Jennifer Bown (Brigham Young University)
Dr. Bown is Associate Professor of Russian in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages at Brigham Young University. Her research interests include second language acquisition, teacher development and pragmatics and discourse analysis. She is the co-author of Teaching advanced language skills through debate, published by Georgetown University Press in 2015.
Cynthia Ning (University of Hawaii at Manoa)
Dr. Ning is Associate Director of the Center for Chinese Studies and Director of the Confucius Institute at the U of Hawaii at Manoa. Her research interests include Chinese language pedagogy and materials development, Chinese comic literature, and Chinese film. She regularly conducts teacher training classes for secondary and post-secondary levels on performance-based language testing and training.
Fernando Rubio (University of Utah)
Dr. Rubio is Associate professor of Spanish Linguistics and Co-Director of the Second Language Teaching and Research Center at the University of Utah, where he also serves as Director for Online Curriculum Enhancement and Innovation. His main areas of research are second language acquisition, language pedagogy and technology-enhanced language teaching
Sonia Shiri (University of Arizona)
Dr. Shiri is Assistant Professor, Middle East Language Programs Coordinator and Academic Director of the Arabic Flagship Program at the University of Arizona. Her research interests include, among others, language pedagogy, distance learning, CALL, blended learning, critical discourse analysis, heritage language development and maintenance, and language contact and language conflict.
Johanna Watzinger-Tharp (University of Utah)
Dr. Watzinger-Tharp is Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics & German at the University of Utah, where she is also the director of the International Studies Program and Senior Advisor to the Office for Global Engagement. Her research interests are L2 methodology and curriculum, immersion education, and language variation. In 2010 she received the ACTFL-NYSAFLT Anthony Papalia Award for Excellence in Teacher Education.