Chairperson, Associate Professor
BA Boston U., MA and PhD U. of Pittsburgh email@example.com Website
Bunce Hall 312
Marilyn Manley is an Associate Professor of Spanish. Her teaching and research interests include topics of theoretical linguistics and applied linguistics, with a specialization in Hispanic sociolinguistics and anthropological linguistics. She has presented papers at national conferences and published on Hispanic sociolinguistics and Quechua (the indigenous language of the South American Andes, spoken today by over ten million descendants of the Incan Empire). She has lived and studied in the United States, Spain, Mexico, and Peru and has carried out linguistic research with speakers of English, Spanish, Quechua, and Juchitán Zapotec.
Laurie Kaplis-Hohwald, PhD ('94)
BA, Queens College; MA and PhD, U. Pennsylvania firstname.lastname@example.org Website
Bunce Hall 309
Laurie Kaplis-Hohwald is a native of New York City. She teaches major courses in Peninsular Spanish literature, grammar, composition, civilization, Spanish for the professions, as well as a variety of interdisciplinary Honors courses. Dr. Hohwald's principal field of research is Spanish Renaissance poetry, and she has published articles on Lope de Vega's religious poetry, the picaresque novel and other Golden Age themes. She has presented papers at major regional and international conferences, and is the author of a book on translations of the Biblical Psalms in sixteenth and seventeenth century Spain. Having attended the Universidad de Sevilla as part of her undergraduate education, Dr. Hohwald is an aficionada of all things flamenco.
Dr. Roberto R. Madero ('01)
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Dr. Roberto Madero is Associate Professor of Spanish and Latin American literature. In addition to the elementary and intermediate sequences of Spanish courses, he teaches Latin American Civilization and Culture and major courses in Latin American literature. His interests focus on Rio de la Plata literature and culture. He is the author of a recent book on the writing of history and the historical novel in nineteenth century Argentina, where he approaches the subject from perspectives afforded by the sociology of texts, political thought, and legal culture. Dr. Madero is an active scholar, who currently participates in national and international conferences and collective publications.
Esther Mas Serna ('13)
Instructor of Spanish, Applied Spanish
BA Escuela de Turismo de Murcia, Spain, BA Rowan U., MA Centro de Lenguas Modernas, U. de Granada firstname.lastname@example.org
Bunce Hall 311
Esther Mas, a native of Spain, is a tenure-track Instructor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. She came to Rowan after ten years of foreign language teaching experience in public and private school systems. She earned a Master's in Teaching and Learning the Spanish Language and Culture from El Centro de Lenguas Modernas in Granada, Spain. Her thesis focused on the use of technology in the foreign language classroom. Esther teaches a broad range of undergraduate courses in Spanish with a primary emphasis on the introductory and intermediate levels. Additionally, she coordinates the Spanish 1/2/3 Sequence as well as the Spanish Placement Exam. Esther also enjoys traveling and leads educational tours abroad.
Dr. Edward C. Smith III ('92)
BA Rutgers U., M.Phil. and Phd at New York U. email@example.com
Bunce Hall 306
Edward C. Smith III is Associate Professor of French and German literature and language. He teaches courses in literature, as well as grammar, composition and civilization. His interests include the 19th-century historical and realist novel, narratology and the writing of history, and literary theory and criticism. He has published and presented papers at national and inter-national conferences on a number of authors including Walter Scott, Honoré de Balzac and Theodor Fontane. Dr. Smith organizes annual educational travel programs and has visited countries as diverse as Bangladesh, Poland and Italy. He has also studied in France, Germany and Spain.
Chie Matsumura Dusk began teaching Elementary Japanese at Rowan in the Fall of 2009. She holds a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Education with an emphasis on Foreign Language Acquisition. She has 15+ years of teaching experience for the Elementary through Business levels of Japanese and also works as a freelance Japanese-English translator with areas of expertise in business, manufacturing, medicine, and entertainment. Her work experience as a translator for global businesses and organizations has been helpful in her development of communicative teaching methodology and sharing the most current and real-world Japanese language with her students.
