American Association of University Supervisors, Coordinators, and Directors of Language Programs

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  • 13 Jul 2018 2:57 PM | Robert L. Davis (Administrator)

    Jen Vojtko Rubi is an Assistant Professor Educator and Coordinator of the Intensive Basic Spanish Language Program at the University of Cincinnati. She received her Ph.D in Second Language Acquisition from the University of Iowa and has graduate degrees in English as a Second Language and Spanish Linguistics. For her dissertation, she investigated how students in a flipped course constructed meaning from their out-of-class resources and explored their strategy use and learning paths. This led to the development of a training model for effective learning in flipped Spanish language courses.  Jen is interested in TA training, the role of metacognition in language teaching and learning, and technology enhanced language learning.


  • 18 Apr 2018 8:03 PM | Robert L. Davis (Administrator)

    AAUSC @ ACTFL 2018 New Orleans

    Travel/Professional Development Grant: Call for Submissions

     The goals of the American Association of University Supervisors and Coordinators (AAUSC) are to:

    • strengthen and improve foreign language curricula and instruction at the university level;
    • strengthen professional development programs for teaching assistants/teaching fellows/associate instructors, or their equivalents;
    • establish a forum for the exchange of ideas, experiences, and materials for TA training;
    • promote research on the training and supervision of TAs.

    In keeping with this mission, the AAUSC offers a limited number of travel/professional development grants to members who wish to attend the annual ACTFL convention each November. The grant covers up to $500 and can be used to pay the conference fee to attend ACTFL, and travel or lodging expenses.

    Although any current AAUSC member may apply for a grant, priority will be given to members who:

    • are new or recent AAUSC members;
    • are non-tenure-track language program directors/coordinators;
    • will be presenting at the ACTFL convention; or
    • otherwise receive limited or no institutional or other support for conference attendance

    Grant recipients are required to attend all AAUSC-sponsored sessions at the ACTFL convention and to post a summary of their experiences on the AAUSC website (aausc.org) and Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/aausc.lpd).

    Applications letters (1 page maximum, single-spaced, 12 pt font) should state:

    • how attendance at the conference will strengthen the applicant’s involvement with AAUSC;
    • how he or she plans to contribute to the organization in the future;
    • a budget stating how the money would be used; and
    • details of other sources of support, if any have been applied for, will be applied for, or have been awarded.

    APPLICATION DEADLINE: 1 June 2018 

    AWARDS ANNOUNCED BY: 15 July 2018

  • 06 Feb 2018 3:52 PM | Robert L. Davis (Administrator)

    MLA 2019: Call for Proposals Session sponsored by the American Association of University Supervisors and Coordinators (AAUSC)

    Pathways to Paradigm Change: Critical Examinations of Prevailing Discourses and Ideologies in Second Language Education

    This panel explores L2 education discourses that support or hinder pedagogies promoting language learning as situated communication practices. We understand situated practices as learning how to become an effective member of a community by gaining familiarity and some degree of control over its relevant social processes and practices--including oral and written textual production and interpretation--with recognition of the social, cultural, and historical embeddedness of texts. Calls for teaching language and culture as integrated and situated practices have recurred for over two decades, however, while curricular responses to such appeals for change have been successful in specific, localized instructional contexts, large-scale paradigm change has not yet occurred, and traditional ideologies and practices continue to pervade the field of L2 education. Furthermore, methods course materials and practices continue to foreground historical perspectives and eclecticism, rather than guide future teachers in systematic, in-depth exploration of a single, principled approach that aligns with notions of language learning and use as situated communication practices. Proposals are invited that examine the current discursive landscape around L2 teaching and learning. Of particular interest are papers that propose ways of moving the dominant discursive needle forward toward effective paradigm change in L2 education.

    Please send abstracts (maximum 200 words) to Beatrice Dupuy (bdupuy@email.arizona.edu) and Kristen Michelson (Kristen.Michelson@ttu.edu) by March 15, 2018.

  • 27 Nov 2017 11:39 AM | Robert L. Davis (Administrator)

    ACTFL 2017 was my first convention, and I was so grateful to have the intellectual and financial support of AAUSC. As an early-career course coordinator, I benefited greatly from attending the AAUSC meetings in Nashville. Specifically, I appreciated the honesty with which language program directors discussed the (exciting!) challenges of program-wide assessment; hearing the perspectives of colleagues from various types of institutions helped me contextualize the strengths and weaknesses of the language program at my own institution. Additionally, as a literature Ph.D., I sought out sessions that would enhance my ability to conduct and publish classroom-based research. I learned of various journals that publish the work of emerging scholars, and I was able to get some feedback on a peer review study that I’m conducting. In other sessions that concentrated on classroom practice, I was able to trouble shoot some of the challenges of the courses that I teach; I plan to consult the Routledge frequency dictionaries to revise my Intermediate Spanish vocabulary lists, and I’m going to modify my Advanced Grammar class so that students have more opportunities to engage with authentic texts and formally reflect on their language learning. Thanks to the high-quality sessions, welcoming colleagues from AAUSC, and meaningful one-on-one interactions, I left the conference feeling inspired and connected. Looking forward to next year!

