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Brianna Janssen Sánchez

Brianna Janssen Sánchez, Assistant Professor

Curriculum and Instruction, Languages, Cultures and International Studies

Brianna Janssen Sánchez received her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 2015. Dr. Janssen Sánchez, an alumna of SIU (B.A. FLIT/Spanish 2007, M.A. Spanish 2009), specializes in foreign language teaching methodology, instructional technology in foreign language teaching and K-16 teacher training and program assessment. Her doctoral dissertation, “The social dynamics of interaction in telecollaborative tandem exchanges” highlights her interest in intercultural and bilingual interactions as well as meaningful language use mediated by technology (asynchronous and synchronous computer mediated interactions) as a sight for cultural and social learning through language. At the University of Iowa, Dr. Janssen Sánchez was the director of the Language Media Center and taught graduate courses in instructional technology for language teaching and learning, assessment and research.

More recently, and in her position of Coordinator of Teacher Education in the College of Liberal Arts (COLA) here at SIU, her interests lie in K-12 teacher education and training, teacher continued professional development, and program assessment and improvement especially in the areas of liberal arts (History, English, Foreign Languages, Music and Art) as she assists with the COLA Teacher Education programs in those subject areas. She also teaches the LCIS course “Methods of Teaching World Languages” focusing on the educational and professional needs of pre-service K-12 language teachers in the SIU teacher education program (TEP) as well as graduate students in LCIS and Linguistics.