Faculty and Staff

Meet the faculty and staff of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.


Gabriel Ignacio Barreneche
Associate Dean of Advising / Professor of Spanish
Mills Memorial Building
T. 407.691.1770

B.A. Boston College
M.A. University of California, Los Angeles
Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Gabriel Barreneche received his B.A. degree in Spanish and International Studies from Boston College and participated in that institution’s study abroad program at the Universidad de San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador. After completing his undergraduate degree, Dr. Barreneche moved to San Diego, California, and worked in a housing program for migrant farm workers through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. He then returned to academia and completed his M.A. and Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Barreneche’s academic interests include contemporary Caribbean and Latin American literature, U.S. Latino literature, as well as instructional technology.

Alexander Boguslawski
Professor Emeritus of Russian
Hauck Hall - Room 208
T. 407.646.2380
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M.A. University of Warsaw
Ph.D. University of Kansas

A native of Poland, Dr. Boguslawski received his M. A. in Russian Philology from the University of Warsaw and his Ph. D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of Kansas. He specializes in medieval Russian art and literature, but also writes about contemporary Russian literature. His articles and reviews appeared in SEEJ, Russian Language Journal, Russian Review, Canadian-American Slavic Studies, and Slavic Review. Professor Boguslawski is a translator of scholarly works and fiction from Russian into English and Polish (he translated into Polish Sasha Sokolov's A School for Fools and Between Dog and Wolf and into English Victor Brook's Hotel "Million Monkeys" and Other Stories). He is also a web-page designer, guitar player and balladeer, and an artist. He has exhibited his paintings at the Olin Library and at Ormond Memorial Art Museum. At Rollins, he teaches Russian language, literature, folklore, history, and culture.

Nancy Decker
Associate Professor of German
Hauck Hall - Room 202
T. 407.646.2410

B.A. College of William and Mary
M.A. Cornell University
Ph.D. Cornell University

Dr. Decker received her bachelor's degree from the College of William and Mary [1977] and did her graduate work at Cornell University [M. A.1981, Ph. D. 1983]. At Rollins she teaches courses dealing with many aspects of German language, literature, film, culture, and business practices. Her main areas of research include German colonialism, teaching about the Holocaust, and issues concerning the integration of Germany into the European Union. She is particularly interested in Namibia and in cross-cultural training. When time allows she also loves to look for new items on the Web.

Rosana Díaz-Zambrana
Department Chair / Professor of Spanish
Hauck Hall - Room 208
T. 407.646.2143

B.A. University of Puerto Rico
M.A. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Rosana Díaz-Zambrana completed her B.A. in Comparative Literature at the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez where she was born and raised. She earned her M.A. & Ph.D. degrees at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, also in Comparative Literature. She focused her studies on Modern Latin American Literature, more particularly, on contemporary Brazilian and Southern Cone narratives. Before coming to Rollins, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She has presented papers in national and international conferences on memory, exile and the notions of home in contemporary authors. Her teaching interests include Latin American narratives that deal with trauma and memory; film and culture.

Richard A. Lima
Associate Professor of French
Hauck Hall - Room 200
T. 407.646.2119

B.S. Ed. State College at Bridgewater, Massachusetts
M.A., C. Phil., Ph.D. University of California, Berkley

Teaching fields: French language, literature, and civilization, Eighteenth-century French literature, French West African & Caribbean writers, France and the European Union.
Personal interest: Cape Verdean culture. Papers presented at various national and regional conferences on Eighteenth-century French literature, the imaginary voyage genre and France and the European Union.

Matilde Mésavage
Professor of French
Hauck Hall - Room 209
T. 407.646.2477

B.S. The Juilliard School
M.A. Hunter College
Ph.D. in French, Yale University

Professor Mésavage founded the ballet program in the Department of Theatre and Dance in 1981. She presented three ballets at the Annie Russell Theatre and taught ballet in the Department from 1981 to 1993. Teaching fields: French Philosophical Thought, French Literature and Civilization, Literature and Civilization of Québec, littérature maghrébine, the philosophy and practice of Yoga. Research interests: French literature, Literature of Québec, Literature of the Maghreb. Professor Mésavage has published over 50 articles in FrancographiesLe Maghreb LittéraireThe French ReviewQuébec Studies, Bulletin de la Societé Américaine de Philosophie de la Langue FrançaiseQuébec FrançaisFranzösisch HeuteBulletin of the Société des Professeurs français en AmériqueAmerican Review of Canadian StudiesDiderot Studies and Orbis Literarum. Her second-year college text book, En cours de route, has been used in over 100 colleges and universities.

Alberto Prieto-Calixto
Professor of Spanish
Casa Iberia - Room 100
T. 407.646.2217

Licenciado en Filosofía y Letras Universidad de Valladolid, Spain
M.A. Arizona State University
Ph.D. Vanderbilt University

Professor Prieto-Calixto’s main areas of research include Golden Age, Colonial and Asturian studies. In addition to numerous articles and presentations on literature, film, culture, history, immigration and pedagogy, he has published a book about the theme of captivity during the XVI-XVII centuries in the Hispanic world, Héroes, prisioneros y renegados: el cautiverio en la narrativa hispánica de los siglos XVI-XVII (2009). His current research projects include a book about the Asturian immigration to the US and a study about Pedro Menéndez de Avilés. Professor Prieto-Calixto is Director in Residence of Verano Español (Rollins’s Summer program in Spain).