    Kristen M. Turpin, Ph.D.
    Visiting Assistant Professor
    Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
    Villanova University

  • 18 Nov 2017 12:39 PM | Robert L. Davis (Administrator)

    It's time to choose our leadership! Vice-President Lara Lomicka becomes President on January 1, 2018, and we must elect a new officer to take her place. 

    (1) Read the candidates' biographies and statements.

    (2) Go to the online ballot to choose the next Vice-President-Elect.

    Voting will be open until 12:00 a.m. December 25, 2017.

    Thanks to out-going President Colleen Ryan! She becomes Past-President on January 1. We appreciate her service and leadership.

  • 17 Nov 2017 12:58 PM | Robert L. Davis (Administrator)

    AAUSC @ MLA 2018

    Session 384: Understanding Vocabulary Learning and Teaching: Implications for Language Program Development

    Colleen M. Ryan, Presider
    Friday, January 5, 2017
    3:30-4:45 p.m.
    Hilton, Concourse A

    1. The Case for Collaborative Dialogues to Learn Vocabulary in Upper-division Courses
    Celine Rose, U Iowa

    2. The Effectiveness of Second-language Vocabulary Teaching and Learning Strategies: Perceptions versus Reality
    Joseph Price, U Arizona-Tuscon

    3. Listening Tasks: A Longitudinal Study on Language-learning Vocabulary in L2 Spanish
    Cristina Pardo Ballester, Iowa State U


  • 20 Jun 2017 12:05 PM | Robert L. Davis (Administrator)
    We are pleased to announce that the editorial board of the AAUSC series Issues in Language Program Direction, has selected two new co-editors: Kate Paesani (Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition, University of Minnesota) and Johanna Watzinger-Tharp (University of Utah). The current editor, Stacey Katz Bourns (Northeastern University), is overseeing the transition to the incoming co-editors, who will assume editorship of the volume in November 2017. 

    Thanks to Stacey for all her years of service to the organization, and best of luck to Kate and Johanna!

  • 12 Jan 2017 11:45 AM | Robert L. Davis (Administrator)

    The ACTFL convention 2016 was the second time I attended the conference, and the first time as an AAUSC member. During these three days in Boston, I participated in many sessions within my research and teaching interests, learned about new tools and strategies for planning and conducting lessons, and could get many impressions and ideas from other language programs. I found it particularly valuable that I could exchange ideas with language educators from all kinds of different contexts, for instance Saturday schools, community colleges, or exchange programs. I could consider and integrate new perspectives and learn from others’ experiences. I also attended the AAUSC German Sector Business Meeting, and the AAUSC Business Meeting and Reception. Both of these events stood out to me because of my colleagues’ thought-provoking presentations, the productive and engaging discussions we had, and the supportive AAUSC community that welcomed me and that I could be part of. I’m looking forward to attending many more ACTFL conventions and AAUSC events in the future.

  • 12 Jan 2017 11:43 AM | Robert L. Davis (Administrator)

    On the 2016 ACTFL Convention: I am incredibly grateful for the support that the AAUSC provided me to travel to my first ACTFL Convention and first national conference. For me, the entire conference experience centered on building relationships within the AAUSC. First, attending the AAUSC French Section Meeting and the AAUSC editorial board meeting allowed me to network with a number of future colleagues whose names I had heard and whose work I had read. Because I am currently transitioning from completing my doctoral coursework to working on my dissertation, it was a great professional experience for me to be able to put faces to names and start to see other AAUSC members as my colleagues. Second, I was able to attend presentations given by other AAUSC members, which sparked ideas for me as a teacher and a researcher. As a teacher, I was profoundly inspired by one presentation on how current events might be incorporated into the language classroom, specifically in the wake of national traumas such as the January 2015 attacks on Charlie Hebdo. As a researcher, I continued to grapple with Systemic Functional Linguistics, aided by the presentation of two of the most prominent researchers in the field of genre-based learning. Third, I was grateful to have many of the AAUSC members I met in the audience during my own ACTCL presentation. Having the support and feedback of these colleagues at my first national conference presentation was invaluable! I look forward to continuing to build relationships with my AAUSC colleagues.

  • 03 Dec 2016 5:41 PM | Robert L. Davis (Administrator)

    As an allied organization of the Modern Language Association, AAUSC sponsors one session at the annual conference, held this year in Philadelphia. Our session is Friday, 6 January:

    Session 212. Social Pedagogies in the L2 Classroom

    8:30–9:45 a.m., 307, Philadelphia Marriott

    Presiding: Colleen M. Ryan, Indiana U, Bloomington

    1. "Brecht's Die Maßnahme (The Measures Taken) in the Elementary German Classroom," Kaleigh Bangor, Vanderbilt U.

    2. "Mobile Students, Mobile Minds: Beyond Study Abroad or Immersion toward Understanding," Monica F. Jacobe, College of New Jersey

    3. "Travel Literature," Kristen M. Turpin, U Pennsylvania

    4. "Education as Community Building: App Design in the L2 Classroom," Sébastien Dubreil, Carnegie Mellon U

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