Symposium at Columbia University
April 14 - 15, 2017
Course Sharing for Sustainable Programs is a two-day symposium that brings together administrators and language professionals from across the country to discuss emerging models of course sharing and curricular collaboration. These models offer expanded learning opportunities to students, as well new paths to institutional viability and sustainability for a wide range of programs. Although the symposium focuses primarily on the teaching of languages, it also showcases a number of projects that promote multi-institutional collaborative partnerships in other disciplines. In every case, due consideration will be accorded to the full range of administrative, pedagogical, and technological factors that shape each particular collaborative environment, as there are specific benefits and challenges that must be considered in order to select an appropriate model for a given context.
This symposium is supported by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Friday, April 14
School of International and Public Affairs
15th Floor, Kellogg Center
|4:00pm - 5:00pm||Check in|
|5:00pm - 5:30pm|| Welcoming Remarks|
David Madigan, Executive Vice President of Arts and Sciences, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University
Sharon Marcus, Dean of Humanities, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University
|5:30pm - 6:30pm|| Keynote Address|
Cristle Collins Judd, Senior Program Officer, Program for Higher Education and Scholarship, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
|6:30pm - 8:00pm||Reception|
Saturday, April 15
School of International and Public Affairs
15th Floor, Kellogg Center
|8:00am - 9:00am||Breakfast|
|9:00am - 10:30am||Panel 1: Large Research Universities|
The Shared Course Initiative (Nelleke Van Deusen-Scholl and Richard Feldman)
The Big Ten LCTL Partnership (Christopher Long, Sue Gass, and Koen Van Gorp)
Transforming Language Instruction at the University of Chicago and Beyond: Collaborative Curricula and Professional Development (Martha Roth and Cathy Baumann)
Course Sharing Initiatives at Arizona State University -- Developing Sustainable Intra- and Interinstitutional Language Programs: Toward an Ecosystem (Barbara Lafford and Andrew Ross)
|10:30am - 11:00am||Coffee Break|
|11:00am - 12:30pm||Panel 2: Regional Universities and Liberal Arts Colleges|
New York Six Language Learning Groups in Less Commonly Taught Languages (Nicole Simpson, Nell Bartkowiak, and Cory Duclos)
Shared Language Teaching and Learning Initiatives at the Five College Consortium (Neal Abraham)
Great Lakes Colleges Association Global Crossroads Shared Language Program (Gabriele Dillmann)
The Connected Classrooms Initiative at Southern Connecticut State (Elena Schmitt)
|12:30pm - 2:00pm||Lunch|
|2:00pm - 3:30pm||Panel 3: Extending the Model|
Distance Learning for Indigenous Languages of Latin America at the University of Utah (Rebecca Horn)
The Bowdoin-Yale Collaboration in Russian (Alyssa Gillespie)
The CUNY Humanities Alliance (David Olan)
Italian Language Instruction at Yale-NUS: Connecting to Global Partners (Christopher Kaiser)
|3:30pm - 4:00pm||Coffee Break|
|4:00pm - 5:00pm||Closing Address|
Michael Geisler, President of Manhattanville College
|5:00pm - 5:15pm||Respondents|
Maria Carreira, Professor of Spanish, California State University Long Beach
Dennis Looney, Modern Language Association
Cristle Collins Judd
Cristle Collins Judd is senior program officer in the program for Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities, where her areas of responsibility include a range of grants and initiatives supporting liberal arts colleges, doctoral education, advanced scholarship, and the public humanities. In July 2017, Judd will become the eleventh president of Sarah Lawrence College.
Before joining the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in 2015, Judd served for nine years as Dean for Academic Affairs, Chief Academic Officer, and Professor of Music at Bowdoin College. Prior to her appointment at Bowdoin, Judd was a member of the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania for thirteen years, where she was tenured, and also served as Director of Graduate Studies in Music. Judd taught at universities in the UK and Australia before joining the Penn faculty.
Judd’s research focuses primarily on music of the Renaissance and the history of music theory. Her publications include Tonal Structures in Early Music (Garland, 1998) for which she received the Emerging Scholar Award from the Society for Music Theory and Reading Renaissance Music Theory: Hearing with the Eyes (Cambridge University Press, 2000), which received the Wallace Berry Award. She is the editor of the sacred music of Gioseffo Zarlino and has collaborated with some of the foremost early music groups in producing recordings of her editions. In 2011 she was invited to give the plenary keynote address for the annual meeting of the Society for Music Theory. Most recently, she edited the volume Musical Theory in the Renaissance (Ashgate, 2013).
