Alexander Nikolaou completed his Ph.D. in English - on a partial scholarship - and his MA in Applied Linguistics at the University of Birmingham, UK and also holds a B.A in English from the American College of Greece – Deree College. Dr. Nikolaou served as Coordinator of the M.A. in Applied linguistics, Chair of the Curriculum Committee, member of the IRB committee and Director of General Education. Prior to joining the University, he worked for many years as an EAP/ESP teacher at various private higher education institutions and also taught EFL both in Greece and the UK. He is an adjunct faculty member and teaches in the BAELL and MAAL programs.
His research interests lie in the area of attitudes and motivation in second language learning, linguistic landscapes and the discursive construction of identity, work that he has presented his work at international conferences in TESOL, Applied Linguistics, Pragmatics and Sociolinguistics.