Steven Iams

Steven Iams

Steve Iams is a Lecturer in the English for Academic Purposes Program at NYU Shanghai. Iams has over twenty years of experience as a language teacher and teacher trainer in the US, Korea, China, Nepal, and Japan. Prior to joining NYU Shanghai, he was an assistant professor in the MA-TESOL program at the School for International Training in Vermont and a faculty lecturer at Ewha Womans University in Seoul. His teaching emphasizes student engagement with contemporary issues such as global health and language diversity, both of which were central to his early professional experiences as a US Peace Corps volunteer in Kathmandu, Nepal and Sichuan, China. 

At NYU Shanghai, he teaches courses in the English for Academic Purposes program and in partnership with the office of Community Engaged Learning, which blend thematic areas of service-learning and applied linguistics. His course titled "The Greater Good" invites NYU Shanghai students to explore the tension and alignment between individual actions, the public good, and global health. 

As a teacher trainer, 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.  An active presenter at international and regional conferences, his talks have explored students as linguistic anthropologists; the role of storytelling in English language teaching; language corpora as sites of student inquiry, and; designing content-based courses. 

His dissertation research examines how faculty are experiencing and adapting to this era of rapid campus internationalization.



    School for International Training

Research Interests

  • Applied Linguistics
  • Language Socialization
  • Narrative Inquiry
  • Campus Internationalization 

Courses Taught

  • English for Academic Purposes: The Greater Good