Patricia Tomé
Hispanic Studies Director / Associate Professor of Spanish
Casa Iberia
T. 407.691.1379

B.A. Rutgers University
M.A. University of Kansas
Ph.D. University of Kansas

Dr. Patricia Tomé received her B.A. in Spanish and Journalism from Rutgers University. After completing her degree, she worked as a journalist at Univisión, a Spanish-language TV network in New York. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. She has taught at Universidade de Santiago de Compostela (Spain), Oklahoma City Community College and Instituto de Línguas in Vitória, Brazil. Her teaching interests include 20th and 21st century Latin American Literature, Cuban and Cuban American literatures and film, and modern Latin American and Peninsular drama. 


Elke Framson
German Lecturer
Hauck Room 204

M.A. University of Innsbruck, Austria 

PH.D. University of Vienna, Austria

Elke Framson has a background in Translation Studies with a strong focus on the role of translation and intercultural communication in international business. Prior to coming to Rollins, she taught courses at Bachelor and Master levels in German-English-German translation and Intercultural Communication at the University of Vienna's Center for Translation Studies as well as Business English at the St. Polten University of Applied Sciences in Austria. Dr. Framson also managed communication and media projects in an entrepreneurial company and does corporate language and culture training. Her academic interest include issues of intercultural communication, intercultural competence in business, and translation between English and German.

Gwynne González
Spanish Lecturer
Hauck Hall - Room 205
T. 407.646.2752
B.S., Florida State University
M.A., Florida Atlantic University
M.A., University of Arizona
Ph.D., University of Arizona
After completing her B.S. in Political Science and Communications from Florida State University, she worked for several years in the Florida Legislature. She received her M.A in Linguistics from Florida Atlantic University and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Second Language Adquisition and Teaching from the University of Arizona. Prior to joining Rollins, she taught Spanish at various levels, including Spanish for Heritage Speakers, and Spanish Linguistics at the University of Arizona and Arizona State University. Her academic interests include linguistics, second language acquisition, heritage language education, language use, and heritage language loss and maintenance.
Margareth Kupetz
Spanish Lecturer
Casa Iberia - Don Quijote Room
T. 407.691.1069

B.A., University of Central Florida
M.A., University of Central Florida

Margareth Kupetz focused her studies on foreign language education, Latin American literature, and Spanish linguistics. Before starting her teaching career at Rollins College, Morales taught Spanish in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program with Seminole County Public Schools for two and a half years and holds a professional teaching certificate in Spanish from the state of Florida. Her interests include second language acquisition and Hispanic literature in the U.S.

José Holguín-Intriago
Spanish Lecturer
Hauck Hall - Room 207
T. 407.691.1081

B.A., University of Central Florida
B.A., University of Central Florida

José Holguín-Intriago’s teaching philosophy is that, in order for students to learn a language successfully, they must be challenged and immersed in the language and culture. His academic interests include teaching with technology, creative writing, and gender studies in Spanish and Latin American literature.

Rachael Lilienthal
Spanish Lecturer
Hauck Hall - Room 205
T. 407.646.2752

M.A., Florida State University
B.A., University of Pittsburgh.

Rachael Lilienthal has taught Spanish at Valencia Community College, Florida State University, and Reading Area Community College. She has also taught English as a Foreign Language and has served as a volunteer in Ecuador through Harvard University’s WorldTeach program. As an undergraduate, she studied abroad in Mexico and also attended a Semester at Sea through the University of Pittsburgh. Her academic interests focus on Latin American literatures and cultures.

María Paniagua-Tejo
Spanish Lecturer
Casa Iberia
T. 407.646.2386

B.A., Rollins College
M.A., University of Central Florida.

At Rollins, María Paniagua-Tejo teaches courses at all levels of Spanish language and Introduction to Hispanic literature. She has teaching experience at Pitzer College (SILC), Vanderbilt University, and University of Central Florida. Her research interests include Medieval Spanish Literature, Contemporary Spanish Literature, and Hispanic Culture. 

Jason Schroepfer
Lecturer of Arabic and Middle Eastern and North African Studies
Hauck Hall 209
T. 407.691.2328
B.A., University of California, Berkeley
M.A., University of Texas, Austin
Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin

Dr. Schroepfer began studying Arabic and Middle Eastern culture at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA. After working as an Arabic translator in the Middle East, he attained his B.A. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from the University of California at Berkeley. He then earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on the interplay between language and society in the Arab world. His publications have appeared in Penn Working Papers in Linguistics and the handbook, The Semitic Languages. His teaching interests include Arabic as well as contemporary issues in Middle Eastern culture and society.

Yona Smith
Spanish Lecturer
Casa Iberia
T. 407.646.2680

B.A. University of Central Florida
M.A. University of Southern Mississippi

Yona Smith earned her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of Central Florida and her Master of Arts in the Teaching of Language from the University of Southern Mississippi, focusing not only on the Spanish language, but also language acquisition and methodologies of teaching language. Smith also holds a national board certification in world languages other than English (emphasis Spanish) as well as a professional teaching certificate in Spanish for the state of Florida.  Her academic interests include second language acquisition and the pedagogical strategies of language instruction.

Li Wei
Chinese Lecturer
Hauck Hall 150; Room 206
T. 407.691.1066

M.A., M.Phil., Columbia University

A native of Shanghai, Li Wei received his M.A. and M.Phil. at Columbia University. As an ethnomusicologist-turned language teacher, Li Wei has broad interests in culture, language and music. His research interests include computer-assisted technology in Chinese language teaching, language ideology, globalization and world music, and hybridity. His articles and reviews have appeared in Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, Ethnomusicology, Yearbook of Traditional Music, and Asian Music.

Department of Modern Languages & Literatures
Rollins College
1000 Holt Avenue - 2752
Winter Park, FL 32789
T. 407.646.2623