Past Recipients' Video



Spring 2015 - Chengxu Yin

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The Ursula Williams Fellowship allowed me to concentrate more of my time on learning the necessary technology for the project. I met and consulted regularly with colleagues from the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures, the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Office of Digital Learning. Their unfailing support, guidance, encouragement, expertise at various stages of the fellowship have been inspiring. I feel tremendously grateful for the opportunity that the fellowship has provided me. I look forward to incorporating what I have learned into my instruction of Hybrid First Year Chinese in Fall 2015. During my tenure as the inaugural Ursula Williams fellow, I worked on the project of designing the Hybrid First Year Chinese course. This is a 5-credit course targeting highly motivated students who are willing to spend more time improving their oral proficiency. The course adopts an innovative format that combines traditional classroom instruction and online self-learning. Students learn grammar through vivid and feasible online tutorials and quizzes. Class time is optimized for enhancing students’ proficiency through intense drill work and authentic communicative tasks. The class meets four times a week and requires one additional hour of online study by students. 


Fall 2015 - Elena Mangione-Lora


I began the Ursula Williams Fellowship with two questions: How can I use technology to encourage confidence in new language learners? How can I enhance transferability, that is, the ability to apply the skills and knowledge acquired in my classroom to future courses and authentic interactions? After having explored many available technologies, I worked with experts from the CSLC and the Kaneb Center to develop eportfolios as a tool for “flipped assessment”.  We developed an eportfolio template and a series of assignments around it to allow students to take ownership of their own assessment. Students continued with meaningful learning as they worked through four tasks: 1) organize their work from the semester, 2) evaluate their own performance and progress, 3) reflect on how their work fits into the course goals, 4) explore how they can apply what they learned to future situations and courses.

While exposure to available technologies and the support in developing the eportfolio project were valuable, the Ursula Williams Fellowship provided me with the greatest professional growth through the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). SoTL tools help me to evaluate the efficacy of my teaching, the way I incorporate technology, and the design of my assignments. The Fellowship allowed the building of a strong relationship with my generous, supportive, expert colleagues in the CSLC and the Kaneb Center . I look forward to continuing that relationship and our work together.


Spring 2016 - Hannelore Webber

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Professor Weber specializes in second language acquisition and pedagogy. Her additional interests include German music, with a focus on German Lieder.








Fall 2017 - Weibing Ye


Weibing Ye specializes in Chinese language pedagogy and his current research interests include Media Chinese Instruction, Chinese Oral Proficiency Assessment and Application of Technology in Language Education. He has taught Chinese language courses of all levels. He is the co-author of  Chinese for Foreign Diplomats (Beginner Level, Hanban). Prior to Notre Dame, he taught at Williams College, the University of Mississippi and the Inter-University Program at Tsinghua University (Beijing, China), as well as Princeton and Harvard summer schools in Beijing. Weibing also coordinated the Chinese Flagship Summer Program at the University of Mississippi. He is the recipient of the 2016 Annual Faculty Award of the Center for the Study of Languages & Cultures at the University of Notre Dame.




Spring 2019 - Wei Wang

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Wei Wang joined Notre Dame since the year of 2012. She has taught 1st Year Chinese, Hybrid 1st Year Chinese, 2nd Year Chinese, 3rd Year Chinese and 4th Year Chinese. Prior to coming to Notre Dame, she taught Chinese courses from beginning to advanced levels at the University of Iowa. She also worked in Duke Study in China (DSIC) and Princeton in Beijing (PiB) Summer Program. As a native Mandarin speaker, Wei received her bachelor degree of Chinese Language and Literature (Pedagogy) in mainland China and earned her M.A. degree in Teaching Chinese as Foreign Language from the University of Iowa. Her research interests are Chinese pedagogical grammar and technology application in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (TCFL). She participated in the project in developing a Chinese hybrid course. And currently, she is designing an online Business Chinese course.


Fall 2019 - Tiziana Serafini

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Tiziana Serafini received her Master’s degree in American and German Literature from the University La Sapienza in Rome, her Ph.D.  in Italian Literature from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her Master’s degree in the Teaching of Italian as a Foreign Language from the University Ca’ Foscari in Venice. She has taught Italian language and culture at several institutions such as the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of Southern California, Santa Monica College, and Los Angeles City College. Prior to joining the University of Notre Dame, she was the Director of the Italian Language Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has published articles on the Promessi Sposi (2003), the Stil Novo Poetry (2005), Andrea Zanzotto (2008). She contributed to the translation of works by New York and Chicago poets in Nuova Poesia Americana – New York (2013) and Nuova Poesia Americana – Chicago. She also coordinated the Florio Italian-English Dictionary transcription project (2013).


Spring 2020 - Melissa Miller

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Dr. Miller received her Ph.D. in Russian Literature with a minor in Second Language Acquisition from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has extensive experience teaching Russian language at all levels of the curriculum and has been on the faculty at the Kathryn Wasserman Davis School of Russian at Middlebury College. She is particularly interested in adapting technologies for use in the foreign language classroom. Additionally, she has published on the intersections between science and art in Russian literature and culture in the late 19th through the 20th centuries.