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Annie Abbott

Annie Abbott, associate professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, incorporates community service learning into the courses she regularly teaches: “Spanish in the Community,” “Spanish and Social Entrepreneurship”, and “Business Spanish.” She authored the textbook Comunidades: Más allá del aula (Pearson 2010), and has published articles and book chapters on community-service-learning and business languages.

Judith Ainsworth

Judith Ainsworth holds a Ph.D. in Language Didactics from the Université of Montréal. Her dissertation examined the major stakes involved in offering Languages for Specific Purposes at Canadian universities. Her research interests include second-language didactics, languages for specific purposes, assessment and evaluation, active teaching methods, and university pedagogy.

Salman Al-Ani

A linguist specializing in Arabic language and linguistics, Professor Al-Ani received his B.A. from Baghdad University in English Language, and Ph.D. in linguistics from Indiana University, Bloomington. His research interest has been focused on Arabic Phonetics and Phonology, Arabic Grammar, Morphology, Syntax, and Teaching Arabic as a second language. Currently he is teaching Arabic language and linguistics courses at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is the founder and the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Islamic and Arabic Studies.

Claudia Becker

Dr. Claudia Becker (Ph.D. in German Applied Linguistics from the University of Southern California) is currently a full professor of German at North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC—an HBCU where she has been serving since 2007 as the director of the German Program and since 2010 as the director of the Global Studies Program. Furthermore, she participated in several AATG/ALD/Fulbright summer seminars in Berlin, Germany, at the Herder Institut at the Universität of Leipzig, and in Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany. Her research in the areas of Second Language Acquisition and Learning has been presented at ACTFL/AATG/TESOL conventions; she has published in and reviewed for Die Unterrichtspraxis, Forum Deutsch, The German Quarterly, Monatshefte, TRANS-LIT2, Dimension2, and others. Dr. Becker is the recipient of the CIBER Pedagogical Award for 2011-2012 for a research project to implement business German into basic collegiate German-language courses.

David Bower


David Bower is a Consultant at Simon-Kucher & Partners (SKP) where he focuses on helping companies determine optimal marketing and pricing strategies and develop and implement more effective pricing processes. Within SKP, David works for the Life Sciences group and focuses on Latin America.

Prior to joining SKP, David worked at Cook Incorporated in Bloomington, Indiana working on the Latin America team in the Regulatory Affairs Department. While at Cook, David was responsible for overseeing product approval processes and working to optimize the professional relationships between Cook and their distributors in Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica and Panama. Before joining Cook, David lived in São Paulo, Brazil working for the boutique investment bank IGC Partners where he was responsible for new client acquisition, cross-border deal development and market research covering the Brazilian Healthcare Industry.

In addition to David’s professional career, he founded the non-profit organization Virtù, Inc. in 2007 to empower children and young adults to achieve lifelong success through premium and long-term health, education and welfare initiatives. As the current President of the Board of Directors, David oversees the Virtù, Inc.’s programs that provide academic scholarships, daily English classes and tutoring programs to approximately 60 orphaned, abandoned or neglected children living within the orphanage Hogares Pedro Atala in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

Maria Bucur-Deckard


Maria Bucur-Deckard is the Associate Dean for International Programs, School of Global and International Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University and the John W. Hill Chair in East European History. She received her Ph.D. from University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, in 1996. Her teaching and research focus on the recent history of Eastern Europe, with a focus on Romania and gender, and thematically ranging from questions of war and memory to the history of eugenics. Her recent publications include Heroes and Victims: Remembering Romania’s Wars in the Twentieth Century (2009), “Eugenics and Colonialism in Eastern Europe,” in Philippa Levine and Alison Bashford, eds., The Oxford Handbook of the History of Eugenics (2010), and "An Archipelago of Stories: Gender History in Eastern Europe," in The American Historical Review (2008).

Professor Bucur-Deckard is the recipient of a number of national grants, among them two collaborative research NEH grants, three IREX grants, two ACLS grants, an AAUW grant, and a Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research grant. She has given talks at conferences in Europe, North America, and Australia, and served as coordinator for the women’s and gender history network of the European Social Science History Conference. She recently finished her term as President of the Association for Women in Slavic Studies and is currently working on a project focusing on comparing the transformation of everyday citizenship in communist and post-communist Eastern Europe with the United States. She served as Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs in the College in 2011-12. Prior to that, she was interim Chair of the Department of Gender Studies, and Director of the Russian East European Institute. Professor Bucur-Deckard was a CIC Academic Leadership Fellow in 2011-12.

