Video Testimonials

The following video testimonials feature graduate students and LPDs at different stages of their careers discussing how research enriches their work in the language programs they direct. After watching each video, reflect on the following questions:

  • Which of the video testimonials seem closest to your current or ideal position and how? 
  • What are some of the strategies and struggles that feel most familiar to you or which you might anticipate encountering? 
  • What did you notice about the differences between different positions or contexts and the person’s experiences integrating research with their LPD position?


Name: Gang Liu

Position: Associate Teaching Professor & Chinese Studies Coordinator

Institution: Carnegie Mellon University

Languages Supported: Chinese

Years of Experience: 11 years

Name: Elyse Petit

Position: Assistant Professor of the Practice in French and French Language Program Director

Institution: Vanderbilt University

Languages Supported: French

Years of Experience: 5 years

Name: Nicole Coleman

Position: Assistant Professor of German

Institution: Wayne State University

Languages Supported: German

Years of Experience: 14 years

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