Thursday, March 30th, 2017
Speakers: Laura Vidler, Chair, Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics, Professor of Spanish, University of South Dakota and Melissa McAllister, Instructor, English as Second Language, St. Petersburg College, FL
Members of the Human Cultures faculty team Laura Vidler and Melissa McAllister will share information about the process for developing the Passport Learning Outcomes (PLOs) and their accompanying Proficiency Criteria (PC). You will learn how they were able to find alignment across their institutions – where there was easy consensus and where they had to work through the differences. This information should provide a good background for understanding the role of the PC and leading discussions on your campus about determining the congruence of your institution’s/state’s learning outcomes with the PLOs.
Laura Vidler, Chair, Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics, Professor of Spanish, University of South Dakota
Laura Vidler is Professor of Spanish and Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics at the University of South Dakota. She holds a PhD from the University of California, Irvine and has published numerous studies on performance theory and drama of the Spanish Golden Age. Vidler is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Hispanic Classical Theater. She is also founder and director of The Comedia Theory Institute, Inc., a non-profit organization that promotes performance and performance studies. She was previously Professor and Program Director of Spanish at the United States Military Academy, West Point.
Melissa McAllister, Instructor, English as Second Language, St. Petersburg College, FL
Melissa McAllister served as Wyoming’s faculty liaison for the Human Cultures interstate faculty team. She has taught English as a Second Language (ESL) for more than fifteen years, and is currently a faculty member at St. Petersburg College in Clearwater, FL. Throughout her career in higher education, she has taken on roles that support student success through a variety of roles. McAllister has a B.A. in international studies from Emory University and an M.S. in teaching ESL & applied linguistics from Georgia State University, and she is a doctoral candidate in curriculum & instruction at the University of Wyoming.