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Foreign Languages and Literature

Faculty

The Faculty in the Department of Foreign Languages is extremely committed to student learning, having earned collectively 16 teaching and service awards in recent years. Our diverse faculty possess far reaching areas of expertise including literature, film and cultural studies, linguistics, second language acquisition and pedagogy.

Arabic

Nibras Mahmood
Carolyn Gascoigne

Part-time Instructor
ASH 238
554-2293

nmahmood@unomaha.edu

 

 

 

Chinese

Sherry Ma
Carolyn Gascoigne

Part-time Instructor

Sherry626@hotmail.com

 

 

 

French

Carolyn Gascoigne
Carolyn Gascoigne

Gascoigne, Carolyn
Professor
MALT Graduate Program Chair

ASH 301
402.554.2862
cgascoigne@mail.unomaha.edu

 

PhD Florida State University

Dr. Gasoigne’s teaching interests include topics and courses such as French grammar and composition, composition and stylistics, structure of French, and second language acquisition research. Her recent research interests include various aspects of second language acquisition such as studies of focus on form techniques, hybrid instruction, and the role of classroom climate in the language learning process.

Erin Hart Johnston
Carolyn Gascoigne

Part-time Instructor
ASH 307D
554-4872

MA University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 

 

Juliette Parnell
Juliette Parenll

Juliette Parnell

Associate Professor of French ASH 301S
402.554.3029
jparnell-smith@unomaha.edu

 

Director, UNO Summer abroad program in Besançon, France

President of Nebraska Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French (2001-2004, 2008)

PhD University of California Los Angeles

Dr. Parnell’s teaching interests include business French, contemporary France (politics and culture), French cinema, French theater (17th-19th centuries) and stylistics. Dr. Parnell also serves as the French Study Abroad Director. Her research interests include 19th century French feminist authors, 19th century French culture and fine arts, and pedagogy and technology (teaching online and hybrid French classes).

Patrice Proulx
Carolyn Gascoigne

Professor of French
Peter Kiewit Professor of French

ASH 301Q
402.554.4839
pproulx@mail.unomaha.edu

 

PhD Cornell University

Dr. Proulx’s research and teaching interests include 20th and 21st century French and francophone literature, cultural studies, and francophone film. She is especially interested in exploring literary themes related to history, memory, and the transmission of stories. She teaches such seminars as “Exiles, Madwomen, and Witches in Contemporary French Literature” and “Francophone Film and Literature: Africa, the Caribbean, and Quebec.” In addition she serves an editor of The Feminist Encyclopedia of French Literature and co-edited Immigrant Narratives in Contemporary France and Textualizing the Immigrant Experience in Contemporary Quebec.

German

Art Beckman
Carolyn Gascoigne

Part-time Instructor

ASH 301P
402.554.3767
abeckman@unomaha.edu

 

 

Pat Branson
Carolyn Gascoigne

Part-time Instructor
ASH 307D
554-4872
pbranson@unomaha.edu

 

 

Gwyneth Cliver
Carolyn Gascoigne

Assistant Professor

ASH 301U
402.554.3820
gcliver@unomaha.edu

 

 

PhD Washington University in St. Louis

Dr. Cliver has also taught at Guilford College in North Carolina and Ball State University. Her research has studied the integration of mathematics and mathematical philosophy in the writings of Robert Musil and Hermann Broch and the modernist interest in infinity. Currently, she is exploring the changing urban landscapes of intentionally planned cities of the former GDR. Dr. Cliver enjoys teaching basic language structures as well as German history, culture, literature, and art.

Japanese

Reiko Take-Loukota
Carolyn Gascoigne

Instructor

ASH 220C
402.554.3548
reikol@hotmail.com

 

 

 

Russian

Tatyana Novikov
Carolyn Gascoigne

Professor

ASH 301O
402.554.4840
tnovikov@mail.unomaha.edu

 

 

PhD Florida State University

Tatyana Novikov is Professor of Russian and a Graduate Faculty Fellow. Her research interests include Russian cultural history, foreign language pedagogy, and contemporary Russian literature, in particular, Russian Symbolist poetry, Russian women’s fiction, Russian émigré literature and the utopian/dystopian literary tradition.

Spanish

Melanie Bloom
Melanie Bloom

Associate Professor of Spanish
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2004

ASH 301A
402.554.4989
melaniebloom@mail.unomaha.edu

Department Chair

 

PhD University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Bloom’s teaching interests include Spanish conversation and pronunciation and advanced composition as well as courses in the basic language sequence. Dr. Bloom also enjoys teaching the core classes in the MALT program. Recent research interests include the relationships between study abroad and intercultural sensitivity and language proficiency, and innovations in second language instruction.

Ana Isabel Carballal
Carolyn Gascoigne

Assistant Professor of Spanish
Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia, 2004

ASH 301N
402.554.4838
acarballal@mail.unomaha.ed


 

PhD University of Missouri-Columbia

Dr. Carballal’s areas of expertise include Spanish Literature, Galician Studies, Spanish Regional and Ethnic Studies, Immigration and Exile, Afro- Hispanic Literature, Post-Colonial Studies, Service Learning, Teaching and Learning in Foreign Languages, Women and Religious Studies. She has received numerous honors and awards including: the Donald K. Anderson Award for Excellence in Teaching, Nebraska Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese Outstanding Teacher Award, the Who’s Who among America’s Teachers Award, the STAR Award for Excellence in Teaching, International Studies Office Recognition for Outstanding Graduate Work, and the Graduate Teaching Scholars Award.

