Faculty & Staff

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Each faculty member has a strong commitment to teaching excellence and to creating a learning environment rich in cultural exploration. They not only teach courses in language, literature and culture, but they also share from their own international experiences and areas of expertise. Our students learn to express ideas in a foreign language through speech, writing, and by critically reading a variety of texts. They will acquire an in-depth understanding and appreciation of other cultures.

Department of World Languages & Cultures

Administrative Faculty & Staff

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Libby Murphy Ph.D.

Libby Murphy Ph.D.

Department Chair, Professor of French
Campus Box 046
478-445-5118
Research
  • Modern French Literature and History
  • Visual and Popular Culture
  • Translation
  • The First World War
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Susan Hurst

Susan Hurst

Administrative Assistant
Campus Box 046
478-445-4415

Christine Amezquita

Academic Advisor II
478-445-2309
Area of Focus

English, Political Science, Pre-Education: Early Childhood, World Languages and Cultures, and Undeclared

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​Audrey Redmond

​Audrey Redmond

Language Resource Center Coordinator
Campus Box 046
478-445-4416

Department Faculty

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Juan Antonio Alcarria

Juan Antonio Alcarria

Senior Lecturer of Spanish and Italian
Campus Box 046
478-445-7382
Research
  • Second language acquisition and foreign language pedagogy
  • Computer assisted language learning and teaching/learning languages online
  • Development of language learners’ autonomy
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Aurora Castillo-Scott Ed.D.

Aurora Castillo-Scott Ed.D.

Associate Professor of Spanish
Campus Box 046
478-445-0950
Biography
  • Instructional technologies
  • Second language acquisition
  • Role-playing simulations
  • Project-based learning
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Aaron Castroverde Ph. D.

Aaron Castroverde Ph. D.

Assistant Professor of Spanish
Campus Box 046
478-445-8262
Research
  • 19th and 20th Century Peninsular Literature
  • Philippine Literature in Spanish
  • Modernism
  • Marxist and Decolonial Literary Theory
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David de Posada Ph. D.

David de Posada Ph. D.

Professor of French and Spanish
Campus Box 046
478-445-4504
Research
  • French Renaissance Poetry
  • US Latino Writers of Caribbean Descent 
  • Diaspora Studies
  • Critical Disability Theory
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Hedwig Fraunhofer

Hedwig Fraunhofer

Professor of French and German
Campus Box 046
478-445-5015
Research
  • Theatre
  • Modern literature and philosophy
  • New materialisms and ecocriticism
  • Theories of fascism
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William Daniel Holcombe

William Daniel Holcombe

Assistant Professor of Spanish
Campus Box 046
478-445-0949
Research
  • Early Modern Spanish Peninsular Literature
  • Salvador Dalí and Illustrated Editions of Don Quixote
  • Mise-en-page and Quixotic Iconography
  • U.S. Hispanic Studies (Hispanisms)
  • Trans-Atlantic Hispanic Film and Queer Theory
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Lee Kirven

Dr. Lee Kirven

Lecturer of Spanish
Campus Box 046
478-445-5117
Research
  • Contemporary Mexican novel
  • Service learning locally and abroad
  • Spanish for Specific Purposes
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Brantley Nicholson

Brantley Nicholson

Associate Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies
Campus Box 046
478-445-8263
Research
  • Globalization and Cosmopolitanism in Latin America
  • Theories of Economics and Aesthetics
  • Pan-American and Hemispheric Narrative
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Larbi Oukada

Larbi Oukada

Professor of French
Campus Box 046
478-445-0960
Research
  • French Phonology
  • Methods of teaching second languages
  • The notion of curricular responsiveness
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Mariana Stoyanova Ph.D

Mariana Stoyanova Ph.D

Assistant Professor of Spanish
Campus Box 046
478-445-5856
Research
  • Figurative Language Acquisition of Spanish as L2
  • Community-based Projects and Service Learning
  • Spanish Historical Linguistics
  • Semantics and Pragmatics
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Virginia Teran Ph.D.

Virginia Teran Ph.D.

Lecturer of Spanish
Campus Box 046
478-445-7381
Research
  • Second Language Acquisition of Tense and Aspect morphology 

  • Concept and form-oriented approaches to Tense and Aspect morphology

  • Variationist Second Language Acquisition:

  • Variationist Sociolinguistics