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Arts & Humanities Dean Edits New Reference Book

April 04, 2017

A new reference book for educators and researchers co-edited by Dr. Carolyn Gascoigne, dean of the Angelo State University College of Arts and Humanities, has been published by Channel View Publications.

Titled “Creating Experiential Learning Opportunities for Language Learners: Acting Locally while Thinking Globally,” the 296-page book is being published as part of Channel View Publications’ “Multilingual Matters” series. It features chapters written by 15 educators, including Gascoigne, highlighting their research-based innovations in experiential learning for second language acquisition in domestic settings. Gascoigne also joined with co-editor Dr. Melanie Bloom, chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature at the University of Nebraska Omaha, to write the introduction. 

While much research has been done on experiential learning opportunities in second language acquisition for students in study abroad settings, much less has been done on experiential learning in the domestic context. This book focuses on three experiential learning contexts: community engagement, professional engagement and other unique settings, such as language camps and houses. 

The book is available through Channel View Publications at, as well as on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other online booksellers. 

<strong>Dr. Carolyn Gascoigne</strong>Dr. Carolyn GascoigneGascoigne joined ASU in July 2016 as the first dean of the newly formed College of Arts and Humanities. She previously spent 19 years on the faculty at the University of Nebraska Omaha, including a stint as graduate program chair in the Department of Foreign Languages. She also served as acting assistant vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at UNO from 2011-12, was chair of the Foreign Languages Department for nine years and earned the Peter Kiewit Professorship for five years. 

She holds a doctorate in French/second language acquisition from Florida State University, and her many honors and awards include the American Association of Teachers of French-Nebraska Teacher of the Year designation and the UNO Excellence in Teaching Award.

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