Judd earned her BM and MM in music performance and musicology from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and her M.Mus. and Ph.D in music theory from King’s College, University of London. She is an award-winning teacher whose research has been supported by grants including a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for University Teachers and an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellowship. Her service has included election to the boards of the Society for Music Theory and the American Musicological Society, and appointment to the editorial boards of various journals.
Michael Geisler is the 13th president of Manhattanville College. Before arriving at Manhattanville, Dr. Geisler served as vice president for Risk and Compliance, Professor of German, and former Vice President for the Language Schools and Schools Abroad at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont.
Dr. Geisler received the German Abitur, the Staatsexamen from the University of Mannheim in English and German, and a Ph.D. in German literature from the University of Pittsburgh. During his more than 20-year career at Middlebury, he held a number of significant leadership roles devoted to strengthening, integrating and expanding Middlebury’s brand, programs and enrollment both on campus and abroad. Most recently, he was responsible for college-wide planning, management and oversight for risk management and compliance matters.
During his time as vice president for Language Schools, Schools Abroad and Graduate Programs, he also served as C.V. Starr Professor in Linguistics and Languages. He is credited with establishing two new Language Schools in Hebrew and Korean, graduate programs in Arabic, Chinese and Hebrew, and 22 new sites for Middlebury’s C.V. Starr Schools abroad. Under his leadership, the Middlebury Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, led by director and award-winning poet Michael Collier, launched two major new writers’ conferences, one focusing on environmental writing and the other on translation, in addition to a site abroad in Erice, Sicily. Geisler is also responsible for the successful launch of a very different summer immersion program, Middlebury’s School of the Environment.
Before coming to Middlebury, Dr. Geisler taught at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Nelleke Van Deusen-Scholl
Nelleke Van Deusen-Scholl is Associate Dean of Yale College, Director of the Center for Language Study, and Adjunct Professor of Linguistics at Yale University. Her research interests focus on applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, heritage language learning, and technology-enhanced language teaching and learning. Current publications include Second and foreign language education (Volume 4 of the Encyclopedia of Language and Education, under General Editorship of Stephen May, March 2017); a co-authored chapter, with Stéphane Charitos, “The Shared Course Initiative: Curricular collaboration across institutions” in the forthcoming 2016 AAUSC volume on The Interconnected language curriculum, edited by Watzinger-Tharp and Urlaub; and a co-authored chapter with Suzanne Young, “The role of language centers in the professional development of non-tenure track language faculty” (in F. Kronenberg, From language lab to language center and beyond: The past, present, and future of the language center). She is one of the co-investigators on a five-year grant project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to share less commonly taught languages among Yale, Columbia, and Cornell via videoconferencing. She also co-edits the book series Language Learning and Language Teaching with Nina Spada, published by John Benjamins.
Dick Feldman has a Master’s in TESL from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He taught English in the Cornell Intensive English Program from 1978-2003. He has also taught English in Nicaragua and Benin, West Africa, on a Fulbright Lectureship in 1995-6. He has given numerous presentations on technology issues in language teaching at FLEAT, CALICO and NEALLT. He has also participated in various panel presentations on the current collaboration in less commonly taught languages via videoconference. He has been the director of Cornell’s Language Resource Center since 1999, where he has led numerous projects, including videoconference course sharing since 2006.
Christopher P. Long is Professor of Philosophy and Dean of the College of Arts and Letters at Michigan State University. His extensive publications in Ancient Greek and Contemporary Continental Philosophy include three books: The Ethics of Ontology: Rethinking an Aristotelian Legacy (SUNY 2004), Aristotle On the Nature of Truth (Cambridge 2010), and an enhanced digital book entitled, Socratic and Platonic Political Philosophy: Practicing a Politics of Reading (Cambridge 2014). The digital platform of the enhanced digital book enables readers to engage directly with the author in an online community.
He is co-founder of the Public Philosophy Journal, a project that has received over $780,000 of funding from the Mellon Foundation to create an innovative online space of digital scholarship and communication. He is also editor of the Journal for General Education.
