"The following excerpts come from the 2012 Annual Reports submitted by our faculty. It has been a pleasure for me to read about the wonderful work in research, teaching, curricular development, service to the profession, and so much more. It is really impressive!
I asked every faculty member to select one item: "please feel free to choose what YOU would like to share: maybe the mention of a new course you taught, a special initiative involving students, a grant or prize you were awarded, the citation for a publication, a conference presentation, etc., etc.” I am delighted and proud to share these accomplishments." -Susan G. Polansky, Spring 2013
Mariana Achugar gave a plenary session, “La transmisión intergeneracional del pasado reciente: aprendiendo sobre la dictadura en el Uruguay” [“Intergenerational transmission of the recent past: learning about the dictatorship in Uruguay”], at the VIII Congress of the Latin American Association of Systemic Functional Linguistics (ALSFAL).
Stephen Brockmann finished his final year as President of the German Studies Association, the world’s largest scholarly organization for academics interested in the German-speaking world, and gave his presidential address, “Remembering What Remained,” at the annual meeting of the German Studies Association in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on October 5.
Charlene Castellano supervised a music and voice major in an independent study course in Russian with a focus on preparing for the student’s performance of Russian art songs at her senior recital.
Kenya Dworkin was reappointed to the College Board/Advanced Placement Spanish Literature & Culture Development Committee; reviewed, evaluated, and edited material for the new curriculum and exam; and, helped develop an extensive Annotated Resource Guide for AP Spanish Literature & Culture instructors teaching the new curriculum.
Gabriele Eichmanns signed a contract with Yale University Press for her textbook entitled Germany in the Age of Globalization, which will be published in 2014.
Felipe Gómez taught a 400-level topics course, “Comics in the Spanish-speaking World,” based on a research project sponsored by Berkman and Departmental funds.
Christian Hallstein presented a paper in German at the biennial conference of the International Herder Society in Basel, Switzerland. His paper was entitled “Herders Homiletik: Theorie und Praxis.”
Yasufumi Iwasaki reworked the curriculum of the Structure of the Japanese Language course in terms of the three steps -- Comprehension, Analysis, and Reflection -- of integrated communication skills discussed by the Japanese Assessment Project.
Christopher Jones travelled to Gothenberg, Sweden to present “Role Negotiation in Tandem Distance Tutorial Relationships” at the European Computer-Assisted Language Learning (EUROCALL) conference, reporting on his collaborative work with Thierry Chanier and Anne-Laure Foucher of the Université Blaise-Pascal in Clermont-Ferrand, France.
Elisabeth Kaske has been awarded the Taiwan Fellowship to conduct research at the Academia Sinica in Taipei for her book project Deploying Symbolic Capital: The Economy of Office Selling in Nineteenth Century China in 2014.
Keiko Koda co-authored the article “The Role of Metalinguistic Awareness in Biliteracy Development” (in Reading Development in Chinese, X. Chen, Ed.) with ML SLA doctoral program graduates Chan Lu and Dongbo Zhang.
Gang Liu received a Berkman Faculty Development Grant to support his summer research on “The Making of the Sword: Sword in Classical Chinese Poetry and Its Mythological, Material, and Cultural Roots.”
Mame-Fatou Niang created a new course for students of advanced-level French in Fall 2012. The course, entitled “Cities and Suburban Spaces in French and Francophone Literature,” explored literary and cinematic representations of the city from 19th-century Paris to the postcolonial African metropolis.
Susan Polansky delivered the paper “Los títeres de Lorca: voces de libertad estética” at the Congreso VI de la Asociación de Humanidades Hispánicas in Madrid, and an expanded version, “Freedom to Experiment: The Coherence and Complexity of Federico García Lorca’s Puppet Theater,” has been accepted for publication in Hispania.
María Rosa Rodríguez was awarded both the 2012 Berkman Faculty Development Grant and the 2012 Falk Fellowship in the Humanities for her research on Aljamiado Legends written by crypto-Muslims in Spain.
Candace Skibba began working on an iBook for the 300-level course “Spain: Language and Culture” in an effort to bridge the gap between language and content.
Naoko Taguchi completed her study at Waseda University in Japan supported by the Hakuhou Foundation fellowship for Japanese language research.
Therese Tardio presented on a panel entitled “Service Learning at Home and Abroad: Best Practices to Promote Learning” at the annual convention of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).
Dick Tucker assumed the position of the University’s Title IX Compliance Officer effective September 1, 2012.
Remi A. Van Compernolle completed a single-authored research monograph entitled Sociocultural Theory and L2 Instructional Pragmatics, which has been submitted to Multilingual Matters for publication.
Michael West travelled to Aix-en-Provence, France in October to consult with faculty and staff at the Institute for American Universities, where he is a member of the Council of Academic Advisors.
Sue-mei Wu served as conference chair for the 2012 CLTA/ACTFL annual conference, which featured CLTA’s 50th anniversary celebration.
Yoshihiro Yasuhara presented a paper entitled “The Changing Parameters of the Zainichi in Transnational Japan” at the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference of the Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting, November 2-4. The paper was partially the outcome of his new spring course “The Transnational Within: Multiculturalism in Japan and Beyond.”
Bonnie Youngs was honored to receive the Dietrich College Elliot Dunlap Smith Award for Distinguished Teaching and Educational Service.
Yueming Yu won the University’s William H. and Frances S. Ryan Award for Meritorious Teaching.