Steven Iams

Steven Iams
Co-Area Head of English for Academic Purposes, Senior Lecturer

Steve Iams is a Senior Lecturer and serves as Co-Area Head in the English for Academic Purposes program at NYU Shanghai. Prior to joining NYU Shanghai, he was an assistant professor in the MA-TESOL program at the School for International Training. He holds a PhD in Foreign, Second and Multilingual Language Education from Ohio State University.

At NYU Shanghai, his EAP and Dean’s Service Scholars courses explore and problematize issues in global health, migration, service-learning and applied linguistics. As a teacher trainer, Prof. Iams has mentored teachers in a variety of contexts around the world: higher education, private language schools, K-12 settings, and refugee resettlement centers throughout New England.  

His research examines faculty narratives of experience and adaptation in an era of rapid change in higher education.


  • PhD, Foreign, Second and Multilingual Language Education
    Ohio State University
    School for International Training

Research Interests

  • Narrative Inquiry
  • Language Socialization
  • Campus Internationalization 

Courses Taught

  • English for Academic Purposes: The Greater Good, On the Border
  • Dean’s Service Scholars Program: Language and Power