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Bios of Colloquium Participants


Vance Stevens has punctuated an otherwise lackluster career in ESL with a knack for having been in the right place at the right time at numerous junctures.  In 1979 he was spotted poking randomly at the keys of a mainframe computer newly installed at a language center in Saudi Arabia and was forthwith put in charge of CALL development there.  In 1983 he was present at a symposium in Toronto when numerous potential candidates turned down, one after another, a chance to be elected associate-chair of the CALL -IS in formation, and was somehow elected and therefore became chair of the IS when it was officially sanctioned the following year.  In 2002 he proposed an EVO session which jelled and developed into Webheads in Action, so again he was credited with founding what was in essence the spontaneous combustion of like minds who would have found a spark eventually. If you can't find Vance online, you might be able to catch him teaching courses in computing at Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi.


Roger Kenner, during his career at Concordia University in Montreal, has worked in computer-assisted language learning since the early 1980sduring which time he has witnessed a succession of major changes in the field, from main-frame computers and terminals through to the Web.  His early interests were in authoring systems and other approaches to facilitating teacher involvment in the creation of computer-based materials. Over the past ten years he has worked extensively with learning management systems such at WebCT and Moodle.  He was a founding member of the CALL Interest section in 1983-1984 and served as associate chair and chair in 1985-1986.  He now offers consultation and training in computers for education through is private company.  For more information: RogerKenner.ca


Deborah Healey was first involved with computers as a student worker in the early 1970s, punching cards. Microcomputers were much more interesting. She set up her first computer lab in 1984 with Commodore Vic20s, then graduated to Apple IIes, then to Macs, then to a mixed Mac/Windows lab. She now uses a Mac running Windows under Parallels so that she can move between platforms easily. She recently shifted from Oregon State University to the University of Oregon and has been working on a distance education project with teachers and students in Iraq. Her latest CALL projects are being on the TESOL Technology Standards Task Force and updating the CALL Software List with the hopes of making it a searchable database again. Her Ph.D. is in Computers in Education.


Elizabeth Hanson-Smith, professor emeritus at CSU, Sacramento, lead designer for the Oxford Picture Dictionary Interactive and pedagogical consultant for Live Action English Interactive. She wrote Constructing the Paragraph, an online tutorial for composition classes. She consults for and teaches online courses for education professionals. Author of many articles on CALL pedagogy, her books include Learning Languages through Computers (co-editor Sarah Rilling) and CALL Environments: Research, Practice and Critical Issues, 2nd ed. (co-edited with Joy Egbert). She is former coordinator and member of the Electronic Village Online Team for TESOL's CALL IS.

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Claire Bradin Siskin  - Claire directs the Robert Henderson Language Media Center at the University of Pittsburgh, where she also teaches a graduate course about CALL. She currently serves as Chair of the Executive Board of CALICO.  Her interests include faculty development and computer-assisted research in language acquisition.


Phil Hubbard - Over the past 25 years, Phil has authored a number of CALL software products and published a wide range of articles in the field. He joined the CALL Interest Section in its second year and has been actively involved ever since, serving two terms on the steering committee and presenting regularly at TESOL conferences. Outside of TESOL, he is on the editorial boards of four journals centered on technology and language learning and is the co-editor with Mike Levy of the book Teacher Education in CALL. He is senior lecturer in linguistics and director of the English for Foreign Students Program at Stanford University.


Karen Price

Karen has developed and consulted on technology-related projects for entities including Apple, Microsoft, Tandberg, Kodak, Polaroid, Annenberg, and the National Captioning Institute.  Affiliated 23 years with Harvard University, as associate director of the Programs of ESL and then as lecturer at the Graduate School of Education, she is now teaching Second Language Acquisition at Boston University. 

Karen continues to consult with publishers and educators.  She is currently engaged in the development of an e-reader device / interface which, unlike the Kindle, may better serve populations such as those we all care so much about, second- and foreign-language learners. 

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