In 2021, Georgia State will offer the following courses (note: not all students take all classes). Students will take one English course and one field specific course. Students with high English proficiency may take two field specific courses.

Academic English

Academic English is designed to improve students' academic English skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking, and critical thinking). Learning experiences occur not only in the classroom, but also on campus and at local sites (such as museums), allowing students to use their English skills in interactive, interesting ways. We offer multiple sections, depending on language proficiency.

Course syllabus is available here.

Instructor: Dr. Don Gammill


Dr. Don Gammill

Dr. Don Gammill has worked in the Department of English at Georgia State University for the past seven years, teaching a variety of courses, including English Composition, Introduction to Rhetoric & Composition, Business Writing, and Editing for Publication. He has also completed scholarly work involving publications and conference presentations related to archival inquiries into religious rhetoric and public morality, and he has explored the rhetorical dynamics involved in the process of revising and editing. Dr. Gammill is interested in how people interact with and shape existing texts, and he strives to gain an ever-clearer picture of how to help students approach this vastly important work. Dr. Gammill is an Atlanta native who lives just outside the city with his wife, Becky, their three-year-old daughter, Clara, and their fifteen-year-old dog, Dallas.

English for Health Sciences

This section of AL 2290 is a special topics course focusing on academic English for health sciences. Academic English for Health Sciences is designed to improve students’ academic English communication and critical thinking skills in a health science context. Students participate in discussions and presentations on health-related topics to help them effectively and confidently communicate. Students learn how to develop and appropriately use academic and general health science vocabulary. In addition, students analyze and write common academic genres in health science fields (such as summaries, reflections, and opinion editorials), with a focus on organization and development, writing style, sentence structure, and grammar. Communication topics to be explored include effective intercultural communication skills and the psychosocial aspects of communication.

Students enrolled in Academic English for Health Sciences must also be enrolled in the Summer Institute’s Chemistry, Biology, or Communication and Communication Diversity in Health Care System course.

Course syllabus is available here.

Instructor: Ms. Sharon Cavusgil


Ms. Sharon Cavusgil

Ms. Sharon Cavusgil is a senior lecturer in the Department of Applied Linguistics & ESL at Georgia State University, where she has taught since 1993. She is co/author of several ESL textbooks, including College Writing 4 and Looking Ahead: Introduction to Academic Writing, and is currently writing a biography of a friend who grew up under Apartheid in South Africa. She has designed and taught courses for students studying various disciplines, including business and health sciences. In addition to her teaching and writing activities, she is involved in program and curriculum design and enjoys creating opportunities to help students develop their English language and intercultural competence.


Legal English 

Legal English is offered for students enrolled in Introduction to US Law. Through a variety of activities, students read, analyze, and take notes about different legal texts (cases, articles, law school textbooks). They also participate in conversations and discussions that allow them to use legal vocabulary and structures appropriately. In addition, students learn about US legal culture. (Morning session is available.)


Ms. Diana Coetzee

Ms. Diana Coetzee teaches Legal English to international LL.M. students at Georgia State University’s College of Law. As a Legal English instructor, Professor Coetzee is responsible for designing and implementing a corpus-based curriculum that prepares foreign-trained lawyers to sit for the Georgia-Bar exam. Additionally, Professor Coetzee teaches English for Academic Purposes at Brenau University’s Intensive English Program, ON Language. Previously, she taught English as a Second Language in Thailand, Turkey, and Slovakia. In addition to teaching English, Professor Coetzee taught Social Problems and spearheaded the implementation of a campus-wide, interdisciplinary service-learning program at Tillamook Bay Community College in Oregon. Professor Coetzee holds an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Georgia State University, a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, and a minor in Italian from Florida Atlantic University. Professor Coetzee's academic interests are focused on research topics related to Corpus Linguistics, Legal English, and Academic English.

Course syllabus is available here.

The purpose of this course is to increase awareness of diverse cultures in the framework of intercultural communication skills. Students will enhance their knowledge of culture and assess its impact on intercultural communication. Topics related to culture and communication will be explored from a global perspective with a focus on cultural competency and service delivery to diverse groups. Students will also observe the communication styles in health professionals in the US. Students will have first-hand experience visiting the CDC museum and hospitals.


Prof. Yuping Chen

Dr. Yuping Chen

Dr. Yuping Chen joined the Department of Physical Therapy in the College of Health and Human Sciences (renamed to the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions) at Georgia State University in August 2009. She was appointed as a tenure-track Assistant Professor and promoted to Associate Professor in August 2015. She is a pediatric physical therapist by training, whose primary research interests are in determining the effectiveness of novel physical therapy interventions (virtual reality gaming and robotic therapy) in improving arm function in children with developmental disabilities. The target populations she studies now are children with cerebral palsy and infants at high risk of developing cerebral palsy (i.e., infants born prematurely). Recently she expanded her research to examine if parental stress, fatigue, and depressive symptoms influence children’s improvement in physical function to further use family as a unit to provide interventions to improve quality of life for both parents and children with developmental disability.  (Afternoon session is available.)