Marta Camps

Dr. Marta Camps is an adjunct professor of Spanish at the George Washington University and a Spanish Instructor at the World Bank. She has taught Spanish since 2005. Apart from her interest in teaching, she has an M.Phil. and a Ph.D. in Archaeology (Universities of Cambridge and Oxford respectively), and an M.A. of U.N.E.D. on Teaching Spanish as a 2nd Language.

CL Cole

Cole is a professor of Media & Cinema Studies and Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has taught numerous courses and given presentations related to new media literacy and youth. She is interested in the ways that digital technology and alternative publication formats can be used in study abroad programs to help students work collaboratively as they reflect on their scholarly, cultural, and personal travel experiences.

Michael Doyle

Michael Doyle (Ph.D./University of Virginia) is a professor of Spanish at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he chaired the Department of Languages and Culture Studies. He has led FDIB workshops at Thunderbird, the Garvin School of International Management, the Duke University Fuqua School of Business, the University of Memphis, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of South Carolina.

T. Bruce Fryer

T. Bruce Fryer (Ph.D./University of Texas at Austin) coordinated the Spanish track of the Master's of International Business (MIBS) at the University of South Carolina for nearly 30 years. He has directed many workshops and published numerous articles for high school and college teachers of business Spanish. Both he and Prof. Doyle are co-authors of Exito comercial, 5th edition.

Michael Guest


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Ambassador (ret.) Michael Guest serves on the board of the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which supports critical foreign language and overseas study through programs such as the David L. Boren Fellowship, Project GO, Language Training Centers, and the Language Flagship Program. Mr. Guest is also a previous board member of the American Foreign Service Association.

America’s first openly gay, Senate-confirmed ambassador (to Romania, 2001-04), Mr. Guest’s previous 26-year State Department career included a range of executive-level positions in Washington and overseas. His numerous State Department awards include the prestigious Charles E. Cobb Award, given to the most successful ambassador in trade development, and the Christian A. Herter Award, recognizing intellectual courage, initiative, and integrity in the context of constructive dissent.

Mr. Guest is currently an independent consultant and speaker on organizational leadership and diversity issues. He also is Senior Advisor to the Council for Global Equality, a coalition of 21 human rights and LGBT advocacy organizations seeking U.S. support for LGBT-fair policies abroad. He holds an M.A. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia and a B.A. in History and Political Science from Furman University. He and his husband live in California.

Margaret Gonglewski

Margaret Gonglewski is an associate professor and German language program director at the George Washington University (GW), and coauthor of Treffpunkt Deutsch, an introductory German textbook program. She currently serves as the GW-CIBER Business Language co-coordinator with her colleague, Dr. Anna Helm. Together, they have developed materials and methods for teaching business language, such as the e-handbook on Teaching with Business Cases.

Anna Helm

Anna Helm is an assistant teaching professor of International Business at the George Washington University (GW), currently teaching courses on international marketing management and green business. She currently serves as GW-CIBER Business Language co-coordinator with her colleague, Dr. Margaret Gonglewski. Together, they have developed materials and methods for teaching business language, such as the e-handbook on Teaching with Business Cases.

Tony Houston

Tony Houston is an associate professor of Spanish and Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education at Bryant University in Smithfield, RI. His publications are in psycholinguistics, classroom discourse, outcomes assessment, computer-assisted language learning and language teaching methods. He has taught courses in Spanish language, theoretical and applied linguistics, teaching methods, and international business at the undergraduate- and graduate-levels.

Masashi Kato

Masashi Kato is the associate director and senior lecturer in the Technical Japanese Program at the University of Washington. He currently teaches Advanced Japanese for Technical and Business Professions and Introduction to Localization and Globalization. His current research interests include international technical and business communication, technology-enhanced language learning, and socio-linguistics (esp. changes in formal speech practices in Japanese companies).

