Who We Are
LCLC Director: Elizabeth Dolly Weber, Ph.D.
Dr. Weber has been directing the LCLC since 2010. In addition to working with faculty and graduate students to help find the appropriate technology for each situation, her particular interest is in projects that provide opportunities for student choice, creativity, and collaboration in and beyond the classroom: mapping for language, literature,and culture classes; wikis for writing and note-taking; blogs to foster interest and engagement. She is also Language Program Director for the French Basic Language Program in the Department of French and Francophone Studies.
Digital Humanities Postdoctoral Research Associate: Iwona B. Lech, Ph.D.
Iwona holds her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and M.A. in Germanic Studies. She also has a graduate certificate in Distance Education and is an ACTFL OPI certified tester in Polish. She has been teaching German, Polish, Humanities, and Educational Psychology in person and online, leading workshops on blended and online teaching, and developing online and blended courses. Her current research interests evolve around technology use in language instruction, informal online learning of languages, positive psychology in education and in SLA, usage-based models of language learning, and mixed research methodologies.
LCLC Research Assistant: Bernadette Wilczek
Bernadette is pursuing a MA in Polish Literature and Culture. She is interested in the 20th century Polish short story and tropes of multiculturalism in early 20th century Polish literature that transcends national borders. In her spare time, Bernadette likes to snowboard and embark on spontaneous adventures.
LCLC Research Assistant: Lisa James
Lisa James is a PhD candidate in Spanish literature. She has taught Spanish for several years at UIC and has been involved in tutoring and extracurricular activities, like Spanish Conversation Hour. She loves teaching using literature and visual art. She hopes to defend her dissertation in the Spring.
LCLC Research Assistant: Brian Zdancewicz
Brian Zdancewicz is working on an MA in UIC’s Department of Polish, Russian, and Lithuanian Studies. He is interested in comparative and historical linguistics, linguistic typology, Eastern European languages and cultures, experimental and avant-garde music and visual art, as well as exploring different perspectives from which to perceive art, language, meaning, reality, and human experience. Brian also spends time producing abstract drawings, listening to history podcasts, and pursuing a variety of musical projects.
LCLC Research Assistant: Juanita Calvo
Juanita Calvo is a PhD candidate in Hispanic Literary and Cultural Studies, and her dissertation is on contemporary Latin American literature with a focus on autobiographical narratives. She has taught Spanish at the high school and college level for over a decade and enjoys exploring new methods of learning and teaching. In her free time Juanita loves to garden, paint, and make piñatas.
LCLC Research Assistant: Citlaly Herrera
Citlaly Herrera is currently pursuing an MA in Hispanic Linguistics. She is generally interested in heritage speakers, code-switching, attrition, and phonology. She is also part of the Multilingual Phonology Lab, Talk in Linguistics Committee (TiL), and teaches Spanish at UIC. To relax in her free time, Citlaly likes to draw, knit, sew little sweaters for dogs and watch movies.
LCLC Research Assistant: Anne Wooten
Anne Wooten is a pursuing an MA in Germanic Studies with a focal area in Early German Cinema. Her research mainly involves aesthetics and form in German language, literature, and film. When she is not a Research Assistant at the LCLC, she teaches German at UIC. She spends much of her free time rock climbing, traveling, baking, and cooking.