Lorena A. I. Santos Quiñones is a 3/4-time Spanish Instructor who was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She earned her B.A. in Spanish with an International Studies Concentration from Rowan University. Then, she embarked on her graduate studies at Temple University where she completed her M.A. in Spanish and is currently conducting her doctoral research in the area of Spanish American Literature of the 19th and early 20th Century. Her primary interests are in the fields of Latin American Civilization and Culture, Narrative, Poetry, and Theater. In addition, her teaching interests include: Puerto Rican civilization, literature and culture, Spanish American short stories, and Sociolinguistics. Other interests include: Masterpieces of Hispanic Literature in English Translation, Composition through Literature, and Advanced Grammar. Her responsibility as a professor is to teach students how to understand the vast and rich historical background of Latin America through the understanding of literature. She encourages her students to be active readers and critical thinkers. Lorena is extremely passionate in the classroom because she absolutely loves what she does. In her free time, she enjoys being with family and friends, visiting New York City to enjoy Broadway musicals and cooking. She is also the advisor for the Spanish Studies Association at Rowan.
Elaine Jeckert Brigandi was a Spanish Major/Psychology Concentration 1981 graduate of our Department back when we were Glassboro State College. She has been the Foreign Language Laboratory Supervisor since Fall 1986. She studied abroad twice in Spain during her undergraduate time here. She also taught Spanish for 4 years in Washington Township Schools in a before school Enrichment Program. She enjoys crocheting, reading, line dancing, pop culture, concerts and spending time with her family.
Christine Larsen-Britt is a Program Advisor in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. She advises selected populations in the Departments of Foreign Languages & Literatures, American Studies, English, History, and Philosophy & Religion. Additionally, Christine teaches as an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology and teaches both Rowan 101: College Success and Applied Internship in Liberal Arts. She is a native of Philadelphia, holds a B.S. from Drexel University, and is a proud alumna of Rowan University's M.A. in Counseling in Educational Settings program. Her areas of interest outside advising and teaching include Social Problems & Social Class in America, Experiential Learning, Contemporary Literature, Popular Culture, and Punk Pop Music.
Paola Weber Alacqua is a Spanish Adjunct Instructor who was born Santiago, Chile. She earned a B.A. in Elementary Education from Gabriela Mistral University and a B.A. in Special Education from Catholic University, both in Santiago Chile. She worked as an elementary school teacher in Santiago while earning a Masters degree in Human Resources, again from Gabriela Mistral University. She moved to the United States in 2001, where she earned her Spanish certification and began teaching high school Spanish. Paola loves to travel to different countries and learn about different cultures. Her favorite activity is sharing time with her husband and daughters.
Lynda-Nell Clark is a native of Western Massachusetts. She began teaching at Rowan University in 2000, while she was still a full time Spanish AP teacher at Washington Township High School in Sewell, New Jersey. As a 16+ semester adjunct professor at Rowan University, she has taught all levels of Spanish in the elementary and intermediate sequence. She has traveled and studied with and without her students many times to Spain, Mexico and South America. When not teaching, she may be found working out at the gym or exploring the many museums in Washington D.C. where her daughter is a college student.
Maria Cruz is a Spanish Adjunct Instructor who was born in Veracruz, Mexico. She earned her B.A. in Social Studies from the Ilustre Instituto Veracruzano in Mexico and then moved to the United States in 2004 to pursue her B.A. in Spanish along with an International Studies Concentration at Rowan University. More recently, she earned a Master's degree from Temple University, with a focus on 18th and 19th Century Spanish Peninsular Literature. In addition to Spanish, she has studied Italian language and culture in Italy.
When Spanish Adjunct Instructor Michele Galasso is not teaching, she works as a freelance translator and Spanish interpreter for the state courts and the Federal Government. She is a Consortium State Certified Court Interpreter; she also currently freelances as a consultant to Atlas Interpreting, LLC, the language company that she founded and owns. Michele grew up in south Florida, which is often affectionately referred to as a "Spanish speaking country." She attended Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL, and then earned a Master's Degree through Middlebury College's rigorous language school. She has lived and studied in the United States, Argentina, Spain and Mexico.
Nubia Guldin is a Spanish Adjunct Instructor who was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. She received her B.A. in Spanish along with an International Studies Concentration and her Masters of Science in Teaching at Rowan University. She began teaching at Rowan University in 2005; she has also taught Spanish at Camden County College and several high schools. She believes that a solid structural understanding of Spanish provides the gateway through which her students will reach their fullest potential to communicate with the Spanish speaking community and understand its amazing culture. Nubia moved to the United States in 1993. She loves traveling, meeting people from different countries, and learning about different cultures as well as sharing hers with others. In her free time, she enjoys being with family and friends.
