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Languages Faculty Achievements 2017-2018

We have been quite productive over the months since last fall, as you will see from the below stories of faculty activity and accomplishment.

Dr. José Valero, professor of Spanish, presented a paper titled "Liberalism and Republicanism in the Spanish 'Generation of 1808'" at the 42nd European Studies Conference Oct. 6-7 in Omaha, Nebraska.

Dr. Josh Brown, associate professor of German, presented "Pennsylvania High German in the 19th Century" at the Eighth Annual Workshop on Immigrant Languages in the Americas Oct. 11-14 at the University of Copenhagen.

Dr. Marcela Depiante, associate professor of Spanish, presented a poster titled "Ellipsis in Spanish L1 Attriters" at The Selectivity of Native Language Attrition Workshop Oct. 13-14 at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

Dr. Josh Brown, associate professor of German, was the invited speaker for the Dow Diversity Lecture Oct. 27 at Kansas State University. His lecture, titled "Culturally Relevant Pedagogy for the Classroom," was sponsored by a number of  Kansas State sources, including the Arts & Sciences Diversity Lecture Grant; the Dow Center for Multicultural and Community Studies; the departments of modern languages; English; and gender, women's and sexuality studies; and the English language program.

Dr. Marcela Depiante, associate professor of Spanish, presented a paper titled "Ellipsis in Spanish L1 Attriters and Heritage Speakers" at the 2017 Hispanic Linguistics Symposium Oct. 26-28 at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.

Dr. Kaishan Kong, assistant professor of Chinese, was elected chair of the Teaching and Learning of Culture special-interest group of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, for which she served as secretary for the last two years. Teaching and Learning of Culture is the largest ACTFL special-interest group, with more than 2,000 members. Its mission is to promote and support foreign language teachers in integrating culture in language teaching.

Dr. Kaishan Kong, assistant professor of Chinese, was invited to present at the 2017 STARTALK Fall Conference Nov. 3-4 in Portland, Oregon. She presented at the Reflective Focus Panel on Culture and Culturally Authentic Resources and gave an application workshop titled "Beyond Food, Family and Festivals: Teaching Culture in a Transformative Way." STARTALK is a project funded by the National Security Agency and administered by the National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland.

Dr. Matt Waters, professor and chair of languages/professor of history, gave an invited lecture titled "Greater Glory: Darius I and Divinity in Achaemenid Royal Ideology" Oct. 4 at UCLA. The lecture was sponsored by the Pourdavoud Center for Iranian Studies and UCLA humanities. Waters also has been appointed to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Louis J. Kolb Foundation at the University of Pennsylvania Museum.

The department of languages had another strong showing at the Wisconsin Association for Language Teachers Annual Conference Nov. 2-4 in Appleton. At the American Association of Teachers of German-Wisconsin Chapter business meeting, Dr. Martina Lindseth, professor of German, received the Distinguished German Educator Award, the chapter's highest honor. At the conference, Dr. Anne Hlas, professor of Spanish, with Trisha Koch (Middleton High School) and Pamela Larson (Eau Claire North High School) presented "Punto com: Celebrating 10 years with 10 favorite websites." Dr. Paul Hoff, professor of Spanish, presented "Caprichos y caprichosos: ¿Qué diría Goya de nuestra sociedad?" on the continuing relevance of Goya's prints. Dr. Josh Brown, associate professor of German, with undergraduate research assistants Tristan Devick and Connor Zielinski, presented "Inclusive pedagogy in the L2 classroom." Lindseth, with a panel of system educators, presented on the UW System placement tests.

Three faculty members from the department of languages presented at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages annual convention Nov. 17-19 in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Anne Hlas, professor of Spanish, presented "CHAT – Four Techniques to Encourage Interpersonal Communication"; Dr. Martina Lindseth, professor of German, gave two presentations: "Connecting Classrooms and Study Abroad" and "Personalizing Instruction for Intermediate High-Advanced Low learners"; and Dr. Kaishan Kong, assistant professor of Chinese, presented "Learning Chinese Through Cross-Cultural Peer Scaffolding."

Dr. Emilia Oswalt, senior lecturer in the department of languages, presented "Collaboration and Motivation" as a panelist during a discussion titled "3 Keys to Growing Enrollments and Diversifying Language Offerings" at the 49th Annual Convention of the ASEEES: Association of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Nov. 9-12 in Chicago, Illinois.

