Mark has a BA in International Affairs from Lafayette College and earned his PhD in German the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign while serving as a humanities computing consultant on Project Hermes. Prior to coming to BU, he has served as the Founding Director of Academic Technologies at Regis College, and Manager of eLearning and Instructional Design Services at UMass Boston. Mark has taught several courses in both foreign languages and management information systems, relying heavily on blended and online formats. His interests include adaptive learning and assessment, mobile learning, and blended-online course development. Mark has also co-directed numerous grants to build capacity in faculty development, mentoring, and course re-design using technology. When not at work, Mark’s interests include travel, cooking, cinema, and being outdoors with his family..
Instructional Services Coordinator
Alison oversees the daily operations of the Center by providing faculty and students instructional support, coordinating reservations for Center resources, and managing student staff. She has a BA in Japanese & Linguistics from Boston University. Alison grew up in western New York, but now lives north of Boston with her wife and cats. She enjoys things like reading, rock climbing, video games, and sleep.
Shawn assists faculty with creating digital content, leads training sessions on foreign language software tools, and provides one on one support for instructors needing a helping hand with technology. Shawn has been highly involved with the ongoing course Teaching College Languages, an ongoing course that prepares graduate students for their first teaching experience. Most recently, Shawn participated in the Portuguese StarTalk in the summer of 2014, co-presented at FLEAT at Harvard University in 2015, and participated in the Korean StarTalk in the summers of 2017, 2018, and 2019. Shawn has a BS in Computer Science from BU’s Metropolitan College. Shawn is originally from Ware, MA. He moved to Boston to attend Boston University in 1993. He currently lives in West Medford, where he often grills steak tips and other cubed meats.
Media Resources Specialist
As the Geddes Language Center’s Media Resources Specialist Frank is responsible for audio and video content origination and creation, materials development, University wide digital archiving, equipment research and implementation, and student supervision. Frank also acts as the department’s property manager. Outside of work Frank enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters exploring life’s mysteries, listening to music, singing, cooking, gardening, working out, and restoring his home, among other things.