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Foreign Languages Faculty

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Nancy Durbin

Dr. Nancy DurbinDr. Nancy Durbin has a Bachelor’s degree in French and Political Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia and her Master’s and Ph.D. in French Literature from Washington University in St. Louis. Though she once specialized in 18th-century French literature, Dr. Durbin now considers herself to be a generalist and has enjoyed expanding her research interests into many genres and historical periods as she has developed a wide variety of literature seminars. While she still enjoys studying and teaching the early novel, other interests include the intersection of classical mythology and French theatre, issues of post-colonial identity in Francophone literature, and French autobiography. Dr. Durbin is the faculty advisor to the Cercle français and is the director of the Study Abroad Program in Caen, France.

Shenika Harris

Shenika HarrisDr. Harris received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, with a double major in Spanish and psychology, and a Master of Arts in Spanish from Saint Louis University. She holds a graduate certificate in Language Instruction from Washington University in St. Louis, and she earned a Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition with a minor in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her current research interests include the effect of course format on second language acquisition, foreign language literacy, and translanguaging during second language writing.

Maite Nunez-Betelu

Dr. Maite Nunez-BeteluDr. Maite Nunez-Betelu earned an M.A. In Comparative Literature from West Virginia University and a Ph. D. in Romance Languages from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is a Professor of Spanish and teaches courses in Spanish language, culture, history, and literature. She specializes in contemporary Basque women Writers but her research interests include Basque and Hispanic culture as well as contemporary women writers of Spain and Latin America. Other areas of interest are children's literature and crime fiction.

Gabriela Romero Ghiretti

Dr. Gabriela Romero GhirettiDr. Gabriela Romero Ghiretti is an associate professor of Spanish, supervisor of the Foreign Languages Center, and chair of the Foreign Languages Department at Lindenwood University. Dr. Romero Ghiretti obtained her B.A. in English and teacher training at National University of Cuyo, in Mendoza, Argentina. She then attended Washington University in St. Louis, Mo, where she earned her M.A. in Spanish, a graduate certificate in language instruction, and her Ph.D. in Hispanic languages and literatures. She has extensive teaching experience both domestically and abroad designing and teaching courses on language, literature, and culture, including seminars on the Spanish-American short story, the novel of the Mexican Revolution, and the role of women in Hispanic societies, among others. Her research interests include Latin American women writers; women and gender studies; avant-garde literature; gender and modernity, and language acquisition through literature. As a University citizen, she works to support diversity and multiculturalism. She particularly supports international students who work as tutors in the Foreign Languages Lab, training them for the job market and serving as a reference to employers. She has published in peer-reviewed journals and received awards in teaching and writing. She regularly presents papers in conferences domestically and abroad.

Lindenwood University
209 S. Kingshighway
St. Charles, MO 63301