Faculty Accomplishments-Modern Languages - Carnegie Mellon University

Faculty Accomplishments

The following excerpts come from the 2013 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 2014

Mariana Achugar was a plenary speaker at the VI Colloquium of Discourse Studies and III International Conference on Discourse and Interdisciplinarity of ALED (Asociación Latinoamericana de Estudios del Discurso—Argentina) at the Universidad Nacional de Quilmes in Buenos Aires in June.

Stephen Brockmann was elected President of the International Brecht Society and named to the editorial board of the British journal German Life and Letters.

Charlene Castellano had a paper accepted for publication, “The Synesthetics of Apocalypse,” to appear in Andrey Bely’s ‘Petersburg’: A Centennial Celebration, edited by Olga Cooke (Brighton, MA: Academic Studies Press).

Kenya Dworkin planned a series of events entitled AfricAméricas between May 6-11, 2013 that included Cuban civil right activists, a photography exhibit, a film series, a panel discussion on Deliberative Democracy led by Professor Robert Cavalier (Philosophy Department), a journal presentation at City of Asylum, and a choir and dance concert with Coro Latinoamericano-Pittsburgh.

Gabriele Eichmanns, together with her colleague Yvonne Franke, published an edited volume on the significance of home in contemporary German society entitled Heimat Goes Mobile: Hybrid Forms of Home in Literature and Film (Cambridge Scholars Publishing).

Felipe Gómez presented the paper “Cómics en serio: Presencia y relevancia actual de cómics y novelas gráficas en los estudios literarios y culturales en Colombia” at the XXXI International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association in Washington D.C.

Christian Hallstein completed a paper in German entitled “Herders Homiletik: Theorie und Praxis,” which will appear in 2014 in a publication sponsored by the International Herder Society.

Yasufumi Iwasaki collaborated with Barbara Litt to develop the Technical Japanese course, which sought to integrate communication skills and thinking skills.

Christopher Jones took advantage of a Berkman Faculty Development Grant to attend the Francofolies Festival in Montreal, as part of project to update and expand his writings on popular music in Quebec for a book-length publication.

Elisabeth Kaske has been awarded the Taiwan Fellowship and will spend calendar year 2014 conducting research at the Academia Sinica in Taipei for her book project, Deploying Symbolic Capital: The Economy of Office Selling in Nineteenth Century China.

Keiko Koda delivered a keynote speech, “Identifying theory-defined sub-skills for L2 reading instruction and assessment” at World Congress on Extensive Reading in Seoul, Korea.

Gang Liu developed a new course entitled “Mandarin Chinese for Oral Communication: Tell Us a Story,” which helped students learn Chinese language and culture through telling, writing, and rewriting stories and tales of ancient Chinese origin.

Mame-Fatou Niang designed and taught a 500-level topics course entitled “Paris: Entre Mythes et Réalités,” based on a summer of research funded by the Berkman Faculty Development Grant and the Falk Fellowship in the Humanities.

Susan Polansky gave a presentation entitled “Reflections on Food in the Spanish-speaking World: A Course Recipe with Variations” at the annual meeting of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

María Rosa Rodríguez published the article “Amina y María: representaciones simuladas de la madre del escogido en la Literatura Aljamiada” in Modern Language Notes (Volume 128, Number 2, March 2013,  pp. 245-255).

Candace Skibba's article, “Equally Authentic: Illness and Disability in the Films of Pedro Almodóvar – Blindness and the Voyeur,” was published in the anthology Otherness in Hispanic Culture (Cambridge Scholars Publishing).

Naoko Taguchi co-edited a volume, Technology in Interlanguage Pragmatics Research and Teaching, (John Benjamins).

Therese Tardio was recognized as "Outstanding Student Organization Adviser" by the Office of Student Affairs for her work with the international student service group JUNTOS.

Dick Tucker co-authored an article “A Survey of the U.S. Confucius Institutes: Opportunities and Challenges in Promoting Chinese Language and Culture Education” that appeared in the Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association with our former doctoral student Shuai Li.

Remi A. Van Compernolle co-authored with two SLA doctoral students articles that have been accepted for publication in the journals Language Learning [“Instructed concept appropriation and L2 pragmatic development in the classroom,” with Ashlie Henery] and Language Testing [“Dynamic assessment of elicited imitation: A case analysis of an advanced L2 English speaker,” with Haomin (Stanley) Zhang].

Michael West and Therese Tardio gave a presentation at the annual meeting of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) in Orlando on service learning in Nicaragua and Haiti.

Sue-mei Wu was featured in the film “A Better Home” and invited to present the film at CMU’s University Lecture Series on September 28, 2013. The film was also broadcast on WQED in October 2013.

Yoshihiro Yasuhara presented a paper entitled “History and Literary Realities in the Avant-Gardist Novelists in Postwar Japan” that was included in the session “Counterfeit Realities” at the 2013 American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Annual Meeting, April 4-7, 2013, at the University of Toronto.

Bonnie Youngs was proud to be part of a student and faculty committee to create and host the first annual Dietrich Undergraduate Colloquium during which 26 undergraduate students shared their research projects via poster or presentation.

Yueming Yu co-designed and co-taught a new course, Chinese Calligraphy Culture and Skills, with adjunct faculty member Huiwen Li in the fall of 2013.