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Meet Professor William J. Comer
Faculty Member
Language Instruction gets a 21st Century Makeover Language Instruction gets a 21st Century Makeover
Research Excellence Award winner, Dr. Steve Thorne takes innovative approaches to teaching and learning languages.
Research
Jonathan Strand, Fulbright Scholar Jonathan Strand, Fulbright Scholar
Jonathan, a senior at PSU studying German, received a Fulbright Scholarship to work as an English teaching assistant in Germany during 2014-2015.
Undergraduate Student
Meet Professor Evgenia Wilkins Meet Professor Evgenia Wilkins
Evgenia Wilkins, Ph.D. Candidate (University of Texas at Austin) Russian Language Instructor
Faculty Member
Meet Assistant Professor Alena Nekrasova Meet Assistant Professor Alena Nekrasova
Alena Nekrasova is a Graduate Teaching Assistant with research interests that include 19th-century Russian drama and 21st-century Russian prose.
Graduate Student
Meet Professor Nila Friedberg Meet Professor Nila Friedberg
Faculty Member
Martha Hickey - Russian Martha Hickey - Russian
A diversified scholar, Dr. Hickey teaches Russian language and literature and resides on the Board of the Portland-Khabarovsk Sister-City Association.
Faculty Member
Technology and the Evolution of Language Pedagogy Technology and the Evolution of Language Pedagogy
Dr. Patricia Wetzel considers relationships between grammar, language acquisition, instruction, and technology in "Does Grammar Matter in an Age of Technology?"
Research
C. Jonah Eleweke – American Sign Language C. Jonah Eleweke – American Sign Language
With an international perspective on educational access, Dr. Eleweke is developing new programs and projects that enhance services for deaf and other people with disabilities.
Faculty Member
Unlocking the Language and Culture of 17th Century Spanish Theater Unlocking the Language and Culture of 17th Century Spanish Theater
Professor DeLys Ostlund is bringing a little-known play by one of Spain's greatest playwrights into the 21st century in a first-of-its-kind critical edition.
Research
Catherine Loverti. Panelist at the Portland Center for Public Humanities Catherine Loverti. Panelist at the Portland Center for Public Humanities
Resource
CBI PATH CBI PATH
The Middle East Studies Center presents a collection of lesson modules for content-based instruction of Persian, Arabic, Turkish, and Hebrew.
Website
Sonia Marie Leikam. Holocaust and Genocide Studies Advisory Board Member Sonia Marie Leikam. Holocaust and Genocide Studies Advisory Board Member
Resource
Alternate Realities Group Alternate Realities Group
Resource
John Roth. Lecture and Workshop at the Portland Center for Public Humanities John Roth. Lecture and Workshop at the Portland Center for Public Humanities
Research
Middle East Studies Center Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships Middle East Studies Center Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships
Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships provide a portion of institutional tuition and fees, as well as a stipend for Arabic, Hebrew, Persian and Turkish language study.
Resource
Holocaust and Genocide Studies Series Holocaust and Genocide Studies Series
Resource
Meet Professor Emiko Konomi Meet Professor Emiko Konomi
Dr. Konomi teaches Japanese with passion.
Faculty Member
Meet Professor Masami Nishishiba Meet Professor Masami Nishishiba
Assistant Professor of Public Administration
Faculty Member
Meet Professor Jon Holt  Meet Professor Jon Holt
Assistant Professor of Japanese Literature
Faculty Member
Meet Yasmeen Hanoosh - Arabic Meet Yasmeen Hanoosh - Arabic
An award winning translator of Arabic short stories, Dr. Hanoosh's academic interests are as international...as they are diverse.
Faculty Member
Meet KyungAh Yoon - Korean Meet KyungAh Yoon - Korean
A scholar of language and culture, KyungAh Yoon is helping to design the next generation of online learning environments for the Korean Language
Faculty Member
Meet Anousha Sedighi - Persian Meet Anousha Sedighi - Persian
As the first scholar to publish on Persian as a heritage language, Dr. Sedighi is a linguist who understands the need to balance theory with practice.
