Penn State Penn State: College of the Liberal Arts
English for Professional Purposes Intercultural Center



As a research and service center in Penn State’s Department of Applied Linguistics, EPPIC benefits from a deep research base in the areas of:

  • Advanced proficiency language learning
  • Language for academic and professional purposes
  • Language-in-use (corpus linguistics, conversation analysis, discourse analysis)
  • Language teacher education 

The department has a thirty-five year history of successfully administering English language assessments and offering advanced language and culture instruction informed by the most recent research in the field of Applied Linguistics.  EPPIC team members are integrally involved in departmental research initiatives, and have extensive experience teaching spoken and written English for Specific Purposes (ESP) to diverse multilingual populations.


Meredith Doran

Director, EPPIC


Bob Persiko

Language Specialist


Rebecca Zoshak

Language Specialist

Graduate Students

Language Specialist