Christina Isabelli, PhD

Associate Provost for Global Engagement

Professor of Spanish Applied Linguistics
Mailing address: Gonzaga University, 502 E. Boone Ave, AD 41, Spokane, WA, USA 99258

r. Christina (Tina) Isabelli serves as the Associate Provost for Global Engagement. In this role, she leads internationalization at Gonzaga, providing leadership for the university’s globalization strategies, and leadership and administration for the Center for Global Engagement personnel and programs, the International Student & Scholar Services, Study Abroad, and the ESL program. She works closely with the Dean of Gonzaga in Florence, Gonzaga’s academic deans, associate and vice provosts, and Gonzaga Global. The Associate Provost for Global Engagement facilitates and oversees the work of the International Education Council and the International Leadership Committee. The Associate Provost for Global Engagement leads the university’s effort to cultivate, develop, deliver, and assess global education as a fundamental institutional goal as part of Gonzaga’s Jesuit, Catholic, and humanistic identity.

She also holds the position of Professor of Spanish in the
Department of Modern Languages and Literature (PhD, University of Texas at Austin). 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
 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 Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction - World Language Advocacy Committee which provides feedback and identifies emerging initiatives in world language learning statewide.

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  • Education
    Ph.D. University of Texas - Austin, Ibero-Romance Philology and Linguistics
    M.A. University of Iowa, Spanish Literature and Linguistics
    B.A. Illinois State University, Spanish and Mathematics 

    Academic Positions
    2017- present Professor, Gonzaga University, Department of Modern Languages and Literature, Spokane, WA
    1999-2017      Professor, Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU), Department of Hispanic Studies, Bloomington, IL
    2010-2020      Visiting Professor, Middlebury Summer School of Spanish Graduate Program, Middlebury, VT
    2015 Summer Visiting Professor, IES Abroad - Madrid, Spain, teaching grant
    2009 Summer Visiting Professor, Universidad Internacional, Cuernavaca, Mexico

    Administrative Positions
    2023  present  Associate Provost for Global Engagement, Gonzaga University
    2022  2023     Academic Director, Center for Global Engagement, GU
    2017  2023     Chair, Department of Modern Languages and Literature, GU
    2015 – 2017     Founder & Director, IWU Language School for Kids
    2011 – 2017     Chair, Department of Hispanic Studies, IWU
    2011 – 2017     Spanish Language Program Coordinator, Department of Hispanic Studies, IWU
    2010    Fall       Resident Director of the IWU London Program
    2007    Spring   Resident Director of the IWU Spain Program 

    Recent National Service
    2021present Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction - World Advocacy Committee.

    2015-present CAEP/ACTFL Program Reviewer - examine the reports and data submitted by US institutions
    seeking CAEP recognition of their foreign language teacher education certification programs
                            through ACTFL.

    AAUSC Board of Directors - responsible for coordinating language sections and promoting
                            membership in the American Association of University Supervisors and Coordinators of
                            Language Programs.

    2015–2022     ALD-MLA Language Program Consultant (formerly ADFL) - advise language departments on a
           variety of issues such 
    as curriculum design, faculty governance, and strategic planning.

    Research and Professional Interests
    1. Second language acquisition during study abroad and domestic immersion
    2. Social networks and second language acquisition
    3. Spanish in the U.S. - sociolinguistics
    4. Foreign/Second language teaching methodology
    5. World language program articulation

    Published Books:
    Isabelli-García, C., & Isabelli, C. A. (2020). Researching second language acquisition in the study
    abroad learning environment
    . London: Palgrave MacMillan.

    Isabelli-García, C. (2004). A case study of the factors in the development of Spanish linguistic accuracy and
    oral communication skills: Motivation and extended interaction in the study abroad context.
     NY: Edwin Mellen Press.

    Published Articles and Chapters:

    Isabelli-García, C., Bown, J., Plews, J.L., & Dewey, D.P. (2018). Language learning and study abroad.
    Language Teaching, 51(4), 439-484.

