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French

Anne Armitage
Adjunct Instructor in Foreign Language
French (and ESL)

Educational background:
I earned a B.A. in French with honors from the University of Iowa in 1997, and my M.A. in French and Foreign Language Education from the University of Iowa in 2005. Prior to teaching French, I worked as a technical and legal translator, and taught English in Turin, Italy.

Contact information:
Email: aarmitag@coe.edu
Office: 399-8302
Cell: (319) 558-7292

Research and academic interests:
I am especially interested in the role motivation plays in second language acquisition. I have witnessed highly motivated American students with no previous language learning experience attain a respectable degree of fluency in just over a year's time. In many cases, this achievement has everything to do with language learning aptitude. Anyone can learn a language if they are motivated! My other areas of interest include: French Cinema, Franco-American relations, Post-colonial immigration in France and "Beur" culture, and French urbanism.

Classes taught at Coe:
Elementary and Intermediate French, French Composition and Conversation, French Cinema.

Special programs involved with at Coe:
Organizer of Table Française, a weekly French conversation group attended by Coe students, French exchange students and community members.

Personal interests:
Gardening, cooking and eating food, travel, languages and cultures, French films, second-hand and vintage clothes, rusty rustic junk.

Favorite Coe memory:
Meeting (now) President Obama during the presidential primary campaigns in 2008. He recognized me in the crowd on the quad later at the Coe event, and shouted "Bonjour!" in front of my students!

Year you started teaching at Coe:
2007

Why you have chosen to teach at Coe?
I love Coe's positive atmosphere - both among faculty and staff, as well as students. There is a true culture of inclusion and respect for individual differences. The smaller class sizes allow me to get to know students better, and there are more opportunities for mini field trips to French-speaking places like Cercle français or the crêperie in Iowa City.

Joyce Janca-Aji
Assistant Professor of French

Educational background:
B.A. in French at SIU-Carbondale
M.A. and Ph. D in French Literature at IU-Bloomington

Contact information:
Email: jjanca@coe.edu

Classes taught at Coe:
Elementary French I & II, Introduction to French Literature and Culture, French/Francophone Literature in Translation, French Civilization, The Art of Translation, Masquerade and Subversion in Poverty, Short Stories, and Theater, Reinventing the Novel, Women in French, Francophone Voices, Topics in French/Francophone Literature and Culture, Introduction to Gender Studies, Women in World Religions (Gender Studies Symposium), Monsters, Freaks, and "Others" (First Year Seminar)

Special programs involved in with at Coe:
Director of the Gender Studies Program

Favorite Coe tradition:
The Drag Show! It seems like the whole campus comes to support the LEGTBQ community here- and has way too much fun doing so.

Why have you chosen to teach at Coe?
I wanted to teach what I love somewhere that would allow me to really get to know my students. I appreciate the warmth and the support of the entire community here- and that I can be creative in how I design courses to appeal to the strengths and interests of my students.

Jeannine Hammond
Joanne M. Pochobradsky Professor of French, Emerita

Educational background:
B.A., Carleton College
M.A., University of Chicago
Ph.D., Indiana University


German

John Chaimov
Associate Professor of German, Chair

Educational background:
B.A. in German Literature, University of California, San Diego
M.A. and Ph.D in
Comparative Studies in Literature, University of Chicago.

Contact information:
Email: jchaimov@coe.edu

Research and academic interests:
Migration and cultural adaptation, Human Rights, Germans in America, Human Rights in Southeast Asia.

Classes taught at Coe:
Introduction to International Studies, The Human Rights Story, Human Rights in Southeast Asia, Composition and Conversation, Holocaust and Memory, Ghosts and Madness, Race, Class, and Gender, Berlin, Immigrants and Aliens, Fat, Writing for Social Change, May Term in Germany.

Special programs involved with at Coe:
Director of Off-Campus Study, Adviser to German Club, Adviser to Coe Human Rights Advocates.

Personal interests:
Tutoring at the local immigrant education center, volunteering at the women's shelter, long-distance bicycle-camping, gardening, bread baking.

Favorite Coe tradition:
Students doing good things in the community.

Why have you chosen to teach at Coe?
Coe students inspire me with their ownership of how campus runs, their boldness in going to live in the farthest corners of the globe, their hunger to learn, their dedication to making a difference in the lives of their friends and of neighbors in the community. Every day I think how lucky I am to spend most of my day here.

Ann Wilke
Instructor in German

Educational background:
B.A., University of Redlands
M.A., Middlebury College
Ph.D., University of Iowa


Japanese

Megumi Potter
Adjunct Instructor in Japanese


Spanish


Mònica Fuertes Arboix
Associate Professor of Spanish

Educational background:
Ph.D. in Spanish: Modern Peninsular Literature.
Sub-fields: Medieval and Renaissance Literature and Literary Theory.
Department of Spanish and Portuguese, The Ohio State University.
Director and adviser: Professor Salvador García Castañeda.
Dissertation topic: La sátira política en Fray Gerundio (1837-1842) de Modesto Lafuente.
Date: June 19th 2006.
Licenciatura: Spanish Language and Literature, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. February 2000.
Licenciatura: German Language and Literature, Universitat Central de Barcelona. September 1994.

Contact information:
Office: 203B Hickock Hall
Phone: (319) 399-8655
Email: mfuertes@coe.edu

Research and academic interests:
Eighteenth and nineteenth century Spanish novel, theatre, and poetry; cultural studies; Catalan literature and culture.

Classes taught at Coe:
Honors, Topics on Spanish, Spanish Language and Literature, Civilization and Culture of Spain, 20th Century Spanish Fiction, Elementary Spanish II, Business Spanish, Elementary Spanish I, Intermediate Spanish I, Hispanic Life and Culture, 20th Century Spanish Short Stories, and Conversation and Composition.

Special programs involved with at Coe:
May term coordinator and director, study abroad program for Coe College students at the Universidad de Alicante, and conversation director and coordinator of "Lunch-olés".

Personal interests:
Independent European cinema, cooking, ethics, the city of Barcelona, F.C. Barcelona, the Mediterranean Sea, friends, and family.

Favorite Coe memory:
Graduation. It's a mixture of sadness and happiness. It brings lots of memories through my mind.

Favorite Coe tradition:
Presidential Ball. It's a nice time to mingle with faculty and students.

Year started teaching at Coe:
Fall 2007

Why have you chosen to teach at Coe?
Coe is a small college which gives me the opportunity to get to know my students and organize appealing courses. There is great encouragement and support for faculty to do research and to be better teachers. Coe cares for its faculty and students.

Nicholas Mason-Browne
Joanne M. Pochobradsky Associate Professor of Spanish

Educational background:
B.A., University of British Columbia
M.A., Ph.D., University of Iowa

Rosario Merida Prieto
Instructor in Spanish

Educational background:
Licensure, Universidad de Granada, Spain
M.F.A., University of Iowa


Humanities

Joshua Langseth
Adjunct Instructor in Humanities

Educational background:
B.A., Concordia College
M.A., Ph.D., University of Iowa

Contact information:
Email: jlangseth@coe.edu

Edmund Burke
Professor of Humanities, Emeritus

Educational background:
A.B., Holy Cross
M.A., Ph.D., Tufts University