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Sheri Spaine Long Named Editor of Foreign Language Annals

CONTACT: Steve Ackley

December 12, 2005, Alexandria, VA — The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) has announced the appointment of Sheri Spaine Long as Editor of the association’s award-winning quarterly scholarly journal, Foreign Language Annals. The journal is dedicated to expanding the awareness and understanding among language education professionals of current research, pedagogy and challenges facing the profession. Dr. Long takes over the position from Dr. Emily Spinelli, who has become Executive Director of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

Long, a member of the ACTFL Board of Directors, currently serves as Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).  She teaches Spanish language, culture, and literature at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her research interests include Madrid in Spanish prose and city-as-text and the development of content-based instructional materials for the language classroom. She is the coauthor of Nexos: Introductory Spanish, and two forthcoming projects:  Pueblos Intermediate Spanish in Cultural Contexts and Nexos Media Edition, all from Houghton Mifflin.  Long recently served on the Review Board for Talkin’ About Talk to produce a series of weekly essays, which were broadcast on public radio and university radio stations in ten states across the country to celebrate 2005 Year of Languages.

Long has published articles and reviews in Associated Departments of Foreign Languages Bulletin, Dimension, Foreign Language Annals, Hispania, Modern Language Journal and Romance Languages Annual. She has received the “2000 Outstanding Foreign Language Teaching Award: Post-Secondary” from the Alabama Association of Foreign Language Teachers and the “1999 Southern Conference on Language Teaching Outstanding Foreign Language Teacher Award: Post-Secondary”.  She was recently recognized at UAB as the 2005 Outstanding Woman Faculty Member.

“We are most fortunate to have found someone with Dr. Long’s experience and editorial skills,” said ACTFL President Audrey Heining-Boynton.  “She enjoys an outstanding reputation within the language education profession and she will undoubtedly continue the tradition of excellence that has become a hallmark of Foreign Language Annals.”

ACTFL membership numbers more than 8,000 teachers and administrators representing all languages from the K-12 through Postgraduate levels.  In a recent study in 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, December 12, 2005