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Whichever of our many language offerings interest you most, the key ingredient is instruction, and there's no doubt about it — our instructors are the "crème de la crème." The faculty and staff in the department of languages are on a mission to increase language proficiency and prepare students to pursue their passions and careers in a global world. They ensure that cultural immersion, student-faculty research, internships and study abroad all work together to promote multilingualism and cultural literacy, a core value of a liberal arts education.

The Department of Languages at UWEC is an incredibly talented department. Every single professor I have had has amazed me with their immense dedication and love for the subject they teach.

Callie Fischer, Spanish

Department staff

Education
  • B.A. University of Notre Dame
  • M.A. University of Pennsylvania
  • Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania
Teaching Interests
  • Classical Greek and Latin
  • Classical Mythology
  • Ancient Mediterranean world
  • Other literature-in-translation courses
Research Interests
  • Assyrian-Elamite relations
  • Achaemenid Persian Empire in the mid-first millennium BCE
  • Cross-cultural connections between the ancient Near East and the Classical Greek world
Alaina Guns
Education
  • B.A., Spanish - Business Professions, UW-Eau Claire
  • M.S., Library and Information Science, UW-Milwaukee
Vickie Schafer, B.S.
Education
  • B.S., UW-Eau Claire

Arabic

Hala Ghoneim

Chinese

Kaishan Kong
Education
  •  Ph.D. in Second Languages and Cultures Education, University of Minnesota, United States
  • M.A. in Intercultural Communication, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
  • B.A. in English Education, Zhanjiang University, China
Teaching Interests
  • Chinese language and culture
  • Second language acquisition
  • Intercultural communication
  • ESL/EFL
Research Interests
  • Second language acquisition
  • Study abroad and international students
  • Intercultural communication
  • Teacher training

Classics

Education
  • B.A. University of Notre Dame
  • M.A. University of Pennsylvania
  • Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania
Teaching Interests
  • Classical Greek and Latin
  • Classical Mythology
  • Ancient Mediterranean world
  • Other literature-in-translation courses
Research Interests
  • Assyrian-Elamite relations
  • Achaemenid Persian Empire in the mid-first millennium BCE
  • Cross-cultural connections between the ancient Near East and the Classical Greek world

English as a Second Language

Emilia Oswalt
Education
  • St. Petersburg State University, Russia - Ph.D. (Phonetics;Language Interaction in Bilingualism)
  • St. Petersburg State University, Russia - M.A. (Phonetics;General and Applied Linguistics)
  • Georgetown University, IREX, Certificate (Linguistics;American English and American Culture)
  • Moscow State University, Russia - Certificate (Teaching English as a Second Language)
  • Bashkir State University, Ufa, - B.A. (Philologist;Teacher of English as a Foreign Language)
Teaching Interests
  • Teaching the Russian language and Russian culture
  • Teaching English as a Second Language
Responsibilities
  • Language Interaction in the speech and mind of English speaking bilinguals
Julie D. Adler, B.S.
Education
  • M.S. Curriculum & Instruction/TESOL
Certification
Wisconsin Teaching Licenses:
  • K-12 ESL
  • 6-12 French
Teaching Interests
  • Content-based instruction
  • Metacognition
  • Grammar
  • Oral communication skills
Tom Carlson
Education
  • B.A. from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN in Linguistics and German
  • Vordiplom in Linguistics from Universität Stuttgart, Germany
  • M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Minnesota
Teaching Interests
  • Pronunciation and language structure
  • Learning Strategies and individual differences
  • Language assessment
  • English for Specific Purposes (Academic, business, etc.)
Research Interests
  • Second Language Acquisition (SLA)
  • Individual differences
  • Motivation
  • Language assessment
  • Phonology
  • Accents and dialects
  • Language change
Ami Christensen
Joyce Johnson

