Directors & Staff

Susan Gass, Co-Director

Sue GasSusan M. Gass (MA, Middlebury [Italian]; MA, UCLA [Linguistics]; Ph.D., Indiana University [Applied Linguistics]) is a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages, which she also currently chairs, and which houses MSU’s LCTL Program. She directs the English Language Center, the Second Language Studies Ph.D. program, CeLTA (Co-Director), and has served as CLEAR’s Co-Director since its founding. She has extensive experience in the development and maintenance of a strong language program in her role since 1990 as Director of the English Language Center. She is an accomplished researcher, having published more than 100 articles and approximately 30 books on topics related to language teaching and learning. Her numerous awards include the Distinguished Faculty Award at MSU, the Ralph Smuckler Award for Advancing International Studies and Programs at MSU, the Paul Pimsleur Award for Research in Foreign Language Education from ACTFL-NFMLTA/MLJ, the Michigan Association of Governing Boards Award, and the American Association of Applied Linguistics Distinguished Service & Scholar Award. She serves on numerous editorial boards and is the current Associate Editor of Studies in Second Language Acquisition.

Charlene Polio, Co-Director

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Charlene Polio (BA, University of Pennsylvania [Linguistics]; MS, University of Pennsylvania [TESOL]; Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles [Applied Linguistics]) is a Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages. She is acting co-director of the Chinese program and directed the MA TESOL program for ten years. She is co-editor of the Modern Language Journal, outgoing editor of the Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, and has served on the editorial boards of TESOL Quarterly and the Journal of Second Language Writing. Polio has published both in the areas of second language writing and classroom discourse with an emphasis on how teachers focus on language in advanced FL classes. These publications include articles in journals such as Studies in Second Language Acquisition, Language Learning, the Modern Language Journal, and the Journal of Second Language Writing, as well as in many edited volumes. She has given over 50 workshops for language teachers at universities, K-12 settings, and national conferences.

Joy Campbell, Executive Associate Director

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Joy Campbell (B.A. [French and International and Area Studies], Kalamazoo College, M.A. [TESOL], Monterey Institute for International Studies) has been the Executive Associate Director of CLEAR since 2004. She has taught in France (teaching assistantship), Morocco (Peace Corps), and most recently as a full-time faculty member at Michigan State University. She has also done teacher training for EFL and ESL teachers. Aside from her daily administrative responsibilities at CLEAR, she works closely with other CLEAR personnel on several projects, oversees and organizes summer and onsite workshops, chairs MSU’s World Languages Day committee, coordinates joint LRC publicity efforts, and conducts workshops about CLEAR and its products at regional and national conferences.

Patricia Paulsell, Co-Director Emerita

Patricia PaulsellPatricia Paulsell (Ph.D. The University of Michigan), Professor Emerita of German and former Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Letters, served as Co-Director of CLEAR from 1996 until her retirement in 2013. She also served as Director for Business Language Initiatives in the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) at Michigan State University from 1990-2013. Dr. Paulsell is a nationally and internationally recognized expert on German and language for business and the professions and has published widely in this area, particularly on materials and methods development, cross-cultural discourse analysis, content-based instruction, experiential learning, and computer-aided learning.



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