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Randy Garza, Associate Professor of Spanish; B.A., M.A., Ph.D. Michigan State University. Dr. Garza's teaching fields are Spanish and Portuguese language, Business Spanish, Computer Assisted Language Learning and Peninsular Spanish literature. His research specialization is in Medieval Spanish literature and he is a scholar of plague studies and its impact on the Iberian Peninsula. Before coming to UT Martin, he designed and implemented a program in Business Spanish for Michigan State University where he also served as Assistant Editor of Celestinesca - a literary journal devoted to the study of Fernando de Rojas' masterpiece, Celestina. He is active in the world of computer technology having served as technical consultant for various hardware and software-related seminars. Scholarly publication: Understanding Plague: The Medical and Imaginative Texts of Medieval Spain. New York: Peter Lang, 2008.

 

Charles Hammond, Associate Professor of German; B.A. (German) Georgetown University, M.A. (German Literature) University of California, Irvine , Ph.D. (German Literature) University of California, Irvine. Dr. Hammond's teaching fields are German language and literature, with emphasis on Austrian literature of the fin-de-siècle. His research interests include Friedrich Nietzsche, Franz Kafka, Aestheticism and Post-War German Literature. For several years, he taught German, Humanities Core Course and English as a Second Language at the University of California, Irvine . In 2001, he was awarded a one-year grant by the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst to conduct dissertation research at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität in Frankfurt am Main. His dissertation, entitled Blind Alleys: Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Oscar Wilde and the Problem of Aestheticism, was completed in 2006. In his free time, he enjoys practicing both the Shotokan and Goju-Ryu styles of Karate, playing a strategy board game known as Advanced Squad Leader (ASL), and spending time with his wife and children.

 

Lúcia Flórido, Associate Professor of French; B.A. in Portuguese Language and Literatures, Universidade Federal Fluminense; post-graduate degree in Francophone Literatures, Universidade Federal Fluminense, RJ, Brazil; M.A. and Ph.D. in French, Michigan State University. A native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Dr. Flórido teaches all levels of French, Portuguese and first-year Spanish courses. Her main interests are the art, philosophy and literature from the Age of Enlightenment in Europe, the topic of her dissertation. She also develops research on Brazilian 20th century literature and second language acquisition, focusing especially on the teaching of Portuguese to speakers of Spanish. Prior to joining the faculty at UT Martin, Professor Flórido taught at Michigan State University and at the University of Indiana, Bloomington. In her free time, she enjoys all sorts of physical activities, being the classic Brazilian "peteca" one of her preferred sports.

 

Daniel J. Nappo, Associate Professor of Spanish; B.A. (English) Saginaw Valley State University, M.A. (Comparative Literature) Michigan State University, Ph.D. (Spanish) Michigan State University. Dr. Nappo's teaching fields are Spanish language, Chicano literature, Spanish American Literature, and Mexican literature and history. His research specialization is twentieth century Mexican literature and he is an active investigator of the Mexican corrido (historical ballads written from a popular perspective). He was awarded a García Robles Fulbright Fellowship for dissertation research in 2001. Before coming to UT Martin, Dr. Nappo taught Spanish for several years at Michigan State University, as well as high school English at the Universidad Latinoamericana in Mexico City. In his free time, Dr. Nappo enjoys cycling and listening to bossa nova music.

 

Antón García-Fernández, Assistant Professor of Spanish. B.A. in English Philology, University of Vigo, Spain;M.A., Ph.D. in Spanish Vanderbilt University. Dr. Garcia-Fernandez's fields of teaching are Spanish and Portuguese Language, English as a Second Language, and Peninsular Spanish Literature. His main areas of research are sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spanish, English, and Portuguese fiction, with a special emphasis on picaresque and rogue literature. His dissertation, entitled Rogues in Dialogue: The Literature of Roguery in Spain and England in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries, explores the multifarious intertextual relationships established between Spanish picaresque novels and English rogue pamphlets in the Renaissance and beyond. His research interests also include the genres of biography and autobiography and their adaptations into the cinematic medium, as well as the very engaging popular poetry found in the lyrics of Portuguese fado. In his free time, he enjoys reading, doing radio work, listening to music (mostly vintage jazz, country, and Portuguese fado), watching baseball and old movies, refereeing soccer, spending time with his wife and family, and playing tennis and pétanque, a fascinating game that is the French/Spanish version of Italian bocce.