Faculty Member
Meet Professor Delys Ostlund - Spanish Meet Professor Delys Ostlund - Spanish
With an expert's knowledge of the Theater of Spain's Golden Age, Dr. Ostlund brings classic Spanish literature to life.
Faculty Member
Meet Instructor Ines Warnock - Spanish Meet Instructor Ines Warnock - Spanish
As a senior instructor in the Spanish department, Ines Warnock helps students translate their dreams of spanish language fluency...into reality.
Faculty Member
Meet Professor Suwako Watanabe - Japanese Meet Professor Suwako Watanabe - Japanese
Dr. Watanabe relishes the moments when the "light bulb" goes on in her students and their japanese language learning becomes meaningful to them.
Faculty Member
Meet Instructor Angela Zagarella - Italian Meet Instructor Angela Zagarella - Italian
Combining excellent teaching with community engagement, Angela Zagarella is one of the dynamos behind PSU's expanding Italian program
Faculty Member
Meet Professor Stephen Walton - French Meet Professor Stephen Walton - French
From the authors of West Africa to the poets of the Caribbean, Dr. Walton is a Francophone with a love for literature.
Faculty Member
Meet Professor Stephen Wadley - Chinese Meet Professor Stephen Wadley - Chinese
Introducing students to the beauty of the Chinese language and culture is Dr. Wadley's mission.
Faculty Member
Meet Professor Robert Sanders - Spanish Meet Professor Robert Sanders - Spanish
Dr. Sanders is a PSU original who combines a passion for biking with a passion for Spanish literature.
Faculty Member
Meet Professor Dirgham H. Sbait - Arabic Meet Professor Dirgham H. Sbait - Arabic
A specialist in the improvised poetry and folk songs of the middle east, Dr. Sbait is always happy to share his vast knowledge of Arabic culture
Faculty Member
Meet Professor Anna A. Alsufieva Meet Professor Anna A. Alsufieva
Inspiring Russian language learners to master this critical language.
Faculty Member
Meet Professor Jennifer Perlmutter - French Meet Professor Jennifer Perlmutter - French
Knowledge, power and identity play important roles in the scholarship of Dr. Perlmutter.
Faculty Member
Meet Inger M. Olsen - Danish Meet Inger M. Olsen - Danish
Inger Olsen makes Danish language, literature and film accessible and come alive.
Faculty Member
Meet Eva Núñez-Méndez - Spanish Meet Eva Núñez-Méndez - Spanish
With a passion for linguistics, Dr. Núñez-Méndez is PSU's resident expert on phonetics, syntax and the history of the Spanish language.
Faculty Member
Meet Timm Menke - German Meet Timm Menke - German
Dr. Menke teaches German culture and literature courses from 1750 to the present
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Meet Galina Kogan - Russian Meet Galina Kogan - Russian
Teaching Russian poetry and literature to native and advanced Russian speakers
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Gina Greco - French Gina Greco - French
The next time you are in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso ask about Dr. Greco, whose scholarship takes her around the world.
Faculty Member
Kathie Godfrey - German Kathie Godfrey - German
From Deutsche Sommershule to the Russian Flagship, you will find the enthusiastic scholarship of Kathie Godfrey.
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Steven Fuller - German Steven Fuller - German
German cultural history and the German immersion experience are the domains of Dr. Fuller.
Faculty Member
William B. Fischer William B. Fischer
The Entrepreneurial Educator - Dr. Fischer specializes in language teaching, educational technology, language teacher training, and the interaction of science and technology with literature and language.
Faculty Member
Annabelle Dolidon Annabelle Dolidon
Post WW II France? If your interest is piqued, see Dr. Dolidon.
Faculty Member
Meet Professor Larry Kominz Meet Professor Larry Kominz
Professor Kominz brings the joy of Japanese performing arts to students and audiences alike.
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Meet Professor K. Pelin Basci Meet Professor K. Pelin Basci
From religion to pop culture, Professor K. Pelin Basci believes there is no experience that cannot be translated into every culture.
Faculty Member
Meet Professor Patricia Wetzel Meet Professor Patricia Wetzel
Professor Patricia Wetzel travels the linguistic landscape of Japan.
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