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Mark Groundland
Associate Professor
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MGroundland@tntech.edu
Foreign Languages
Foundation Hall (FNDH) 173 / Box 5061
931-372-3158
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Dr. Mark Groundland came to Tennessee Technological University in 2005 to teach Spanish language, culture, and literature courses and became Interim Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages in June 2013. His research interests include early modern Spanish literature and culture, Cervantes and the comedia in particular. Additionally, Dr. Groundland has been actively indexing journal articles as a bibliographer for the MLA (Modern Languages Association) International Bibliography since 1997.
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Julia Baker
Associate Professor
PhD German Studies (University of Cincinnati, 2007)
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JuliaBaker@tntech.edu
Foreign Languages
/ Box 5061
931-372-3787
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I am a native of Graz, Austria. After growing up in Austria, studying in the US and Australia, and working in Wales in the UK, I came to the USA in 2002 to pursue a Ph.D. in German Studies at the University of Cincinnati. I graduated in 2007 with a dissertation on Jewish childhood in exile as represented in fiction and film. My academic interests and conference presentations have focused on contemporary German and Austrian literature, family novels, and (documentary) film, childhood trauma, German-Jewish life-writing, women studies, madness in literature and transcultural literature. My publications include book reviews, interviews with documentary film makers, scholars, and Holocaust survivors, articles on the purpose of humor in transnational literature, as well as the fictional life-writing by Lore Segal, Binjamin Wilkomirski, and Georges-Arthur Goldschmidt. I am currently working on a volume on the representation of family in the German speaking world, tentatively entitled “Reading Between the Bloodlines: Reflections on the German(ic) Family Story.” At TTU, I have taught all elementary German courses, Introduction to German Literature, courses on Berlin and Vienna, a contemporary literature course, a course on immigration, exile and the concept of alterity (together with Dr. Barnard and Dr. Groundland), a course on German film, and on German Childhood and Children's Literature. I am the faculty liaison for the German Klub, the Secular Student Alliance of Tennessee Tech (SSATTU), and the Tech LAMBDA association. I was a faculty senator for two years and am currently serving as chair of the Commission on the Status of Women, chair of the subcommittee on University Policy, and as chair of the Faculty Research Committee.. My two favorite things about TTU besides teaching, research, and service are proposing Centerstage events and taking students of German, as well as business and engineering students to Berlin and Hamburg during spring break.
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Deborah Barnard
Associate Professor
M.A., Ph.D. Vanderbilt University (1995, 2003); B.S. Western Carolina University (1991)
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DBarnard@tntech.edu
Foreign Languages
Foundation Hall (FNDH) 108A / Box 5061
931-372-3773
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Dr. Debbie Barnard teaches all levels of French language and literature. She specializes in francophone literature and culture, with a primary focus on North Africa.
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Karen Burdette
Adjunct Faculty
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KBurdette@tntech.edu
Foreign Languages
/ Box 5061
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Colleen Hays
Associate Professor
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CHays@tntech.edu
Foreign Languages
Johnson Hall (JOHN) 339 / Box 5061
931-372-3776
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Marketta Laurila
Professor
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MLaurila@tntech.edu
Foreign Languages
Foundation Hall (FNDH) 108B / Box 5061
931-372-6535
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Martin Sheehan
Assistant Professor
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msheehan@tntech.edu
Foreign Languages
Foundation Hall (FNDH) 109C / Box 5061
931-372-3777
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Manuel Villalba
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Spanish Literature, University of California, Davis, September 2010
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mvillalba@tntech.edu
Foreign Languages
Foundation Hall (FNDH) 108D / Box 5061
931-372-3771
http://www.professormanueljvillalba.com/
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Dr. Villalba is a new faculty member of the Department of Foreign Languages. Originally from Spain, he received his B.A. in Hispanic Philology from the Universidad de Valladolid (Spain), and his Ph.D. in Spanish, with a designated emphasis in Critical Theory, from the University of California, Davis. Before joining the TTU family, he taught Spanish language, culture and literature at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Villalba’s research interests include modern and contemporary Spanish literature, Spanish cinema, critical theory, film theory, psychoanalysis, trauma, memory, exile and migration. He has published several articles on 1939 Spanish exile authors and also on Spanish contemporary narrative.
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Pamela Kirkpatrick
Administrative Associate 3
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PKirkpatrick@tntech.edu
Foreign Languages
Foundation Hall (FNDH) 173 / Box 5061
931-372-3432

Emeriti Faculty

  • Dr. Karen Burdette, Associate Professor of Spanish Linguistics, Emerita
  • Dr. Phillip Campana, Professor of German, Emeritus; Dept. of Foreign Languages Chairman, 1970-2003
  • Dr. Eston Evans, Professor of German, Emeritus
  • Dr. Gilbert Fernandez, Professor of History and Spanish, Emeritus
  • Dr. Robert F. Jones, Professor of French, Emeritus
  • Dr. Kenneth Kintz, Associate Professor of French, Emeritus
  • Dr. Claire Saint-Leon, Professor of French, Emerita
  • Prof. Juanita Shettlesworth, Associate Professor of Spanish, Emerita
  • Dr. David Viera, Professor of Spanish, Emeritus
  • Dr. Heidemarie Weidner, Professor of English and German, Emerita