 

Sylvia Morin, Assistant Professor of Spanish. B.A. in English Literature, French Studies, and Hispanic and Classical Studies, Rice University, Houston, TX; M.A., Ph.D. in Spanish Literature, University of Houston. Dr. Morin’s fields of teaching are Latin American and Spanish Literature with a focus on twentieth and twenty-first century Women’s Literature. Her research interests include gender and sexuality theory, feminist theory, transnational theory, cultural studies, comparative literature, ecocriticism, ecofeminism, and Gothic and Neo-Gothic literature. Her dissertation, entitled “Silent Sirens and Reticent Revenants: Reconceptualizations of the Femme Fatale in Twentieth-Century Spanish and Mexican Women's Fictions,” delves into the concept of the fatal woman through a feminist theoretical lens that considers ethnic and racial intersectionalities, which allows for a reevaluation of a specific feminine representation within Hispanic literature. In her free time, she enjoys reading, exercising, watching movies, and traveling with her husband.

 

Carmen D. López, Lecturer of Spanish; B.A., Spanish, Portland State University; M.A., Spanish Teaching Methodology, Portland State University; ABD in Education, Union University. A native of Argentina, Ms. López has been teaching beginning, intermediate and advanced Spanish courses for four years here at UTM. Her students know her as a caring teacher who is very concerned about their success in the language. Ms. López is interested in teaching methodology, student achievement and the administration of education systems.

 

Kyoko A. Hammond, Lecturer of Japanese; B.A. (English Literature) Hosei University, Tokyo, Japan, M.A. (Japanese Pedagogy and Culture) California State University, Long Beach. Before Mrs. Hammond came to UTM, she taught Japanese at the middle school and high school levels in Fitzgerald, Georgia, for two years, then taught fundamental through advanced levels of Japanese at the University of California, Irvine, for five years. She is a native of Japan who enjoys practicing Karate, spending time with her husband and three children, watching Japanese television dramas, and, of course, visiting her family and friends in Japan.

 

Robert D. Peckham, Professor of French and Director of the Muriel Tomlinson Language Resource Center; B.A. Randolph-Macon College; M.A. Middlebury College; Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Peckham teaches all levels of French language, civilization, and literature, including language for business and the professions. His presentations and publications are in Medieval French literature, especially Francois Villon , and in media pedagogy. Known to countless internet surfers as "Tennessee Bob," Prof. Peckham has assembled an extensive collection of resources on French language and culture in his world-famous Globe-Gate website . He is very active as an international business, education, and internet consultant. His hobbies include composing and performing music and writing poetry.

 

Paul B. Crapo, Professor of French and Russian; Director, Center for Global Studies; B.A. Trinity College; M. Phil., Ph.D. Yale University. Dr. Crapo's teaching fields are French and Russian language, French literature, civilization, and film. His research specialization is in nineteenth-century French civilization and he has published numerous articles on the social thought of Pierre-Joseph Proudhon and the artistic and political activities of Gustave Courbet . In his language teaching, he stresses communicative skills and has been certified to assess the oral proficiency of French students by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. To develop their cultural awareness, he regularly organizes live video-teleconferences for his students with their counterparts at the University of Orleans in France.

 

María Malone, Associate Professor of French and Portuguese; B.A., M.A. Faculdade de Filosofia da Universidade de Minas Gerais , Brazil. Ms. Malone's teaching fields are Portuguese and French language and French literature and civilization, especially the writers and culture of Seventeenth-Century French. OPI trained, she emphasizes communication in her language teaching and makes a point of creating an informal, user-friendly atmosphere in the classroom. Her research focuses on Brazilian literature and she has authored a number of papers on Machado de Assis and Monteiro Lobato.

 

Stephen C. Molher, Professor of Spanish; B.A., M.A., Ph.D. George Washington University. Dr. Mohler's primary teaching fields are Spanish language and Latin-American civilization and literature. Before coming to UT-Martin, he taught at George Marshall High School in Fairfax County, Virginia , and at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, where he directed the Latin-American Studies Program and authored a highly-successful Spanish textbook, Descubir y crear . He also translated his doctoral dissertation on Leon de Greif into Spanish and published it in Bogotá as the first book-length study of this Columbian poet. Soon after joining the faculty at UT Martin, he was named Chair of Modern Foreign Languages, a post which he held for fifteen years.

Majors & Recognition of Proficiency

Majors in foreign languages are required to complete a language immersion experience as approved by the faculty adviser. A Recognition of Proficiency in French, German, Japanese, or Spanish language and culture entails at least 15 hours of upper-division coursework.

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Placement & Retro Credit for Proficiency

Students who entered with two or more high school units of Spanish or French, and who wish to continue in the same language, will take the department's placement exam and, based on the results of that exam, will be advised to enroll in 115 or a more advanced class.

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