Department of Foreign Languages

Faculty and Staff

Martin Sheehan

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Associate Professor

Foreign Languages
msheehan@tntech.edu
Oakley Hall (OKLY) 228
Box 5061
931-372-6535

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Deborah Barnard

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Associate Professor

Foreign Languages
DBarnard@tntech.edu
Oakley Hall (OKLY) 220
Box 5061
931-372-3773

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M.A., Ph.D. Vanderbilt University (1995, 2003); B.S. Western Carolina University (1991)
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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.

Mark Groundland

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Associate Professor

Foreign Languages
MGroundland@tntech.edu
Oakley Hall (OKLY) 228
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.

Julia Gruber

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Associate Professor

Foreign Languages
jgruber@tntech.edu
Henderson Hall (HEND) 139
Box 5061
931-372-3787

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Colleen Hays

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Associate Professor

Foreign Languages
CHays@tntech.edu
Henderson Hall (HEND) 139
Box 5061
931-372-3776

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Ph.D. Romance Languages (Spanish and French), University of Oklahoma, Study Abroad Programs including study at: the Sorbonne, Centre d'Etudes Superieures de Civilisation Medievale, Universidad de Costa Rica.
My areas of specialization include: French medieval literature, the reception of the French epic in nineteenth-century France, nineteenth-century French civilization and culture, (particularly concerning nationationalism and the colonization of Algeria), and recent French films concerning the integration of French citizens descended from Maghrebians into French culture.

Maria Cristina Humita

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Instructor

Foreign Languages
mchumita@tntech.edu
Oakley Hall (OKLY) 215B
Box 5061

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Michael Olsen

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Assistant Professor

Foreign Languages
molsen@tntech.edu
Oakley Hall (OKLY) 215A
Box 5061
931-372-3777
https://michaelkolsen.weebly.com

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Ph.D. Hispanic Linguistics, University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Olsen recently joined the Department of Foreign Languages in the fall of 2018. He earned a B.A. in Spanish and a Masters of Second Language Teaching  from Utah State University. He earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics from the University of Pittsburgh. Before joining TTU, he taught Spanish language and linguistics courses as well as foreign language teaching methods courses at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. His research interests include the acquisition of L2 Spanish grammar and vocabulary, the effects of instruction on L2 Spanish grammar, L2 attrition, and foreign language teacher education.

Manuel Villalba

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Assistant Professor

Foreign Languages
mvillalba@tntech.edu
Oakley Hall (OKLY) 225
Box 5061
931-372-3771
http://www.professormanueljvillalba.com/

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Ph.D. Spanish Literature, University of California, Davis, September 2010
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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.

Pamela Kirkpatrick

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Administrative Associate 3

Foreign Languages
PKirkpatrick@tntech.edu
Oakley Hall (OKLY) 227
Box 5061
931-372-3432

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Emeriti Faculty

  • Dr. Karen Burdette, Associate Professor of Spanish Linguistics, Emerita
  • Dr. Phillip Campana, Professor of German, Emeritus; Dept. of Foreign Languages Chair, 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. Marketta Laurila, Professor Spanish, Emerita; Dept. of Foreign Languages Chair, 2004-2014
  • Dr. Claire Saint-Leon, Professor of French, Emerita
  • Prof. Juanita Shettlesworth, Associate Professor of Spanish, Emerita
  • Dr. Heidemarie Weidner, Professor of English and German, Emerita