Dr Phyllis Ghim-Lian Chew is a tenured professor at the Department of English Language and Literature, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University.  Her areas of specialization are sociolinguistics, literacy and English Language Methodology. 

Dr Chew is on the international advisory board of Gendering Asia, Teaching Education, Malaysian English Language Teaching Journal, the International Journal of Language Studies, Asian EFL Journal and  Asia Tefl Journal.  

While she has published extensively on a wide variety of topics, those that define her academically are in the field of English as an international language, gender studies and comparative religion.

Three recent books published are: Muslim Education in the 2lst Century, Asian Perspective (Routledge, 2014),   A sociolinguistic history of early identities in Singapore (Basingstroke: Palgrave, 2013), and  Emergent Lingua Francas and World Order (New York: Routledge 2009).

The Primary school textbook series, Instep, which comprises teachers’ guide, workbooks, handbook and multimodal software and which was used in schools from 2001-2012 has made her a household name.

She has sat on various NGO boards including past president of the English Language and Literature Association of Singapore, the Association of Women for Action and Research, the University Women’s Association and past Director of the United Nations’ Association of Singapore.

Dr Chew has been a visiting professor at Harvard University and several Chinese universities such as:   Beijing Foreign Language University, Jimei University, Northern Ethnics University, University of Gansu,  and Hainan University.     

Dr Chew is in constant demand as a public speaker and has presented workshops in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia and Kenya.  

In 2010, she was awarded the Fulbright Visiting Professorship to Harvard University and in 2012, the Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorship to Roehampton, Warwick, Sheffield and the University of London.