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Ms. Danielle Steider, Director

Ms. Danielle Steider (steider@msu.edu) coordinates the Less Commonly Taught Languages Program in the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages at Michigan State University. She also supervises all MSU Fulbright FLTAs hosted by the College of Arts and Letters. Her prior experience includes ESL/EFL teaching and teacher training at Michigan State University and The Pennsylvania State University, and in Egypt with the Binational Fulbright Commission and Niger with the Peace Corps. 

Mr. Matt Kanefsky, Director

Mr. Matt Kanefsky (kanefsky@msu.edu) is the Assistant Director of Language Instruction for French in the Department of Romance and Classical Studies. In addition to teaching language courses, he is responsible for creating curriculum for the Basic Language program and supervising the TAs and Instructors. Currently, he is overseeing the transition to a hybrid model of instruction. Prior to this, he had taught French at the high school level for over a decade.

Dr. Dustin De Felice, Director

Dr. Dustin De Felice (defelic5@msu.edu) is the Director of and an Assistant Professor in the online Master of Arts in Foreign Language Teaching Program at Michigan State University, where he teaches courses on Language Concepts in Foreign Language Teaching, Second Language Acquisition, Language Teaching Methods, Language Program Development and Administration, Pedagogical Grammar, and Language Learning and Technology in Foreign Language Classrooms. He has more than a decade of experience in the fields of adult education, applied linguistics, and language teaching. He has taught in East Lansing, Michigan; Tampa, Florida; Chicago, Illinois; and Cuernavaca, Mexico. 

Dr. Angelika Kraemer, Director

Dr. Angelika Kraemer (kraemera@msu.edu) is the Executive Associate Director of the Center for Language Teaching Advancement, Director of CeLTA Language School, and a workshop leader for the Center for Language Education and Research. She conducts research on online and blended learning, early language learning, program administration, and second language acquisition, has published articles based on her work, and given presentations at national and international conferences.

Mr. Justin Van Ness, IIE/Fulbright Representative

Justin Van Ness has over seven years of experience advising U.S. and Visiting Fulbright Scholars, Fulbright Foreign Students, Fulbright Visiting Researchers, and F-1 international students. In addition to advising students, scholars, and professionals, he managed the International Fulbright Science & Technology Program for nearly two years and was an advisor and SEVIS Coordinator at DePaul University. He was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Madrid, Spain in 2006 and has been committed to international exchange ever since. He holds a MA in comparative politics from American University and a BA in world politics and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Justin is currently an advisor for the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program. He is based in IIE’s Chicago office.

Ms. Kit Bartels, ECA/U.S. State Department Representative

Kit Bartels directs and oversees the Fulbright Program for the Middle East and North Africa in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). She has worked for more than 14 years in the State Department and has been part of the ECA team since December 2013, serving first as Deputy Director of the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board secretariat and then as the Bureau’s Chief of Staff before moving to the Fulbright Program Office in 2016. She has also served as an Arabian Peninsula analyst with the Diplomatic Security Service and as a Senior Program Officer focused on civil society development with the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. Kit served previously as an officer in the United States Air Force, with assignments in Texas, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and the state of Washington. She received two academic-year Foreign Language and Area Studies awards from the University of Arizona and completed her master’s degree in Near Eastern Studies in 2007. She also has a bachelor’s degree in linguistics from Miami University in Ohio.


Presenter Biographies

Ms. Mashael AlGana

Ms. Mashael AlGana (alganama@msu.edu) received her M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Texas Tech University and her B.A. in English from King Khalid University. She also worked as a teaching assistant at King Khalid University and taught English as a foreign language for five years. Mashael is currently a Ph.D. student in the Second Language Studies program at MSU. Her research interests include instructed SLA, computer assisted language learning, and input processing.

