Dr. James Pusack, long-time professor, has distinguished himself as a language pedagogue and, more recently, as a pioneer in computer-assisted instruction of second language acquisition. He has been instrumental in the development of authentic television materials for the teaching of language and culture, including leadership of PICS, the University of Iowa’s project for national distribution of foreign television programming. He has authored or co-authored numerous articles on topics related to multimedia and has developed software for language learning, as well as the widely-used program Dasher . He is the founding member of FLARE, the University of Iowa’s new Ph.D. program in second language acquisition. He participates in a wide range of international studies efforts at the University of Iowa, including co-directing a new three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education dedicated to the strengthening of interdisciplinary international studies and the teaching of less-commonly taught languages. In his latest response to the vocation of language learning, he recently joined his teenage daughter for a two-week Italian course in Florence.
However, it is James Pusack's infectious love of language and of teaching that really makes him a candidate for the Vocation Visitor program, since it was this love that drew him to language methodology and technology in the first place. As has been clear to his students for nearly thirty years, Pusack is deeply committed to helping students with their lives in whatever way possible, including with language learning.
Dr. Pusack will visit campus Monday, September 29 through October 3, 2003. As a Vocation Visitor he will contribute to the Luther community by talking about his own longtime work and helping students to explore the connections of faith and language learning.