Carnegie Mellon University

Faculty Accomplishments

The following excerpts come from the 2017 Annual Reports submitted by our faculty.

Khaled Al Masaeed published an article titled “Interlanguage Pragmatic Development: Internal and External Modification in L2 Arabic Requests” in Foreign Language Annals.

Stephen Brockmann participated in the Berlin-based faculty seminar Germany, Europe, and the Refugee Crisis: The Challenge to Integrate in June. In Berlin he was also part of the Working with Brecht/Baustelle Brecht conference held at the Literaturforum im Brecht-Haus.

Sébastien Dubreil published Engaging the World: Social Pedagogies, Language Learning, and Language Programs in the 21st Century (Cengage Publishing), a volume co-edited with Steve Thorne in November 2017. It serves as the annual volume of the American Association of University Supervisors and Coordinators (AAUSC).

Kenya Dworkin had three articles about play scripts she uncovered while conducting research about Cuban theater and cigar workers in Tampa, Florida accepted for publication.

Tatyana Gershkovich worked with the Slavic Department at the University of Pittsburgh and with City of Asylum to bring the Russian graphic artist Victoria Lomasko to Pittsburgh. She helped install Lomasko’s exhibit Other Russias: Angry at the Ellis Gallery at CMU and introduce Carnegie Mellon students to Lomasko’s politically-engaged art.

Felipe Gómez co-edited Evelio Rosero y los ciclos de la creación literaria (Bogotá: Editorial Pontificia Universidad Javeriana), the first published volume bringing together analysis and research by international scholars on award-winning Colombian writer Evelio Rosero. 

Christian Hallstein gave four public presentations in the Pittsburgh area regarding the 500th anniversary of the German Reformation.

Yasufumi Iwasaki gave a presentation on the realization of imperfective aspect in Japanese at the 23rd Princeton Japanese Pedagogy Forum.

Keiko Koda delivered a series of keynote speeches on second language reading, language assessment, vocabulary acquisition, and cross-linguistic transfer, at four conferences in East Asia.

Gang Liu co-edited two books entitled Tales of Chinese Teachers: Case Studies and Reflections from CFL Classrooms in North America and Tradition and Transition: Teaching Chinese Culture Overseas, which will be published by Beijing University Press.

Gabriele Maier taught a new fourth-year course entitled "Inventing and Innovating: Science and the Arts in the German-Speaking World," where students learned about the history of major scientific achievements and created websites about their own possible inventions while studying or working at German-speaking research institutions. 

Mame-Fatou Niang travelled to Paris to shoot portraits of Black French Muslims. Undertaken with Pittsburgh-based multimeda artist Njaimeh Njie, this project is the first of its kind in France. The gallery aims at showing the multiple facets of Black French Islam.

Susan Polansky and Therese Tardio participated in the roundtable “Transforming the Student Experience: Two Decades of Civic Engagement at Home and Abroad” at the annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges and Universities in San Francisco. 

Candace Skibba, along with colleagues Lisa Tetrault and Jess Klein, was chosen to join the Dietrich College’s Grand Challenge Initiative to teach a course on gender-based violence

Naoko Taguchi published a co-authored monograph, Second Language Pragmatics (Oxford University Press).

Dick Tucker contributed the “Summary and Concluding Observations” chapter for the volume Global Perspectives on Language Education Policies published by Routledge in March 2018.

Remi A. Van Compernolle's 2014 book, “Sociocultural theory and L2 instructional pragmatics,” received the 2017 First Book Award from the American Association for Applied Linguistics, which recognizes an author’s first book that makes “an exceptional contribution to the field as a whole or to a specific area of specialization.”

Seth Weiner received a Falk Research Grant for his project on cue-weighting in second language acquisition.

Michael West accompanied the fourth annual cohort of students to Port-au-Prince, Haiti as part of the Alternative Spring Break Project. In addition to visiting grade schools and high schools, the group also visited orphanages, after-school programs for at-risk youth, mobile clinics, local artisans, and women's economic improvement organizations.

Sue-mei Wu led a group of MA in Applied SLA students on an exchange trip to National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) in Taiwan during spring break. Wu and MA student Yiting Han co-produced a video with highlights of the trip.

Yoshihiro Yasuhara submitted the article “Ekkyo ni ikiru hitobito: John Okada’s No-No-Boy ron [Japanese-American Experiences of Crossing Boundaries in John Okada’s No-No Boy]” for inclusion in the edited volume Various Aspects of Conservatism in Modern American Literature.

Bonnie Youngs continued her successful collaboration with Statistics, working with Dr. Rebecca Nugent and a former Statistics undergraduate, Akhil Prakash. This collaboration resulted in a paper in a special issue of Computer Assisted Language Learning titled “Statistically-driven visualizations of student interactions with a French online course video.”

Yueming Yu worked with the Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press in their training program for engineers and organized discussions on critical thinking and cross-cultural communication.