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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Dr. Chris Brown
Co-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
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,for which 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
Maria Ocando Finol
Learning Technologies Coordinator
As a Learning Technologies Coordinator, Mari is responsible for managing the conceptualization, design, operation, and evaluation of the language space at LARC. She holds a PhD in Spanish from Arizona State University, where she specialized in computer-assisted language learning. She previously taught Spanish and English as a second language for over ten years.
Julie Millet coordinates language training projects with military partners and provides support for course logistics and instructional methodology. Prior to working at LARC she taught and developed adult language and culture training courses for 20 years. She worked with U.S. military schoolhouses for 10 of those years, managing curriculum development projects and providing Cross-Cultural Competence training at the Navy. Julie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics at Brigham Young University and her Master’s degree in International Education from The George Washington University.
Information Technology Consultant
Marcia is the Information Technology consultant for the LARC Center. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Computer Science from SDSU.
Phone: (619) 594-4475
Evan Rubin is the SDSU Project Global Officer (GO) ROTC scholarship coordinator, LTC program 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 BA in Sociology from UC Santa Barbara and MA in Latin American Studies, with a specialization in education technology, from SDSU.
Phone: (619) 594-1223
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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As a program coordinator, Iman is responsible for running the Levantine Immersion program, managing the administrative and logistical aspects of the program, and performing other, related administrative duties, such as policy research, development, evaluation, and operational and fiscal analysis. She holds an Engineering degree from the University of Damascus, as well as multiple diplomas in advanced Spanish studies, and is a licensed translator of Arabic and Spanish.
Phone: (619) 594-5684
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 MA in Arabic Language and Linguistics, and a BA 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. Cecile Nedellec
It is Cecile's passion to support and mentor teachers that led her to earn a PhD in curriculum and instruction. Her doctoral dissertation is titled, "Teachers' understanding of differentiated instruction in Swiss elementary schools." Cecile started teaching languages (French & English) in 2005. She became a mentor for K-12 teachers and a California World Language Project (CWLP) Fellow in 2009. At SDSU-LARC, Cecile contributes to the planning and implementation of SAILN and STARTALK activities, coordinates project resources, and liaises with project stakeholders to collect and disseminate project information. She is also the SAILN Strand A lead.
Dr. Nadezda Novakovic
Nadezda has a PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Cambridge. She 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
Information Technology Consultant
Bernhard Blaette is LARC's 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 MA in Computer Science and contributes his technical expertise, innovative ideas, and programming skills to LARC.
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Phone: (619) 594-3816
Mary Ann Lyman-Hager, PhD
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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