Meet Our Team
Our team consists of dedicated professionals leading the support, development, and growth of the Center for Urban Language Teaching and Research.
Dr. William Nichols | Director
Dr. William Nichols is the Department Chair and an Associate Professor for the World Languages and Cultures department of Georgia State University. He received his PhD in Spanish from Michigan State University. His primary research interest focuses on exploring the perceptions of Spain’s modern identity through the interrelation between politics, cultural production and capitalism in contemporary peninsular literature and film as well as other forms of cultural expression like music and museum expositions. He has published on diverse themes like detective fiction, corporate culture, tourism, food, genre, and globalization in such journals as the Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, Tabla Redonda, The Journal for the Study of Food and Society, and Symposium.
Trish Nolde | Associate Director
Trish Nolde is the Coordinator of the Language Acquisition Resource Center (LARC) for the Department of World Languages and Cultures at Georgia State University. She brings extensive experience with personnel management, budget expertise, technology support and maintenance, successful grant writing, project management, and development and implementation of technology innovations in the language curriculum. In addition to her managerial responsibilities, Trish also serves as the project leader on three projects: The Guide for Mobile Language Learning, the student media flashcard creation app and World Languages Day.
Jackie Slaton | Project Coordinator
Jackie Slaton serves as the Project Coordinator for CULTR. In addition to running the daily operations of the center, she coordinates CULTR projects and events, collaborations with other organizations and also helps to promote CULTR at K-12 schools districts and conferences across the region. She joined the team in January 2015 after teaching French in the public and private sector since 2006. With almost a decade of experience teaching in K-12 foreign language education, Jackie’s insight offers CULTR a stronger understanding of the needs of foreign language teachers and students, particularly in urban areas. Her passion for foreign language education allows her to strongly advocate to education, policy, and business leaders to support programs that result in graduating globally competent students. Jackie has a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from Wesleyan College and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy. She is also a Georgia certified French teacher K-12. In addition to her experience in foreign language education, Jackie worked as an intern with the U.S. Department of State and the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement.
David Cotter | Technology Coordinator
David Cotter, a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, joined the team in summer 2015 to serve as CULTR’s Technology Coordinator. Combined with his role as Educational Technology Specialist, Intermediate, David leads the professional level design, training, and modification of complex educational technology systems allied to the mission of CULTR. Examples of these responsibilities include creating and maintaining the CULTR website, developing and publishing digital media content, and recommending opportunities in new educational technologies. He brings extensive technical experience from his years spent working as a Distance Learning Technician for the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh and a passion for education outreach through his public service as a JumpStart Corps Member. David is excited to bring his experience, diverse skillset, and energy to further promote the success of CULTR and Georgia State University.