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Steph Mielcarek


Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs


Building & Room:

Addams Hall, Room 105


830 S. Halsted St.

Office Phone:


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I was born and raised in Chicago, and have lived here for nearly my whole life. I love introducing my students to new restaurants and experiences in neighborhoods all around the city. One of my favorite parts of teaching is learning about my students' interests and cultural backgrounds.

I've been teaching at UIC since 2015. Prior to that, I worked as a tutor, a Polish teacher, and an EFL teacher in China. In my free time, you can find me bowling, bicycling, trying a new dish, or reading a good book.

Selected Publications

Integrated Skills: Academic Writing with Sources (co-authored with Becky Bonarek and Trischa Duke) (2021)


M.A. in Applied Linguistics/TESOL, UIC
M.A. in Slavic Languages and Literatures, The University of Chicago

Professional Memberships

TESOL International
Illinois TESOL/Bilingual English (ITBE)

Selected Presentations

  • Justice for All: Centering Sustainability in an EAP Curriculum (2022)
  • "But I'm Not ESL": Understanding and Respecting Identities While Addressing the Unique Needs of University Pathway Students (co-presenter) (2019)
  • Bridging the Gap to Comprehension: Virtual Reading Groups with Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, Google Hangouts, and Zoom (co-presenter) (2019)