Achieving Language Proficiency
Dr. David C. McAlpine has a career-long record of professional service. The most recent example was his election in November as president-elect of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages â€“ the nationâ€™s largest and most comprehensive organization for foreign language educators. He also is a member of the New Visions in Action project, a distinguished panel of academics charged with revamping the countryâ€™s language education system.
Having served as a reviewer for institutions seeking accreditation in foreign language studies, he provides accrediting information through workshops and consultation. He is currently the foreign language professionâ€™s sole representative on the National Council on the Accreditation of Teacher Education Board of Directors.
In 2006, Dr. McAlpine was chosen as one of four higher education members of the team responsible for rewriting the Praxis II content exams to conform to the new expectations for world language teacher certification. He continues to serve on the organizationâ€™s National Advisory Committee.
Dr. McAlpine has maintained a leadership position in the Arkansas Foreign Language Teachers Association. A professor of Spanish and second language education, he serves as graduate coordinator for the department and university supervisor for 10 student teachers.
He received an Ed.D. from the University of South Dakota, an M.A. degree from Universidad Internacional, and a B.A.E. degree from Wayne State College.