Catherine Baumann is the Director of the University of Chicago Language Center and oversees all of its programs. She has been at the University of Chicago since 1999, initially as the director of the German language program. She became director of the CLC in 2013.In collaboration with CLC staff and liaison with language instructors at UChicago – and beyond – she has been able to greatly expand CLC programs and professional development offerings.She received her Ph.D. in Second Languages and Cultures Education at the University of Minnesota, specializing in reading comprehension and language testing, and is a certified ACTFL tester and trainer. She speaks German, passable French, fluent menu Spanish, and is learning Swedish. In her free time she likes to travel and go to the movies.