French

Patrick Day, Ph.D.
Education
  • B.A. University of Montana-Missoula (English/French)
  • M.A. University of Montana-Missoula (French)
  • Ph.D. Tulane University (French)
Research Interests
  •  French and francophone literature and film
Lise Hoy
Education
  • B.A. French and History, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • M.A. in French Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Ph.D. in French Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Teaching Interests
  • French Language at all levels
  • Modern French Literature
  • French and Francophone Culture
Research Interests
  • 19th and 20th-Century French Literature
  • Art and Modern French Literature
  • Food Studies
  • Content-Based Language Teaching
  • Interdisciplinarity in the Undergraduate Liberal Arts Curriculum
Jessica Miller
Education
  • Ph.D. in French linguistics (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2007)
    • Dissertation title: Swiss French Prosody: Intonational Features in the Vaud Canton.
  • M.A. in French literature (St. Louis University, December 2001). 
    • Thesis: Pascal Quignard et Marguerite Duras : la musique dans tous ses états.
  • M.A. (Maîtrise) in English linguistics, mention bien. (Université Marc-Bloch, Strasbourg, France, June 2001). 
    • Thesis: The Social Function of Anglicism in France.
Certification
  •  Certified oral proficiency interview (OPI) rater/tester in French
Teaching Interests
  • Oral proficiency
  • Pronunciation
  • Linguistic diversity
Research Interests
  • Second language acquisition
  • Phonetics
  • Proficiency development

German

Education
  • Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University (German and Linguistics)
  • B.A., Millersville University of Pennsylvania (German, Slavic, Classical languages)
Teaching Interests
  •  German for Professional Communication
  • German Culture & Civilization
  • Amish in North America
Research Interests
  •  Language & identity
  • Linguistic anthropology
  • Culturally relevant pedagogy
  • Amish
  • German-Americans
Martina Lindseth
Education
  • B.A. Leipzig University, Germany
  • M.A. Indiana University, Bloomington
  • Ph.D. Indiana University, Bloomington
Certification
  • ACTFL certified OPI tester
  • ACTFL certified WPT tester
  • ACTFL certified trainer
Teaching Interests
  • All levels of German
  • Phonology/phonetics
  • Translation
Research Interests
  • Oral proficiency development
  • Second language acquisition
  • Translation studies
Johannes Strohschänk, Ph.D.
Education
  • B.A.  Tübingen University (Germany)
  • M.A. University of South Carolina, Columbia
  • Ph.D. University of California, Davis
Teaching Interests
  • German language
  • Literature
  • Culture and history
  • German Emigration to the US
Research Interests
  • German immigration to Wisconsin

Hmong

Kong Pha, Ph.D.
Education
  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota (American Studies)
  • B.A., University of Minnesota (Psychology, minors in Sociology, History, & Asian American Studies)
Research Interests
  • Southeast Asian American/Hmong communities
  • Asian American studies
  • Critical refugee studies
  • U.S. migration and immigration cultural politics
  • Feminist cultural studies, theories, and methodologies
  • Critical race and ethnic studies
  • Queer theory/queer studies/queer diasporas
Biography

My research focuses on Hmong American communities, specifically constructions of race, gender, and sexuality within the Hmong diaspora in the post-refugee migration era. I chart out the contestations over the heterogenization of Hmong culture and experiences and its implications for Hmong American social and political belonging. Furthermore, I examine how queer Hmong American youth narratives and critical imaginations unsettle dominant discourses of Hmong American racial, gender, and sexual formation. I teach courses for both Critical Hmong Studies and the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program. Some of my courses include HUMS 110: Hmong History, Culture and Civilization, WMNS 206: Perspectives on LGBTQ Studies, WMNS 308: Asian American Women's, Feminist, and Queer Cultural Productions, and WMNS 406: Queer Theories and Sexual Politics. Beyond the classroom, I have published in scholarly books, as well as in scholarly journals and popular newspapers, including Hmong Today and The Twin Cities Daily Planet. I also work with Hmong American communities on issues related to civic participation, racial and queer justice, and student engagement.

