at the English Language Institute (ELI) at the University of Bridgeport have degrees in TESOL, TESL/TEFL, Applied Linguistics, languages, or a related field. They share a dedication to excellent teaching, to professional development, and to the success and happiness of their students.

Meg Cooney

Meg Cooney, Director
(203) 576-4360
Office: Carlson 201

Meg is responsible for all aspects of the program, academic and administrative. She has been Director since 2001 and started teaching in the ELI program when it first started in 1993. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and a M.Ed. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Boston University. She has traveled extensively and studied abroad during college, actually meeting her husband on that trip.

Jennie Farnell, Assistant Director
(203) 576-4358
Office: Carlson 206

Jennie’s responsibilities center on curriculum, assessment, student advising, and professional development of the teaching staff. She holds an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from the University of New England, Armidale, Australia. She has been teaching ESL/EFL since 1998 to all levels and ages of students, from the wilds of Japanese junior high school to slightly tamer American university students.

Karen L. Howling

Karen L. Howling, Senior Instructor
(203) 576-4874
Office: Cooper 117

Karen has more than 26 years teaching college age students EFL or ESL in the United States and in the Middle East. She has a master’s degree in Applied Linguistics from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in Counseling Education from Portland State University. She is fluent in German as she studied and worked in southern Germany, and having lived in the Middle East for 18 years, she has traveled throughout that region of the world, as well as Europe and the Far East.

Steven M. Rashba

Steven M. Rashba, Senior Instructor
(203) 576-4865
Office: Carlson 208

Steve has taught ESL, EFL, and Business English since 1991. He has also had a successful career in private business. He holds a B.A. in Economics and Languages from Lafayette College, a professional designation in Risk Management/Financing (ARM) through the American Institute, and a certificate in Supervisory Management (SM). He lived in Israel for two years, becoming fluent in Hebrew. He has also studied French, Spanish, and Arabic.

Caitlin Colon

Caitlin Olson, Activities Coordinator
(203) 576-4217
Office: Carlson 207

Caitlin is responsible for all student activities and programs outside of the classroom including student trips, conversation groups and the UBuddy program. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in Psychology then joined the U.S. Peace Corps in 2012, where she lived and served as an English Education volunteer in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Caitlin completed her Master’s degree in Global Development & Peace at the University of Bridgeport.


  • English Language Institute (ELI)

  • Carlson Hall, Room 200
    126 Park Avenue
    Bridgeport, CT 06604

  • (203) 576-4860


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