Dr. William Nichols
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.
Kristy Winkler oversees the daily operations of CULTR, including management of student workers, project management, meeting and event coordination, dissemination of information, correspondence, scheduling, and purchasing, networking and outreach to expand CULTR’s reach and create new partnerships, well as other duties as requested by the Director. Her passion for languages and cultures led her to teach high school French, and later to the Cultural Services of the Consulate General of France in Atlanta to promote the French language Francophone cultures. She continued this work as Education Director at the Alliance Française d’Atlanta. In this role, Kristy was able to witness the valuable impact of language learning on underserved students. She is thrilled to apply her experience in the education, diplomatic and non-profit sectors to support the CULTR mission in the advancement of language learning for all students.
Director of Communications and Data Analytics
As director of communications and data analytics, David leads the digital initiatives in CULTR that has enhanced the visibility and reputation of the center’s work among students, educators, external partners, and policy makers. He is tasked with analyzing educator and learner data to develop integrated marketing performance reports on CULTR’s impact, implementing an internal and external communications strategy for the center, launching a new and improved website, and leading a team of graduate developers to explore the Dual Language Immersion Opportunity Gap. David also serves as a key member of Georgia State University’s Learning Analytics team housed in the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Exploring data generated as part of the everyday teaching and learning practices, David’s work aims to develop actionable insights to support student success, faculty advancement, and lifelong learning. Additionally, David currently serves as a member of the EDUCAUSE Young Professionals Advisory Council. This council is made up of younger professionals and emerging leaders in the EDUCAUSE community, advising the EDUCAUSE president and CEO on issues and opportunities relevant to this crucial demographic.
Instructional Technology Lead
Serving as Associate Director of CULTR from 2014-2018, Trish provided budget oversight, project management, curriculum development, and resource development. As a result, she has extensive knowledge and experience with all aspects of CULTR initiatives. Her new role represents not a divestment from CULTR, but an evolution that more closely aligns with both her expertise in instructional technology and curriculum development and her ongoing role as the Coordinator of the Center for International Resources & Collaborative Language Engagement (CIRCLE) at GSU, a position she has filled for more than 16 years. As CULTR Instructional Technology Coordinator, Trish directs professional development activities, including workshops and webinars, and coordinate and direct development of materials for all training modules or instruction manuals related to CULTR initiatives. Combined with her role at CIRCLE, Trish brings experience with personnel management, technology support and maintenance, and development and implementation of technology innovations in the language curriculum.
Dr. Tim Jansa
Dr. Jansa has served as Business Manager for the Department of World Languages and Cultures since 2015 and manages all financial aspects of the Department’s multi-million-dollar budget, including payroll, procurement, account reconciliation, and budget projections. His duties also include post-award grant management and expense reporting. Jansa earned a doctorate (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership with a focus on higher education from Georgia State University. His research centers on leadership at the intersection of college and university internationalization with postsecondary world language education. His studies have also granted him profound insights into the financial and organizational workings of institutions of higher education and greatly informs his management of budgets in keeping with institutional policies, procedures, and regulations, as well as staff leadership and development.