Sia Yang

Japanese

Tomomi Kakegawa
Education
  • Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
  • Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA
  • International Christian University, Mitaka, Japan
Certification
  • Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language
Teaching Interests
  •  Japanese language and culture
Research Interests
  • Linguistics
  • Language Pedagogy
  • Second Language Acquisition

Ojibwe

Wendy Makoons Geniusz, Ph.D.
Education
  • B.A. in English and American Indian Studies, UW-Milwaukee
  • Ph.D. in American Studies, University of Minnesota
Teaching Interests
  • Ojibwe language and culture
  • Indigenous research methodologies
  • Indigenous film
Research Interests
  • Ojibwe language and culture revitalization
  • Anishinaabe botanical knowledge
  • Indigenous research methodologies

Russian

Emilia Oswalt
Education
  • St. Petersburg State University, Russia - Ph.D. (Phonetics; Language Interaction in Bilingualism)
  • St. Petersburg State University, Russia - M.A. (Phonetics; General and Applied Linguistics)
  • Georgetown University, IREX, Certificate (Linguistics; American English and American Culture)
  • Moscow State University, Russia - Certificate (Teaching English as a Second Language)
  • Bashkir State University, Ufa, - B.A. (Philologist; Teacher of English as a Foreign Language)
Teaching Interests
  • Teaching the Russian language and Russian culture
  • Teaching English as a Second Language
Research Interests
  • Language Interaction in the speech and mind of English speaking bilinguals

Spanish

Analisa DeGrave, Ph.D.
Education
  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison (Spanish)
  • M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison (Spanish)
  • B.A., Gustavus Adolphus College: St. Peter, Minnesota (Spanish and History) 
Teaching Interests
  • WMNS 422 Women’s Lives and Experiences in Nicaragua
  • Spanish/LAS 475 Social and Environmental Justice in Latin American Literature
  • LAS 491 Latino/a Literature
  • Spanish 491 Nobel Prize Winners of Latin America
  • LAS 450 Latin American Studies Capstone
  • Spanish/LAS 367 Survey of Latin American Literature
  • Spanish/LAS 352 Contemporary Latin American Civilization
  • Spanish/LAS 312 Latinos in the U.S.
  • LAS 150 Introduction to Latin American Studies
Research Interests
  • Latin American and Latino/a poetry
  • Constructions of utopia and dystopia.
Responsibilities

Dr. DeGrave teaches Latin American literature and civilization and Spanish language courses. She also teaches Introduction to Latin American Studies.

Biography

During the summers of her college and graduate school years Dr. DeGrave worked with Latino/a migrant communities in rural Minnesota at Migrant Head Start, Title I and Migrant Health Services. Her ties to the Midwest also led her to volunteer through Project Minnesota - León in León, Nicaragua. She is a proud member of the Wisconsin-based non-profit organization, Farmer to Farmer: http://www.farmertofarmer.org/about 

Recent Publications:

(Forthcoming)“Education and Outreach through Ludo-Pedagogy and Experiential Learning. Bridging Feminist and Diversity Movements in Today’s Nicaragua: An Interview with Helen Alfaro, Yova Briones, and Tannia Rizo Lazo of La Casa de los Colores.” Feminist Teacher, vol. 26 no. 2–3, 2018, pp. 213-232.

“Re-legitimizing the State in Honduras: Sendero en Resistencia: Poetry’s Reclamation of Communication, Justice, and Truth in Post-Coup Honduras.” Chasqui: Revista de Literatura Latinoamericana. (Fall 2015): 4-20.

“‘Not Nowhere:’ ‘Walking Bridges’ in an “AmeRícan” Utopia” appears in the book The AmeRican Poet: Essays on the Work of Tato Laviera, edited by Stephanie Alvarez and William Luis, New York: Center Puerto Rican Studies, 2014, pages 87-123.

"Palmares: utopian representations of a runaway settlement in colonial Brazil" appears in the book "New Worlds Reflected: Travel and Utopia in the Early Modern Period," edited by Chloë Houston, Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, 2010, pages 137-158.

