English Language Institute

Center for International Education

Jan Hitt Retiring

Jan HittJan Hitt, ELI’s long-time Assistant Director, will retire on September 30. She first came to the Institute in 1982 from UT Martin to serve as ELI’s Academic Coordinator. She was ELI’s Acting Director in 2002.

During her tenure at ELI, she has at times been responsible for virtually every administrative and instructional role at the Institute, including teaching, managing budget and payroll, hiring staff, ordering textbooks, recruiting students, and budget oversight. As ELI’s Assistant Director she was involved in the implementation of new technologies, including personal computing, E-mail, SEVIS, and many other tech developments. She has expertise in marketing, desktop publishing, event management, catering, and gardening.

Ms. Hitt holds a Bachelor’s degree from UT-Martin and a Masters in Higher Education Administration from UTK.  Her retirement plans include gardening, kayaking, assisting people in need through various local ministries, traveling, and serving her local church and denomination.


Remembering Dr. Anthony Moses

tonyDr. Anthony (Tony) Moses, a long-time faculty member at the English Language Institute (ELI), passed away on September 2, 2015. He was originally from Magnolia, Arkansas, and received a Bachelor’s degree from Southern Arkansas University and Master’s from Arkansas State University. He lived and worked in Knoxville since he came to UT for graduate study, earning his Ph.D. in English in 1983. His scholarly interests included medieval literature and history, and he was an avid scholar, reader, and writer.

During his time at UT, Moses taught courses in medieval studies, and he had taught at ELI since 1985. He was a long-time resident of Fort Sanders. His love of the outdoors was expressed in the many trips on which he led international students to the Great Smoky Mountains, and the care with which he helped his students become better writers, readers, and speakers of English.

Celebrate the Life of Tony Moses

A service of remembrance of the life of Dr. Tony Moses will be held at 5PM, Friday, September 11, at the Toyota Auditorium, Howard Baker Center on campus.

Donation Information

As a way of expressing thanks for the life of Dr. Tony Moses, ELI will create a special UT fund to assist students who have emergencies or special financial needs.

If you would like to give to this fund, you can see a member of the ELI office staff, or you can donate by clicking on this link.

Be sure to write TONY MOSES in the area that says GIVE IN HONOR OR MEMORY OF.



Welcome teaching associate Anthony Schmidt to the ELI family!

anthony schmidtAnthony Schmidt, a teaching associate, is the newest member of the ELI family. Beginning in 2007, he taught EFL to middle school students in Busan, South Korea and Osaka, Japan. In 2012, he began teaching EFL at a major national university in Busan, South Korea. In 2014, Anthony returned to the States to join the ELI. He holds a Master’s degree in Language Education/TESOL from Indiana University. He has interests in second language acquisition, applied linguistics, and technology. We all welcome him to ELI!

NEST Students Arrive at ELI

1409783850140Nine world-class athletes from Korea arrived on campus Tuesday to participate in a project called the Global Sports Leadership Program–a partnership between UT’s Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sports Studies (KRSS) and South Korea’s Next Generation of Sports Talent (NEST). The athletes will be at UT through February. While on campus they will take classes at the English Language Institute (ELI) and participate in seminars and field trips related to sports studies offered through KRSS.

The project, funded by NEST, assists the participants in their life transition from full-time athletes to career professionals and administrators. This is the seventh year UT has hosted the program.

This year’s participants include 3 men and 6 women. A tenth participant is still in Korea awaiting visa issuance. The sports represented among the group are soccer, table tennis, basketball and baseball.

ELI Hosts 19 Students from Shanghai University of Sport (SUS)

ELI and UTK’s Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sports Studies (KRSS) are hosting 19 undergraduate students and one staff member from Shanghai University of Sport (SUS).

The students have intensive English instruction for 4 hours per day. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the KRSS Department offers classes toward a “Sport Studies Certificate.”

The group from SUS arrived in Knoxville on July 6. The group returns to China on August 2.


Contribute to big ideas. Give to ELI Scholarship in Memory of Dr. Moses.

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