Faculty & Staff

 

Dr. Irina Barclay

Associate Professor of Russian
PhD, (1995) Tver State University, Tver, Russia

Research and Teaching Interests:
I teach in Russian and English and my research and teaching interests include Russian and Slavic Literature in Translation, the methodology of teaching Russian courses for ASU students. 

Dr. Salwa Ali Ben Zahra

Assistant Professor and Director of the Arabic Program
PhD, (2002) University of Minnesota

Research and Teaching Interests:
English, Arabic and Frenchliteratures in multidisciplinary connections with Disability and Postcolonial Studies.

Mr. Bobby Blankenship

Adjunct Instructor of Spanish
MA, Romance Languages, Spanish (2009) Appalachian State University

Research & Teaching Interests: 
I teach beginning Spanish 1010 & 1020.

 

Ms. Navila Castro

Adjunct Instructor of Spanish
MA, Romance Languages, Spanish (2017) Appalachian State University

Research & Teaching Interests: 
I teach Beginning and Intermediate Spanish 

Dr. Zhiyuan Chen

Professor of Spanish
PhD, Philosophy (1995) University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Research and Teaching Interests:
Theoretic & Applied Linguistics, Cultural Studies, Literatures, Anthropology, Economics

Dr. Victoria Cox

Professor of Spanish
PhD, Latin AmericanLiterature and Culture, Andean Studies (1997) University of Maryland

Research and Teaching Interests:
Spanish Language. Latin American Literature and Culture. Andean Studies. Latin American Women Writers. Performance Studies. Business Spanish. 

 Dr. Elizabeth Cramer

Dr. Elizabeth Cramer

Adjunct Instructor of French
EdD, (2012) Appalachian State University

Research and Teaching Interests:
Entry-level French

Dr. Benito del Pliego

Dr. Benito del Pliego

Professor of Spanish
PhD, Spanish and Latin American Literature (2002) Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain

Research and Teaching Interests:
Contemporary Spanish and Latin American Poetry, Contemporary Spanish and Latin American Literature, Transatlantic Studies, Peninsular Studies, Migrations and Exile in the Spanish Speaking World

Mr. Jeffrey Eastman

Mr. Jeffrey K. Eastman

Lecturer of Spanish
MA, Spanish & Comp Lit (1996) University of Connecticut

Research and Teaching Interests:
Beginning & Intermediate Spanish, Golden Age Literature in translation. Literature of Israel/ Palestine: In Search of Intercultural Understanding; Working on a new course to be called: The Coming of Age Novel across Cultures. Research for a monograph on The Enlightenment in Spain. Key Figures: Jovellanos & Cadalso 

 

Ms. Isabelle Exposito-Breden

Adjunct Instructor of French
MA, Romance Languages, French (2014) Appalachian State University

Research & Teaching Interests: 
Beginning and Intermediate French

 

Ms. Paloma Fernández Mira

Instructor of Spanish
MA, Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language (2017) Universidad de Salamanca, Spain
Research and Teaching Interests:
Spanish Language and Culture, Applied Linguistics, Theoretic Linguistics, Foreign Language
Methodology, Second Language Acquisition, E-learning. Currently teaching SNH 2005 Intensive
Grammar Review and SNH 1050 Intermediate.

Dr. Andres Fisher

Dr. Andres Fisher

Assistant Professor of Spanish
PhD, (1996) Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

Research and Teaching Interests: 
20th century poetry, both Peninsular and Latin American. Poetry translation. Literature and culture of Spain and Latin America. Transatlantic studies. Creative writing in poetry. 

Dr. James Fogelquist

Dr. Jim Fogelquist

Professor of Spanish
PhD, (1977) Yale University

Research and Teaching Interests: 
Medieval and Golden Age Spanish literature; Cervantes; Mexican literature and popular culture; Chicano literature 

Ms. Belinda Forsyth

Senior Lecturer of Spanish
MA, Spanish (1992) Appalachian State University

Research and Teaching Interests:
I typically teach the accelerated SNH 1030 classes in the fall, and the SNH 1060 in the spring. The students that take these classes receive 6 credit hours per course. I have also taught SNH 1010, 1020, 1040, and 1050.

 

Dr. Catherine Fountain

Dr. Catherine Fountain

Associate Professor of Spanish
PhD, (2006) University of California-Los Angeles

Research and Teaching Interests:
Historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, history of the language sciences and the study of indigenous languages; Spanish, Nahuatl.