Dr. Jessica Sertling Miller, professor of French, department of languages, has had a review of the textbook "Adomania" (C. Brillant, S. Erlich, C. Himber) published in the December issue of The French Review, 91 (2), 301-302.

Ami Christensen, Intensive English Program coordinator and lecturer in the department of languages, was a contributor and co-editor of 543-page curriculum for the U.S. Department of State. Full citation: Bodensteiner et al. (2017). Lower Mekong Initiative: Professional Communication Skills for Leaders. (2017). English Language Programs. Department of State: United States of America: americanenglish.state.gov.

Dr. Josh Brown, associate professor of German in the department of languages, gave the invited lecture "Multiligualism in 19th Century Pennsylvania" as part of the celebration events for the 10th anniversary of the Center for Language Science at The Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Jessica Sertling Miller, professor of French in the department of languages, had her paper, titled "Connecting the Dots to Proficiency with an Assessment Template," published in Selected Papers from the 2018 Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, pages 81-96.

Dr. Anne Cummings Hlas, professor of Spanish in the department of languages, had her article, titled "Grand challenges and great potential in foreign language teaching and learning," published in the March 6 issue of Foreign Language Annals, 2018; 1-9.

Dr. Analisa DeGrave, professor of Spanish in the department of languages, had her article titled "Education and Outreach through Ludo-Pedagogy and Experiential Learning. Bridging Feminist and Diversity Movements in Today’s Nicaragua: An Interview with Helen Alfaro, Yova Briones, and Tannia Rizo Lazo of La Casa de los Colores" published in the peer-reviewed journal Feminist Teacher, Vol. 26, Nos. 2–3, 2018, pages 213-232. Members of la Casa de los Colores also gave an invited lecture about Nicaragua'’s feminist and sexual diversity movements to UW-Eau Claire students participating in the faculty-led immersion course "Women's Lives and Experiences in Nicaragua."

Dr. Paul Hoff, professor of Spanish in the department of languages, presented the workshop "La comunidad en el arte y la poesía" at the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages March 8-10 in Milwaukee.

Dr. Kaishan Kong, assistant professor of Chinese in the department of languages, presented a 60-minute session titled "Cross-Cultural Scaffolding in Class" at the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages March 9 in Milwaukee. She shared her teaching practice of engaging international students in Chinese language classes, and discussed strengths and challenges in the Collaborative Language Program.

Dr. Jessica Sertling Miller, professor of French in the department of languages, gave two presentations, "Connecting the Dots to L2 Proficiency with an Assessment Template" and "Developing a Database of Integrated Performance Assessments," at the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages March 8-10 in Milwaukee.

Ami Christensen, Intensive English Program coordinator and lecturer, department of languages, was a panelist at the TESOL 2018 International Convention & English Language Expo March 27-30 in Chicago, Illinois, for a discussion on "Targeting Professional Communication Skills for International Dialogue." She also co-presented two additional sessions: "Creating a Community of Practice as a Vehicle for Change" and "Sustaining and Extending Best Practices Through Action Research.”

Dr. Kaishan Kong, assistant professor of Chinese in the department of languages, has had her book chapter, titled "Learning Chinese: Connections and Comparisons in Study Abroad," published in the book "Study Abroad Contexts for Enhanced Foreign Language Learning,”  Velliaris, D.M. (ed.), IGI Global, Hershey, Pennsylvania, pages 44-69. The chapter focuses on learning strategies during study abroad and how to mentor students to transform their learning opportunities.  

Dr. Anne Cummings Hlas, professor of Spanish in the department of languages, will have the following book published in 2019: Hlas, A.C. (2019), “Practical Creativity: Activities and ideas for your language classroom,” Cognella Publishing, San Diego, California. In addition, Hlas recently co-authored the following chapter: Hildebrandt, S. & Hlas, A. C. (2018), “Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Language Awareness, and edTPA,” in P. Swanson and S. Hildebrandt (Eds.), “Researching edTPA Problems and Promises: Perspectives from ESOL, English, and WL Teacher Education,” pages 143-161, Information Age Publishing, Charlotte, North Carolina.

Dr. Josh Brown, associate professor of German in the department of languages, and UW-Eau Claire alumnus Benjamin Carpenter co-authored the article "Heritage Somali and Identity in Rural Wisconsin" about the Somali community in Barron, in the Journal of Language Contact, Vol. 11, No. 2, pages 348-371.

