Nancy Sell

Office: ESL Institute, Hamilton Smith Hall Rm 149B, Durham, NH 03824
Nancy Sell

Before landing at UNH in 2005, Nancy Sell taught English as a Second (or Foreign) Language in many different places and situations. Her first teaching job was as an inexperienced former Peace Corps volunteer in Niger, West Africa. After a year in China, followed by an M.A. in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), and five years in Saudi Arabia, Sell found herself in another foreign land—New Hampshire! Even in this area, Sell has taught at a variety of institutions, ranging from the New Hampshire State Prison to Harvard University. Having settled here at UNH, Sell still feels that by teaching ESL, she can travel without ever leaving the classroom, and that her students often teach her more than she teaches them.


  • M.A., Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Eastern Michigan Univ
  • M.P.H., University of New Hampshire
  • B.A., Communications, Michigan State University

Research Interests

  • ESL instruction

Courses Taught

  • ESL 420: Intermediate Reading & Writing
  • ESL 430: Adv Reading, Writing, Grammar
  • ESL 431: Adv Listening and Speaking
  • ESL 450: Academic English for ESL