Dr. Sandro Barros

Dr. Sandro Barros (barross1@msu.edu) is an Assistant Professor of Teacher Education and Subject Area Leader for World Languages in the College of Education at Michigan State University. His research focuses on broad issues connected with multilingual development, culture, and language politics in K-16 curricula. Sandro is interested in how the study of languages other than English shapes public perception of citizenship and belonging to the nation-state. He analyzes the connections between ideologies of language learning and how they support legitimacy discourses that influence multilingual pedagogy. 

Mr. Adam Gacs

Mr. Adam Gacs (gacs@msu.edu) is an Educational Technology Specialist in the Center for Language Teaching Advancement and Instructor of German in the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages at Michigan State University. He develops and teaches online language courses in First and Second Year, but also teaches face-to-face language classes and supports technology integration across the curriculum. He also mentors TAs transitioning to teaching online. His research interests include spoken corpora in language teaching and online language learning.

Dr. David Horner

Dr. David Horner (david.horner@gmail.com) has worked in various aspects of international education for nearly 40 years. He received two Fulbright education administrator grants to Germany and a year-long teaching-research grant to Hong Kong in 2003-04. He has held leadership positions in NAFSA: Association of International Educators, responded to requests from numerous colleges and universities to evaluate their international education programs, organized cross-cultural training programs for Michigan companies, American and international student groups, university employees and worked extensively with international students groups in his pre-retirement role as Director of the Office for International Students and Scholars at Michigan State University.

Ms. Dana Kanhai

Ms. Dana Kanhai (kanhaida@msu.edu) is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education program in the College of Education at Michigan State University. She received a Master of Science from Valdosta State University in Clinical Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from The University of the West Indies. Prior to joining MSU, Dana worked in the corporate environment as a human resource analyst and a counselor in Trinidad & Tobago. Her research interests include faculty learning and development and how higher education institutions support student learning and wellbeing.

Mr. Austin Kaufmann

Mr. Austin Kaufmann (akauf@msu.edu) is an English as a Second Language instructor and an Educational Technology Specialist at MSUs’ English Language Center. He received his M.A. in TESOL from American University (Washington, DC), and has taught English in Kyrgyzstan, Korea, Lithuania, and the United States. His interests include pronunciation instruction, materials creation, and the integration of educational technology into the classroom.

Ms. Mariko Kawaguchi

Ms. Mariko Kawaguchi (kawaguc7@msu.edu) teaches Japanese language courses at Michigan State University. She holds an M.A. in Japanese Pedagogy from Columbia University and an M.Ed. in Multicultural Education from California State University Long Beach. Her research interests include Japanese pedagogy, multicultural education, blended learning, and teaching Japanese to children. 

Mr. Matt Kessler

Mr. Matthew Kessler (kessle72@msu.edu) is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Second Language Studies program. Prior to joining SLS, Matt taught English in Thailand through a Fulbright grant, and before that, as an adjunct for Ohio University’s English Language Improvement Program. Matt earned his B.A. in English and M.A. in applied linguistics from Ohio University. His research interests include L2 writing, learner identity, and computer-assisted language learning.

Ms. Amy Kroesche

Ms. Amy Kroesche (kroesche@msu.edu) is an Academic Specialist with the English Language Center at Michigan State University, where she is an advisor and ESL instructor. She has done teacher training in the MATESOL program at MSU, and has also coordinated EFL teacher training special programs for the ELC with Panama Bilingue and Young Adult Literature/Reading programs sponsored by the U.S. State Department.

Ms. Debra Martinez

Ms. Debra Rousseau Martinez (rousse15@msu.edu) is a senior investigator in the Office of Institutional Equity at Michigan State University. Ms. Martinez previously served as an assistant prosecuting attorney with the Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office from 2004 until 2015 where she was Unit Chief of the Special Victim Unit and specialized in reviewing and prosecuting cases of sexual assault and child abuse. Prior to her appointment as an assistant prosecutor, Ms. Martinez worked in private practice handling matters of criminal defense, education law, municipal issues, and family law matters. Ms. Martinez received her Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Central Michigan University, and received her Juris Doctorate from Michigan State University College of Law.

