People

Faculty

Debra D. Andrist Debra D. Andrist, Ph.D.
Professor (Spanish)
Education: Ph.D. SUNY/Buffalo

A sociologist of created societies (art and literature) in works by and about women, I am a teacher; a scholar with international conference papers and other presentations, books of criticism, textbooks, translations, critical articles, reviews, interviews and movie study guides; and especially active in professional organization and board service.

Dr. Andrist's email | ABIV 333 | 936-294-1414 | More Info about Dr. Andrist>>
Tatiana Artamónova Tatiana Artamónova, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor (Spanish)
Education: Ph.D. Purdue University

As a language professor and researcher, I strive to find the best practices for enhancing language learning experiences and outcomes of my students at all levels. I am particularly interested in the interaction of L2 learners’ individual differences and learning contexts as well as language acquisition and use among bilinguals.

Dr. Artamónova's email | ABIV 321 | 936-294-3590 | More Info about Dr. Artamónova>>
Caleb Baker Caleb Baker, M.A.
Lecturer (Spanish)
Education: M.A. Sam Houston State University

My research has involved second language acquisition and pedagogy. I primarily teach undergraduate classes in elementary and intermediate Spanish including SPAN 1411, SPAN 1412, SPAN 2311 & SPAN 2312.

Caleb Baker's email | ABIV 316 | 936-294-4227 | More Info about Caleb Baker>>
Siham Bouamer Siham Bouamer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor (French)
Education: Ph.D. Washington University in St. Louis

My teaching and research involve the study of French and Francophone literature and film of the twentieth to twenty-first centuries, colonial and postcolonial literatures, and a specialization in Maghrebi studies. I have taught courses on language, film, culture and literature. I have published on travel writing, contemporary France, and diversity and inclusion.

Dr. Bouamer's email| ABIV 331 | 936-294-1445 | More Info About Dr. Bouamer>>
Ryan Dux Ryan Dux, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor (German)
Education: Ph.D. University of Texas, Austin

My teaching and research focus on linguistic comparisons of English and German, their implications for language learning and teaching, and linguistic and cultural contact phenomena among German-American immigrant communities. I have published research on cognitive and contrastive linguistics, German-American Studies (especially Texas German), and applied linguistics.

Dr. Dux's email | ABIV 319 | 936-294-4732 | More Info about Dr. Dux>>
Montse Feu (M. Montserrat Feu López Montse Feu (M. Montserrat Feu López), Ph.D.
Associate Professor (Spanish)
Education: Ph.D. University of Houston

I teach and research the Spanish Civil War exile in the United States. Also, I examine and recover literature and culture in US Hispanic periodicals. My publications include the antifascist activism and culture of workers and anarchists.

Dr. Feu's email | ABIV 423 | 936-294-1448 | More Info about Dr. Feu>>
Jocelyn Frelier Jocelyn Frelier, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor (French)
Education: Ph.D. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

My research and teaching interests revolve around 21st century cultural products and, specifically, those that depict migration and innovative visions of the family. Although most of my research has taken up literature and film in the French language, I have also recently begun projects on North African, diasporic literature in English.

Dr. Frelier's email | ABIV 337 | 936-294-1444 | More Info About Dr. Frelier>>
Leif French Leif French, Ph.D.
Department Chair | Professor (French)
Education: Ph.D. Université Laval, Québec

As an Applied Linguist, I specialize in second language acquisition and psycholinguistics. My research focuses on L2 performance (oral production), individual differences (working memory), and L2 teacher training. It also involves French as a foreign language and the explicit teaching of stylistic variants in the classroom.

Dr. French's email | ABIV 431 | 936-294-1979 | More Info about Dr. French>>
Vianey Gutiérrez Beltran Vianey Gutiérrez Beltran, M.A.
Lecturer (Spanish)
Education: M.A. Sam Houston State University

I have been part of WOLC since 2013 teaching Elementary and Intermediate Spanish Courses. My interests are in Translation Studies, teaching Translation and Second Language Acquisition.

Vianey Gutiérrez Beltran's email | ABIV 336 | 936-294-1410 | More Info About Vianey Gutiérrez Beltran>>
Laura Hartman Laura Hartman, M.A.
Adjunct Faculty (French)
Education: M.A. Universitatea Bucuresti (Romania)

Has taught since 1997 in the fields of General Linguistics, French Linguistics and French, with the passion to share knowledge, to improve the quality of the courses, of the seminars, of the teaching materials and of the interactions with the students, while training and motivating students to excel.

Laura Hartman's email | ABIV 312 | n/a | More Info About Laura Hartman>>
Maria Hasler-Barker Maria Hasler-Barker, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor (Spanish)
Education: Ph.D. Indiana University, Bloomington

My research and publications focus on cross-cultural linguistic politeness and second language acquisition, including bilingual service encounters and language pedagogy. I teach undergraduate and graduate courses on these topics, as well as introductory and intermediate Spanish language courses, Spanish grammar and composition, Spanish linguistics, and Spanish conversation.

Dr. Hasler-Barker's email | ABIV 425 | 936-294-4584 | More Info About Dr. Hasler-Barker>>
Tracy Knight Tracy Knight, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor (American Sign Language)
Education: EDD. Lamar University;

My research involve the study of social identity in hearing youth who have deaf parents: a qualitative study. I teach all the levels of American Sign Language courses including the Deaf Culture and Deaf Education.

