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Eileen W. Glisan

  • Eileen GlisanDr. Eileen W. Glisan is a professor of Spanish and Foreign Language Education and coordinator for the Spanish Education K-12 Program.

    She received the distinguished title of University Professor for IUP in 2000–01. She holds a PhD in Spanish Applied Linguistics/Teaching Methodology from the University of Pittsburgh. In 2004–05, she was the Distinguished Visiting Professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. Dr. Glisan was elected to serve as president of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) for 2010 and is directing the ACTFL Research Priorities Project designed to develop and promote a national research agenda in foreign language education.

    She is certified by ACTFL as an oral proficiency tester of Spanish. She also codirected the project that created the ACTFL/NCATE Program Standards for the Preparation of Foreign Language Teachers, which was approved by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education in 2002. Dr. Glisan was chair of the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL) in 1997 and president of the Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association in 1992–94.

    Dr. Glisan’s areas of research include standards-based instruction, proficiency assessment, listening comprehension, and teacher preparation. She’s published numerous articles in edited books and scholarly journals such as The Modern Language Journal, Foreign Language Annals, and The Canadian Modern Language Review. She is coauthor of Teacher’s Handbook: Contextualized Language Instruction, a leading methodology text now in its fourth edition.

    Dr. Glisan was the 1996 recipient of the Anthony Papalia Award for Excellence in Teacher Education, given by ACTFL and the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers. She was the recipient of the 2008 Stephen A. Freeman Award given by NECTFL for the best published article on language teaching techniques that appeared in 2006: “The Integrated Performance Assessment (IPA): Connecting Assessment to Instruction and Learning,” Foreign Language Annals (coauthored). She also received the 2008 Nelson H. Brooks Award for Distinguished Service and Leadership to the Profession, given by NECTFL. In 2012, she received the Frank Mulhern Leadership Award for Outstanding Professional Leadership in World Languages and Cultures by the Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association.

    Spring 2016:

    Dr. Glisan is on sabbatical leave for the current semester.