Welcome to my online portfolio. On these pages you can find out more about my academic and professional work.
I am currently an Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures and Director of the Language Learning Center at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. I joined the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures in the summer of 2009. Before that I served as an Instructor and later Assistant Professor of German and Manager of the Foreign Language Resource Center at Pomona College for four years.
The unifying theme of my research is: (Language) Learning Spaces. Those spaces can be physical, virtual, hybrid, or social. All of them are undergoing immense changes as technology rapidly advances and new forms and expectations of learning and teaching emerge. This has led to a number of research questions that I am pursuing: How will physical learning spaces look in an increasingly digital future? Can digital spaces be as immersive as physical ones, or even more so? How do modes of communication change because of these developments? Under this research theme, my interests include learning space design, language center design, digital storytelling language learning and technology, portfolios, language learning and computer games, gamification, as well as alternate reality simulations and imagined communities.
The 2016/17 academic year has been (and still is) a very busy one: publishing an edited volume, having two book chapters in other publications accepted, giving 7 keynotes (3 of which are international), one plenary, multiple invited presentations, a few “regular” conference presentations and workshops, serving as the head of the German section at Rhodes College, chairing the Faculty Development Committee, working with the Learning Spaces Collaboratory, restructuring and advising the IALLT publications team, working on enhancing our study abroad offerings, and completely restructuring our language learning center. I look forward to becoming the next president of the International Association for Language Learning Technology in June of 2017. What a year!
I am very excited to announce the the edited volume “From Language Lab to Language Center and Beyond: The Past, Present, and Future of Language Center Design” is hot off the press and available as of now.
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