Dr. Anne Hlas was announced at 2018-2019 Maxwell Schoenfeld Distinguished Professorship. This is one of the longest running awards in the College of A&S, twenty years now. The award will be formally given at the opening A&S College meeting in the Fall, already scheduled for Thursday, August 30, 2018, at the Pablo Center at the Confluence. 

Martina Lindseth was announced as the 2018 Board of Regents Teaching Excellence Award winner. Each campus puts forward one nominee per year, an honor in itself, and the sole recipient each year is chosen among the nominees across the entire UW-System. This award will be formally presented at the UW System Board of Regents meeting on June 8 and celebrated here on-campus at the Blugold Breakfast in the Fall.

Dr. Kaishan Kong, assistant professor of Chinese in the department of languages, delivered a workshop titled "Approaches to talking with teachers about everyday culture in a Chinese language class" at the 2018 STARTALK Spring Conference May 28 in Philadelphia. STARTALK is a project funded by the National Security Agency and administered by the National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland. The project's mission is to increase the number of U.S. citizens learning, speaking and teaching critical-need foreign languages, with programs for students (K-16) and teachers.

Dr. Jessica Miller, professor of French in the department of languages, and Dr. Roslyn Theisen, assistant professor of chemistry, are the 2018 recipients of the Janis Annette Haywood Faculty Development Fund awards in the College of Arts and Sciences. The fund honors Janis Annette Haywood and was established by her family — husband Carl (former College of Arts and Sciences dean and history faculty member) and daughters Rachel and Kale. The awards recognize faculty contributions to student success and support faculty development projects and initiatives, especially those that enhance their teaching skills, engage them in high-impact practices with students and/or advance their scholarly activities in the context of contributing to student success.

Dr. Matt Waters, professor of languages and history, gave an invited lecture April 27 on Assyrian and Persian sacral kingship at New York University's Institute for the Study of the Ancient World as part of the workshop "Text and Image: Transmedial Inquiries into Ancient Near Eastern Culture." He also was an invited panelist for the session "Classical and Near Eastern Studies in Wisconsin and Beyond" May 4 at UW-Madison's Wisconsin Classics Day.

Dr. José Valero, professor of languages, had his article, titled "Liberalism and Republicanism in the Spanish Generation of 1808," published in the Selected Proceedings of the 2017 European Studies Conference, edited by Tatyana Novikov and Juliette Parnell, Omaha, Nebraska, 2018.

Ami Christensen, intensive English program coordinator and lecturer in languages, conducted a U.S. Department of State American English live teacher development session titled "News They Can Use: Creating a Digital Newspaper" twice on June 27. The combined reach of both sessions was over 180,000 and posted videos of the sessions have more than 57,000 views and 4,700 reactions, comments and shares.

Dr. Kaishan Kong, assistant professor of Chinese, recently had a book chapter on engaging guest speakers in a culture class published. The citation is as follows: Kong, K. (2018). Different voices: Guest speakers as pedagogy in a culture class. In Jean Francois, E. (Ed), Transnational perspectives on innovation in teaching and learning technologies (pp. 262-284). Boston, MA: Brill-Sense.

Dr. Kong Pheng Pha, assistant professor of critical Hmong studies and women's, gender, and sexuality studies, has had a book review of Mai Neng Moua's "The Bride Price: A Hmong Wedding Story" published in the Journal of Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement. The full citation is as follows: Pha, Kong Pheng. (2018). Book Review: Mai N. Moua (2017). The Bride Price: A Hmong Wedding Story. Minnesota Historical Society Press. 240 pp. ISBN: 978-1681340364. Journal of Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement, Vol. 13, Iss. 1, Article 7.

Dr. Martina Lindseth, professor of German in the department of languages, and Anneli Williams, a 2017 UW-Eau Claire graduate and Fulbright research grant recipient, had their article "Gauging language gain during study abroad through writing samples" published in German as a Foreign Language, 2/2018, pages 1-16.

Dr. Jessica S. Miller, professor of French in the department of languages, had her article "Bridging the gap between pronunciation research and proficiency-based teaching" published in the Proceedings of the Ninth Annual Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Conference, 2018, pages 111-119.

Mari Bodensteiner, intensive English program coordinator and lecturer in languages, and Ami Christensen, lecturer in languages, recently received the Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) Regional Grant from the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok to conduct the LMI Women's Leadership Project with 35 participants from Cambodia, Laos PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. The yearlong project brings together individuals who share a passion for issues relating to women and girls and prepares them to present their current work to their peers at the 2019 Women's Leadership Forum in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.