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David Herren-Lage

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David returned to his education roots in July of 2002, deciding to use his technology background directly in his own educational efforts. After years of managing and directing technology and education projects designed to assist other higher education faculty in the use of technology in language instruction, he is back in the language classroom himself, and having the time of his life.

David spent 15 years in technology directorship positions in higher education, focusing on foreign language software development including support for non-alphabetic, non-romance languages. He has held leadership roles in three international associations for computer assisted language instruction including serving as the technology adviser to and web-master for the World Computer Assisted Language Learning conference (WorldCALL). He has delivered dozens of invited and peer-reviewed presentations and workshops world-wide. As the Director of Technology for a $7+ million Andrew W. Mellon language technology grant to 62 top-tier liberal arts colleges, Mr. Herren developed the core application suite used by over 500 faculty in that project, and was the primary architect and project manager in development of the second generation, cross-platform software built for the initiative. He also served as project manager in the deployment of a private computer network with nodes in Paris, Madrid, Mainz, Florence, and the U.S.

During a hiatus from academia, David also worked as Director of Business Development at Codefab, Inc., a New York City Silicon Alley based software and web engineering firm developing high performance web enabled database applications for Wall Street Clients. The birth of his second daughter brought him home to Vermont full time and facilitated his return to teaching.

For the 2006-2007 academic year, David was on leave in Spain where he conducted research and began work on an intermediate college, upper-level high school Spanish text book. September through early November he walked the Camino de Santiago, a roughly 750 km. pilgrimage across the north of Spain. He recently completed his fifth pilgrimage to Santiago, twice with a group of high school students under the auspices of http://peregringo.org,

David holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Grinnell College, and the M.A. in Latin American and Iberian Studies from Vanderbilt University with additional post-graduate credits from the Language Schools of Middlebury College.