Course syllabus is available here.

The world's economies have become much more integrated over time. Global Economics is designed to introduce students to basic facts about the operation of the world economy, with particular focus on current issues confronting economies of various countries. The course will discuss the role of international organizations such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, and will focus on major challenges facing policy makers.It should be noted, however, that this course is designed for the economics novice. As such, much time will be spent investigating some basic economic tools and terminology before moving on to discussions concerning the global economy.

Dr. Glenwood Ross

Dr. Glenwood Ross is a Clinical Associate Professor of Economics and Co-Director of the Economic Studies in South Africa Program at Georgia State University. He joined GSU in 2009 after twelve years at Morehouse College in Atlanta. He has a BA in economics from Morehouse College, an MA in Economics from Wayne State University, an MA in International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a PhD in Economics from GSU. Dr. Ross specializes in undergraduate economics education. His research interest focuses on urban economics, economic development, and economic pedagogy. He is currently working on papers that investigate low-income housing tax credits and affordable housing.

Course syllabus is available here.


This course focuses on improving the public presentations necessary in almost every contemporary profession: sales or proposal presentations, lectures, political speeches, presentations at company meetings or academic conferences, or presentations to clients. This course will emphasize skills required for developing effective presentation content, including data gathering and evaluation, structure, and logic. These skills are important, whatever language is being used in the presentation, but because this course is designed for non-native speakers of English, there will be special emphasis on delivery skills focusing on English pronunciation and English idioms. This course is ideal for any student in any major.

Course syllabus available here.

Dr. S. Lizabeth Martin

S. Lizabeth Martin is a visiting faculty in the Department of Communications at Georgia State University. Prior to Atlanta, the Florida native spent almost 20 years in various positions at Florida's colleges & universities. Most notably, she spent 11 years with Palm Beach State College as a tenured faculty member and student newspaper adviser. Ms. Martin hosts a podcast on diversity, inclusivity, and cultural responsive pedagogy. In addition, she is the former president for the Florida College System Publications Association. Her Bachelor's (Florida State University) and Master's degrees (University of West Florida) are in Communications.



This course introduces students to the field of Arts Administration and Cultural Institutions. Field trips to different cultural institutions will enable students to learn about professional and vocational opportunities within the context of museums. Students will be introduced to a variety of learning, teaching, and administration theories for a museum career path. Students will have first-hand experience visiting several types of cultural institutions, such as World of Coca-Cola, Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta Zoo, Paper Museum, Center for Puppetry Arts, the Fox Theater, the High Museum of Art, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Stone Mountain, or Atlanta Historical Center. This course focuses on the combination of theory and practice.  (Afternoon session is available.)

Dr. Kevin Hsieh

Dr. Kevin Hsieh joined the Art Education team at Georgia State University in 2008. Before he joined the Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design at GSU, Dr. Hsieh worked as a research assistant under the Department of Eastern Asian Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2006. He taught art at the Si-Wei Elementary School for six years in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan. His research and teaching interests include interdisciplinary art education, Chinese art history (Northern Song Dynasty landscape painting), museum education, art administration, and instructional technology in art education. His works are shown both nationally and internationally. Dr. Hsieh received his Ph.D. in art education from Pennsylvania State University in 2008, MFA in art history and BA in visual art education from the National Ping-Tung University of Education in Taiwan.

Course syllabus is available here.

The purpose of this course is to provide students with a hands-on appreciation of some of the latest, cutting edge technology that is used in Molecular Biological Research laboratories today. Students will isolate and purify DNA, RNA and protein samples from different cells and then see how each of these critical components of living cells can be analyzed to create a series of “snap-shots” that allow us to see how cells work at the molecular level.(Afternoon and Morning sessions are available)

Course schedule is available here and the full syllabus is available here.

Dr. John Houghton

Dr. John Houghton

Dr. John Houghton is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at Georgia State University. He is also Director of the Applied Biotechnology Core Facilities at GSU and for the last, 10 years or more has overseen the operation and maintenance of much of the sophisticated technology used in the various departments that make up the Life Sciences in the University. His research revolves around understanding the mechanisms that trigger cells to commit a form of programmed cellular suicide (apoptosis) in response to a number of environmental insults.

This three-credit-hour course introduces undergraduate students to the legal system and the fundamental concepts of law in the United States. The course includes an overview of the U.S. legal system including an introduction to the study of law from a U.S. perspective, sources of law including the role of common law in the U.S., classifications of law, the U.S. court system and the role of judges within it, civil litigation, and alternative dispute resolution. Substantive and procedural subjects include constitutional law, torts, contracts, property and estate law, laws affecting business, family law and criminal law. Students will be exposed firsthand to the U.S. law-making process, criminal and civil processes through field trips.  (Afternoon session is available.)

