CGE Academic Director

Dr. Christina Isabelli, CGE Academic Director

Portrait of Christina Isabelli, Ph.D., Professor of Modern Languages & Literature; Department Chair

Dr. Christina Isabelli is the Academic Director of the Center for Global Engagement and Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literature at Gonzaga University (PhD, University of Texas at Austin) where she teaches courses in Spanish language and linguistics in addition to foreign language methodology courses. She is the author of two books, Motivation and Extended Interaction in the Study Abroad Context (Edwin Mellen) and Researching Second Language Acquisition in the Study Abroad Learning Environment (Palgrave), and has published a variety of articles on second language acquisition in the study abroad and domestic immersions contexts, identifying processes of forming social networks abroad and how they function as contexts for language learning.

Christina serves the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages/Modern Language Association (ADFL/MLA) as a Language Program Consultant that carries out site visits to liberal arts institutions to provide counsel on a variety of issues such as curriculum design, faculty governance, and strategic planning. This work dovetails with her experience as a Program Reviewer for the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages/Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP/ACTFL) in which she evaluates university program reports submitted yearly by U.S. institutions seeking CAEP recognition of their world language teacher certification programs. She is also on the Board of Directors of the national organization, American Association of University Supervisors, Coordinators (AAUSC), that promotes, improves, and strengthens foreign language and second language instruction in the U.S. and just recently was appointed to the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction - World Language Advocacy Committee which provides feedback and identifies emerging initiatives in world language learning statewide.

If you have questions or concerns about matters related to academic abilities and student success issues related to international students please reach out to Christina Isabelli.