Awards:

Walking OUT Award, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s Affirmative Action Office, for Mentorship and Support of LGBTQ Students, May 2012.

Office of Multicultural Affairs Distinguished Service Award, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Fall 2011

Excellence in Advising Award, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, August 2007.

Marcela Depiante, Ph.D.
Sara Echarri Recarte
Manuel Fernandez
Education
  • Ph.D. in Spanish, Pennsylvania State University (2001)
Teaching Interests
  • 19th Century Latin American Modernismo
  • José Martí
  • U.S. Latinos/Hispanics
  • Conversation and Composition courses
  • Latin American literature in general
Research Interests
  • Literature
  • Film
  • Music
  • Other cultural productions of Cuba and its diaspora
Bibiana Fuentes
Education
  • Ph.D., University of Illinois-Chicago (Hispanic Studies)
  • M.A., Marquette University (Spanish and Latin American Literature)
  • M.A., Carthage College (Education Specialized in Second Language Teaching)
  • B.A., Universidad Pedagógica Nacional, Bogotá, Colombia (Spanish and English Education)
Teaching Interests
  • Spanish/LAS 367 Survey of Latin American Literature
  • Spanish/LAS 352 Contemporary Latin American Civilization
  • Spanish/LAS 475 Topics in Latin American Literature
  • Spanish 301 Advanced Composition
Research Interests

Contemporary Latin American Literature

Responsibilities

Dr. Fuentes teaches Latin American literature and civilization and Spanish language
courses.

Biography

Recent Publications:

"Artistic Exploration and Subjective Transformation in Mario Mendoza's Narrative." Latin American Literary Review. Vol. 43 No. 86 July –December 2015 pp. 101-116 

"Psychotic Determination in Delirio by Laura Restrepo" Revista de Estudios Colombianos. Number 46 July - December 2015 pp. 25-32

Anne Cummings Hlas
Education
  • She is a native of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, and received her bachelor's degree and master's degree in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received her doctoral degree in Foreign Language Education with a specialization in technology from the University of Iowa.
Teaching Interests
  • She regularly teaches the world language methods courses, second language acquisition, and beginning to advanced level Spanish courses. In addition, she loves learning new technologies, traveling, conferencing and spending time with her family and friends.
Research Interests
  • Dr. Hlas received the 2005 Emma Marie Birkmaier award for outstanding dissertation work from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and more recently received an ACTFL Research Priority Grant to explore high-leverage teaching practices. In 2014 she was honored to receive the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Excellence in Research Award. Her research interests include second language teacher knowledge, teacher use of technology, and teacher target language use.
Nuria Hoff
Hoff_Paul_2015
Education
  • Doctor of Arts (D.A.), Syracuse University
  • Master of Arts (M.A.), New York University
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Certification
  • ACTFL Oral Proficiency Tester (Spanish)
    • Certified by The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Teaching Interests
  • Spanish language and civilization
  • Translation and interpretation
  • World language education
  • Language assessment
Research Interests
  •  I develop Spanish language instructional and assessment materials and have contributed to seven different textbook series
Licon_Meghan_2015
Education
  • B.A., St. Norbert College, Spanish and German
  • M.A., University of Wisconsin - Madison, Spanish
Teaching Interests
  • Spanish Language Courses
  • Latin American Studies
  • Women's Studies
Research Interests
  • Intersection of Visual Arts and Literature
Thomas Reiter
Carter Smith
Education
  • Ph.D. University of Minnesota (Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Cultures)
  • M.A. New York University (Hispanic Civilization)
  • B.A. Concordia College - Moorhead, Minnesota (Spanish and German Education)
Teaching Interests
  •  All levels of Spanish language, literatures, and cultures
Research Interests
  • Contemporary Peninsular Literature
  • Theoretical Constructions of Space
  • Urban Space in Literature
Jose Valero
Fabiola Varela-Garcia, Ph.D.
Alfredo Aranda Silva, Ph. D
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