Orlando R. Kelm

Orlando R. Kelm (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1989) is an associate professor of Hispanic Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin. His research focus is on the teaching of foreign languages for professional purposes, the use of innovative technology in foreign language education, and the cultural aspects of international business. He serves as the associate director of Business Language Education, UT CIBER. Recent book publications include, When We are the Foreigners: What Chinese think about working with Americans.

Idalene (Idie) F. Kesner


On October 1, 2012, Idalene (Idie) Kesner was named interim dean of the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. Prior to that announcement Idie was the Associate Dean of Faculty & Research and the Frank P. Popoff Chair of Strategic Management at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. From 2003-2009 she served as the Chairperson for the Department of Management & Entrepreneurship. Prior to this, from 2003-2006, she served as the Chairperson of the MBA Program, and from 1996 to 2003 she was co-director of the school’s Consulting Academy. Prior to joining IU, she was a professor at the Kenan-Flagler School of Business of the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill.

Idie received her MBA and Ph.D. from Indiana University (IU), where as an associate instructor she won an undergraduate teaching award. From 1983-1995, she taught extensively in UNC’s undergraduate, MBA, and Ph.D. programs. In 1989 she won the school’s MBA teaching award, and in 1990 and 1993 she won Executive Education teaching awards from UNC. Since joining IU, Idie won a teaching award in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006 for her work in the school’s MBA program. She also won Teaching Excellence Recognition Awards (TERAs) in 1997, 1998, and 1999, and she won Trustee Teaching Awards in 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2008. While at UNC and IU, Idie has been consistently selected by Business Week as a top MBA instructor. In 1997 she won the Max Barney Teaching Award for her work in executive education. She teaches a variety of management and strategy courses across a number of areas including strategic management, crisis management, change management and management consulting.

Idie conducts research in the areas of corporate board of directors, chief executive succession, corporate governance, and mergers and acquisitions. She has published articles in numerous journals including Academy of Management, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management, Organization Science, and Harvard Business Review.

She has taught in more than 100 executive programs and served as a consultant for many different national and international firms working on strategic and board related issues. Currently, she is on the board of Sun Life Financial, a financial services company headquartered in Canada. She serves on the Risk Review and Governance and Conduct Review Committees. Sun Life Financial is one of the largest financial services companies in North America. The company also has operations in the United Kingdom, the Philippines, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, and China.

Idie is the recipient of numerous service awards including one from the governor of North Carolina for the establishment of a program for high school students interested in studying business. In 1990 she also received the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise Faculty Award and in 1991 she received the Hugh McColl Faculty Development Award. Idie has served in numerous service roles for the Business Policy & Strategy Division of the Academy of Management and the Strategic Management Society.

Darcy Lear

Darcy Lear coordinates the Spanish for the Professions minor program at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she is active in the campus service-learning program (APPLES), the UNC Center for International Business Education and Research, and the minor program in Entrepreneurship and the Carolina Entrepreneurial Initiative. She is also the co-author of a forthcoming McGraw-Hill introductory Spanish language textbook.

Geraldine Lebaudy

Geraldine Lebaudy has been teaching at the University of Pennsylvania since 1999, where she is responsible for the Business Spanish courses at the Romance Language Department. She also directed the Summer Immersion Program for the Lauder Institute, a joint-degree program with the Wharton School of Business, in Mexico, Chile, Argentina, and Spain. She is interested in business culture in Latin America, and teaching culture in business language classes, as well as curriculum development and design.

Bo Li

Li Bo received his undergraduate education in China, majoring in accounting and quantitative methods, and is currently completing his MS in Accounting at Indiana University, Bloomington. His professional experience includes being a finance manager for the ZTE Corporation in Hong Kong and South Africa. He has served as a mentor for Chinese Flagship students and a coach for the Business Case team at IUB.

Vivian Ling

Vivian Ling has logged a four-decade long career in Chinese language teaching and administration, most notably in developing and directing Chinese language programs abroad, where her work has focused on diplomacy vis-à-vis hosting institutions, training local teachers, and developing curriculum at the advanced level. Since 2011, she has been the director of the Chinese Flagship Center at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Elizabeth Martin

Elizabeth Martin is an associate professor of French at California State University, San Bernardino, where she teaches courses in business French, French advertising, commercial and technical French translation, and Francophone business cultures. Her research interests include sociolinguistic approaches to language policy and advertising, Web localization and intercultural business communication.

