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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.


Deborah Guido-O’Grady, Fulbright Branch Chief for Europe and Eurasia, U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Deborah Guido-O’Grady is a career Foreign Service Officer with experience in academic and cultural exchanges and press relations, having served at U.S. Embassies in Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Russia and Italy, where she also spent a sabbatical teaching at John Cabot University in Rome.  In her most recent position in Italy, she supervised U.S. efforts in public outreach and programming for the six provinces of Southern Italy.  Throughout her career, she has interfaced with American and foreign Fulbright students and scholars and has worked closely with Fulbright English Teaching Assistants in Russia, Italy and Turkey.  Today, she is the Fulbright Branch Chief for Europe and Eurasia in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and responsible for funding oversight and program policy for U.S. programs in some 46 countries and with the 23 Fulbright Binational programs in Europe. She holds a MA in Communications from the University of Michigan, is married to a former diplomat, and has two daughters, now studying at Georgetown and University College London.

Susan Muendl, Global Portfolio Manager, Fulbright Student and Scholar Programs

Susan Muendl is the Global Portfolio Manager for Fulbright Student and Scholar Programs, including the FLTA, Fulbright Arctic Initiative and Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship.  Previously, Susan managed the Fulbright US Student Programs in the Western Hemisphere region and worked with the Foreign Fulbright Student Programs in Europe/Eurasia.  In addition to her 10 years of experience with Fulbright grant administration at IIE, Susan spent 3 years in Europe as an English language teacher in Munich, Germany, and Prague, Czech Republic.  She holds a Master of Arts degree in European Studies from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia. 

Vanessa Sayajon, Global Events Project Manager, Strategic Events and Professional Development

Vanessa is a Global Event Project Manager at IIE. She develops and executes enrichment activities throughout the country for Foreign Fulbrighters. At IIE, she has previously administered programs on behalf of The Rockefeller Foundation and The Christensen Fund. Prior to joining IIE in 2013, Vanessa received her B.A. in International Affairs from Northeastern University and her M.S. in Urban Policy and Management from The New School for Public Engagement. Vanessa’s international experience has included studying abroad at the Beijing Foreign Studies University in Beijing, China and working with the NGO Committee on the Status of Women helping to advocate for women and girl’s rights at the United Nations. 


Presenter Biographies

Dr. Safoi Babana-Hampton

Dr. Safoi Babana-Hampton (babanaha@msu.edu) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Romance and Classical Studies at Michigan State University, where she teaches 20th and 21st century French and Francophone literatures. She is a core faculty member of Global Studies, Muslim Studies, and African Studies, and an affiliate faculty member of Jewish Studies. Her current research project is a comparative study of images of multicultural citizenship in literary and filmic productions in the Maghreb and the Maghrebi diaspora in France. She is the author of Reflexions littéraires sur l’espace public marocain dans l’oeuvre d’Abdellatif Laâbi (Summa Publications, 2008). She is a recipient of a Fulbright scholarship and an American Institute for Maghrib Studies research grant.

Ms. Carmen De Lorenzo

Ms. Carmen De Lorenzo (deloren5@msu.edu) is an Instructor of Italian and French in the Department of Romance and Classical Studies at Michigan State University. In addition to teaching language courses, Carmen works on curriculum development for the 100 and 200 level Italian Program. In particular, she specializes in technology integration in the curriculum and she recently developed blended course formats for the first year of Italian courses. She also mentors other Italian instructors transitioning to teaching blended and online courses. Another interest of Carmen is assessment and she is currently developing an Italian placement test online. She has fifteen years of experience in the fields of college education, adult education, and foreign language teaching. 

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.

Mr. Luca Giupponi

Mr. Luca Giupponi (giupponi@msu.edu) is the Educational Technology Coordinator for the English Language Center as well as an Educational Technology Specialist for the Center for Language Teaching Advancement at Michigan State University. Originally from Italy, Luca has lived in the United States for thirteen years and has been at MSU for four years. He specializes in the development of technology-supported curriculum, courses, and programs. 

Mr. Walter Hopkins

Mr. Walter Hopkins (wph@msu.edu) is the Assistant Director of Language Instruction for Spanish in the Department of Romance and Classical Studies. In addition to teaching language courses, Walter serves as the immediate supervisor for all of the instructors and TAs in the 100-200 level program in Spanish, providing mentoring and support for them in their teaching roles. He also works on curriculum development for the program and handles student concerns. Prior to coming to MSU, Walter taught Spanish and French at both the secondary and university level and worked with pre-service teachers as a methods instructor and university supervisor of practicum experiences.

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. Mariko Kawaguchi

Ms. Kawaguchi (kawaguc7@msu.edu) teaches Japanese language courses at Michigan State University. She holds and 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. 

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. Ann Letson

Ms. Ann Letson (letsonan@msu.edu) is an instructor at MSU's English Language Center. Her language teaching and research interests include second language writing, corpus linguistics, and language assessment. At the ELC, she teaches a variety of courses including ESL 220: Academic Writing and Grammar, ESL 291: Special Topics in Academic English, and ESL 093, an intensive vocabulary course. She also coordinates the ELC's Writing Lab, organizes faculty professional development workshops, and contributes to ELC English proficiency testing projects as a member of the ELC Testing Office team.

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. 

Ms. Sapna Naik

Ms. Sapna Naik (naiksapn@msu.edu) is a doctoral student in the Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education program at Michigan State University. She received a Master’s in Higher Education Administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Science from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining the doctoral program, Sapna worked in residence life as an undergraduate student and graduate intern at UC Berkeley and in graduate student academic support at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her research interests include internationalization of higher education, international graduate students in U.S. higher education, and college sexual assault policy.

Dr. Ok-Sook Park

Dr. Ok-Sook Park (ospark@msu.edu) is an Assistant Professor of Korean and coordinates the Korean Program in the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages at Michigan State University. Her research and teaching interests include the phonetics and phonology of Korean, language assessment, Korean as a second language, and heritage language teaching and learning. She has also conducted several workshops for Korean language teachers.

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. 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.   

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.