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H Stephen Straight, PhD    Love each day as if you'll die tomorrow; learn each day as if you'll teach forever.

H. Stephen Straight, president of the Binghamton University Retirees Club, is ​Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and of Linguistics at Binghamton University. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan and continued his education at the University of Chicago, receiving Master’s and Doctoral Degrees in linguistics. Professor Straight specialized in psycholinguistics and studied French, German, Japanese, Yucatec Maya, Spanish, and Romanian. He pursued his doctoral research with the Maya of Yucatan and resided in Bucharest, Romania for a year as a Fulbright senior lecturer. After retiring from Binghamton University in 2010 Straight accepted appointment as Senior Fulbright Adviser in the Office of External Scholarships, Fellowships, and Grants, where he has helped students apply for funding towards a successful academic and employment future. He continued his work through mentoring academic faculty in Myanmar in the Institute of International Education's program Connecting with the World: International Relations at Higher Education Institutions 2013-2014. Professor Straight is the founding director of Binghamton's unique Languages Across the Curriculum program, which provides course-specific opportunities for the meaningful use of languages other than English throughout the Binghamton undergraduate curriculum. He also served as Binghamton’s vice provost for undergraduate education and international affairs from 1999 to 2009.

In retirement H. Stephen Straight has continued his involvement in anthropology, linguistics, ​and international education in professional associations such as the Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum Consortium, the Association of International Education Administrators, and the Linguistic Association of Canada and the United States.

 

H Stephen Straight

Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and of Linguistics

Binghamton University, State University of New York

 

Post-Retirement

Professional Activities 

(Excerpted from Comprehensive Curriculum Vitae[1])

  

​Employment  

2012     Senior Fulbright Adviser, U.S Student Program, Office of External Scholarships, Fellowships, and Grants, Binghamton University [small stipend and travel allowance; BU applicants in 2013 numbered 22, 7 more than in 2012] 

2015     Adjunct Professor of Linguistics, Seminar in Sociolinguistics, Department of Anthropology, Binghamton University, Fall Semester

2013-14    Mentor for Connecting with the World: International Relations at Higher Education Institutions, a pilot online course for international officers at universities in Myanmar, Institute of International Education, November 2013-April 2014 [unpaid mentor for two fledgling Burmese international educators]

 

Professional Societies 

Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) (Executive Committee, 2008-2011; Professional Development Committee, 2011-2014 [Chair, Dialogues Subcommittee, 2011-13]; Conference Planning Advisory Board, 2008- ) 

Linguistic Association of Canada and the United States (LACUS) (Executive Board, 2002-2005, 2011-2012; Vice President/President Elect, 2012-2013; President, 2013-2014)

 

Publications  / Conference Papers / Panel Appearances / Public Presentations​ ​/ Keynote Speeches / Professional Consulting Visits

2015       K-12 Two-Way Immersion + 13-21 CLAC = Multilingual/Multicultural University Degrees.​ ​Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum: Engaging a Wider Community through CLAC, CLAC 2015, Denison University, 16-17 April

​2015        Language and “Intercultural Competence”.​ Panel organizer and co-presenter with John D. Heyl (​CEA Study Abroad) and ​Elspeth Jones (​Leeds Beckett University), Annual Meeting, Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA), Washington, DC, 15-18 February​

2014       Form versus content & input versus output: The dual bifurcation and interdependent synergy of Construing and Saying. Presidential address, annual conference, Linguistic Association of Canada and the United States (LACUS); University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 6-9 August

2014       Pre-conference workshop: Practical approaches to managing and supporting internationalization. Co-organizer and co-facilitator with Joseph Brockington (Kalamazoo College) and Paaige K Turner (Saint Louis University), Annual Meeting, Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA); Washington, DC, 16-19 February

2014      Multicultural, multilingual higher education in the age of anglophonization. Organizer and co-presenter with Hans de Wit (Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences) and Karen M Lauridsen (Aarhus University), Annual Meeting, Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA); Washington, DC, 16-19 February 

2013      Leadership in international higher education: Lessons from a decade as a senior international officer (SIO). Guest lecture, New York University, New York, NY, 12 December

2013      Bilingual higher education in the US: Needs, resources, prospects. Refereed paper, Forum XL, Linguistic Association of Canada and the United States (LACUS); Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY, 29 July-1 August 

2013      CLAC and multilingual K-16 education in the US. Refereed paper, Eighth International Conference on Language Teacher Education, sponsored by the National Capital Language Resource Center (NCLRC) and Qatar Foundation International; George Washington University, Washington, DC, 30 May-1 June 

2013      Ferdinand de Saussure. Invited article, in R Jon McGee & Richard L Warms (eds), Theory in social and cultural anthropology: An encyclopedia, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 1:318-320 [ISBN 978-1-4129-9963-2] 

2013      Generative grammar. Invited article, in R Jon McGee & Richard L Warms (eds), Theory in social and cultural anthropology: An encyclopedia, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2:748-752 [ISBN 978-1-4129-9963-2]

 2013      Professional development opportunities. Facilitator, along with Hilary Link (Barnard College), of roundtable discussion organized by Tanith Fowler Corsi (Catholic University of America), Annual Meeting, Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA); New Orleans, LA, 17-20 February

2013       Flipping the classroom: Cultures and languages across the (internationalized) curriculum. Panelist on refereed panel, with organizer Diana K Davies (Princeton University) and Cindy Evans (Skidmore College), Annual Meeting, Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA); New Orleans, LA, 17-20 February 

2012       Changing landscapes: Languages & cultures across the fields. Invited presenter, in colloquium organized by Suronda González (Binghamton University), with co-presenters Cecelia Burke Lawless (Cornell University) and Diana K Davies (Princeton University); 6 December

2012       What is FLAC? How can it help you? Invited presenter, Colloquium about Foreign Language Across the Curriculum, organized by Cecelia Burke Lawless (Cornell University), with co-presenters Suronda González (Binghamton University) and Diana K Davies (Princeton University); Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 5 December

2012       Cultures and languages across the curriculum. Keynote speaker, INTO Staff Conference; Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, 13-14 April

2011       Language and illusion: Potential pitfalls and practical precautions. Refereed paper, annual conference, Linguistic Association of Canada and the United States (LACUS); University of Toledo, OH, 9-12 August

2011       It’s not 101: Cultures and languages across the curriculum for international students and heritage language learners. Invited panelist, along with Uliana Gabara (University of Richmond), organized by Diana K Davies (Princeton University), Annual Meeting, Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA); San Francisco, CA, 20-23 February

2010       Internationalizing at home: Strategies for advancing internationalizing goals without leaving home. Invited panelist, along with Kavita Pandit (University of Georgia) and Orlando Taylor (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Washington, DC), Race, Ethnicity, and Place Conference; Binghamton, NY, 6-8 October

 


 

[1] The most recent version of H Stephen Straight’s comprehensive curriculum vitae can be found at: http://www2.binghamton.edu/anthropology/people/faculty/h-stephen-straight.html

Last Updated: 5/25/17