Core LCTL Partnership Personnel

The core personnel at Michigan State University work with faculty, staff, and students across many different institutions in the Big Ten Academic Alliance. We form working groups with Language Coordinators and Language Specialists from the respective LCTLs during the project years.

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Christopher P. Long

Professor of Philosophy and Dean of the College of Arts & Letters at Michigan State University

Christopher P. Long is Professor of Philosophy and Dean of the College of Arts & Letters at Michigan State University. Dean Long is committed to values-based leadership in higher education capable of expanding the transformative power of liberal arts research and teaching by enriching graduate and undergraduate education, deepening our commitment to equity, recruiting and retaining world-class faculty, and creating new opportunities for collaboration among community partners. He is the PI for the LCTL Partnership Grant.

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Sonja Fritzsche

Professor of German and Associate Dean for Personnel and Administration in the College of Arts & Letters at Michigan State University

Sonja Fritzsche is Professor of German and Associate Dean for Personnel and Administration in the College of Arts & Letters at Michigan State University. She is committed to the preservation of the world’s significant linguistic and cultural diversity, which is essential to human storytelling. These thousands of languages and the cultures they shape convey the nuances of other people’s dreams that should never be flattened or lost in translation. This is especially true of the languages of Indigenous peoples. She is the co-PI for the LCTL Partnership Grant.

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Gordon Henry, Jr.

Professor of English: Creative Writing, Native American Literature, 20th-Century and Contemporary Literature

An Anishinabe poet and novelist, Gordon Henry, Jr. is an enrolled member of the White Earth Chippewa Tribe of Minnesota. His poetry has been published in anthologies such as Songs From This Earth On Turtle’s Back: Contemporary American Indian Poetry (1983) and Returning the Gift: Poetry and Prose from the First Native American Writers(1994). His novel The Light People (1994) was awarded The American Book Award in 1995. He has also co-authored the textbook The Ojibway (2004), to which he contributed a number of essays on Native American culture. Currently, Henry serves as the director of the creative writing program. He teaches courses in American literature, creative writing, and American Indian literature. He is the co-PI for the LCTL Partnership Grant.

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Felix Kronenberg

Director of the Center for Language Teaching Advancement (CeLTA)

Felix Kronenberg is currently President of the International Association for Language Learning Technology (IALLT) and is an advisory board member of the Learning Spaces Collaboratory. He has served as the President of the SouthWest Association for Language Learning Technology, has been a fellow for the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education, has been a learning spaces and language center design consultant for various colleges and universities, and a keynote and plenary speaker at local, state, regional, national, and international conferences. He is the co-PI for the LCTL Partnership.

Members of the Advisory Committee

  • Cathy Baumann, University of Chicago
  • Julie Evershed, University of Michigan
  • Russ Ganim, University of Iowa
  • Xiaojing Kou, Indiana University
  • Angelika Kraemer, Cornell University
  • Dianna Murphy, University of Wisconsin
Previous Members of the Advisory Committee
  • Jim Lantolf, Penn State University
  • Dan Soneson, University of Minnesota
  • Jimmy Swenson, Rutgers University

Wewaawiindamojig (Advisory Circle)

  • Gordon Henry (Michigan State University)
  • Shannon Martin (Executive Director, Cultural Pathways Group, LLC)
  • Rose Miron (Director, D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies, Newberry Library)
  • Michele Wellman-Teeple (Bay Mills Community College, Program Director of Nishnaabemwin Pane Immersion Program
Previous Members of the Wewaawiindamojig
  • Michelle Leask (Schulte) (Program Director, Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan)
  • Margaret Noodin (Professor, Electa Quinney Institute, UW-Milwaukee)
  • Michael Zimmerman, Jr. (Milwaukee Indian Community School)

LCTL Working Groups

Swahili Working Group (Language 1)

  • Deo Ngonyani, Language Coordinator (Michigan State University)
  • Mary Gathogo, Language Specialist (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • Katrina Daly Thompson, Language Specialist (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Hindi Working Group (Language 2)

  • (2017-2019) Shaheen Parveen, Language Coordinator (Rutgers University)
  • (2017-2019) Syed Ali, Language Specialist (University of Michigan)
  • (2018-2019) Mithilesh Mishra, Language Specialist (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign)
  • (2018-2019) Sarah Beckham, Language Specialist (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • (2017-2018) Sungok Hong, Language Specialist (University of Minnesota)

Hebrew Working Group (Language 3)

  • Adi Raz, Language Coordinator (University of Michigan)
  • Avital Karpman, Language Specialist (University of Maryland)
  • Renana Schneller, Language Specialist (University of Minnesota)

Portuguese Working Group (Language 4) 

  • Saulo Gouveia, Language Coordinator (Michigan State University) 
  • Raquel Castro Goebel, Language Specialist (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign) 
  • Ana Lima, Language Specialist (University of Chicago) 
  • (2020) Christopher Estrada, Language Coordinator (Michigan State University) 

Previous Members of the Core Personnel

  • Susan Gass, University Distinguished Professor, Co-Investigator
  • Angelika Kraemer, Academic Specialist, Co-Investigator
  • David Prestel, Professor, Co-Investigator