Lily Martinez

Dr. Martinez has taught Spanish at several universities and at the high school level. She teaches a diversity of Spanish courses at Frostburg State University and is presently developing a Spanish for the Professions curriculum. Her research interests include exploring the mechanism by which gender is culturally constructed and the context in which a political intent can be achieved.

Amel Mili

Amel Mili holds a J.D. in private law from the University of Tunis, an MS in administrative law from the School of Public Administration of Tunis, and a Ph.D. in global affairs from Rutgers University; she is currently the director of the Arabic Language and Culture Program at the Lauder Institute, University of Pennsylvania. Prior to her graduate studies at Rutgers University, Dr Mili served for 10 years as a Magistrate in the Administrative Tribunal of Tunis, a special administrative court that is modeled on France’s Conseil d’Etat (State Counsel).

Gregory Moreland

Dr. Gregory E. Moreland teaches Spanish at the University of Florida, where he serves as the Undergraduate Advisor in Spanish and as Director of the Foreign Languages Across the Curriculum (FLAC) program.

Muparrakh Musaeva

Muparrakh Musaeva earned her specialist’s bachelor’s degree from the English Department Institute for English Language Teachers’ Education: (IELTE) of Uzbek State World Languages University in 2010. A Fulbright scholar, she is an assistant Uzbek instructor and teaches Uzbek to graduate students in the CEUS department. Besides teaching, she is enrolled in Second Language Studies courses at graduate level at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Peter Nemes

Peter Nemes earned his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature in his native Hungary and has been teaching at various institutions of higher education in the United States since 2006. As part of the International Studies Program at Indiana University, he is teaching various topics within cultural studies as well as an undergraduate research methods class and the capstone seminar.

Peyman Nojoumian

Dr. Peyman Nojoumian is an assistant professor of Persian at the University of Southern California. He has a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Ottawa, Canada, and a master’s degree in Speech & Language Technology from KU Leuven, Belgium. He has been teaching and developing instructional materials based on TBLT principles for Persian for more than 10 years.

Alwiya S. Omar

Alwiya S. Omar is a clinical professor of Linguistics at Indiana University, Bloomington. She teaches Ki-Swahili, coordinates the teaching of other African languages in the Department of Linguistics and African Studies program, and directs IUB’s Swahili Flagship Center and STARTALK Swahili summer program for high school students. She is currently the president of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages.

Fred Perry

Fred Perry is the assistant director of the Institute for International Business (IIB), Indiana University Kelley School of Business. Having lived in eight countries, Mr. Perry is a third-culture professional who has spent the majority of his life living abroad or working in an international field. He is currently finishing a Master’s in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Indiana University.

Marie-Pascale Pieretti

Marie-Pascale Pieretti is a professor of French at Drew University. Her publications focus on women’s writing of the early modern period in France, translation practice and language, and study-abroad pedagogy. More recently, she has developed an interest in business French, especially as a way to enhance global perspectives students may acquire in their undergraduate career.

Deb S. Reisinger

Deb S. Reisinger is acting director of the French Language Program at Duke University. She holds a Ph.D. in French Literature and Cultural Studies from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has published articles and web sites on cultural studies, instructional technologies, and business languages. Deb is currently director of a new Markets and Management summer program, at Duke in Montréal.

Diana Ruggiero

Diana Ruggiero is an assistant professor of Spanish at the University of Memphis with a focus on Spanish for the professions. Among her interest are how to create opportunities for collaborative knowledge production, and how to connect students in civic engagement (undergraduate and graduate). Ruggiero developed “Spanish in Memphis,” a course that connects students to the local Latino community.

Nola Senna

Nola has been teaching for over 30 years and has later specialized in educational marketing. As director of the Portuguese Language Program at the University of Illinois since Aug 2010, her main goal is to expand the program through several efforts, including intensive marketing strategies. Having lived and worked in Brazil, the USA, and England, she considers herself a citizen of the world.

Kemal Silay

Kemal Silay is a professor in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University Bloomington, as well as the Chair of Ottoman and Turkish Studies, the Director of Turkish Studies, and the Director of the Turkish Flagship at Indiana University, Bloomington. His many publications and translations of work on Turkish folklore and oral literature have galvanized these fields in the US and worldwide.

