Series Editor, Issues in Language Program Direction
Stacey Katz Bourns was recently appointed director of the World Languages Center (WLC) and professor of cultures, societies and global studies. Bourns brings to this position an outstanding record as educator, administrator, and researcher of language pedagogy. She comes to Northeastern from Harvard University, where she has been the director of language programs in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures since 2009. Before teaching at Harvard, she was an associate professor of French and the coordinator of the French Language Program at the University of Utah.
Bourns’s research and publications have focused on grammar pedagogy, TA training, the role of applied linguists in language departments, sociolinguistics, spoken vs. written French, and information structure. Her current book project, Linking Second Language Pedagogy and Meaningful Content: Theories, Approaches, and Practices (co-authored with Nicole Mills and Cheryl Krueger), is under contract with Yale University Press. Bourns is a past president of the American Association of University Supervisors, Coordinators & Directors of Foreign Language Programs (AAUSC) and she edits the association’s respected book series on Issues in Language Program Direction. Sheis also an assistant editor for French Review. Bourns holds a Ph.D. in French linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin, an M.A. in French literature from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. in French from Tufts University.