After completing an undergraduate degree in applied physics, Ken went to study at Xi Bei University in the People’s Republic of China and then to Japan where he taught English for 10 years to a wide variety of students, from kindergartners to professional translators and interpreters. He returned to the US in 2000 to enroll in an MA program at the Graduate School of Education (then SUSE), and in 2006 he completed his PhD in Educational Linguistics, with a focus on foreign language learning. During the summers, he taught in the English for Foreign Students (EFS) program and did his dissertation research in the Meyer Library Digital Language Lab while teaching one summer. Eventually he taught for EFS full time as he finished his graduate program and in 2006 he was hired as the ATS for the Language Center, where he worked with the director, Professor Elizabeth Bernhardt, and the instructional and administrative staff. In 2012 he became one of three managers of the ATS program and with the transition of Academic Computing Services to the Office of the Vice Provost of Teaching and Learning, he now serves the Associate Director for the Language Center. He has continued to teach foreign graduate students in one EFS class a year, but has also taught undergraduates in the Linguistics department (LING 90), and teacher candidates in the GSE Stanford Teacher Education Program (EDUC 388A), and non-native professionals in the Continuing Studies Program (COM 23, 32 and 34).
Current Role at Stanford
Associate Director for the Stanford Language Center in the Office of the Vice Provost of Teaching and Learning. I also teach in the English for Foreign Students Program in the Language Center.
Education & Certifications
Certificate, Stanford Manager Academy, Four week UHR training course. (2013)
Ph.D., Stanford University, Education (Minor: Linguistics) (2006)
M.A., Stanford University, Education (2000)
Certificate, Northwest University, Xi'an, PRC, Mandarin (1989)
B.A., Rice University, Applied Physics (1986)
ATXpo (Academic Technology Expo), Stanford University
The ATXpo (https://atxpo.stanford.edu/) is a one-day event that will bring together faculty members, instructors, students, and staff from Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley and San Jose State University to share, discuss, and promote effective practices for teaching and learning with technology. The ATXpo is a featured event of Stanford’s Year of Learning, a year-long series of events for the Stanford community, engaging faculty, instructors, students, and staff in examining teaching, learning and plans for the future.
- Paul Zenke, Director of Academic Technology, VPTL
High Stakes Testing Project (9/2015 - Present)
As the web moved away from Java, the need for a new exit exam system became clear. I worked with the LMS team to help design and build a system that not only recreated the original functionality, it added new security, redundancy and convenience. Combined with careful attention to the process of test administration, the system has performed flawlessly, with nearly zero overall error rate and absolutely no lost data. We believe that this type of system can replace blue book exams in universities everywhere.
Professional Affiliations and Activities
Member, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (2006 - Present)
- Designing and Sustaining a Foreign Language Writing Proficiency Assessment Program at the Postsecondary Level FOREIGN LANGUAGE ANNALS 2015; 48 (3): 329-349
- Pervasive CALL Learner Training for Improving Listening Proficiency WorldCALL: International Perspectives on Computer-Assisted Language Learning edited by Levy, M., Blin, F., Siskin, C. New York: Routledge. 2010
- A web-based listening methodology for studying relative clause acquisition COMPUTER ASSISTED LANGUAGE LEARNING 2008; 21 (1): 51-66