Iowa World
Language Association

2008 Keynote Presentation

The Power of Student Involvement in the Learning Process

by Ali Moeller

Ali MoellerAli Moeller is the Edith S. Greer Distinguished Professor of Foreign Language Education in the College of Education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she works in the areas of teacher training and foreign language education. Dr. Moeller has held  leadership positions in professional foreign language organizations such as Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (Board of Directors, Editor of CSC Report, Program co-chair), AATG (President, Executive Council, Director of GOLDEN), and the AP College Board (World Languages Best Practices Commission). She is a frequent presenter of workshops and sessions at state and national conferences and her research has been published in numerous professional journals (e.g. Modern Language Journal, Unterrichtspraxis, Foreign Language Annals, CALICO). Ali is particularly active in expanding professional development opportunities for K-16 language educators. She has been Director of the German On Line Distance Education Network (GOLDEN) project, co-director of N.E.H. institutes (1986, 1989, 1992), director of summer immersion programs (Teacher Quality Grants 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008), and curriculum director and instructor of numerous professional development summer institutes nationally and internationally. Her research focuses on assessment of student learning, student motivation and teacher quality. At present she is conducting a longitudinal study to determine what students know and are able to do after one through five years of study in the language classroom. She has been the recipient of the ACTFL Florence Steiner Award for Outstanding Leadership in Foreign Language Education, the ACTFL Anthony Papalia Award for Excellence in Teacher Education, the AATG German Educator of the Year Award, AATG/Goethe Institut Certificate of Merit, Nebraska International Language Association Leadership Award as well as numerous teaching awards at UNL (College Award for Distinguished Teaching, Academy of Distinguished Teachers, Swanson Award for Teaching Excellence). She has taught in the College of Arts and Sciences, spent 11 years teaching German in Omaha Public Schools and has been in her present position in teacher education for the last 18 years.

Luncheon Speaker

IOWA: Great by Nature

by Rob Denson

Rob DensonRob Denson was appointed the 4th President of Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) on November 1, 2003. He grew up on a farm near Homestead, Iowa, south of the Amana Colonies and graduated from high school in Marengo, Iowa. He is the first native born Iowan to be President of DMACC.

Rob has a B.S. in Political Science and Economics and a Masters Degree in Higher Education Administration from Iowa State University. He worked for Iowa State as an Assistant Dean for 3 years before moving to Florida where he served as an Assistant Dean of Students. He graduated from Law School at the University of Florida in 1979 and was an Associate University Attorney for 3 years before operating his own law practice for 16 years. He is a board certified civil trial lawyer. In 1996, he became Assistant to the President and Dean for Institutional Advancement at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville.

In 1998, Rob returned to Iowa as President of Northeast Iowa Community College in Calmar, Iowa where the College saw a 58% enrollment increase during his five year tenure. Rob believes in success, teams and positive thinking.

He and his wife, Pat have 2 children.

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