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Leslie Schrier Appointed Editor of Foreign Language Annals

CONTACT: Steve Ackley

May 11, 2009, Alexandria, VA – The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) has announced the appointment of University of Iowa educator Leslie L. Schrier as Editor of Foreign Language Annals, the association’s quarterly scholarly journal.  The award-winning publication, now in its 42nd year, is dedicated to expanding the awareness and understanding among language education professionals of current research, pedagogy and challenges facing the profession.  Dr. Schrier replaces Dr. Sheri Spaine Long, who completed her 3-year term in the position and is moving to the editorship of Hispania.

Schrier currently serves as Associate Professor and Chair of foreign language and ESL education at the University of Iowa, where she works with pre-service foreign language and ESL teachers and teaches graduate courses in second language curriculum design and research methodologies used in teacher education.  From 1990-1998, she was the Teacher Education Director for the Iowa Critical Languages Program, a language teacher development program funded by the Ford Foundation. 

She is the founding president of the ACTFL special interest group on Teacher Development and is a member of the MLA Committee on Honors and Awards.  In 2008 she was guest editor for Hispania, the journal of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.  She is currently principal investigator for Project RELEVANCE, a professional development project meeting the needs of in-service teachers working with English language learners.  Her research interests are policy planning and procedures related to second language teacher development.

“We are delighted to place the stewardship of our flagship publication into the hands of an educator with Dr. Schrier’s background and passion for excellence,” said ACTFL President Janine Erickson.  “Our profession expects this journal to offer the highest quality of research and analysis, and she is well-qualified to take us to even greater levels.”

ACTFL membership includes 12,000 teachers and administrators representing all languages from the K-12 through Postgraduate levels.  In a study by System that measured the number of times articles are cited in other journals, Foreign Language Annals was named the top journal in its field.


Monday, May 11, 2009