Eugenio Di Stefano
Carolyn Gascoigne

Assistant Professor
Office: ASH 301B
Phone: 554-4844
edistefano@unomaha.edu

 

 

PhD University of Illinois at Chicago

Dr. Di Stefano joined the faculty of the University of Nebraska at Omaha in August of 2012 as an Assistant Professor of Spanish. His research is concerned with literary and visual cultures and their intersection with politics. More specifically, his work examines representations of torture, violence and pain in contemporary literature and film in countries such as Chile, Mexico and Uruguay. He has also worked extensively on representations of disability in fiction as well as the emergence of human rights as a political discourse in Latin America. His most recent article “From Revolution to Human Rights in Mario Benedetti's Pedro y el Capitán”appears in the Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies. Before coming to the University of Nebraska at Omaha, he was an Assistant Professor at the University of West Georgia.

Claudia Garcia
Carolyn Gascoigne

Assistant Professor of Spanish.
Ph.D., University of Florida, 2007.

ASH 301R
402.554.4837
csgarcia@unomaha.edu

 

PhD University of Florida

Dr. García’s teaching interests include Latin American literature, with emphasis in Central American, Guatemalan, and indigenous literatures; Latin American cultures; critical thinking; reading comprehension; creative and academic writing; service and community engagement learning projects. Her research focuses on Contemporary Central American and Guatemalan literatures; Latin American Indigenous literatures; and, Guatemalan women novelists (1940-1970).

Dallas Jurisevic
Carolyn Gascoigne

Instructor of Spanish

ASH 301G
402.554.3604
dmalhiwsky@unomaha.edu

 

 

 

PhD University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Dr. Jurisevic’s teaching interests include topics and courses such as Spanish grammar and composition, foreign language methods, the basic language series, and second language acquisition research. Recent research interests include various aspects of second language acquisition using Web 2.0 technologies, hybrid instruction, and the role of grammar tools in the writing process.

Jeanine Kernen
Carolyn Gascoigne

Part-time Instructor
Office: ASH 301F
Phone: 554-2403

jkernen@unomaha.edu

 

 

MA University of Nebraska at Omaha

Gerry Machado
Carolyn Gascoigne

Instructor of Spanish

ASH 301H
402.554.2403
ggmachado@aol.com

 

 

Victor Medina
Carolyn Gascoigne

Instructor of Spanish

ASH 307D
402.554.4872
vmedina@unomaha.edu

 

 

MA University of Nebraska at Omaha

Arturo Miranda
Carolyn Gascoigne

Instructor of Spanish

ASH 301E
402.554.3032
arturomiranda@unomaha.edu

 

 

MA University of Nebraska at Omaha

Professor Miranda’s teaching interests include Spanish classes in the basic language sequence, conversation and pronunciation and Business Spanish. He is especially passionate about teaching Spanish using service-learning/community engagement projects.

Anita Saalfeld
Carolyn Gascoigne

Assistant Professor of Spanish
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008

ASH 301C
402.554.3298
anitasaalfeld@unomaha.edu

 

 

PhD University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Saalfeld enjoys teaching Spanish classes at all levels, and is particularly interested in teaching Spanish linguistics courses and first-year Spanish courses. Her primary research interest is the acquisition of second language sound systems, but she has also done research in the field of technology-enhanced language learning and second language writing. Dr. Saalfeld's website, http://www.anitasaalfeld.com, contains a detailed summary of her work, as well as a repository of materials that she's created that are freely available for use by other language instructors.

Steven Torres
torres

Assistant Professor of Spanish
Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2006

ASH 301D
402.554.3749
sltorres@unomaha.edu

 

PhD University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Dr. Torres’ teaching interests include Spanish literature, film, history, contemporary society and conversation. His research interests include modern Spanish and Latin American literature, cultural studies, film, metacultural discourse, sociology of literature and the Spanish Civil War in literature and film.

Tara Toscano
Carolyn Gascoigne

Instructor
Office: ASH 307C
Phone: 554-4868
tmtoscano@unomaha.edu

MA University of Illinois at Chicago

 

Emeritus

Anthony Jung
Carolyn Gascoigne

Emeritus Professor of German
Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1972

ASH 301I
ajung@unomaha.edu

 

 

PhD University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Jung’s teaching and research interests include 17th and 18th century German literature, German cultural history & Landeskunde, and study abroad programing. During his career at UNO he received numerous honors and awards includingthe UNO Excellence in Teaching Award; Outstanding Teacher Award (Nebraska Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German-Goethe Haus New York); the Second Annual Anderson-Gouttierre Award 2001; AATG Outstanding Educator Award 2001; and, the Checkpoint Charlie Foundation Scholarship 2001.

Angela Valle
Carolyn Gascoigne

Emeritus Professor of Spanish

ASH 301I
avalle@unomaha.edu

 

 

 

PhD Michigan State University

Dr. Valle’s teaching and research interests include contemporary Latin American literature, Latin American civilization, and women in Latin American literature. During her career at UNO she received numerous honors and awards including the Excellence in Teaching Award (Nebraska Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese); Certificate of Merit Awarded by the UNO International Student Services; and a Certificate of Appreciation for contributions to International Trade awarded by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development.