Dr. David Ellis is Executive Director of the National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland. In addition to providing overall leadership and direction to the Center, he is principle investigator of STARTALK, a federally funded program designed to increase national capacity in critical-need languages, as well as program manager of the Analysis and Language Learning contract, a federally funded project to develop high-level self-guided web-based learning materials in dozens of critical-need languages. He is also PI/PM of multiple other smaller grants and contracts.
Dr. Ellis joined the NFLC in 2006 after leaving the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA, where he was a faculty developer. He has over two decades of experience in foreign language teaching, training, and curriculum design. He also has a wealth of experience in management and administration in academic, business, and military settings.
Dr. Ellis earned his BA in Economics & Mathematics from the US Military Academy at West Point, his MA in Second Language Acquisition from the University of Hawaii, and his PhD in Second Language Acquisition from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a focus on language assessment. His current areas of focus include developing a model of learner persistence and clarifying the role of technology in foreign language education.