Kate O'Connor is Assistant Dean for Professional Development in the Rossier School of Education. She has been teaching in international programs across five colleges at USC since 1993 and has served as Director of the USC Language Academy Intensive English Program, Executive Director for the Office of Professional Development and Assistant Dean for Partnerships. She has an M.A. in Comparative Literature, an M.F.A. in Professional Writing, and did her doctoral course work in Psychology of Education at UCLA with an emphasis in second language acquisition. She holds community college credentials in language arts and ESL, and served as President, Vice President and Past President of the national consortium of Intensive English Programs, UCIEP, from 2008-2011.