WLC Faculty and Staff posed for group photo

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.

Professor of French and Chair, Department of World Languages and Cultures
Campus Box 046
478-445-5118
Education

Ph.D. French, Stanford University 

M.A. French, University of Virginia 

A.B. French, University of Georgia 

Areas of Expertise

Research and interests: Modern French Literature and Cultural History; Visual and Popular Culture; Translation; The First World War; Digital Humanities 

Languages Spoken: French 

Regional Areas of Expertise: Metropolitan France 

Favorite Part of WLC

"Getting to work with faculty, staff, and students who are as into languages and cultures as I am and from whom I learn something new (and cool) every single day."

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Susan Hurst

Susan Hurst

Administrative Assistant
Campus Box 046
478-445-4415
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Audrey Ruark Redmond

​Audrey Ruark Redmond, Ph.D.

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

Ph.D. International Conflict Management, Kennesaw State University  

M.A. Social Science, Georgia Southern University  

B.A. International Affairs, Kennesaw State University  

Areas of Expertise

Research: Intercultural Competence, Digital Literacy, International Affairs & Conflict, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 

Regional Areas of Expertise: Europe: Northern Ireland, Ireland; US: Deep South 

Academic Website

Favorite Part of WLC

"Connecting students to resources and watching them grow in their love for other languages and cultures."

Department Faculty

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Juan Antonio Alcarria

Juan Antonio (Tony) Alcarria, ABD

Senior Lecturer of Spanish and Italian
Campus Box 046
478-445-7382
Education

ABD. Advanced Hispanic Studies, Universidad de Valencia, Spain.  

M.A. in Translation and Interpretation Studies, Universidad de Valencia, Spain. 

M.A. in Linguistics, Universidad de Valencia, Spain. 

M.A. in Education/Instructional Technology, Georgia College, USA. 

M.A. in Teaching and Promotion of the Italian Language and Culture, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy. 

G.C. (Graduate Certificate) Methodology and Pedagogy of Spanish as a Foreign Language, Universidad de Valencia, Spain. 

B.A. in Philology (English/Italian/Spanish), Universidad de Valencia, Spain. 

Areas of Expertise

Research interests: Second language acquisition and foreign language pedagogy, Computer assisted language teaching and learning, Development of language learners’ autonomy and lifelong learning, Teaching/learning language through Culture and (virtual) study abroad experiences, Multilingualism and multiculturalism
 
Languages Spoken: Spanish, Italian, English, Catalan, French, Dutch

Regional Areas of Expertise: Italy and Spain

Favorite Part of WLC

"My favorite place on campus is the Language Resource Center and the collaborative classroom (A&S 3-38) because they are spaces that lend themselves to create and bring cultural experiences into my classes. My students and I enjoy traveling to places/events of interest (cities, museums, celebrations,) and to experience them virtually."

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Aurora Castillo-Scott Ed.D.

Aurora Castillo-Scott, Ed.D.

Associate Professor of Spanish
Campus Box 046
478-445-0950
Education

Ed.D. Technology Education, West Virginia University 

M.A. Secondary Education, West Virginia University 

M.A. Spanish, West Virginia University 

B.A. Education in Foreign Languages, Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Colombia 

Areas of Expertise

Research and interests: Instructional Technologies, Virtual Exchanges, Computer Assisted Language Learning, Second Language Acquisition, Role-playing Simulations 

Languages Spoken: Spanish, English 

Regional Areas of Expertise: Latin America, Colombia 

Favorite Part of WLC

"My favorite part of WLC is to offer students the opportunity to increase their intercultural communication and intercultural knowledge through different virtual exchanges such as in-class Teletandem projects, Teletandem Club and TalkAbroad."

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Aaron Castroverde Ph. D.

Aaron Castroverde, Ph. D.

Assistant Professor of Spanish
Campus Box 046
478-445-8262
Education

Ph.D. Duke University  

M.A. Middlebury College  

B.A. University of Georgia  

Areas of Expertise

Research: Continental Philosophy, Literary Theory, Concepts of World Literature, Spanish and Philippine Literature   

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Tagalog   

Regional Areas of Expertise: Spain, Philippines   

Favorite Part of WLC

"“Il n’y a pas de hors-texte” (“There is nothing outside the text”) – Jacques Derrida. All of my classes (from Spanish 1001 to 4000+) will explore profound the connection between language, literature, and thought. In other words, we will ask the question: how do we use language to interpret the world around us?"