Mr. Francisco Morales

Mr. Francisco Morales (morale70@msu.edu) is a doctoral student in the Hispanic Linguistics program at the University of Florida. He also works as a Spanish Instructor in the Department of Romance and Classical Studies at Michigan State University. He received a Master of Arts in Applied Spanish Linguistics from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Ohio University. His research interests include sociolinguistics, language contact, language variation and change, and language teaching and technology. 

Mr. Matthew Rynbrandt

Mr. Matthew Rynbrandt (rynbran1@msu.edu) is a faculty member in the English Language Center (ELC) at Michigan State University. He received his M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from MSU and has taught ESL in the United Arab Emirates in the Middle East. 

Dr. Catherine Ryu

Dr. Catherine Ryu (ryuc@msu.edu) is an Associate Professor of Japanese literature and culture. An inventor of a language learning game platform known as Cube2Cube, she is the principal investigator of the Tone Perception Study (ToPES) and the Mandarin Tone Perception and Production (M-ToPP) project. Her teaching and research interests include classical Japanese, digital humanities, game studies, and global studies. She is currently developing Picky Birds 2.0 (a Mandarin tone learning app game) and a tone analysis tool with her research team.

Dr. Johanna Schuster-Craig

Dr. Johanna Schuster-Craig (schust66@msu.edu) is an Assistant Professor of German and Global Studies at Michigan State University. Her interests include drama pedagogy in the language classroom, intensive language learning and project-based instruction. Prior to joining the faculty at MSU, she was the director of the German Studies program at Cornell College, a four-year college with an intensive block plan instructional model.

Dr. Galen Sibanda

Dr. Galen Sibanda (sibanda1@msu.edu) teaches IsiZulu and coordinates the African Languages Program at Michigan State University. Other languages he sometimes offers are IsiNdebele, IsiXhosa, and ChiShona. His main research and teaching interests include the use of film in teaching African languages, distance education, assessment, and the phonology and morphology of Bantu languages. He has published and presented at conferences on different aspects of Nguni phonology and morphology, distance education, assessment, and using film in the classroom.

Dr. Koen Van Gorp

Dr. Koen Van Gorp (vangorpk@msu.edu) is a Language Assessment Specialist at Michigan State University and Head of Foreign Language Assessment at the Center for Language Teaching Advancement (CeLTA). His interests include task-based language teaching and assessment and multilingual education. He is involved in the professional development of teachers and developed task-based language curricula for K-12 education. Prior to joining CeLTA, he was director of the Certificate Dutch as a Foreign Language, a language proficiency test of Dutch, and co-director of the Centre for Language and Education (University of Leuven) in Belgium.

Ms. Carol Wilson-Duffy

Ms. Carol Wilson-Duffy (wilson77@msu.edu) is an Academic Specialist at MSU's English Language Center. In addition to her background in teaching ESL, Carol also has more than 30 years of leadership and management experience. She has led the ELC special program team where she created educational programs for individuals and groups of students and teachers from Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Latin and Central America, and parts of Africa. Carol also specializes in educational technology training and has Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) teaching experience in the U.S. and Korea, and by distance to remote areas in Micronesia. She is the web designer/editor for the journal Language Learning & Technology, Past President of Michigan’s Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages organization (MITESOL), and has served on TESOL’s Technology Advisory Board.   

Ms. Xiaowan Zhang

Ms. Xiaowan Zhang (zhang874@msu.edu) received her B.A. in English Language and Literature from Wuhan University in China and her M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is currently a third-year Ph.D. in the Second Language Studies program. Her primary research interests are in language testing and assessment.

Transforming Theatre Ensemble

The Transforming Theatre Ensemble (TTE) provides an interactive learning experience that engages audiences in collaborative problem solving. Theatrical sketches are used as a focal point for dialogue led by a skilled facilitator. Based on Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed, TTE creates a safe distance for an audience to reflect on and analyze problematic attitudes and behaviors, as a first step toward transformation.