Emily Spinelli received her Ph.D. in Spanish from Ohio State University, where she studied Spanish language and Hispanic literature and culture, as well as foreign language education and second language acquisition theory. Currently, she is executive director of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) and professor emerita of Spanish at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, where she taught courses in all levels of Spanish language, literature, language of business, and culture and civilization. Professor Spinelli also coordinated the foreign language teaching-certification program and taught courses in foreign language methodology. In addition to several textbooks, Professor Spinelli has also published many articles and reviews in scholarly journals. She is a frequent speaker and presenter at state, national, and international conferences, and she has consulted with school districts and universities throughout the country on issues related to foreign language education and methodology. Through the years, Professor Spinelli has been very active in professional organizations. She has served on the Executive Council of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and is a past president of that organization. She also has served as editor of Foreign Language Annals, the official journal of ACTFL, and as the president of the AATSP.