Amy Sears Nichols

Director, Program Development & International Initiatives

Amy Sears Nichols has been working and teaching at the University of Pennsylvania since 2004. Her pedagogical expertise includes developing, designing and delivering academic English programs for a variety of audiences including high school graduates, university students and corporate executives. Amy’s practical expertise resides in using interactive, diagnostic feedback and coaching to help individuals develop clear, persuasive and effective communication skills in both speaking and writing.

Amy has facilitated college-level math and science classes for high school graduates; designed and delivered business English courses to adults of all ages for the English Language Programs; taught Advanced Persuasive Speaking, a core requirement for Wharton MBAs; and, coached corporate executives enrolled in Wharton Executive Education programs. More recently, Amy was the lead designer and co-teacher for English for Business and Entrepreneurship, a University of Pennsylvania Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) developed in cooperation with the US Department of State and Coursera.

Amy has a BA in English and Anthropology from Duke University, an MBA from Georgetown University and an MSEd in TESOL from the University of Pennsylvania. Before pursuing her MSEd at the University of Pennsylvania, Amy lived in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, where she taught English in a program financed by the International Monetary Fund. She also worked as a teaching assistant for Competitive Strategy at the Wharton School, as a consultant for a software company and as a manager for GE Capital Corporation.