Foreign languages faculty

Tim Schlak, Ph.D.

Lecturer in English as a Second Language

Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
M.L.I.S., M.A., University of Pittsburgh
B.A., Wittenberg University



The Director and Archivist of Northwestern's Ramaker Library, Dr. Tim Schlak teaches ESL writing courses for the college's modern foreign languages department. Prior to completing his Ph.D. and Master's in Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh, he earned a Bachelor's degree in Russian Area Studies from Wittenberg University and a Master's degree in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of Pittsburgh. He speaks Bulgarian with near fluency and Russian with proficiency.


  • ESL Writing

    ESL Writing

    The study and practice of formal and informal modes of written communication accepted in American academic work. Intensive work will be done to develop fluency in writing and reading, expand vocabulary, diagnose and remediate grammatical deficiencies and train students to identify and correct their own mistakes.Prerequisite: this class is open only to ESL students with a concurrent enrollment in ESL201 or ESL251, or permission of instructor.(4 credits)

Professional experience

  • Teaching Fellow and Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Library and Information Sciences and Slavic Department, University of Pittsburgh
  • Program Associate, Russia Initiative: General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church, New York, New York