Margaret McMonigle-Caprara is an Adjunct instructor of French and Spanish. She teaches various levels of French, Spanish and English as a Second Language. She served as Assistant to the Director of University Programs in Paris, and Faculty-in-Residence in Strasbourg, France where she taught French courses and was in charge of American university students in semester abroad programs. Her academic interests include Second Language Acquisition and Romance Linguistics. Her translation of an interview between a university professor and a poet was published in a Swiss journal of Latin American Culture and she has edited a French appendix to a U.S. medical dictionary.
Mrs. Cathy Moncrief is a native of South Jersey. She received her B.A. in Spanish from Rutgers University and her M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction in Spanish from Glassboro State College. She taught Spanish for 30 years in Washington Township and spent 10 years as the Supervisor of Instruction of Spanish and ESL overseeing 40 teachers in 10 buildings. She taught at Camden County College for 8 years and has been here at Rowan for several years. She is also President of the Lindenwold Board of Education and has been for the last 17 years. She is very proud that her 2 daughters have followed in her footsteps and are both teachers.
Stephanie Ochipinti has been teaching Spanish and French at the high school level since 2005. She earned an MA in Spanish Literature and Language at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2009. She continued with her studies in French, earning an MA in French Language and Civilization at NYU, Paris in 2013. She is currently working on a Doctorate in Modern Languages at Middlebury College and specializing in linguistics with her primary language being French and secondary Spanish.
Katiria Ortiz is a native of Ponce, Puerto Rico. In addition to teaching Spanish classes as an Adjunct Instructor at Rowan, she is currently a full-time Spanish Elementary teacher. She earned her Master's degree at Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Bachelor's degree from Rowan University, class of 2010. Her interests include reading fiction and nonfiction novels, and she enjoys writing short Spanish Bilingual stories for her young students. She loves traveling to many South American countries and also visiting her roots in Puerto Rico. In addition to traveling, she has been an active participant in many foreign language events and organizations that have shaped the instruction she provides to her students.
Sara Reina-Nieves is a native of Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. She is a Rowan University graduate in the fields of Education and Spanish. She holds a M.A.T.L. from Nova Southeastern University in Florida, and she is currently working on her M.A.T.L. in Spanish at the University of Southern Mississippi. She has taught Spanish at the secondary level in the state of New Jersey for almost twenty years and has organized educational trips to Spain. She is passionate about teaching as well as listening and dancing to a variety of Latin music.
Karen Breen-Davis teaches French and French Literature. She studied French Literature at l'Université de Montpellier, Montpellier, France. She has been a member of the Pennsylvania Governor's Committee on Humanities and the Pennsylvania Governor's Institute for Foreign Language Studies. She has had the opportunity to provide translation services to the legal and diplomatic communities in Washington, DC. and to the advertising and print media industries in Philadelphia and New York. She has worked as an interpreter in Paris and Aix-en-Provence. Recently, she has offered cross-cultural training for the New Jersey Department of Tourism to the business community of Cape May County.
"Madame" enjoys traveling throughout the French-speaking world and has two priority destinations to explore: the French maritime department of Saint Pierre et Miquelon where her maternal ancestors settled as well as French Polynesia where her younger brother is involved in the restoration of a traditional Polynesian outrigger.
Janet Fishman studied acting at The University of Paris and the Atetlier d'Ivry. She lived in France for 10 years, and performed and toured with Theatre Praxis, a Paris-based French troup. She has taught French at Drexel University, Neumann College, Holy Family College, and bien sûr, since 1991, at Rowan University. Janet holds an MA in Comparative Literature from Brandeis University, and an MA in Theatre from Villanova University. She loves to use theatre in the classroom.
Kipp Matalucci earned a B.A. in German from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and spent three summers studying German in the University of Northern Iowa's graduate program in Klagenfurt, Austria. He taught German for 34 years at Gateway Regional High School in Woodbury Heights, belongs to the American Association of Teachers of German, and served as President of the South Jersey chapter for four years. He also received an M.A. in Russian from Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont. He has traveled extensively in Europe and Russia, and has studied Spanish in Argentina and Peru, and Norwegian in Oslo. His chief pastimes are travel, language study, and the theater. He also sings in a community chorus, The Greater South Jersey Chorus.