Dan Sirota

Dan Sirota, vice president and global business leader for Cook Medical’s Interventional Radiology and Critical Care divisions, started at Cook as a Critical Care sales representative based in Pittsburgh, PA in 1987.

While a sales representative, Dan also acted as product manager for the northern Pacific Rim doing business primarily in Japan and Korea. In 2000, he was asked to work in-house at the Bloomington, IN global headquarters as the Critical Care marketing manager. Dan then transitioned to the Peripheral Intervention unit in 2004 where he quickly became a senior product manager overseeing products that would eventually become the Interventional Radiology product line. In January of 2009, Dan was asked to lead the newly launched Interventional Radiology business unit and in 2011 was asked to also lead the Critical Care division.

Dan earned his MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University and his undergraduate degree from Indiana University, Bloomington (BS ’87).

Henghua Su

Henghua Su is Chinese Language program coordinator at Indiana University, Bloomington. Her cross-disciplinary educational background is manifested in holding degrees in three different fields: Chinese Linguistics, Second Language Teaching, and Linguistics. She has taught Chinese at all levels and coordinated a language program in China for many years. She also has five years of work experiences with multi-national companies in China.

Godwin Okebaram Uwah

Born in the former Biafran State of Nigeria, Dr. Uwah did his undergraduate studies in Nigeria before going to Senegal and France for further studies in French language and literature. He obtained his Master’s degree at the Winthrop University and Ph.D. at Florida State University. He has been chair of the department of French and Francophone Studies at the College of Charleston since 2003.

Valeria Varga

Valeria Varga, an experienced educator in both her native Hungary and in the United States, first taught Hungarian language and culture at Indiana University between 1995-98 and was then invited back in 2005. She has extensive training in language education with an emphasis on the transmission and testing of less-commonly-taught languages.

Félix S. Vásquez

Félix S. Vásquez is an associate professor in the Department of Hispanic Studies, College of Charleston. His area of specialization is Colonial Latin American Literature. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky, and is recognized by NASBITE International as a Certified Global Business Professional.

David Victor

David Victor, Ph.D. is the director of International Business Programs and a professor of Management at Eastern Michigan University’s College of Business. He is editor-in-chief of the Global Advances in Business Communication Journal. He is an Association for Business Communication past president and has served as a business consultant to over 150 companies and government agencies, as well as an educational consultant to many universities (including a series of workshops in the early years of this conference). Dr. Victor’s book International Business Communication (1992) was the first US book published on the subject.

Juanita Villena-Alvarez

Dr. Juanita (Babet) Villena-Alvarez, head of Humanities/Fine Arts (University of South Carolina Beaufort), was awarded a Carolina Trustee Professorship 2012 (USC Board of Trustees). She was the South Carolina Governor’s 2010 Professor of the Year. Past leadership experiences include program director for Liberal Studies, then for Spanish. She holds graduate degrees from the Université de Paris-IV Sorbonne, the Instituto de Cooperación Iberoamericana (Madrid), and the University of Cincinnati.

Haidan Wang

Haidan Wang is an assistant professor and the coordinator of the Business Chinese Program for the China International MBA at University of Hawaii (UHM). She has been functioning as primary investigator and coordinator in several federal-funded projects, including UHM CIBER’s interdisciplinary research grants, and the two-time annual BLRT Grant. She has been also involved in other DOE Title VI grants for Chinese-language instruction.

Peng Wang

Wang Peng began her two-decade-plus academic career as an English professor in China, but soon found her true calling as a CSL teacher. Since 2002, she has been at Georgetown University, teaching various levels of Chinese, most notably intermediate- and advanced-Business Chinese. Prof. Wang has also served as the academic director for the State Department-sponsored CLS Program in Shanghai.

Charles Webster

Charles joined the faculty of the German program at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in August 2012. He has taught and researched extensively in German and Scandinavian languages and has a background in sociolinguistics and second language acquisition. Throughout his career, Charles has been involved with study abroad in many ways, including program administration, marketing, and empirical studies of program effectiveness.

Yi Zhou

Yi Zhou teaches Chinese language to undergraduates and MBAs in CIBER and the Department of Asian Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her previous education includes foreign language education and an MBA program. Her research interest focuses on teaching Chinese for business purposes and online language teaching and learning.