Dr. Jean-François Fournier

Dr. Jean-François Fournier

Assistant Professor of French
PhD, French (2007) Brown University
Teaching Interests:

French Language and Literature; Literature & Film; Political and Cultural History of Contemporary France; Crossed Cultural Glances between France, Germany, and the US
Research Interests:
19th Century Fiction and Poetry; Bridges between Literature & Philosophy; Comic Discourses in Literature & Film 

Dr. K. Martial Frindéthié

Professor of French
PhD, Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature (1996) University of Minnesota-Minneapolis

Research and Teaching Interests:
French, Francophone Studies, Films and Media Studies, Postcoloniality, Intercultural Communication, Globalization, the Intersection of Literature, Contemporary Literary Theory, and the Political-Ideological Imagination 

Dr. Darci L. Gardner

Assistant Professor of French
PhD, French (2013) Stanford University

Research and Teaching Interests:
19th and 20th century France; literature and the visual arts; cognitive approaches to literature; aesthetics

Dr. Rainer Goetz

Professor of Spanish
PhD, Romance Languages (1990) Duke University

Research and Teaching Interests:
Teaching: Intensive Grammar Review, Selections of Spanish Literature, History of the Spanish Language Research: Medieval and Early Modern Spanish Literature, Historical Linguistics, Autobiographical Writing

 

Dr. Xi He

Adjunct instructor of Buddhist literature, East Asian Cultures and Chinese

PH. D, Sanskrit studies and Buddhist literature (2012), University of Chicago

Research and Teaching Interests:
Sanskrit and Chinese, Buddhist literature, women and gender, emotions, the relationship between religion and literature, and East Asian culture, literature, and religions.

Dr. Brent James

Senior Lecturer of Portuguese & Spanish
PhD, Hispanic Languages & Literatures (2007) Univerity of California-Los Angeles

Research and Teaching Interests:
Brazilian literature and culture, Afro-Hispanic studies, modern Spain, Basque and Catalan studies

Dr. Kevin Kennedy

Dr. Kevin Kennedy

Professor of German
PhD, German Literature (1989) University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Research and Teaching Interests:
German Language, Literature, and Culture, The Age of Goethe, German Film, Documentaries on German Diaspora. 

 

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 Ms Patricia Lanners-Kaminski

Instructor of German as a Foreign Language

MA, English Linguistics and Literature and Computational Linguistics (2014), Trier University
Certificate of Advanced Studies in E-Didactics, Technical College of Switzerland 
University Certificate in Film and Video Production, Trier University, Germany
University Certificate in Gender Studies, Potsdam University, Germany
University Certificate in Continuous Education, Trier University, Germany
University Certificate in German as a Foreign Language, Trier University, Germany

Research and Teaching Interests:
Teaching German on all levels, E-Learning and E-Teaching

Ms. Lynn McNeil

Ms. Lynn McNeil

Adjunct Instructor of French
MA, Romance Languages, French, Appalachian State University

Research and Teaching Interests:
Beginning & intermediate level French 

Sarah Miller

Adjunct Instructor, TESL/Applied Linguistics
M.Ed. ESOL/Bilingual/Multicultural Education, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 2000.

Research interests: sociolinguistics, language pedagogy & critical materials development, intercultural communication, multilingual/cultural educational policy and practice.

 

Dr. Beverly Moser

Professor, Director of MA in Romance Languages
Ph.D. German (1992) Georgetown University

Research and Teaching Interests:
I teach all levels of German and am passionate about language teaching and helping to develop new language teachers for the future. I love working on practical projects like language textbooks, hoping that this work makes language learning more fun for students. Most recently, I've been working on campus on our project for the QEP on Global Learning. 

Ms. Gabriella Motta-Passajou

Senior Lecturer of French and Spanish
MA, Spanish (2003) Appalachian State University

Research and Teaching Interests:
Spanish and French: Beginner II, Intermediate I and II and Conversational Capoeira (Brazilian martial art)

Dr. María Patricia Ortiz

Professor of Spanish
PhD, Spanish, Latin American Literature and Cultural Studies, and U.S. Hispanic Literature, University of Houston

Teaching Interests:
Latin American Literature and Cultural Studies, Border Crossings U.S. Hispanic Literature and Culture, and 20th Century Spanish and Latin American Novel

Research Interests:
Comparative Literature, and Ethnographic Narrative of women's immigrations in relation to literature, culture, and linguistic border crossings.

