Academic Programs



Foreign Languages Faculty

    • Jeremy Paden

      Jeremy Paden, Associate Professor of Spanish; Program Director

      Ph.D., Emory University, 2004; M.A., University of Memphis, 1998; B.A., Harding University, 1996
    • Brian Arganbright

      Brian Arganbright, Associate Professor of French

      Ph.D., M.Phil., M.A., New York University, 2001, 1997, 1995; M.A., Pennsylvania State University, 1991; B.A., B.S., Northern Arizona University, 1988
    • Robert Blankenship, Bingham Scholar in German

      B.A., University of Southern Mississippi, 2003; M.A., Bowling Green State University, 2005; Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011
    • Simonetta Cochis

      Simonetta Cochis, Associate Professor of French and Spanish

      Ph.D., New York University, 1998; M.A, B.A., SUNY at Stony Brook, 1989, 1983
    • Lisa M. Contreras

      Lisa M. Contreras, Instructor in Spanish; Language Lab Director; Foreign Language Festival Director

      Ph.D. (ABD), University of Kentucky; M.A., University of Kentucky; B.A., Arizona State University
    • Veronica Dean-Thacker

      Veronica Dean-Thacker, Professor of Spanish

      Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 1986; M.A., University of Northern Iowa, 1981; B.A., Nazareth College, 1978
    • Qian Gao

      Qian Gao, Assistant Professor of Chinese Language and Culture

      Ph.D., M.A., University of Oregon, 2007, 2003; B.A., Northwest University, 1995
    • Martha Ojeda

      Martha Ojeda, Professor of Spanish and French

      Ph.D., M.A., University of Kentucky, 1998, 1993; B.A., Berea College, 1991

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