Dr. Knight's Email | ABIV 313C |
Frieda Koeninger Frieda Koeninger, Ph.D.
Professor (Spanish)
Education: Ph.D. University of Texas, Austin

I teach Spanish students on many levels, from true beginners (SPAN1411) to superior speakers in our Master's program (SPAN5333 & 5371). I especially like helping students improve their writing in our composition courses (SPAN3361 & 4361). My publications include articles on censorship in eighteenth-century theater in Spain and Mexico.

Dr. Koeninger's Email | ABIV 335 | 936-294-1443 | More Info About Dr. Koininger>>
Enrique Mallen Enrique Mallen, Ph.D.
Professor (Spanish)
Education: Ph.D. Cornell University

My teaching and research deals with the study of language, both verbal and pictorial. I have taught courses in language, art and culture at all levels in different institutions. My publications include articles and books on linguistics, poetry and art history, specifically the artist Pablo Picasso.
Dr. Mallen's email | ABIV 339 | 936-294-1433 | More Info About Dr. Mallen>>
Julio Medina-López Julio Medina-López, M.A.
Lecturer (Spanish)
Education: M.A. Sam Houston State University

Julio Medina-López's email | ABIV 314 | 936-294-3778 | More Info About Julio Medina-López>>
Sujey Myers Sujey Myers, M.A.
Adjunct Faculty (Spanish)
Education: M.A. Sam Houston State University

My goal is to help students become more cultured and understanding members of society through the examination and respect of cultural differences in my classroom.

Sujey Myers' email | ABIV 332 | 936-294-3849 | More Info About Sujey Myers>>
Christine Neuville-Taylor Christine Neuville-Taylor, M.Ed.
Lecturer (Spanish)
Education: M.Ed. Sam Houston State University

Christine Neuville-Taylor's email | ABIV 323 | 936-294-1446 | More Info about Christine Neuville-Taylor>>
Rafael Saumell-Muñoz Rafael Saumell-Muñoz, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus (Spanish)
Education: Ph.D. Washington University in St. Louis

My teaching includes language courses (SPAN 3361/4361 W Grammar and Composition, SPAN 3368/3369 Conversation), and Literature (SPAN 3375W Literary Genres, SPAN 5337 Literary Analysis and Research Methods). My research interests are: Prison Poetry and Narrative, Human Rights and Literatures, Censorship.

Dr. Saumell-Muñoz's email | ABIV 341 | 936-294-1449 | More Info about Dr. Saumell-Muñoz>>
Manolo Triano-López Manolo Triano-López, Ph.D.
Associate Professor (Spanish)
Education: Ph.D. Indiana University, Bloomington

I have taught Spanish-language and Spanish Linguistics courses at all levels. My most recent publications have focused on Translation & Interpretation, and the intersection between language and the law.

Dr. Triano-López's email | ABIV 327 | 936-294-1400 | More Info about Dr. Triano-López>>
Edna V. Velásquez Edna V. Velásquez, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor (Spanish)
Education: Ph.D. University of Houston

My research in the area of Spanish/language pedagogy focuses mainly on advanced biliteracy for Heritage Language Learners (HLLs), Spanish teacher’s training and implementation of 2.0 technologies in language teaching. I teach undergraduate and graduate courses on these topics, as well as introductory and intermediate Spanish language courses.

Dr. Velásquez's email | ABIV 329 | 936-755-4219 | More Info about Dr. Velásquez>>
José Ovidio Velásquez José Ovidio Velásquez, M.A.
Lecturer (American Sign Language)
Education: M.S. Lamar University

José Ovidio Velásquez's email | ABIV 313A | 936-294-3849 | More Info about José Ovidio Velásquez>>
Samar Zahrawi Samar Zahrawi, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor (Arabic)
Education: Ph.D. University of Leeds
My pedagogy in Arabic language classes is based on ACTFL guidelines and the communicative approach. Teaching Arabic Culture class, I use multiple resources such as film, stories, drama, art and non-literary works. My research interests include Arabic drama, Arabic film, Middle Eastern cultural studies, translation studies and Arabic language pedagogy

Dr. Zahrawi's email | ABIV 325 | 936-294-3894 | More Info about Dr. Zahrawi>>
Zouhair Zridi Zouhair Zridi
Fulbright (Arabic)
Education: M.A/ Applied Foreign Languages, Cadi Ayyad University

As a language professor with an experience of ten years now, I have always held a strong belief that the language acquisition process requires a good deal of creativity and innovation in order to cater for the 21st century learners’ needs. Thus, I am always striving to incorporate whatever I see as effective teaching methods and tools so as to meet those needs and make the learning experience for my students an enjoyable one!

Zouhair Zridi's email | ABIV 309

Office Staff

April Darby
Assistant to the Chair

April Darby's email | ABIV 431 | 936-294-1447
James Danny Adams
Administrative Associate I

James Danny Adams's email | ABIV 427 | 936-294-1441

Student Assistants

Elizabeth Cruz
Student Assistant

Elizabeth Cruz's email | ABIV 431
Catrina Bussell
Student Assistant

Catrina Bussell's email | ABIV 431
Hilda Aguilar
Student Assistant

Hilda Aguilar's email | ABIV 431
Angeles Zuniga
Student Assistant

Angeles Zuniga's email | ABIV 431
Timothy Kirven
Graduate Student

Timothy Kirven's email | ABIV 431