Karen Marsh Schaeffer portrait
  • Director, English for Academic Success, Linguistics
  • Interim Director of Utah Global Faculty, Undergraduate Studies


  • , BA Linguistics, University of Utah


Karen Marsh Schaeffer received her BA and MA from the University of Utah in Linguistics: thesis titled ‘the Impact of Parent ESL Classes on Children’s School Performance and Parent-School Interactions’.  As the EAS Program Supervisor and an Associate Instructor in the Linguistics Department at the University of Utah, she is responsible for curriculum development, instructor training, course design, and program administration.  Karen has taught ESL and EFL at multiple levels from preliterate refugees to graduate students and is currently an English Language Specialist with the US Department of State. Research Interests include: minority language issues in education, second language acquisition, second language teacher training, and cross cultural communication.