1945 - 2008. Dr. James Pusack was an influential language pedagogue and a pioneer in computer-assisted instruction of second language acquisition. Along with professor Otto, he was a key figure in the development of authentic television materials for the teaching of language and culture, including the leadership of PICS, The University of Iowa's project for national distribution of foreign television programming and the creation of Flash-based activities created in Iowa’s ObjectMover authoring system. The author of multiple articles on topics related to multimedia, he was a founding member of FLARE, The University of Iowa's Ph.D. program in second language acquisition.
1945 - 2009. r. L. Kathy Heilenman was an influential language scholar, teacher, and mentor in the fields of second language acquisition and language pedagogy. The lead author of Voilà: An Introduction to French (now in its fourth edition), she also published scholarly articles in the Modern Language Journal, Language Learning, the Journal of Applied Psycholinguistics, and the Journal of French Linguistics. She also authored several book chapters and edited a volume in the series produced by the American Association of University Supervisors, Coordinators, and Directors of Foreign Language Programs. At the University of Iowa, she was a founding co-director of Foreign Language Acquisition Research and Education (FLARE) and its interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Second Language Acquisition.