Susan Gass is University Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University. She has published widely in the field of Second Language Acquisition and is the winner of numerous local, national, and international awards for her research and contributions to the field, including being named a member of the 50 at 50 which recognizes the top 50 contributors to the field of TESOL over the past 50 years. She has served as President of the International Association of Applied Linguistics and of the American Association for Applied Linguistics and currently serves as Co-Editor of Studies In Second Language Acquisition. At Michigan State University, she serves as Director of the Second Language Studies Program and of the English Language Center. She also serves as Co-Director of the Center for Language Education and Research and the Center for Language Teaching Advancement.
Koen Van Gorp
Dr. Koen Van Gorp is Head of Foreign Language Assessment at the Center for Language Teaching Advancement (CeLTA) at Michigan State University. He is also the Curriculum and Assessment Director of the LCTL Partnership, a three-year multi-university project to improve the teaching of less commonly taught languages (LCTL) by developing proficiency-based language programs for advanced language learners. His research interests include task-based language teaching and assessment, and multilingual education.
Martha T. Roth is the Chauncey S. Boucher Distinguished Service Professor of Assyriology in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, the College, and the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago. From 1996 to 2011 she served as the Editor-in-Charge of the 26-volume Chicago Assyrian Dictionary, the first volume of which was published in 1956 and the last volume published in 2011. She served as Deputy Provost for Research and Education from 2004 to 2007, during which time her portfolio included all cross-unit curricular matters, the Library, the Press, and academic appointments. From 2007 through 2016, Roth served as the Dean of the Division of the Humanities, overseeing eighteen degree-granting programs, more than 200 faculty members, 500 graduate students, 25 undergraduate majors, 20 centers and institutes.
Roth joined the University of Chicago faculty in 1980 as Assistant Professor after a one-year research associateship in the Oriental Institute. She received a B.A. in 1974 from Case Western Reserve University and a Ph.D. in 1979 from the University of Pennsylvania.
Roth researches and publishes on the legal and social history of the ancient Near East. Her primary interests are on family law and on women’s legal and social issues, and on the compilation and transmission law norms. She is a member of the Board of the Demos Foundation, of the Board of the Newberry Library, and of the Seminary Coop Bookstores.
Catherine C. Baumann is director of the University of Chicago Language Center and director of the German language program. She received her Ph.D. in Second Languages and Cultures Education at the University of Minnesota, specializing in reading comprehension and language testing. She is a certified ACTFL tester and trainer, and does consulting for high school and college language programs on a variety of curricular and assessment-related issues. She oversees all programs in the CLC.
Barbara A. Lafford is a Professor of Spanish linguistics and heads the Faculty of Languages & Cultures for the College of Integrative Sciences & Arts at Arizona State University. She has published in the areas of Spanish sociolinguistics, second language acquisition (SLA), Spanish applied linguistics, computer-assisted language learning, and languages for specific purposes (LSP). While serving as editor of the monograph/focus issue series for the Modern Language Journal, she edited the 2007 focus issue on SLA theory, the 2009 focus issue on Computer-Assisted Language Learning, and the 2012 focus issue on Languages for Specific Purposes (LSP). Her current research interests include the effect of the study abroad context on SLA, corpus analysis of professional texts to inform the instruction of LSP, and the assessment of online language instruction.
Andrew Ross is Clinical Associate Professor and Head of Learning Support Services in the School of International Letters & Cultures at Arizona State University. He co-directs ASU’s graduate certificate in Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) and leads technology and other curricular and pedagogical support initiatives within the School. After completing his PhD in French at the University of California – Berkeley, Ross participated in the Mellon Foundation’s Project 2001 at Middlebury College, managed a language technology center at the University of Richmond, and prior to coming to ASU in 2010, was the Director of the Language Resource Center and Associate Director for Emerging Instructional Technologies at Brown University.
Nell Silva Bartkowiak serves as Project Manager of the New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium (NY6), a relatively young collaboration among Colgate University, Hamilton College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, St. Lawrence University, Skidmore College and Union College. She holds a BA in Biology and Chinese from Grinnell College in Iowa and an MA in International Affairs from Columbia University. As Project Manager for the International Initiative, a three-year program funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Bartkowiak assists the NY6 member schools in expanding the global aspects of their curricula and engaging students and faculty in the study of global issues, through coursework, research and extra-curricular activities on their home campuses and abroad.
