Volume XXIV: Fall 2014
Dennis Gordon is Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department at Santa Clara University. He served as Founding Executive Director of International Programs from 1992 to 2009. His research and teaching interests include international conflict resolution, the establishment of global environmental protection regimes, and international education pedagogy and curriculum.
Haning Z. Hughes is currently the Director of the Strategic Languages Division and Assistant Professor of Chinese at the United States Air Force Academy. For the past eighteen years, Dr. Hughes has directed all facets and all levels of the Academy’s Chinese language program, developing elementary, intermediate, and advanced curriculum for over 250 students each year. She has designed course materials and taught special topics courses in Chinese Literature, Chinese Military, 20th Century Chinese Cinematography, and Chinese Culture and Civilization, and she has researched and developed significant multi-media Chinese language learning tools and presented her results at national-level foreign language teaching conferences. Dr. Hughes earned her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
Toshi Imada is a Lecturer at Brunel University (London). She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Michigan, where she also participated in the Culture & Cognition Program. She then undertook postdoctoral fellowships at the Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota (funded by the NIMH) and the Department of Psychology at Wesleyan University. During those years, she examined cross-cultural differences and similarities of various psychological tendencies in North Americans and East Asians.
Christopher J. Jochum, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Spanish and Foreign Language Education at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. His research interests include study abroad, foreign language proficiency, teacher education and online instruction.
Liu Li received her Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition from Carnegie Mellon University. Currently she is Assistant Professor of Chinese at Ball State University, Indiana. Her research interests include L2 reading, teaching Chinese as a second language, Chinese linguistics, and foreign language teacher education.
Sally Sieloff Magnan is Professor of French, Emerita, of the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Formerly, she was the Director of the Language Institute at that institution and editor of The Modern Language Journal for 14 years. Her research interests and wide range of publications, include study abroad, language assessment, teacher development, and applications of language learning research to the classroom. She is also co-author of the first-year French college textbook Paroles (Wiley).
Dianna Murphy, PhD., is Associate Director of the Language Institute and the Russian Flagship Center at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her interests include study abroad, student goals for language learning, perceptions of effective language teaching, and assessment of language teaching and learning.
Narek Sahakyan is an Associate Researcher with the Wisconsin Center of Education Research, in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. With a specialization in the field of Applied Economics, Sahkyan’s research and publications are in the fields of economics of corruption, foreign language learning standards, English language learner education, and economics of sports.
Barry Savage, Ph.D., is the Director of Senior Leadership Seminars for the Training and Education Division of the United States Northern Command. Col Savage was stationed at the U.S. Air Force Academy for over 10 years, where he served as the Director of International Programs. Col Savage also served as the Director of the Strategic Language Division, supervising 24 Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and Russian faculty members teaching 88 foreign language courses to over 1500 students annually. In addition, he was an Assistant Professor of Chinese, teaching advanced Mandarin Chinese language courses and escorting over 500 Academy Chinese language students to short- and long-term study abroad programs in China. All told, he has lived and worked in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan for over 30 years. Colonel Savage his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
Carolyn Sorkin, an independent consultant in international higher education, served as Director of the Office of International Studies at Wesleyan University from 2003-2014. She has worked in international education for nearly twenty-five years, in education abroad and international fellowships at Wesleyan and the Universidad Católica de Chile, in area studies, scholarly research, and public programming at NYU, in professional training and development at the Instituto Chileno-Norteamericano de Cultura and the NYC Commission for the UN and Consular Corps, and in admission at Brown University. She received her Ph.D. in International Education from NYU in 2003, and her MA in international development education and policy analysis from Stanford in 1992.
Steven E. Stemler is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Psychometric Lab at Wesleyan University. He received his Ph.D. in Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation from Boston College. He then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University and subsequently stayed on as an Associate Research Scientist and Assistant Director of the Yale Center for the Psychology of Abilities, Competencies, and Expertise. Professor Stemler is engaged in the development of new measures of higher education outcomes, specifically those related to intercultural competence, ethical reasoning, and creativity.
Cara Lane-Toomey received her M.A from the American University in Cairo in the Department of Middle East Studies and holds a B.A. in Peace Studies and Political Science, minor in Middle Eastern Studies, from University of St. Thomas. Originally from South Dakota, Cara’s experiential education trip through Southeast Asia in 2001 opened her eyes to the beauty of travel and cultural exchange, which has led her to Central and South America, the Middle East, North and sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and Europe. In 2004, Cara gained in-depth exposure to Middle Eastern culture and language while studying abroad in Egypt. This experience was the catalyst for her service as a Peace Corps Youth Development Volunteer in Morocco from 2005-2007.
Doua Yong-Yi is a doctoral student in Second Language Acquisition at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Formerly a public school foreign language/ESL teacher, her current research interests include language pedagogy, language ideologies and family language policy.