    Isabelli-García, C. (2017). Key concepts in applied linguistics: Second language acquisition and study abroad
    learning environments. Estudios de Lingüística Inglesa Aplicada17, 273–282.

    Isabelli-García, C., & Lacorte, M. (2016). Language learners' characteristics, target language use, and linguistic
    development in a domestic immersion context. Foreign Language Annals, 49(3), 544–556. 

    Lord, G., & Isabelli-García, C. (2014). [World language] Program articulation and management. In M.
    Lacorte (Ed.), The Routledge handbook of Hispanic applied linguistics (pp. 150–167). London: Routledge. 

    Isabelli-García, C., Pan, Y., & Lubkemann, S. (2012). Observing census enumeration of non-English-speaking
    households in 2010 U.S. Census: Spanish report. Research and Methodology Directorate, Center for Survey
    Measurement Research Report Series (Survey Methodology #2012-06). U.S. Census Bureau.

    Hartweg, D., Isabelli-García, C., McEwen, M., & Piper, R. (2012). Being physically active: Perceptions of Mexican
    immigrant women in the Arizona-Mexico border. Hispanic Health Care International10(3), 127–136. 

    Isabelli-García, C., & Slough, R. (2012). Acquisition of the non-generic definite article by Spanish learners
    of English 
    as a foreign language. Onomázein: Revista de Lingüística, Filología y Traducción, 25, 95–105.

    Isabelli-García, C. (2010). Acquisition of Spanish gender agreement in two learning contexts: Study abroad and
    at home. Foreign Language Annals, 43(2), 289–303.

    Hartweg, D., & Isabelli-García, C. (2007). Health perceptions of low-income, immigrant Spanish-speaking Latinas
    in the United States. Hispanic Healthcare International, 5(2), 7–17.

    Isabelli-García, C. (2006). Study abroad social networks, motivation and attitudes: Implications for second
    language acquisition. In E. Churchill & M. DuFon (Eds.), Language learners in study abroad contexts (pp. 231–258).
    Clevedon, UK: Multilingual Matters.

    Zeiss, E., & Isabelli-García, C. (2005). The benefits of asynchronous computer-mediated communication in
    enhancing cultural acquisition. Computer Assisted Language Learning, 18(3), 151–169.

    Isabelli-García, C. (2003). Development of oral communication skills abroad. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal
    of Study Abroad
    , 9, 149–173.

    Recent Invited Presentations
    April 2023. Understanding US assessment of student learning outcomes. American Council for International
    Education, workshop.

    October 2022. Creating an institutional policy/procedure for engaging transformational international partnerships:
    Process, Buy-in, Rubric
    . Association of International Education Administrators - Terra Dotta, webinar.

    March 2022. Contexts of co-constructions. Research and Teaching Symposium in Celebration of Dale A. Koike.
    With J. Liskin-Gasparro. University of Texas at Austin.

    September 2021. Assessing transcultural competence - lessons learned. World Language Center Workshop,
    Northeastern University, virtual.

    August, 2020. Estudiantes de herencia en nuestras aulas de segundas lenguas [Heritage language learners in
    our second language classrooms]
    . Temas de la introducción a la lingüística hispánica. Middlebury College, virtual.

    Recent Organized Workshops
    November 2022. Challenges and opportunities in language program coordination. Organized/moderated
    with L. Nájera, A. Schumacher, and F. Roncal Ramírez. American Association of University Supervisors
    and Coordinators (AAUSC), virtual.

    August 2022. College in the High School Professional Development/Engagement Workshop. Spokane, WA.

    June 2021. Data and advocacy: MAPS leadership institute - Why humanities now. Moderated workshop
    with B. Nichols. Association of Language Departments (previously ADFL), virtual.

    Recent Conference Presentations

    November 2022. High School and Secondary Collaboration: Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships, with J. Traynor.
    ACTFL Annual Convention, Virtual.

    November 2021. Assessing intercultural communication. ACTFL Annual Convention, virtual.