(PhD, University of Minnesota; M.A. Arizona State University) is a national leader in the use of digital technologies for language acquisition. Her research includes a special focus on interlanguage pragmatic development and intercultural competence. Dr. Sykes’ experience includes the design, implementation, and evaluation of online immersive spaces and the creation of place-based, augmented reality mobile games to engage language learners in a variety of non-institutional contexts. Julie serves as the Director of the Center for Applied Second Language Studies, a National Foreign Language Resource Center, and Co-Director of the Oregon Chinese Flagship Program.