About Emily

Current Work

Emily is an Academic Specialist at the Center for Language Teaching Advancement (CeLTA) at Michigan State University.

She currently serves as the Associate Executive Director of the National Less Commonly Taught Languages Resource Center and as the Grant/Project Manager for the LCTL and Indigenous Languages Partnership,

For the National Less Commonly Taught Languages Resource Center, she coordinates daily operations (e.g., organizing and disseminating materials, managing professional development opportunities, coordinating internal and external communications, overseeing budgets and publicity, preparing documents for the office support team, and supervising student assistants) of the center, contributes to the research and evaluation of the center, and serves as the main contact between the Center and MSU functional support teams.

The LCTL and Indigenous Languages Partnership, a grant project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is focused on improving instruction in less commonly taught languages (LCTLs).¬†Among Emily’s current responsibilities for the Partnership are the day-to-day logistics of grant management, including communication with all stakeholders across the Big Ten Academic Alliance and beyond; organization of meetings, pedagogical professional development workshops, and inter-institutional symposia; preparing and processing reimbursement for grant personnel, piloting of materials developed in the project; research proposals and compliance with the Institutional Review Board; compilation of reports; data collection; oversight of two graduate assistants; drafting grant proposals and budgets; and dissemination of research through publications and presentations.

In her other work at the university, she supports professional development activities, served as the lead co-editor on the development of two edited volumes published in 2023 (Language Program Vitality in the United States and Sharing Less Commonly Taught Languages in Higher Education), and does many other activities. She has served on a doctoral committee as well.


Emily hails from a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio.  She studied German and Spanish at Wittenberg University (Springfield, Ohio) and studied abroad in China, Spain, and Germany. After a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Mainz, Germany, she attended graduate school in German and Second Language Acquisition at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she received both her MA and her Ph.D.

Personal Life

In addition to volunteer work in her local community, Emily spends her time pursuing a variety of interests include reading, cooking, board games, attending live theater events, reading financial blogs, crafts, DIY projects around the house, drinking tea, and planning her next travel destinations. She lives in Okemos, MI, with her husband and children.