Research Interests

Emily’s past research has included topics ranging from German as a heritage language to study abroad. Her dissertation focused on connections that students have with native speakers of German and how this interacts with their experience in the foreign language classroom. She continues to be interested in research surrounding Less Commonly Taught Languages, Open Educational Resources, online language instruction, study abroad, language acquisition, and educational technology. She served as the lead co-editor on the development of two edited volumes published in 2023:

Curriculum Vitae

You can access a recent copy of Emily’s CV here.


  • Ph.D. (German); University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2017
    • Ph.D. Minor in Second Language Acquisition.
    • Dissertation title: “Personal Connections with German Speakers and Perception of the Classroom”
  • M.A. (German); University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2012
  • B.A. (German and Spanish); Wittenberg University (Ohio), 2008


  • Heidrich Uebel, E., Kraemer, A. & Giupponi, L. (Eds.). (2023, expected). Sharing LCTLs in Higher Education: Collaboration and Innovation. Routledge.
  • Heidrich Uebel, E., Kronenberg, F. & Sterling, S. (Eds.). (2023). Language Program Vitality in the United States – From Surviving to Thriving in Higher Education. Springer.
  • Fritzsche, S., Giupponi, L. Heidrich Uebel, E., Kronenberg., F. A., Long, C.P., & Van Gorp, K. (2022). Languages as Drivers of Institutional Diversity: The Case of Less Commonly Taught Languages. The Language Educator, Winter 2022.
  • Giupponi, L., Heidrich Uebel, E., & Van Gorp, K. (2021). Strategies for Language Centers to Support Online Language. In E. Lavolette & A. Kraemer (Eds.) Language center handbook 2021 (pp. 61-90). Auburn, AL: International Association for Language Learning Technology.
  • Winke, P., Heidrich Uebel, E., & Gass, S. (2021). Individual differences in Advanced Spanish proficiency: Cluster and case-matching analyses on 127 Advanced Learners. In M. Menke & P. A. Malovrh (Eds.), Advancedness in L2 Spanish (pp. 368-395). John Benjamins.
  • Van Gorp, K., Giupponi, L., Heidrich Uebel, E., Dursun, A., & Swinehart, N. (2019). Defining teachers’ readiness for online language teaching: toward a unified framework. CALL and complexity–short papers from EUROCALL 2019, 373.
  • Charitos, S., Heidrich, E., Van Gorp, K., & Giupponi, L. (2019). The Shared LCTL Symposium: A Call to Action. Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages, 25, 159-164. Retrieved from:
  • Winke, P., Gass, S., & Heidrich, E. (2019). Modern-Day Foreign Language Majors: Their Goals, Attainment, and Fit Within a 21st Century Curriculum. In P. Winke & S. Gass (Eds.), Foreign Language Proficiency in Higher Education (pp. 93-113). Cham: Springer.
  • Heidrich, E. & Kraemer, A. (2018). Factors that Influence Proficiency Attainment in a College Language Program: A German Case Study. Die Unterrichtspraxis / Teaching German, 51(2), 132-143.
  • White, K.D. & Heidrich, E. (2013). Our Policies, Their Texts: Beliefs and Behaviors with Web-Based Machine Translation. Die Unterrichtspraxis / Teaching German.

Invited Presentations/Plenaries

  • Kronenberg, F. & Heidrich Uebel, E. (2023, March). Supporting LCTL Educators and Programs Through Resources, Training, and Collaboration. Keynote presentation for Consortium of Middle East National Resource Centers.
  • Giupponi, L. & Heidrich Uebel, E. (2022, March). Supporting Online Language Instruction: Strategies for Language Centers. Invited webinar presentation for IALLT.
  • Guest panelist Second Language Research Group at Indiana State University: How to Write a Paper People Can Read! (2021, September).
  • Heidrich Uebel, E., Van Gorp, K., & Giupponi, L. (2020, April). A vision of strategic coordination for the future of LCTLs. Plenary address at 23rd Annual Conference of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL 2020), Chicago, IL.. (Cancelled because of COVID-19.)
  • Heidrich, E. & Steider, D. (2019, June). The Next Frontier of LCTL Instruction: Sharing Across Institutions. Invited webinar presentation for the ACTFL LCTL Special Interest Group.

Conference Presentations

  • See Emily’s CV for the latest list of conference presentations