Dr. Gabriela C. Zapata received her PhD in Spanish (Linguistics track) from the Pennsylvania State University in 2002. She is Associate Professor in the Department of Hispanic Studies at Texas A&M University. Her research foci are second (L2) and heritage language (HL) acquisition and pedagogy, bilingualism, and teacher education. She is also interested in the development of OER materials for L2 and HL teaching and in interdisciplinary projects on Spanish for the Professions. Throughout her career, she has published articles on bilingualism and second language acquisition and pedagogy in journals such as Computer Assisted Language Learning, Foreign Language Annals, Hispania, International Journal of Bilingualism, Language, Culture, and Curriculum, Language Learning, and Language Awareness, among others, and in a variety of edited volumes. She is also the main author of the first edition of the Canadian edition of Puntos de partida, and the co-editor (with Dr. Manel Lacorte) of the volume Multiliteracies Pedagogy and Language Learning: Teaching Spanish to Heritage Speakers (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). At present, Dr. Zapata is working on a collaborative book project (to be published by Editorial Octaedro) with Drs. Mary Kalantzis and Bill Cope, and she is also writing the OER L2 Spanish textbook Trayectoswith a team of graduate and undergraduate students at Texas A&M University. Dr. Zapata is a Certified ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview Tester in Spanish and the recipient of the 2019 SGA Open Education Champion Award from the Student Government Association at Texas A&M University.