Joseph Poma holds a B.A. ('82) from the University of South Florida, Tampa. He has over 30 years experience teaching foreign languages at the elementary, secondary, and university levels. He studied advanced language and literatures in Italian and French at the Università italiana per stranieri in Perugia, Italy and the Université de Montréal in Québec, Canada respectively and received an M.A. ('95) from Middlebury (VT) College. He also holds an M.A. ('99) in Educational Administration from Madison (MS) University and an M.A. ('02) in ESL/L2 Education from Rowan. Joe possesses 30+ post-graduate hours in French literature and L2 instruction from the University of Delaware and is prequalifying Ph.D. at Rutgers, New Brunswick. He has traveled extensively through and organized educational tours and stays in Italy, France, and Québec.
Joe's hobbies include the gym, martial arts, and reading a good book on the Jersey shore.
Annalisa Russo joined the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department of Rowan University in September 2009. She was born and raised in Palermo (Sicilia), Italy. After graduation from the Università degli Studi di Palermo in 1999, she chose the United States as a place to pursue her interest in Foreign Languages and International Education. She received a BS in International Studies (2005) and an MS in International Education and Globalization (2010) from Drexel University. Annalisa has studied and lived in Italy, the United States, and Peru and she has been teaching foreign languages at the secondary and university levels for over ten years. During the day she teaches Italian and Spanish at the secondary level; at night she teaches Elementary and Intermediate Italian at Rowan University. She is also a freelance translator and interpreter for a local company. In her leisure time she enjoys cinema, music, dance, and travel. Her areas of interest include Italian Cinema, Second Language Teaching and Multimedia, Italian Folkloristic Music and Dance, Sicilian Poetry and Dialectology.
Giada Tripepi is an Adjunct Instructor in Italian. She was born in Cosenza (Calabria), Italy, and recently moved to Philadelphia as a permanent resident. She received her Master's Degree, summa cum laude, in Literary and Technical-scientific Translation from UNINT University of Rome in 2011. Her thesis focused on the analysis and translation of two short stories written by the African-American female writer, Paule Marshall: Reena and To Da-Duh, in Memorium. Marshall's multilingualism (African American Vernacular English, Bajan and Standard English) was rendered into Italian using a foreignizing translation strategy that allowed Tripepi to respect the otherness of the source culture. Besides translation, Tripepi's other fields of interest are gender studies, sociolinguistics and dialectology. She currently teaches Elementary Italian I at Rowan University.
Marika Vistre is an Adjunct Instructor in Italian. She was born in Florence, Italy. She has studied theater history in Pisa and Milan. She has a strong background in communication and performing arts. She moved more than one year ago to Philadelphia where she taught Italian language at the American Italy Society. She mostly taught the elementary and intermediate levels. In her free time, Marika works on children's illustrations and studies graphic design.
A native of Japan, Hiroko Ishikawa came to the United States to earn her B.A. in Sociology at Washington State University. Upon achieving her degree, she began working with Continental Airlines. She returned to her studies and received an M.A. in Asian Studies from Seton Hall University as well as an M.A. in Japanese Pedagogy from Columbia University. Her research interests include second language acquisition and Japanese immigration policy. Since leaving Japan, she has also resided in the Dominican Republic and learned to speak casual conversational Spanish. While growing up in Japan, she became a practitioner of Japanese calligraphy and origami.
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Dr. Ai Guo Han has been teaching at Rowan University since 1993. He had his undergraduate education in P. R. China and received his Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Linguistics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He teaches Elementary Chinese I and II. His most recent research focused on the rhetorical traditions of philosophical Daoism.
Yue Meng is a 2015-2016 Fulbright Chinese Teaching Assistant. She received her B.A. from Xi'an International Studies University and her M.A. from Sichuan University. She has been working at Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine for two years, teaching English language to non-English majors. Her teaching and research interests include translation studies between English and Chinese, with a specialization in the history of translation in traditional Chinese medicine.
Born and raised in Alexandria, Egypt, Hanan Abouelsaadate joined the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department as an adjunct instructor of Arabic in 2010. Hanan has a Master's degree in Inorganic-Analytical Chemistry from Alexandria University, and in 1998, she travelled to Japan to study for her doctoral degree in Chemistry. Hanan has a strong Arabic language background as it was her first language; however, she is also fluent in English and French and has some proficiency in Japanese and Dutch. Although Arabic is challenging, Hanan feels that any student who is keen to learn this language will easily comprehend it. She hopes that this important language helps students with their future jobs and experiences.
Kristin A. Masters has been an Adjunct Professor of Latin at Rowan since 2010. She earned a B.A. degree from Dickinson College and her M.A. from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. She specializes in Roman history, and is the author of several articles and the textbook The First Twenty Roman Emperors: Selections from Eutropius Adapted for Beginning Readers of Latin.