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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
Education

Ph.D. French. (Minor: Spanish Peninsular Women Writers, and U.S. Latino Writers,) The Florida State University 

D.E.A. (Postgraduate Diploma) Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, France 

M.S.  Modern Language Education, Florida International University 

B.A. French, Florida International University 

Areas of Expertise

Research: French Renaissance Poetry, U.S. Latino Literature, Diaspora Studies, Critical Disability Theory 

Languages Spoken: English, French, Spanish 

Favorite Part of WLC

"As a department, we are always looking for ways to improve our curriculum to make it more relevant. I enjoy our consistent growth and development, our thematically innovative courses, and the curricular flexibility we are able to offer our students."

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Hedy Fraunhofer

Hedwig (Hedy) Fraunhofer, Ph.D.

Professor of French and German
Campus Box 046
478-445-5015
Education

Ph.D. Comparative Literature, University of Oregon 

M.A. Comparative Literature, University of Oregon 

Staatsexamen für das Lehramt an Gymnasien (graduate degree), French Language, Literature and Linguistics; English Language, Literature and Linguistics, Universität Regensburg, Germany 

Areas of Expertise

Research and teaching interests: New Materialist/Posthumanist Philosophy, the Climate Crisis/Ecocriticism, Theatre and Performance, Theories and History of Fascism and Sovereignty 

Languages Spoken: English, French, German. Reading proficiency: Spanish, Italian 

Regional Areas of Expertise: global/cosmic  

Academic Website 

Favorite Part of WLC

"My favorite course is currently a virtual exchange course (MGLG 4950) on the Climate Crisis that is co-taught (in English) with students and faculty from the University of Jena, Germany and is open not only to WLC majors and minors, but to GC students from all fields. Make new friends and travel to Germany this coming summer from the safety of your laptop!"

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William Daniel Holcombe

Daniel Holcombe, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Spanish
Campus Box 046
478-445-0949
Education

Ph.D. Spanish Literature, Arizona State University  

M.A. Spanish, Arizona State University  

B.A. Spanish, University of North Carolina at Asheville 

Areas of Expertise

Research: Early Modern Spanish and Contemporary Latin American Literature, Cervantes, Book Illustration, Medical Interpretation and Translation   

Languages Spoken:  English, Spanish  

Regional Areas of Expertise: Transatlantic: Spain, Latin America, and U.S.

Academic Website

Favorite Part of WLC

"My favorite aspect of Georgia College is how the liberal arts focus helps students establish diverse career paths. I particularly enjoy working with students to develop cultural competence and communicative skills."

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Lee Kirven

Lee Kirven, Ph.D.

Lecturer of Spanish
Campus Box 046
478-445-5117
Education

Ph.D. Hispanic Studies, University of Kentucky

M.A. Hispanic Studies, University of Kentucky

B.A. Economics and Romance Languages, Washington and Lee University

Areas of Expertise

Interests: Contemporary Mexican novel; History, memory, and trauma; Service learning; Spanish for Specific Purposes

Languages: English and Spanish

Regional Expertise: Mexican and Spanish literature 

Favorite Part of WLC

"My favorite aspect of the Department of World Languages and Cultures is the commitment the faculty show to students and their success. It is very rewarding for me to teach in an environment that promotes such a nurturing experience for our students."

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Brantley Nicholson

Brantley Nicholson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies
Campus Box 046
478-445-8263
Education

Ph.D. Spanish and Latin American Studies, Duke University 

Areas of Expertise

Research: Globalization and Cosmopolitanism in Latin America, Theories of Economics and Aesthetics, Pan-American and Hemispheric Narrative 

Languages Spoken: English and Spanish 

Regional Areas of Expertise:  Latin America, specific focus on Colombia and Chile

Academic Website

  

Favorite Part of WLC

"I am especially interested in taking students abroad and allowing them to apply what we learn in class to real world contexts. This includes job shadowing opportunities and developing their cultural knowledge through excursions and meetings with local guides and scholars."

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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 

Emeritus Faculty

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Larbi Oukada

Larbi Oukada, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professor of French
Research
  • French Phonology
  • Methods of teaching second languages
  • The notion of curricular responsiveness
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Peggy Elliott

Peggy Schaller Elliott, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professor of French
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Louis Bourne

Louis Bourne, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professor of Spanish