Laurie Stankavich

Assistant Professor of English

Office: Brock Hall 3127
Phone: 423.236.2693


BS, Andrews University
MA, University of Texas, Arlington


Laurie Stankavich remembers chatting with international students on the registration line at Andrews University in college and thinking, "I'd really enjoy working with foreigners." Since then she has been pleased and delighted that God has used her fascination with people from other countries and her interest in foreign languages to shape a career that has taken her to four US states and four foreign countries.

Stankavich went to Taiwan as a student missionary while still studying at Andrews, and returned for a second year after graduating with her BS in journalism. She learned to love the Chinese people, culture, and language while in Taiwan. Later, after graduating with a Master's degree in linguistics from the University of Texas at Arlington, Stankavich went to Sichuan, China to teach English at a technical university. She spent three years in China, two of them in the far western region of Xinjiang where she had a chance to make friends with Mongolians, Kazakhs, and Uighurs, descendants of the nomads of the Silk Road.

Later she worked at the la Universidad Adventista de Centroamerica in Costa Rica where she enjoyed leading the English department, learning Spanish, and visiting beaches. From there, she returned to Taiwan to be the director of the SDA language school and later one of the developers of an international secondary school in Taipei. After coming back to the United States, she spent three years teaching English and Spanish at Union Springs Academy in upstate New York before coming to Southern.

Stankavich is excited to be at Southern working with both foreign students and native speakers. She looks forward to helping her students develop their abilities in English, but more importantly prays that her students develop a passion for serving God and others with all the talents that God has given them.