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Curriculum Vitæ


Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, Missouri                                            March 2015
Ph.D, Romance Language Pedagogy

Université Laval, Québec City, Québec                                                    July 2011
Graduate Coursework

Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, Missouri                                            May 2008
Master of Arts Degree in French                                        

La Escuela de Idiomas D’Amore, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
                      July 2007
Certificate for Spanish Language Coursework                        

Webster University, Saint Louis, Missouri                                                May 2003
Webster University, Geneva, Switzerland
Bachelors of Science Degree in Computer Science
French Minor                                                                    

Professional Experience:

Director of the Language Resource Center                                              2008 - Present
and NTT Assistant Professor of French at Saint Louis University
Saint Louis, Missouri

French Adjunct Instructor at Saint Louis University
                                2007 - 2008
Saint Louis, Missouri

French Teacher and Tutor for the Alliance Française
                               2007 – 2008
Ladue, Missouri

Graduate Admissions Assistant at St. Louis University                           2006 – 2007
Saint Louis, Missouri

Technology Specialist at The Vandover Group                                        2004 – 2006
Creve Coeur, Missouri  

English Teacher at Bourdelle High School                                              2003 - 2004
Montauban, France

Instructional Technologist at Webster University                                  2001 – 2003
Webster Groves, Missouri

Research Interests:

  • Educational Technology
  • Romance Language Pedagogy
  • Language Proficiency Assessment
  • Speech-to-text and Text-to-Speech technologies for language learning

Courses Taught at Saint Louis University:

  • Communicating in French I
  • Communicating in French II
  • Intermediate French Language and Culture - link
  • Discovering the French-Speaking World - link
  • Methods and Technology for Teaching French (Graduate Course) - link

Selected Presentations, Publications, Awards, and Activities: 

Webinar: Adaptive Language Placement with SLUPE; presented to the Liberal Arts Consortium on Online Learning (LACOL). The Consortium is a partnership of Amherst, Carleton, Claremont McKenna, Haverford, Pomona, Swarthmore, Vassar, and Williams colleges. February 2015. 

Article: "iSpraak: Automated Online Pronunciation Feedback," in FLTmag: A magazine on technology integration in the world language classroom. Mag., November 2015. Web.

Keynote Speaker : Saint Louis University’s 1818 Advanced College Credit Program Event, presentation: "Instructional Technology for Language Educators"
November 2015

Presentation: "Re-purposing Speech-to-Text APIs for Evaluating Student Pronunciation" at FLEAT VI (Foreign Language Education and Technology)
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Summer 2015

Project : iSpraak - Web application to evaluate target-language pronunciation featuring speech-to-text comparative algorithms and integration with authentic speech sample databases. Development ongoing, details available at www.ispraak.com. Fall 2014-Present

Dissertation Awarded Distinction: Increasing Placement Proficiency Test Reliability Through Data-Driven Criterion-Referenced Adaptive Assessments, Spring 2015.

Project : VoiceRater - Web application to support SLA research of accent impressions by native and non-native speakers in Spanish and English. Spring 2014. 

Project : DuoVox - Web application that facilitates student recordings. Spring 2014. 

Presentation: "Criterion-referenced Placement Tests" at IALLT (International Association for Language Learning Technology)
Pinecrest School, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Summer 2013. 

Presentation: "Placement Test Development" at SOCALLT (South Central Association for Language Learning Technology)
Texas Christian University, Forth Worth, Texas, Spring 2013. 

Podcast : Created the CALICO Audio Journal podcast that features an audio archive of the journal's printed articles, reviews, and editorials. 

Article : The Placement Predicament : Foreign Language Proficiency Assessments. Thai TESOL Bulletin, 22(1), 63-71. Fall 2012. 

Textbook : Ancillary material writer for 9th Edition of French textbook Contacts released by Houghton Mifflin, 2013

Presentation : "Le rôle et la présence de la mémoire au fil du XXme" at annual AATF (American Association of Teachers of French) Convention.
Summer 2012.

Project : NanoVox– Designed, programmed, and released foreign language software to assist in management and creation of multimedia activities. March 2012. 

Presentation : "Using online formative assessments to guide tense learning" for KFLC Conference (Kentucky Foreign Language Conference)
University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, Spring 2012

Article: "How tablets accelerate the ease of learning a foreign language," in the tablet business magazine TabTimes. Mag., 18 January 2012. Web.

Keynote Speaker : Saint Louis University’s 1818 Advanced College Credit Program Event, "Focus on Outcomes Assessment"
December 2011

Technology Consultant : 2011 MIDTESOL Conference, Gateway to Global Citizenship, hosted at Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, Missouri
October 2011

Presentation : “Assessing Assessments: In Pursuit of Perfect Placement” for KFLC (Kentucky Foreign Language Conference)
University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, April 2011

Project : SLUPE – Designed and programmed an adaptive proficiency placement exam known as SLUPE (Saint Louis University Placement Exam).  Patent #US8684746 issued April 2014, development ongoing: August 2009 – Present

Conference : SWALLT (Southwest Association for Language Learning Technology) and NWALLT (Northwest Association for Language Learning Technology) 2010 Joint Conference: Sustainable Language Learning Technology at Reed College, Portland, Oregon
Moderator and session chair for “Using Wikis for Collaborative Writing” and “Homegrown Language Placement Tests”, Fall 2010

Presentation : “Evaluations de compétence en langue étrangère avec Web 2.0” presented for NEALLT (Northeast Association for Language Learning Technology) at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York, Spring 2010

Presentation :  “Etude de la mémoire dans La Cliente de Pierre Assouline” presented at the 6th Annual French and Spanish Graduate-Undergraduate Student Symposium, Saint Louis University, Spring 2008

Presentation :  “Misogynie à la médiévale” presented at 5th Annual French and Spanish Graduate-Undergraduate Student Symposium, Saint Louis University, Spring 2007

          Graduate Admissions Assistantship awarded, Saint Louis University, Summer 2006 

Selected by Webster University Foreign Language Department for Teaching Assistantship in Montauban, France, Spring 2003

Professional Memberships: 

 International Association for Language Learning Technology (IALLT)  

Language Background: 

Near-native proficiency in French, proficient in Spanish, and some studies in Latin, Ancient Greek, German, Russian, and Portuguese.