Before starting at TUM Language Center in 2015, Aparna Bhar taught at various universities including Universities of Bayreuth and Trier. She holds degrees in Zoology, Literature (German and Anglophone), Media and Cultural Studies and incorporates this extensive experience of academia in her teaching of English for Academic Purposes. Her current focus is on developing teaching materials suited to international learners, as she coordinates the Gateway to English Master’s program at the TUM.
Jena Balton-Stier is a native of Memphis, TN. Post her graduate studies in Chicago, Jena relocated to Germany in 2009 and began teaching at many of the Bavarian Universities alongside working as a freelance editor and guide for creative industries. In 2014, she started to teach at TUM, joining the English team permanently in 2019.
Ross began teaching English in 2005, while working as a British Council language assistant in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. Since 2007 he has lived and worked in Munich and has taught technical English, business English, academic English, and preparation courses for Cambridge, TOEFL, and TOEIC exams. At TUM Ross teaches a variety of classes and is responsible for field-specific Gateway to English Master’s programmes including English for Environmental Engineering, English for Civil Engineering, and English for Geodesy.
Before retraining in language teaching, Kate studied, qualified and worked as an architect in the UK, Singapore and Germany. She joined the TUM Language Center in 2011 and focuses on vocational English for architecture and landscape, English coaching and DAAD testing.
Elizabeth has worked at the TUM Language Center since 1997. Her professional background covers 2 decades of teaching Scientific, Technical and Business English courses at Higher Education institutions both in Spain and Germany and exam preparation courses (IELTS, TOEFL, FCE, CAE). She was involved in the first English coaching program for professors at the Forestry Department in Weihenstephan in 2008, and since April 2011 has been a member of the TUM Coaching Team based at the Center of Life Sciences Weihenstephan (WZW) and at the English Writing Center in Munich.
Karl has worked at the TUM Sprachenzentrum since 2010. His academic background is in philosophy and applied linguistics. He has lived and worked in various countries specializing in English for Academic Purposes since 1993. He currently teaches academic writing, pronunciation, and intercultural communication as well as coordinating delivery of the English Coaching Program at TUM.
Rose joined the TUM Language Center in 2013. She has worked as a business journalist for more than a decade, including as a reporter and editor for the Financial Times in London and New York, and continues to publish in the FT, the Wall Street Journal and elsewhere. Alongside journalism and language tutoring, she teaches a business English course on TUM's Garching campus. Her degree is in comparative literature and she earned her CELTA certificate in Munich in 2013.
Natasha was born and raised in South Africa and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and linguistics from the University of South Africa while working as a teacher of English as a foreign language in language schools in Cape Town. Through her studies and experience teaching international students, she discovered her passion for language learning and teaching, leading her to pursue a master’s degree in Research on Teaching and Learning at the TUM School of Education. Since completing the master’s degree, she has continued to work at the TUM Sprachenzentrum and Hochschule München as an English instructor, with a focus on grammar, academic, and technical writing.
Keith joined the TUM Language Center in 2016. His academic background is in Political Science, History, and, more recently, Sustainable Resource Management. He has lived and taught in various countries specializing in History and English as a Foreign Language since 2010. He now works primarily at the English Writing Center, where he enjoys advising students on how to improve their writing.
Jennifer Dozier Ritter started teaching English after she relocated to Germany in 2006. While earning her graduate degree in Communication at Illinois State University, she started teaching Communication courses at Illinois State University. After graduate school, she returned to Germany and taught English language courses at the University of Regensburg in addition to teaching freelance communication courses and professional training and coaching. In 2015 she moved from the University of Regensburg to the Straubing Center of Science, which became the TUM Campus Straubing. She worked as a freelance instructor until October 2020 when she started her current position. She teaches a variety of courses and coordinates the language courses for the Straubing campus.
Tina joined the TUM Language Center in 2010. Her English degrees are in comparative literature. She earned her Bachelor's degree at Northern Michigan University in 1989 and her Master's at the University of Texas at Arlington in 1991, and worked on her PhD at Southern Illinois University until 1994. She has taught Academic English in the United States, Canada, Germany, and Dubai. She has contributed to Countryside magazine and won the A Woman's Write Award in the category "Work in Progress" in 2008.
Maddy started teaching English in 1998, when she was in the Japan Education and Teaching Programme in Nagano, Japan. After earning degrees in Japanese literature and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, she worked with low-income students in the Brooklyn Public Schools. She been living and teaching business English in the Munich area since 2011, and has been part of the Language Center team since 2015, leading medical English courses at KRI and working in the English Writing Center.
Stephen has taught business English at companies around Munich since 2001 and joined TUM in 2011. With a doctorate in English Language and Literature / Cultural Studies, he is interested in science and technology, architecture and urban planning, ancient and modern rhetoric, and more. At TUM he has particularly specialized in writing – essays, theses and dissertations (School of Management, Mathematics, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering and others) – and in business English for engineers.