Staff and Instructors
Paul Edmunds – Director
Dr. Edmunds works in both administrative and teaching capacities at the University of New Mexico. As the Director of UNM’s intensive English language program CELAC (Center for English Language and American Culture) he oversees regular semester-long academic English courses, online courses, TOEFL test preparation courses, and customized short-term programs for students, faculty and administrators from around the world.
He also teaches classes in the Departments of Speech & Hearing Sciences and Linguistics where he holds the academic title of Research Assistant Professor. Dr. Edmunds travels widely to represent UNM at local, national and international events and conferences as well as at foreign embassies, consulates and education centers. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and English with a minor in Biology from the University of Minnesota. From the University of New Mexico, he received his Masters in Linguistics and Doctorate in Linguistics with a Concentration in Speech & Hearing Sciences.
Bart Hill – International Education Advisor, Sr.
Bart started working at CELAC in Spring 2010 and graduated from UNM with an MA in Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies in Fall 2011. In 2014, he became the Education Specialist. While continuing to teach courses at CELAC, he transitioned to the role of Senior International Education Advisor in Spring 2019.
Bart’s involvement in teaching and advising English language learners began in 2000. While an undergraduate student at NMSU, Bart was a volunteer ESL tutor and an active member of Assembly of International Ambassadors, an organization that helped foreign exchange students to adjust to life in the United States. After graduating from NMSU, Bart taught EFL in Seoul, South Korea for over 3 years, working as a full-time instructor. At this institute, he taught several courses including Honors sections of Writing, Speaking, Grammar, Listening, Reading and Comprehension.
Bart lists reading and writing as his favorite hobbies. He also enjoys the outdoors, especially hiking. He spends his time being active in the community, volunteering and meeting new people whenever possible. He takes great pleasure in learning about diverse cultures and studying languages.
Jordan Minke – Office Assistant
Jordan began working at CELAC in Summer 2022 after receiving her undergraduate degree in Biology and Linguistics at UNM. Her role at CELAC includes clerical work, creating promotional materials, and providing general support to staff and students. She has participated in study abroad programs in China and South Korea, including a Mandarin immersion programed sponsored by the U.S. State Department and an English-teaching internship with college students from around the globe at Dankook University. Jordan has been involved with CELAC as a volunteer during her undergraduate career as well as with the Biology Undergraduate Society, The World Affairs Delegation (Model UN), and UNM Symphony on the viola.
Jordan is currently pursuing an MA in Linguistics through UNM’s shared credit program. After finishing in Spring 2023, she plans to teach English abroad and improve her language skills.