Tina joined the TUM Language Center in 2010. Her English degrees are in comparative literature. She earned her Bachelor's degree at Northern Michigan University in 1989 and her Master's at the University of Texas at Arlington in 1991, and worked on her PhD at Southern Illinois University until 1994. She has taught Academic English in the United States, Canada, Germany, and Dubai. She has contributed to Countryside magazine and won the A Woman's Write Award in the category "Work in Progress" in 2008.