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  • 07 May 2024 12:32 PM | Amy Rossomondo (Administrator)

    AAUSC is happy to announce the results of this year’s elections. Congratulations to the following colleagues who have been elected to the Board of Directors:

    Boris Yelin - Vice-President/President-Elect

    Ayman Mohamed - Arabic Language Convener

    Sara Mattavelli - Italian Language Convener

    Rachel Floyd - French Language Convener

    Helena Stech - Graduate Student Representative

  • 15 Apr 2024 11:11 AM | Amy Rossomondo (Administrator)

    It’s time to vote in the annual officer elections for AAUSC. Voting will be open until Friday April 26 at 11:59 pm PST.

    To vote in this year’s elections, please access the candidate statements and bios on the AAUSC website ( You will see an overview of positions up for election and the candidate names for each position. Below this overview, you will see each candidate’s name and a drop down arrow that you can click to expand to read each candidate’s bio and statement. 

    To cast your vote, please click here: Vote for 2024 AAUSC officers ( Please note that you may cast a vote in one, some, or all contests.

    Thank you for your engagement in the AAUSC. We look forward to announcing new officers on April 29, 2024.

  • 11 Dec 2023 6:06 PM | Mandy Menke (Administrator)

    AAUSC is pleased to announce the 2023 recipients of the Innovation in Language Program Direction Award. Awardees are listed in no particular order:

    • Virtual Intergenerational Service-Learning Exchanges: Advancing Language, Intercultural Learning, and Community Engagement 

    Carolin Fuchs; Northeastern University, World Languages Center

    • Taking Ownership of the Curriculum: The Transformation of a Language Program

    Alberto Bruzos Moro, Catalina Méndez Vallejo, Mariana Bono; Princeton University, Department of Spanish and Portuguese

    • Confluences Francophones

    Patricia J Kyle; University of Texas at Austin, Department of French and Italian

    • Intercultural Competence & Chinese

    Qingyu Yang; University of Rhode Island, Department of modern and classical languages and literatures 

    • Using ePortfolios and Virtual Reality to Promote the Study of Italian

    Ryan Calabretta-Sajder; University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Dept. of World Languages, Literatures, & Cultures

    Congratulations to the 2023 winners! We look forward to highlighting these projects in an upcoming AAUSC event.

    A total of 18 projects were submitted for consideration, and the awards committee wants to recognize the innovative work being done across languages and programs. Proficiency; intercultural competence; justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion; technology; accessibility; engagement; and recruitment and retention were common themes across the projects that were submitted. Thank you to all who applied! 

    Many thanks to the awards committee (Mahmoud Azaz, Kate Brooke, Senta Goertler, Ashlie Henery, Mandy Menke, Montserrat Mir, and Claudia Sánchez-Gutiérrez) for their time and thoughtful consideration of each project.

  • 15 Nov 2023 6:51 AM | Amy Rossomondo (Administrator)

    We will meet up for happy hour at Woven and Bound in the Marriott Marquis (across the street from the convention center) Friday, November 17 from 4-6pm

    Looking forward to seeing you there!

  • 04 Oct 2023 6:40 AM | Amy Rossomondo (Administrator)

    Please find the Zoom link for our annual Business Meeting that will take place in conjunction with the SOLPHE conference this Friday afternoon (October 6) from 4:30-5:45 (Central). (It is not necessary to be registered for SOLPHE to participate in the Business Meeting. We look forward to seeing you!

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 529 183 6684

    No password (waiting room enabled)

  • 16 Sep 2023 12:02 PM | Anonymous

    CERCLL is offering a free professional development webinar series with CE certificates. The event in October will be the second in a series of three webinars: Maximizing Learners’ Career Readiness in Language Programs. Educators can enroll in any combination of these events, and continuing education and digital badges are available. Complete information about the series is here: .
    Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy (CERCLL)

    October 5 at 10 am:

    Don’t Reinvent the Wheel: Integrating Career Readiness into Already-Existing 1st and 2nd Year Language Programs, presented by 

    Darcy Lear, Ph.D, University of Chicago.

