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Dean, Division of English/World Languages

Jean Svacina

 Jean Svacina

Office: DH - 238
Phone: 443-518-4410

Dr. Jean Svacina, Dean of the Division of English and World Languages and Professor of ESL, is committed to excellence in teaching and service in leadership.  As an instructor, Jean is passionate about her teaching and values the insights and determination of her ESL students; she believes she learns as much from them as she hopes they do from her.  In recognition of her efforts, Jean has been cited as an “Outstanding Faculty Member” for her division and was also selected as the college’s “Outstanding Faculty of the Year.”   She received additional attention from the Chamber of Commerce as one of seven excellent educators in Howard County.

 In addition to her teaching, Jean has dedicated herself to many initiatives including heading up the “Globalizing the Curriculum” effort which focuses on developing the global competency skills of students and faculty; participating in global projects and committee work; and presenting at numerous national conferences.  Jean is a co-founder of the English Language Institute, an intensive language program that was created in collaboration with the non-credit ESL program at HCC.  Jean and her colleagues were recognized for their efforts with this Institute and were announced winners of a TYCA (Two-Year College Association) award given in the category of “Reaching Across Borders.” 

In addition to her role as Division Dean, Jean presents frequently on leadership topics both locally and nationally.  She completed the Global Leadership Academy (The Netherlands), a year-long international program that explores the many facets of both national and global transformational leadership and the Advanced Leadership Program.  With the International Chair Academy, Jean also serves as a leadership development facilitator. 

Dr. Svacina’s other interests include her participation in the Global Faculty Learning Community which created the Global Distinction program.  This program was awarded the Andrew Heiskell International award for best practice in global program development.  In 2012-2013 Jean spearheaded the creation and implementation of the Maryland Institute for Leadership in Higher Education (MILHE), a state-wide leadership development program facilitated by the Chair Academy.  MILHE is now being offered yearly.


  • Ph.D. – University of Illinois (Second Language Acquisition)
  • M.A. – University of Illinois (ESL)
  • B.A. – University of Wisconsin (Language)

Selected Presentations

  • Finding Balance: A Leader’s Guide to Creating Balance in Daily Life. The Academy International Leadership Conference. St. Louis, 2014, Phoenix, 2013 and Atlanta, 2012.
  • Counting on Global Citizens: A Student Pathway to Global Competence. Maryland Academic Leadership Conference. Baltimore, MD. May, 2010.
  • Globalizing Curriculum: Moving Beyond a Globalized Campus. The Maryland Community Colleges. International Education Consortium. April, 2010.
  • A Global Education Credential: Addressing the Global Competency Need of Students in Higher Education. The International Academy for Leadership Development. Minneapolis, March, 2010.
  • Hot, Flat, and in Hard Times: Global Citizens in a Changing World. International Leadership Conference. Nashville, March, 2009.
  • Technology and Pedagogy within the World Languages and ESL Programs. . Invited presenter to the Vice Presidents of Information Technology in Maryland Community Colleges. Annapolis, Oct, 2008.
  • Two Way Street: Creating a Support System for our International Faculty AND Developing World English Listening Skills in Our Students. Tucson, April, 2006.
  • The English Language Institute: Dealing with the Growing Demand for Language Competence. Community College International Development (CCID) conference. Orlando. Feb, 2004.


  • Vistas:  An Interactive Course in English.  Contributing writer in a series of six textbooks and accompanying workbooks for beginning to advanced ESL students. Included teachers' manuals.  Prentice-Hall., 1992.