Our Team

Shannon Donnally Spasova, Editor-in-Chief

Shannon Donnally Spasova is an Assistant Professor of Russian and Technology Specialist at Michigan State University. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in Slavic languages and literature and a master’s degree in instructional design from the University of Massachusetts.

 

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Edwige Simon, Founder, Editor

Edwige Simon is Director of Instructional Technology and Online Learning at the International Center for Language Studies in Washington DC. She earned a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado Boulder ATLAS Institute. Her work focuses on language teacher professional development and online learning.

 

Jonathan Perkins, Editorial Board

Jonathan Perkins is the Director of the Ermal Garinger Academic Resource Center and Director of the Open Language Resource Center at the University of Kansas, where he also earned his Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures.  His work focuses on the creation of Open Educational Resources for foreign languages.

 

Molly Godwin-Jones, Technology Highlights Editor

Molly Godwin-Jones is a Learning Design Specialist at the Language Flagship Technology Innovation Center at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. In this position, she supports Language Flagship programs across the US in implementing and assessing technology. Molly is also working to complete her PhD at the University of Kansas in Slavic Languages and Literatures with a focus on second language acquisition. Her research interests include Russian language pedagogy and improving student spoken fluency.

Jeffrey Samuels, Interviews Editor

Jeffrey Samuels is the co-founder, President and CEO of World Languages 360, a nonprofit organization focused on opportunities for language learners in workplace settings. He has a Ph.D. in Information Technology-Education from Capella University and a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies from Tulane University. He is a former Spanish language and Latin American History teacher with a longstanding interest in Computer-Assisted Language Learning.

 

Florencia Henshaw

Florencia Henshaw, Editorial Board

Florencia Henshaw has a PhD in Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she is now the Director of Advanced Spanish. Her research focuses on evaluating the extent to which different pedagogical tools and practices may benefit second language and heritage language learners.

Molly Peeney

Molly Peeney, Editorial Board

Molly Peeney is a Lecturer in Foreign Languages at the University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches Russian language and literature. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Slavic Languages and Literature and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Temple University.

 

Dan Nickolai, Site Manager

Dr. Dan Nickolai is an Assistant Professor of French and the Director of the Language Resource Center at Saint Louis University. He has a professional and educational background in the fields of Computer Science, French, and Second Language Acquisition. His current work focuses on developing web-based applications that support language learning, assessment, and research.