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Gus Leonard

Language Laboratory Coordinator
School of World Languages and Cultures

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(831) 582-4446

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College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

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  • Ed.D., Candidate, Doctorate in Educational Leadership. California State University, Fresno, Kremen School of Education and Human Development. Expected graduation 2021.
  • M.A., Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. 2010.
  • B.A., Majors in Scandinavian Studies and English Literature. Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN. 1989.

Biography Gus Leonard is the Language Lab Coordinator for the School of World Languages and Cultures. He supports faculty, students, and staff in the various technologies and strategies for learning and teaching language and culture. Gus has taught WLC212 and WLC230 and guest lectures in multiple courses including WLC300, WLC400, and JAPN420. Gus came to CSUMB in 2000 from the University of Minnesota (UMN) CLA Language Center. At UMN he earned his M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), and trained in Scandinavian Languages and Literature, and Instructional Technology. His BA is in English Literature and Scandinavian Studies from Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN. As a candidate in the Doctorate in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) program at Fresno State, his dissertation explores the development of intercultural competence through photovisual analysis of study abroad photoblogs. He has taught Swedish as a Foreign Language in Minnesota university and community ed programs, English as a Foreign Language in Yamanashi-ken, Japan (1995-98), and ESL at UMN.

Gus is an advocate for language learning and technology beyond the campus level: Secretary (2012-2017) for the International Association for Language Learning Technology (IALLT); Webmaster for FLAMCO; and he served as President for the SouthWest Association for Language Learning Technology (SWALLT) from 2002-2008. He has published in IALLT monographs and the IALLT Journal, in various conference proceedings, and presented his research at regional and international conferences, including SWALLT, IALLT/FLEAT, ACTFL, AZLA, CASTEL-J, and CALICO. He volunteers locally for the Breakthrough for Men organization, is an activist with CSUEU, Local 322, and is a Partner at , an award-winning coworking visual art studio owned together with his wife Denese. A National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) graduate, Gus enjoys the outdoors, travel, reading fantasy/SF, and exploring new foods, beverages, and art. He lived abroad in Sweden, Iceland, and Japan for nearly 6 years. He is proud of his two college-aged daughters.

Pronouns: he, him, his

Please note: Campus mailing address: CSUMB Building Number 504 100 Campus Center Seaside, CA 93955 Attn: Gus Leonard and School of World Languages and Cultures