LARC Staff

Dr. Mat Schulze

Director, LARC; Professor of German, Department of European Studies; Co-editor, CALICO Journal  
Dr. Mat Schulze is the Director of the Language Acquisition Resource Center at San Diego State University and as Professor of German at San Diego State University.
Phone: (619) 594-0958
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Chris Brown

Managing Director, LARC; Director LTC
Chris supports the director and other LARC team members in the design and implementation of LARC’s externally funded international programs and initiatives. He holds graduate degrees and certificates in Second Language Instruction, Spanish Linguistics, and Higher Education Leadership. His doctoral dissertation is titled “Discursive Leadership: Exploring the “black box” challenge in transcultural leadership studies.” His research interests focus on the intersection of organizational theory and behavior, leadership, and transcultural communication.
Phone: (619) 594-7131

Dr. Trevor Shanklin

Director of Laboratories
Trevor received his MA from Ruprecht Karl University in Heidelberg, Germany, and his doctorate from the University of Southern California. Both degrees are in theoretical linguistics. Since graduating, Trevor has worked in teacher training, both abroad and in the US. Among other institutions he has been affiliated with the leading humanities university in Budapest, Hungary, the Soros Open Society Foundation and former BIA schools on the Navajo reservation through an Eisenhower Grant. A key element in training has been enhancing the foreign language curriculum with technology in conjunction with resource centers. Trevor now coordinates the use of the LARC language labs and co-directs the CAST project.
Phone: (619) 594-5445

Shahnaz Ahmadeian

Director of Programs
Shahnaz Ahmadeian Fard is a PhD student in Education at the Claremont Graduate University/San Diego State University with an emphasis on teaching and learning of world languages. Her MA is in Policy Studies in Language and Cross-Cultural Education. Since 2013, Shahnaz has been the Program Co-director and Curriculum Developer of the STARTALK Teacher Training and Student Camp Programs. As the director of DLI Persian Immersion program, Shahnaz develops and oversees the internal budgets for non-instructional elements of the programs and oversees the implementation of the program.  In addition, she is the director of SAILN-California World Language Projects where she manages and leads the program’s ongoing activities. She also teaches elementary through advanced Persian classes to ROTC students through Project GO (Global Officers).
Phone: (619) 594-0846

Raquel Cardoso

Admin Support Coordinator
Raquel Cardoso is our current office manager, who assists management and program managers with all aspects of administrative detail. She also plays a major role in LARC’s Personnel and Payroll Management.
Phone: (619) 594-7887

Marcia Ledezman-Macias

Information Technology Consultant
Marcia is the Information Technology consultant for the LARC Center. She has Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and an Master of Science degree in Computer Science from SDSU.
Phone: (619) 594-4475

Evan Rubin

Program Specialist
Evan Rubin is the SDSU Project Global Officer (GO) ROTC scholarship coordinator and SDSU Summer Intensive Language Program coordinator. He also volunteers as the International Association of Language Learning Technology (IALLT) co-webinar coordinator, a monthly webinar series that invites exceptional and visionary world language instructors, language lab directors, and language program coordinators to discuss their research, projects, and/or publications in an online interactive webinar format.  Evan has his B.A. in Sociology from UC Santa Barbara and M.A. in Latin American Studies, with a specialization in education technology, from SDSU.
Phone: (619) 594-1223

Breshna Aziz

Program Specialist
Breshna Aziz has an MA in Education Learning Design and Technology and a BA in Russian language and Communication from San Diego State University. In addition to teacher development, Breshna teaches elementary-advanced courses in Dari and Pashto languages. She is a fellow and professional developer at SAILN/California World Language Project (CWLP) and an ACTFL – OPI Dari and Pashto tester.
Phone: (619) 594-1259
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Iman Bakour-Aziz

Program Coordinator
Phone: (619) 594-5684

Ghadah Al Saadi

Arabic Instructor
Ghadah is the lead instructor and curriculum developer of the Arabic language at LARC. She teaches elementary-advanced level Arabic (MSA and the Iraqi Dialect) intensive courses for the LTC program.

Ghadah has a master's degree in Arabic Language and Linguistics, and a bachelor's degree in Arabic Language and Literature from the California University of Pennsylvania. Ghadah's other fields of study include Translation, Humanities and Fine Arts, Communication and Language Arts, and Social and Behavioral Science.

Dr. Nadezda Novakovic

Program Specialist
Nadezda has a PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Cambridge. Nadezda has over ten years of research experience in the areas of language testing and assessment both in the European and US educational context. She has a special interest in less commonly taught languages, performance assessment, and learner motivation.
Phone: (619) 594-8968

Lina Hariri-Hajj

Program Specialist
Lina Hariri-Hajj has an M.S. in Learning Technologies and Design with emphasis in Online Education, a B.A. in Arabic Language and Culture, and an A.S. in Computer Science. She is the curriculum developer of Arabic/Iraqi online programs and the graphic designer for LARC’s marketing materials. Lina also teaches Arabic MSA and Levantine intensive courses. In the community, she served as the Vice Principal of the Arabic Learning Center of San Diego for 6 years.
Phone: (619) 594-5810

Bernhard Blaette

Information Technology Consultant
Bernhard Blaette is our specialist for social media and language learning technology. He develops applications such as The Lesson Plan Generator (LPG) and the Computer Assisted Screening Tool (CAST). He holds a Master's Degree in Computer Science and contributes his technical expertise, innovative ideas and programming skills to the LARC.
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Phone: (619) 594-3816

Lamba Mohamad-Aziz

Admin Support Coordinator
Lamba holds a B.A. from the University of California, San Diego in Psychology. As the administrative assistant and events coordinator for the Language Training Center and STARTALK programs at LARC/SDSU, she handles logistical aspects of the programs. Lamba focuses on supporting and bringing awareness to less commonly taught languages offered at LARC. Lamba is also a fellow of the SAILN-California World Language Projects and is ACTFL-trained.
Phone: (619) 594-0913

Directors Emeriti

Dr. Mary Ann Lyman-Hager

Former LARC Director: 1997-2017
Mary Ann Lyman-Hager, Ph.D., is Professor of European Studies and French at San Diego State University, where she was the director of the Language Acquisition Resource Center (LARC).
Phone: (619) 594-5480
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Dr. Gail Robinson

Founding Director of LARC: 1990-1997
Gail Robinson was the Founding Director of the national Language Resource Center at San Diego State University in 1990 and served until 1997, continuing as Professor of Linguistics and Spanish at San Diego State University.
Phone: (619) 594-6929
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