Ms. Olivia A. Posada

Senior Lecturer of Spanish
MA, Spanish (2008) University of Arkansas-Fayetteville

Research and Teaching Interests:
Teach SNH 1010 - 1020 Beginning Spanish I & II, SNH 1040 - 1050 Intermediate Spanish I & II, and SNH 1030 - 1060 Accelerated Beginning and Intermediate Spanish. 

Ms. Julia Rechenbach-Moomaw

Adjunct Instructor of German
MA, German as a Foreign Language (1989) Ludwig Maximillians Universität München

Research and Teaching Interests:
Beginning and intermediate German, Conversation, Composition

 

Mr. Daniel Sánchez Jr.

Lecturer of Spanish
MA, Romance Languages, Spanish (2017) Appalachian State University

Research and Teaching Interests:
Beginning and Intermediate Spanish

Ms. Carmen Scoggins

Adjunct Instructor of Spanish
MA, Spanish Education (1998) Appalachian State University

Research and Teaching Interests:
Spanish and Foreign Language Methodology

Dr. Paul Sebastian

Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics &
Director of the Language Acquisition Resource Center
EdD (ABD 2017) Boise State University

Research and Teaching Interests:
I teach courses in foreign language methodology, second language acquisition, bilingual and ESL education, as well as Spanish and ESL. My research is often centered around issues related to language learning and technology but I have also spent time investigating the evolution of language laboratories and exploring endangered languages in Northern Spain. 

Dr. Benjamin Souza

Associate Professor of Spanish Linguistics
PhD, (2010) Pennsylvania State University

Research and Teaching Interests:
I teach all levels of Spanish and specialize in Spanish linguistics. I study a wide array of second language acquisition topics and Spanish phonetics and dialectology. 

Ms. Kendra Souza

Ms. Kendra Souza

Lecturer of Spanish, First and Second Year Spanish Coordinator
MA, Romance Languages, Spanish (2012) Appalachian State University

Research and Teaching Interests:
Beginning and Intermediate Spanish

Dr. Alexandra Sterling-Hellenbrand 

Dr. Alexandra Sterling-Hellenbrand

Professor of German and Director of Global Studies
PhD, German, The Pennsylvania State University

Research and Teaching Interests:
Teaching areas include German language and culture, medieval German literature, fairy tales, Arthurian legends, "Mittelalterrezeption" 

Dr. Xiaofei Tu

Lecturer of Chinese and Japanese
PhD, (2007) Syracuse University

Research and Teaching Interests:
East Asian literature and philosophy

Dr. Wendy Xie

Assistant Professor of Chinese
PhD, Comparative Literature (2010) Yale University

Research and Teaching Interests:
My current research explores issues of emotion and intimacy in Chinese popular culture, especially in operatic and cinematic narratives, in relation to the social history of twentieth-century China. I regularly teach Chinese language courses atbeginning and intermediate levels, and occasionally Chinese cinema and literature courses. I also lead summer study abroad trips to China, which helps improve students’ linguistic competency and cultural awareness.

Ms. Misa Yamamoto

Senior Lecturer of Japanese
MA, Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language (year) San Francisco State University

Research and Teaching Interests:
All the Japanese language courses: Beginning JapaneseI,II, Intermediate Japanese I, II and Advanced Japanese I, II  

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Every fall the department co-hosts the Latin American Film Series. An event open to students, faculty and the public in general. Admission is free. Schedule information of the films is posted on the first week of August.

Contact

DLLC Department Chair 
Dr. James Fogelquist
fogelquistjd@appstate.edu 
520 Sanford Hall
(828) 262-3096 

DLLC Assistant Chair
Dr. Catherine Fountain
fountainca@appstate.edu
529 Sanford Hall
(828) 262-2308 

DLLC Administrative Assistant
Ms. Cindy Trivette
trivetteca@appstate.edu
521 Sanford Hall
(828) 262-3095 

UNC World Language Exchange

The World Language exchange was created in 2013 to manage the sharing of less commonly taught languages across the UNC system. This exchange offers access to a variety of languages such as Persian, Cherokee and Ancient Greek as well as courses that explore culture.

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