Full-time Lecturer, IEP/ESL
Jeffrey Hobbie has taught ESL to students and business professionals in the Dallas area since 2005, including teaching at the University of Dallas, Dallas County Community College District, and Colin Country Community College District. He has been employed as a full-time Intensive English Program instructor at SMU since 2011.
Jeffrey holds a Master of Arts degree in New Testament Studies from Lincoln Christian University and a Master of Arts degree in Linguistics from the University of Texas at Arlington; he has subsequently completed course work toward a PhD in Linguistics.
Before coming to SMU, Jeffrey worked for 13 years in various countries in Africa, most notably Congo and Tanzania, but also Nigeria, Uganda, and Kenya. While in Africa, Jeffrey performed a phonological analysis toward the development of an Ileka Ishile alphabet, conducted 12 socio-linguistic surveys, participated in numerous community development projects, and taught adult education classes in Swahili for many years. He speaks fluent Swahili and has studied Hebrew, Greek, and Ileka Ishile, along with several other Bantu languages.