Faculty

Modern Languages & Literatures Faculty

Chair: Dr. Erika Kirby, Interim Chair.

(former) President of the University Faculty - Dr. Thomas Coffey, August 2012 - August 2014.


Chinese:

  • Maorong Jiang, Ph.D. (Asian World Center)
  • Gloria Liu. Lecturer. Teaching assignments: Beginning and Intermediate Chinesse. 

French:

  • Thomas F. Coffey, Ph.D. (Catholic University of America), Associate Professor. Special interests: Medieval Studies, historical linguistics, computers. Teaching assignments: French language and literature; German language; Spanish language.
  • Erin Johnston. Teaching assignments: Beginning and Intermediate French.
  • David Vanderboegh, Ph.D. (Ohio State University), Assistant Professor. Special interests: French literature of the late eighteenth and nineteenth Centuries. Teaching assignments: French language, literature, and culture.

German:

  • Sybille Bartels, Ph.D. (University of Nebraska at Lincoln), Adjunct Assistant Professor of German. 19th Century German Literature, Contemporary German Literature and Culture, German Language, and Berlin Seminar Study Abroad; Beginning French.
  • Olaf Böhlke, Ph.D. (Michigan State University), Assistant Professor, Director of Language Resource Center. Special interests: Contemporary German literature & culture, computer assisted language learning. Teaching assignments: German language, literature and culture, Spanish language.
  • Thomas F. Coffey Ph.D. (Catholic University of America), Associate Professor. Special interests: Medieval Studies, historical linguistics, computers. Teaching assignments: French language and literature; German language; Spanish language.

Italian:

  • Maria Teresa Maenza, Ph.D. (U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Adjunct Assistant Professor of Italian. Special interests: 19th and 20th century Italian literature; Women's Studies; Italian culture. Teaching assignments: Italian language and culture, World Literature II.
  • Rosalia Triplett, Lecturer. Teaching assignments: Beginning and Intermediate Italian.

Japanese:

  • Emiko Unno, M.A. (Sophia University), Instructor. Teaching Assignments: Beginning and Intermediate Japanese.

Spanish:

  • Colleen Baade, Ph.D. (Duke University), Assistant Professor. Special Interest: Peninsular literature and culture; Women and culture (literature, religion, music) in Early Modern Spain. Teaching assignments: Spanish language, literature and culture.
  • Olaf Böhlke, Ph.D. (Michigan State University), Assistant Professor, Director of Language Resource Center. Special interests: Contemporary German literature & culture, computer assisted language learning. Teaching assignments: German language, literature and culture, Spanish language.
  • Thomas F. Coffey, Ph.D. (Catholic University of America), Associate Professor. Special interests: Medieval Studies, historical linguistics, computers. Teaching assignments: French language and literature; German language; Spanish language.
  • Aida Cecilia Hiebner, (TBA), Instructor of Spanish.
  • José Miguel Lemus, Ph. D. (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Assistant Professor. Special Interests:18th Century Latin American Literature, Transatlantic Studies, Post Colonial Studies, Community-based Service-learning, Periodical Studies. Teaching Assignments: Intermediate Spanish, Spanish Grammar Context, Intermediate Hispanic Culture, Latin–American Culture & Civilization.
  • Joseph McClanahan, Ph. D. Research interests: Peninsular literature, culture and film. Teaching assignments: All levels of Spanish languages and literatures.
  • María Mena-Bohlke, Ph.D. candidate (Michigan State University), Adjunct Instructor. Special Interests: Beginning and Intermediate Spanish, Spanish Grammar and Composition, Spanish Conversation, Business Spanish.
  • Kathryn Padilla, M.A. (Creighton University), Instructor of Spanish. Special interests: Linguistics and TESOL. Teaching assignments: Beginning Spanish.
  • Roxana Recio, Ph.D. (University of Michigan), Associate Professor. Special interests: Medieval and Renaissance literature. Teaching assignments: Spanish language, literature, and culture.
  • Enrique Rodrigo, Ph.D. (University of Michigan), Associate Professor. Special interests: Colonial Latin American literature, and culture. Teaching assignments: Spanish language, literature and culture.
  • Ivelisse Santiago-Stomes, Ph.D. (University of Nebraska), Associate Professor. Special Interests: twentieth century contemporary Latin-American literature and culture. Teaching Assignments: Spanish language, literature, culture and business Spanish.
  • Ryan Anthony Spangler, Ph.D. (University of Kentucky), Assistant Professor. Special interests: 19th, 20th Century Spanish American Poetry, Theater.