Toby Brody: A Dynamic and Innovative Leader,
a Caring and Compassionate Colleague
is with heavy hearts that we bid adieu to Toby Brody, NC State
ESL Director for the past fourteen years. Though it is hard
to imagine ESL at NC State without her, we celebrate with her
as she embarks upon a new phase in her life.
Dr. Ruth Gross, head of the Department of Foreign Languages
and Literatures, states: "Under Toby's leadership NC State's
ESL program has achieved regional, national, and international
recognition and respect. She had a real vision for the program
which she has, in large part, built from the ground up. She
has been fantastic to work with, and I will miss her remarkable
energy and efficiency."
While all of her innovations and accomplishments during her
time at NC State are too numerous to mention here, they include:
creating and coordinating the highly successful ESL Symposium,
establishing the Academic English Program in the College of
Humanities and Social Sciences, directing the Summer Institute
in English and the ESL Teacher Licensure Program, establishing
the NC State TESOL Certificate Program, and creating and acting
as Editor-in chief of the ESL Globe.
Among the awards she has received are a $1.25 million Department
of Education Grant, Title VII, Bilingual Education: Training
for All Teachers Grant; and a Fulbright Scholar Faculty Award,
Technological University of Panama in Panama City.
Toby's reach has extended far beyond the confines of the campus
community. She has presented dozens of papers, workshops and
speeches for conferences and organizations around the country
and has rendered hours of valuable service as a member of various
committees. She was a regular columnist for the Carolina TESOL
Dr. Jeffrey Braden, Dean of the College of Humanities and Social
Sciences sums up her impact on the educational landscape thusly:
"Toby not only contributed to the Department of Foreign
Languages and Literatures; she had a profound impact on our
campus. Her leadership of the ESL teaching program is a model
for inter-college, inter-disciplinary education. Moreover, her
contributions to assessment of and curriculum for students from
other countries dramatically enhanced our university's ability
to realize its strategic goals in growing our international
student body, and for developing key global partnerships. In
short, her work was felt far beyond her department and our college,
and has enriched our international outreach and visibility."
is admired by many people, but her biggest fans are those of
us in the ESL section at NC State who worked with her on a daily
basis. She was always kind and caring, and her faith and trust
in our abilities and efforts empowered and inspired us to strive
for excellence in all of our endeavors. She encouraged innovation
and creativity and gave us the freedom to draw upon our diverse
individual skill sets to best serve our students. An added plus
was her sense of humor, friendliness and camaraderie.
a personal note, I would like to thank Toby for her support
and guidance over the years. I am most grateful that she gave
me the opportunity to teach a wide range of ESL courses and
to serve as editor of the ESL Globe. Both have been welcomed
challenges which contributed significantly to my professional
development. Toby always protested when I called her "boss."
Indeed, she was not a boss in the usual sense, but a mentor,
role model and friend to us all.
We will miss you, Toby.