ACTFL Names Interim Editors For Foreign Language Annals

Interim editors

Alexandria, VA - ACTFL is proud to announce that Drs. Kristin Davin and Francis Troyan will serve as Interim Editors of the association’s quarterly scholarly journal Foreign Language Annals (FLA) effective August, 2023. The current Editor, Dr. Julie Sykes, is stepping down to take on the role of Chief Innovation Officer at Lingro Learning.

Drs. Davin and Troyan have deep and broad experience in language teaching, learning and research.

Currently Professor of Foreign Language Education in the Cato College of Education at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, Dr. Davin’s award-winning research focuses on second language development and assessment, language teacher development and the Seal of Biliteracy. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses on second language assessment and foreign and second language methodology. She has received numerous awards, including the Stephen Freeman Award for best published article in language teaching, the Anthony Papalia Award for Excellence in teacher education and the Thomas L. Reynolds Leadership Award for Excellence in graduate program administration. A former Spanish teacher (grades K-12), Davin has published two books as co-author with Dr. Amy Heineke and numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles.

Dr. Troyan is Associate Professor of World Language Education at The Ohio State University. His research focuses on language teacher identify and systemic functional linguistics. In addition to serving as Co-Director of the Buckeye Language Education Resource Center and faculty advisor for the B.S.ED and M.Ed. programs in world language education, he is Director of the online graduate certificate program in core practice for world language education. The author of dozens of peer-reviewed chapters and journal articles, he is also co-author of The Integrated Performance Assessment: Twenty Years and Counting with Bonnie Adair-Hauk and Eileen Glisan. A former French teacher, he regularly conducts overseas Fulbright projects focused on practice-based approaches.

“We are pleased to welcome Drs. Davin and Troyan, as Interim Co-Editors of Foreign Language Annals. As national and international leaders in language teaching, learning, assessment, and multilingualism, they bring individual and combined expertise to the journal. With origins in K-12 world languages teaching, they also understand the needs of the membership and the connections between teaching and research,” said ACTFL Executive Director Howie Berman.

ACTFL is grateful to Dr. Julie Sykes for her outstanding leadership of Foreign Language Annals since 2019. Dr. Sykes steered the journal during the Covid-19 pandemic and oversaw its sharp increase in impact factor.

Foreign Language Annals is the official journal of ACTFL, first published in 1967. FLA is a refereed journal published four times per year. The journal is dedicated to expanding the awareness and understanding among language education professionals of current research, pedagogy, and challenges facing the profession. According to the most recent Journal Citation Report, FLA has a two-year Impact Factor of 2.7.