Nicole B. Simpson is the Associate Dean of the Faculty for International Initiatives and a Professor of Economics at Colgate University. She holds a BA in Economics from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota and an MA and PhD in Economics from the University of Iowa. As the associate dean for international initiatives, Simpson works with partners around the world to develop meaningful research and teaching experiences for Colgate students and faculty. Among her responsibilities, Simpson oversees the Office of Off-Campus Study and the Lampert Institute for Civic and Global Affairs and chairs the Off-Campus Study Committee and Language Council at Colgate.
Cory is the Director of the W.M. Keck Center for Language Study at Colgate University. He holds a Ph.D. in Spanish from Vanderbilt University and has taught courses in all levels of Spanish and Portuguese as well as second language teaching methodologies. Duclos promotes the use of technology in the classroom at Colgate and has helped organize shared courses with other campuses for Portuguese, Korean, and Hindi. He is also currently developing a model for Colgate students to study less commonly taught languages through alternative instruction methods.
Neal Abraham is Executive Director of Five Colleges, Incorporated and Five College Professor of Physics. He currently serves on the Steering Committee for a $2 million grant to support innovative language pedagogy; supervises the Five college Center for the Study of World Languages which offers 54 less commonly taught languages and dialects; and guides the leadership teams for three Five College language initiatives in Arabic, Korean and Russian. Before coming to Five Colleges he served 11 years as the chief academic officer at DePauw University and prior to that he held faculty positions at Swarthmore College and Bryn Mawr College. He has spent a total of four years on sabbaticals in Europe, doing research in Italy, France, Germany, Russia, Spain and Belgium.
Gabriele Dillmann teaches all levels of German language, as well as German, Swiss, and Austrian literature and culture at Denison University. She makes use of the newest technologies not only to enhance student learning in regards to all things German, but also to foster skills in intercultural competencies and global learning. She is globally networked with a German colleague at the American University in Bulgaria with a team-taught course in German studies. She is dedicated to CLAC (Cultures and Languages across the Curriculum) pedagogy and team teaching as a pedagogical approach to higher learning. Her scholarly interests are increasingly vested in how these technologies shape teaching and learning both currently and in the near future. Her more traditional scholarship is in the area of German Romanticism and psychoanalytic theory, specifically suicide studies. In 2016 she was awarded the the Julian H. Robertson Jr. Endowed Chair for her work in teaching, service, and scholarship.
Since January 2016, she has directed the Great Lakes Colleges Association Crossroads Shared Languages Program for GLCA's 13 consortial institutions. This four-year long pilot project aims to address the issue of upper-level under-enrolled language courses as well as broadening the course offerings for lesser-taught languages.
Elena Schmitt is a professor of Applied Linguistics and the Director of the TESOL, Bilingual, and Multicultural Education program at Southern Connecticut State University. She launched the “Connected Classrooms Initiative” for World Languages and TESOL programs in the Connecticut State University System. Her research focuses on bilingualism and includes issues of classroom interaction, technology-mediated instruction, and teacher development.
Rebecca Horn teaches Latin American History in the Department of History at the University of Utah. Her research concerns indigenous communities of early Mexico and utilizes Spanish- and Nahuatl-language sources. She also teaches and publishes on the comparative history of the early modern Americas. She served for nine years (2007-2016) as the Director of the Center for Latin American Studies, a U.S. Department of Education National Resource Center. As director, she collaborated with the university’s Department of World Languages & Cultures to offer instruction in two indigenous languages of Latin America—Nahuatl (central Mexico) and Kichwa (Ecuador)—through distance learning.
Alyssa Dinega Gillespie is Associate Professor and Chair of the Russian Department at Bowdoin College, having moved there this past summer after 17 years on the faculty at the University of Notre Dame (1999-2016). She is a scholar of Russian poetry of the 19th and 20th centuries and an award-winning translator. She teaches courses on Russian language, literature, film and culture and is currently the Director of the Bowdoin-Yale Collaboration in Russian.
David Olan is the Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Provost at the CUNY Graduate Center, where he is also Professor of Music and a co-director of the CUNY Humanities Alliance.
Christopher Kaiser is the Program Manager of the Shared Course Initiative at Columbia University. He has also worked as an Italian language instructor at Yale University, where he taught a distance class in Italian at Yale-NUS in Singapore via high definition video conferencing. He is currently completing a dissertation in Italian literature at Yale University.
All events will take place in the International Affairs Building on Columbia's Morningside campus located at:
420 West 118th Street
New York, NY 10027
Take elevator from the main lobby elevator bank on the 4th floor of the School of International and Public Affairs up to the Kellogg Center on the 15th floor.