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Academic Services administrator, Claudine Boniec, receives the CAS Award from Dean Eric Eisenberg

Claudine Boniec is receiving an award from Dean Eric Eisenberg. They are smiling at the camera and standing in front of a green USF backdrop.

On Friday, December 13, 2019 our Academic Services Administrator Ms. Claudine Boniec received the Individual Award, which is given to the most effective members of the Staff of the College of Arts and Sciences. Even more importantly, Ms. Boniec received the coveted CAS Award, which was selected from the Individual Award pool by the Dean’s Office. In other words, Ms. Boniec is the CAS Administrator of the Year! As one of the supporting letters noted: “Everything Claudine does is of high quality, precise, and punctual. She is the best kind of colleague and an outstanding source of support to the faculty.”

Applied Linguistics doctoral student and faculty research collaboration

LALS PhD student Yaqian Jiang and Applied Linguistics Professor Camilla Vasquez have just had their article, “Exploring local meaning-making resources: A case study of a popular Chinese internet meme (biaoqingbao),” published in Internet Pragmatics.  Their article focuses on multiple iterations of one popular Chinese meme.  It is one of the first studies in the field of Linguistics to explore the textual and visual resources mobilized by Chinese social media users to comment on a range of social issues.

Prof. Brescia featured in documentary on channel 22, mexican tv

Prof. Brescia was interviewed as part of a documentary titled "Juan José Arreola. El actor del conocimiento" about the life and works of Mexican writer Juan José Arreola in September 2019. 

Dr. Amanda Huensch selected as 2019 university of South Florida Nexus Initiative (UNI) Award recipient

Dr. Huensch was selected for her proposal for national collaboration with Dr. Charlie Nagle from Iowa State University titled "Intelligibiligy, comprehensibility, and accentedness in second language Spanish". As a UNI award recipient, Dr. Huensch will be a valuable ambassador for USF and advance our reputation as a research university with global impact.


Research Grant Awarded

Dr. Amanda Huensch was awarded a Language Learning Early Career Research Grant to fund her project, ‘A longitudinal investigation of the intelligibility, comprehensibility, and accentedness of beginning learners of Spanish’. This work will contribute to a better understanding of second language pronunciation development. Congratulations Dr. Huensch!

Multicultural Community Faculty Advisor of the Year awarded to Dr. Olga Oleynik

We are proud to announce WLE’s Russian Instructor Dr. Olga Oleynik was recognized as Multicultural Community Faculty Advisor of the Year. Congratulations Dr. Oleynik!

Mark Lane-Holbert Selected by U.S. Department of State for Prestigious English Language Teaching Fellowship

The U.S. Department of State announced the selection of Mark R. Lane-Holbert (MA Applied Linguistics), a current adjunct instructor German in WLE, for a 10-month fellowship project conducting teacher training for English teachers in Colombia at the Bi-National Center Centro Colombo-Americano. He is one of only 172 U.S. citizens selected for the 2018-2019 English Language Fellow Program, spread across 110+ countries. Congratulations Mark!

Research Grant Awarded

Dr. Nicole Tracy-Ventura, with Dr. Joe Moxley (English Department) and Dr. Philip Durrant (Graduate School of Education, University of Exeter), were successful in receiving a University of Exeter/ USF World Research Catalyst Fund grant for the 2018-2019 academic year for their project ‘My Reviewers Doctoral Exchange’. This grant will support the exchange of a University of Exeter EdD TESOL student who will spend the fall semester at USF and a USF PhD student in the Linguistics and Applied Language Studies program who will spend the spring semester at the University of Exeter. Both students will be working with Drs. Tracy-Ventura, Moxley, and Durrant on the MyReviewers corpus which was created at USF. Congratulations Dr. Tracy-Ventura!

Faculty Lecture Series: Luther's Legacy in Germany's Culture

As a part of the Department of Religious Studies Faculty Lecture Series,Dr. Stephan K. Schindler, Professor of German and Chair, USF Deparment of World Languages will present his lecture "Luther's Legacy in Germany's Culture". Please join us for this thought-provoking lecture Thursday, February 8th 2018 7pm in CWY 206. This event counts as a pre-approved, on-campus event for the Global Citizen Award.

A Visit from the Greek Ambassador to the U.S., Haris Lalacos

On January 30, 2018, the Greek Ambassador to the United States, Haris Lalacos, accompanied by the Consul General in Tampa, Dimitrios Sparos, visited the University of South Florida. In their meetings with the Dean and a group of professors who teach Greek-related subjects, they discussed ways in which the Embassy and the Greek state could benefit our Programs (Study Abroad, etc.). The World Languages Department participated in the discussions with its Chair, Dr. Stephan Schindler, and Drs. Eleni Manolaraki and Ippokratis Kantzios.


Research Grant awarded

Dr. Jason Nethercut was awarded a grant to spend three weeks at the Fondation Hardt in Geneva Switzerland to work on his book project "Lucretius and Ennius' Annales: Revisionary Poetics." The Foundation is one of the most prestigious venues in the field of Classics to work, and their grants are highly competitive. Congratulations Dr. Nethercut!

Visiting Scholar, Dr. Lourdes Ortega

Dr. Lourdes Ortega visits USF from Georgetown University to help celebrate the inauguration of the Linguistics and Applied Language Studies Ph.D. program in the Department of World Languages. Dr. Ortega is pictured (far right) with Applied Linguistics faculty members (right to left) Drs. Camilla Vasquez, Nicole Tracy-Ventura, and Wei Zhu after her talk entitled SLA, Multilingualism, and Social Justice.

Visiting Scholar, Dr. Àngels Llanes

The Department of World Languages was delighted to host Dr. Àngels Llanes (University of Lleida) for two months during the Fall 2017 semester. Her research focuses on the effects of learning context and age on second language acquisition, and she has carried out a number of studies comparing the learning of English as a foreign language in study abroad and at-home contexts, and between children and adults. During her stay she gave two presentations for faculty and students, and visited some of the applied linguistics classes.


Faculty Awarded Grant

Dr. Nicole Tracy-Ventura and Dr. Amanda Huensch have been awarded a prestigious research grant from Language Learning’s Small Grants Research Program for pursuing their collaborative study: “Investigating foreign language attrition, maintenance, and development post-instruction and study abroad.”  They will be continuing a longitudinal study that began in 2011 to examine the long-term evolution of foreign language proficiency. Congratulations Dr. Tracy-Ventura and Dr. Huensch!

Faculty Honor

The Classical Preparatory Academy, a successful charter school focused on a Classics curriculum, honored Dr. Eleni H. Manolaraki for her service and her commitment to a pre-college education in Classics. She was presented with the award at the school’s annual fundraising gala on April 9th. Dr. Manolaraki spoke on the enduring value of Classical antiquity as a school subject. You can read her address here. Congratulations Dr. Manolaraki!

Faculty TESOL Honor

The TESOL Association (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) is honoring Dr. Amanda Huensch as one of their 30 Up and Coming, which “recognizes individuals who represent future leaders in the profession of English language teaching and learning”. Congratulations Dr. Huensch!

Faculty Publication Award

Dr. Anne Latowsky has won the annual award for the Best First Book written by a member of the Southeastern Medieval Association for Emperor of the World: Charlemagne and the Construction of Imperial Authority, 800-1229 (Cornell UP, 2013). Congratulations Dr. Latowsky!