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The Foreign language Technology Center is staffed by four full-time employees and several part-time student staff.

Sangeetha Gopalakrishnan, Ph.D. Muhammad Faisal
Pamela Saenz  Dean Western

Sangeetha Gopalakrishnan, Ph.D.

Director
(313) 577-6391
sangeetha@wayne.edu

Sangeetha Gopalakrishnan has been director of the FLTC since about 2004. Having joined the FLTC as its Instructional Technology Coordinator in 2002 she has been at Wayne State University for about 10 years. In her capacity as director she fosters the integration of technology in instruction, oversees the functioning of FLTC’s extensive technology infrastructure, and ensures quality support to faculty and students. To motivate faculty to use technology in innovative ways in the teaching of language, literature and culture she has instituted several initiatives including a mini-grants program. She also endeavors to enhance the student learning experience with technology in a variety of ways.

Her research interests include technology integration at academic institutions, particularly online learning, and the role of leadership. In her doctoral study she identified best practices and leadership strategies for implementing successful online programs at universities and developed a model that incorporated these practices and strategies. Using a framework of change management she examined the online efforts of public institutions, at the research and master’s level, which are successful in providing online education. She also investigated the leadership role of an individual charged with establishing large-scale online programs. In addition to her role at the FLTC, Sangeetha has also taught graduate courses for the Instructional Technology program and German intermediate-level courses for the Department of Classical and Modern, Languages, Literatures and Cultures at WSU.

Before she moved to the U.S. Sangeetha was a full-time instructor at the Goethe Institute in Chennai, India, where she taught German language courses for several years to diverse audiences. Prior to her appointment as instructor, she earned the Deutschlehrer-Diplom, a diploma granted by the Goethe Institute upon completion of its German teachers’ training program in India and Germany. During her career at the Goethe Institute she was also invited to seminars in Germany on integrating media in the teaching of German. As a language student she received the Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom from the Goethe Institute, a certification for advanced proficiency in the German language.

She received a Ph.D. in Instructional Technology from the College of Education at Wayne State University in 2011 and a M.S. in Educational Technology from Purdue University in 2001. She also holds Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics from the Universities of Delhi and Madras, India, respectively. While she maintains close ties with family and friends in India, she has come to think of the U.S. as her second home. She loves to travel, garden, cook and watch films from all over the world, Hollywood, and Bollywood.


Muhammad Faisal

Systems Administrator
(313) 577 0931
mfaisal@wayne.edu

Muhammad Faisal received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering in from N.E.D University-Pakistan, MBA from Karachi University and M.S. in Computer Engineering from Wayne State University. He is working with Wayne State University as a Systems Administrator since 2002. His primary responsibilities included server maintenance, website development, problem analysis, system administration and provide technical support.


 

Pamela Saenz

Secretary
(313) 577 3022
p.saenz@wayne.edu

Pamela Saenz is one of the first people you will meet in the Foreign Language Technology Center. She serves as administrative support to office and has years of experience working at Wayne State University. Pam is also a student in the bachelor’s degree program in the College of Lifelong Learning.


Dean Western

Audio Visual Tech
(313 577 2880
ae7813@wayne.edu

Dean Western is a graduate of the Fine Arts program at Wayne State and has 20 years experience in the audio engineering field. His most recent gigs have included WDET-FM Detroit, WNYC-FM New York, and the Detroit Institute of Arts.


 

 
 
 
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