The course syllabus is available here.

 Tami Wells Thomas

Tami Wells Thomas

Tami Wells Thomas is an adjunct professor of the Legal and Ethical Environment of Business and Introduction to Criminal Justice at Perimeter College of Georgia State University. She received her B.A., from Denison University and her J.D, from University of Tennessee College of Law, where she completed a semester abroad in Cape Town South Africa. She also served as a community clinic legal volunteer and interned with the Tennessee Legal Aid Society. After law school, Thomas has worked for over 20 years in a Bankruptcy and Insolvency Practice in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Northern District and in the Middle District of GA. Thomas has been published in the American Bankruptcy Institute. Thomas is also a registered civil mediator in Georgia and has worked as a Guardian Ad Litem in domestic and probate matters. However, what Mrs Wells Thomas loves most is teaching.
Thomas is a member of the Georgia Bar Association; she is also an active member of several philanthropic educational societies and has received an award for her community service.

This course is designed to introduce international students to various chemistry projects including stereoisomerism, natural product extraction, simple distillation, recrystallization, and techniques and tools that are fundamental in chemistry labs. Students will learn how to identify chemical structure characteristics by using IR, melting point apparatuses and literature search. Students will learn chemistry lab techniques and gain hands-on lab experience, as well as learn to comply with lab safety protocols. Students will also gain the experience of an oral presentation on lab techniques learned through the course and how to conduct a chemical structure literature search. (the Morning session is available.)

The course syllabus is available here.


 Dr. Maged Henary

Dr. Maged Henary

Professor Maged Henary was born in Alexandria, Egypt and received his Bachelors of Science degree from Alexandria University, his Masters of Science in organic chemistry from Cairo University, and his PhD in organic chemistry from Georgia State University. Early in his career, he worked as a postdoctoral research associate at Georgia Institute of Technology on the development of fluorescent sensors for imaging microscopy of labile zinc and copper pools in live cells. As a visiting lecturer in the Department of Chemistry at Georgia State University, he instructed undergraduate organic chemistry classes and labs. In 2018, he was promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure at Georgia State University.

Since his appointment, Dr Henary has initiated multiple projects and collaborations. His research focuses on the development of new heterocyclic compounds as anticancer agents, including different classes of fluorescent near-infrared dyes with various substituents including fluorine atoms for bio-analytical and diagnostic applications. Professor Henary has published over 90 peer-reviewed articles in respected scientific journals and holds five patents to develop the near-infrared technology for various applications.

Dr Jianmei Cui

Dr Jianmei Cui is a Senior Academic Professional in the Department of Chemistry at Georgia State University. She teaches organic chemistry lab courses and an undergraduate research course, manages the organic chemistry instructional facilities, and serves as the course coordinator for Chem2100/3100. She has over 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and medicinal/Organic chemistry field and has published many papers in respected journals such as ChemMedChem, Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry, and Molecules. She has also received a US patent for her work with antibiotic development. Recently, she is working to establish a collaboration effort with universities in China to foster long-term international relationships between colleges. Additionally, she serves as a peer-reviewer for Heterocyclic Communications and Medicinal Research Reviews and works to promote chemistry and science in the community through various volunteer efforts. She teaches with great enthusiasm to help foster her students’ success.

Under what circumstances do we learn best? What are the environments where students learn the most? Science of Learning explores how we learn, study, and teach to our fullest potential. In the class, Excel at all types of academic challenges through learning effective models and strategies based on scientific research. Join us and discover fascinating theories and research that support effective learning strategies! Science of learning is offered by the College of Education and Human Development at the Summer Institute.


 Dr. Nannette Commander

Dr Nannette Commander

Dr Nannette Commander 
Nannette Commander is Professor Emerita of Educational Psychology and Virtual Exchange Coordinator in the Office of International Initiatives at Georgia State University. Her primary research areas are learning and cognition, cross-cultural learning, reading comprehension, and academic success in higher education. Her most recent work includes fostering cross-cultural competency through technology that allows students to work collaboratively with their peers at international universities. She has published numerous articles in respected journals, including Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, Journal of Reading, Journal of College Student Retention, Journal of College Literacy & Learning, Contemporary Educational Psychology, and Journal of Developmental Education. Additionally, she has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses, including The Science of Learning, Exploring Learning and Teaching, The Psychology of Learning and the Learner, Psychology of Instruction, Professional Development Seminar, and Facilitating College Teaching. Dr Commander also served as Assistant Vice President of Recruitment and Retention and other administrative roles creating and implementing programs to foster college students' academic success.

The course syllabus is available here.

*Courses subject to change based on availability and enrollment.

* Every effort will be made to place students in their first  course choice.

For questions about course content or availability, please contact the Office of International Initiatives at or (404) 413-2530.