Margaret Coffey

Senior Associate Director for Special Programs & Senior Language Specialist
Primary office:
785-864-1307
Lippincott Hall
Room 204


  • M.Ed. TESOL, Boston University, 1981

Margaret Coffey received her M.Ed. degree in TESOL from Boston University. She develops, secures and implements short-term programs and grants for the Applied English Center, which results in an enrollment of approximately 150-200 students each calendar year. She oversees the AEC Short-term Programs Administrative Network; directs several short-term programs; and is the advisor for scholarship students from Indonesia, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Costa Rica, and for Fulbright graduate grantees admitted to the AEC. She hires pool lecturers; is the administrative resource for the AEC cross-counseling coordinator; assists the AEC director with program management and may serve as acting director in the director’s absence. She also serves on university committees as needed including the International Programs Associate Vice-Provost’s Costa Rican Collective and the KU Fulbright Scholarship Committee. Margaret makes numerous presentations to a wide variety of university departments and units on cross-cultural matters and represents the department in the community and in the field of teaching English as a second language.


Founded in 1964 as part of a Ford Foundation campus internationalization grant
One of the first 12 intensive English programs in the United States
The AEC comprises two units: the Intensive English Program (IEP) and Short-term Programs
Each semester, the AEC enrolls about 550 students representing more than 35 countries on six continents
The Applied English Center offers field trips and conversation groups to our students
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