Meet the Faculty

Dr. Mary-Ann Stadtler-Chester

Program Coordinator; Professor

BA, Manhattanville College; MA, University of Chicago; PhD, University of Paris – Sorbonne


Dr. Mary-Ann Stadtler-Chester is a Full Professor at Framingham State University in World Languages and Education.  She has been honored this year with the Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching at FSU.

She earned her PhD in Medieval French at the Sorbonne in Paris. She began teaching French and training language teachers at Harvard University where she taught from 1980-1986. While at Harvard she decided to study Chinese because she was fascinated by the language.

She then taught at Simmons College for 6 years, and chaired the Modern Language Department at Emmanuel College from 1996-2000.  In the fall of 2000, she joined the faculty at Framingham State University where she teaches French and Mandarin Chinese, trains language teachers, and teaches in the graduate Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) program.  She initiated the Mandarin Chinese program in January 2007, and has been teaching first year Mandarin Chinese ever since.  She has taught in the FSU International Education Program for 22 years, training teachers in Europe, Asia, South America, and the Middle East.

In the summer of 2013, Dr. Stadtler-Chester was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study history, geography, and traditional arts in Xian, China.  During her stay in China in 2013, she also traveled on the Silk Road and did research on minorities in China, delivering the 2014 Lyceum Lecture at FSU on this topic.

She lived for five years in France, taught and lived one year in China while training teachers, and has traveled extensively in Europe, Latin America, and Asia.  Dr. Stadtler-Chester speaks English, French, and Chinese, and has also studied Spanish and German.  The next language she wants to learn is Arabic.

Candace J. Albertian

Program Advisor, TESL Practicum Supervisor, Visiting Instructor

BS, Keene State College; MEd, Framingham State University; CAGS, University of New England


Candace J. Albertian is the M.Ed. in TESL Program Graduate Student Advisor, as well as the University TESL Practicum Supervisor. She also teaches a TESL graduate course.

Candace is an alumna of the TESL Master’s Program at FSU, having enrolled with the very first cohort. (She had actually called the Dean of Graduate programs encouraging Framingham State to start a TESL Master's program and a year later they did!) 

She has spent her entire career working with both English Language Learners, and teachers of ELLs. She fell into her career quite by accident while completing her elementary education student teaching experience. She was asked to work with a group of refugee children who did not speak a single word of English and she was hooked!  She has worked with ELLs from kindergarten through high school and college, and in community adult education programs.

Candace has taught ELLs in several Massachusetts public school districts from grade 5-12 and served as lead teacher and ELL Coordinator for Keefe Regional Technical School for many years. While at Keefe she was a DESE trainer and taught courses around the state to teachers seeking endorsements in ESL. She left Keefe to pursue other opportunities after serving as a member of their administrative team responsible for all adult education programs in the district including their 2000 student night school, GED (now HiSET), Post Graduate, and both day school and evening ESL programs.

She holds a BS in elementary education, a master's degree in TESL, and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (C.A.G.S.) in Educational Leadership. She is thrilled to be working with the graduate students at Framingham State, to share her experiences, knowledge of English Language Learners, and to help teachers deliver the best instruction possible for their ELLs. 


Loy Riley

Visiting Instructor

BA, MS, University of Rhode Island


Loy Riley is a Visiting Instructor for the Department of Graduate Studies.  Loy has experience as a Special Education Team Chair and Speech and Language Pathologist. In addition, Loy has been teaching for the International Education program for several years.