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About: Management Board

Ben Knight: Executive Director

Ben KnightBen Knight is Director of Language Research and Consultancy at Cambridge University Press.  His key interest is to develop the way CUP invests in research to improve the effectiveness of its learning materials, curriculum development and teacher support.  He also works closely with Cambridge English Language Assessment to enable the two university departments to offer an integrated service to teachers and organisations around the world involved in educational reform.  

Shannon Olson: Chief Operating Officer

Shannon OlsonShannon Olson manages curriculum, assessment, and research for Laureate Languages. She earned a B.S. from Loyola University Chicago and an M.A.T. from the School for International Training (SIT Graduate Institute). Her focus is on the development and effectiveness of traditional, blended, and fully online language programs at postsecondary institutions. She is also interested in corpus linguistics.

Delia Kidd: Research Officer

Delia Kidd

Delia Kidd is a Senior ELT Research Manager at Cambridge University Press. She manages research projects relating to second language teaching and learning. She has a background in editorial for primary and secondary materials, as well as several years as a primary and EFL teacher and materials developer in multiple countries including South Africa, South Korea, Italy and the UK.

Jane Seely: Assistant Coordinator

Jane Seely is a Teaching Assistant in Linguistics and TESOL at the University of Limerick, Ireland. She has been working in English Language Teaching since 2010 as a teacher, manager and researcher and has just completed a PhD in Applied Linguistic on the subject of Teacher Classroom Discourse. Her primary research interests are in teacher management of learner errors, and teacher approaches to positive feedback.