    November 29 at 10 am:

    Shaping the Future of Education: Integrating World Languages for Specific Purposes (WLSP) in Language and Culture Programs, presented by 

    Diana Ruggiero, Ph.D, University of Memphis.

    Questions? Contact us at: 

    Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy (CERCLL)

    University of ArizonaWeb:

  • 08 Sep 2023 9:24 AM | Mandy Menke (Administrator)

    AAUSC is pleased to solicit applications for the Innovation in Language Program Direction Award to recognize outstanding examples of curricular and pedagogical innovation in the field of foreign/second languages education within institutions of higher education.In addition to receiving a monetary award, winners will be publicly recognized and given the opportunity to share their project with colleagues.

    All AAUSC members (tenure-track faculty, non-tenure track faculty, adjunct faculty and graduate students not currently serving on the Executive Board or as SLRP editors) currently employed in an institution of higher education are eligible to apply. 

    Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:


    Does the project leverage innovative theories, technologies and/or practices? How does the project advance language teaching and learning and/or the work of language program directors and coordinators?


    What is the impact on the local program and what is the potential impact on the wider field of post-secondary language education? How was student learning impacted or the work of LPDs/coordinators transformed?  Can the project be replicated by other language programs in the US? How relevant is the project to language program direction and L2 education?

    In addressing impact, applicants should detail how student learning was transformed, using evidence from student feedback, assessment data, program metrics, press reports, social media hits, etc., making a direct link between available data/metrics and a particular outcome.

    Applicants are encouraged to include sufficient detail in their narrative so that reviewers have a clear sense of the curricular innovations made, the motivations for the innovations, and the impact of the innovations on the local program. Finally, applicants should consider how their process and practices could be a model for other post-secondary language programs.

    Applicants must submit a de-identified Word file or PDF (approximately 750 words) with a description of their programmatic innovation by October 23, 2023 via this Google form.Applications will be evaluated in a blind, peer-review process.  Winners will be announced in early December.

    Please direct any questions to Mandy Menke (, AAUSC Vice-President.

  • 31 May 2023 6:01 AM | Mandy Menke (Administrator)

    AAUSC is happy to announce the results of this year’s elections. Congratulations to the following colleagues who have been elected to the Board of Directors:

    Flavio Valdarachi - Italian Language Convener

    Yi Wang - Asian Language Convener

    Jeanne Schueller - German Language Convener

    Luis Gonçalves - Portuguese Language Convener

    Montserrat Mir, Claudia Sánchez-Gutierrez, and Germán Zarate - Spanish Language Conveners (tie)

    Kristin Michelson - Secretary

    Kelle Marshall - Treasurer

    Thank you to all who stood for election to the AAUSC Board this year.

  • 02 May 2023 6:06 PM | Mandy Menke (Administrator)

    It's that time of year for our annual elections. We have a great lineup of nominees to fill the vacant board positions. You can access information about the nominees and cast your vote via this link. The ballot will be open through Friday, May 19. Please note that you can vote for each position, even those that are outside of your language section. A special thank you to all who made nominations and to all who are standing for election. 

    Also a big thank you to the AAUSC board members who are concluding their terms: Kelle Marshall (Secretary-Treasurer), Yang Xiao-Desai (Asian Languages Section Convener), Christina Frei (German Section Convener), Chiara Fabbian (Italian Section Convener), Vania Castro (Portuguese Section Convener), Muriel Gallego (Spanish Section Convener), and Christina Isabelli (Spanish Section Convener). Thank you for your service to AAUSC and the field!

  • 06 Mar 2023 9:00 AM | Amy Rossomondo (Administrator)

    Our graduate student representative, Mary Ellen Rutemeyer (Michigan State University), has developed a survey for graduate students to gauge interest in potential programming and support that AAUSC might provide future members of our profession. We would be very grateful if you could you share the survey with the graduate students in your programs:

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