Richard Brecht is currently the Executive Director of the University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language. Having received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University in Slavic Languages and Literatures, he is currently professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Maryland at College Park and visiting professor at Bryn Mawr College. Dr. Brecht has been a principal in the founding of a number of national organizations and projects: American Councils for International Education/ACTR-ACCELS (for which he serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees), the National Council of Organizations of Less Commonly Taught Languages, Project EELIAS (Evaluation of Exchange, Language, International and Area Studies), LangNet (the Language Network), and Project ICONS (International Communication and Negotiation Simulations). Dr. Brecht has authored numerous books and articles on language policy, second language acquisition, and Slavic and Russian linguistics; and he has received awards from a number of national and international organizations in the language field.