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Faculty and Staff

Meet the faculty and staff of the Department of Global Languages and Cultures.

Faculty

Dr. Gabriel Ignacio Barreneche

Dr. 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). He has published the groundbreaking text, Educational Technology for the Global Village winner of the 2014 US Best Book Awards for Education/Academic. He is also the finalist of the Don Quijote Awards as Professional of the Year. Dr. Barreneche’s academic interests include contemporary Caribbean and Latin American literature, U.S. Latino literature, as well as instructional technology. Currently, Dr. Barreneche serves as the Dean of Advising.

Dr. Nancy Decker

Dr. Nancy Decker

Associate Professor of German

Hauck Hall 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 and did her graduate work at Cornell University. 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.

Sophia Boules

Sophia Boules

French Adjunct

Hauck 104

B.A. University of Alexandria, Egypt
M.A. University of South Florida


Prof. Boules studied French language and literature at the University of Alexandria. After completing her undergraduate degree, she went on to obtain her master's degree at the University of South Florida in French literature. She Her graduate studies focused on children's literature, particularly fairytales and their evolution. She was the winner of USF College of Arts and Sciences as well as second place award for the field of Arts and Humanities at the Florida Statewide Graduate Student Research Symposium based on her thesis “The Evolution of Little Red Riding Hood”. She is passionate about French language pedagogy, literature, and culture. Her preferred teaching style is creating a natural learning environment for her students through the use of highly interactive activities and themes.
Dr. Rosana Díaz-Zambrana

Dr. Rosana Díaz-Zambrana

Professor of Spanish

Hauck Hall 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

Trained in Comparative Literature, Dr. Díaz Zambrana 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. She has published numerous articles in a wide range of academic journals, and she is the author of three cinema anthologies, Cinema paraíso: Representaciones e imágenes audiovisuales en el Caribe hispano (2012), Horrofílmico: Aproximaciones al cine de terror en Latinoamérica y el Caribe (2014), and Terra Zombi: El fenómeno transnacional de los muerto vivientes (2016). At Rollins she teaches courses on Latin American film and culture, gender and race relations, fictions of fear, and literary masterworks.

Jennifer Fischer-Blenis

Jennifer Fischer-Blenis

Holt Spanish Adjunct

Hauck Hall 104

T.407.646.2623

B.A. Furman University
M.A. Florida State University

Prof. Fischer Blenis has a passion for teaching. She has taught at Florida State University and Rollins College. She took some time off from higher education to homeschool her two children where she has focused attention on specialized learning techniques. She is excited to bring her pedagogy back to Rollins in hopes of reaching students who have difficulties in learning a second language. Prof. Fischer-Blenis has studied abroad and emphasizes the study of culture along with the language. 

Dr. Elke Framson

Dr. Elke Framson

Visiting Assistant Professor of German

Hauck Hall 204

T. 407.646.2289

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 interests include issues of intercultural communication, intercultural competence in business, and translation between English and German.

José Holguín-Intriago

José Holguín-Intriago

Spanish Lecturer

Hauck Hall - Room 207

T. 407.691.1081

B.A. University of Central Florida
M.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. At Rollins Prof. Holguín-Intriago teaches intermediate level Spanish language courses.

Margareth Kupetz

Margareth Kupetz

Spanish Lecturer

Casa Iberia

T. 407.691.1069

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

Prof. Margareth Kupetz focused her studies on foreign language education, Latin American literature, and Spanish linguistics. Before starting her teaching career at Rollins College, Kupetz 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. Currently, she teaches an array of language courses at the basic, intermediate, and advanced level. She also participates in the RFLa program with a course titled The Other Americans.

Rachael Lilienthal

Rachael Lilienthal

Spanish Lecturer

Hauck Hall 205

T. 407.646.2752

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

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. Currently, aside from teaching language courses at the basic level, Prof. Lilienthal offers Intersection courses in Spanish language.

María Paniagua-Tejo

María Paniagua-Tejo

Spanish Lecturer

Casa Iberia 102

T. 407.646.2386

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

Prof. María Paniagua-Tejo 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. Currently, she teaches an array of language courses at the basic, intermediate, and advanced levels. She also participates in the RFLa program with a course titled Masterchef Spain.

Harue Patterson

Harue Patterson

Holt Japanese Adjunct

Hauck 106

T.407.464.2326

B.A. University of Pittsburgh

Offers Japanese language through Holt School.

Dr. Alberto Prieto-Calixto

Dr. Alberto Prieto-Calixto

Hispanic Studies Director | Professor of Spanish

Casa Iberia 100

T. 407.646.2217

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

Dr. 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 y XVII (2009). His current research projects include a book about the Asturian immigration to the US, a study about Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, and a book project on the presence of jai alai in the US. Professor Prieto-Calixto is Director-in-Residence of Verano Español (Rollins’s Summer program in Spain).

Lili Ren

Lili Ren

Chinese Han Ban Scholar

Hauck Hall 103

T.407.646.2623

B.A. Capital Normal University 
M.A. Capital Normal University

Lili Ren received her M.A from Capital Normal University of China. As a professional Chinese teacher, Lili taught Chinese as a second language at Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU) from 1999. In 2002, she taught Intensive Chinese Oral & Character Courses at Zurich University of Switzerland. Lili also taught Chinese as a visiting professor in the Modern and Classical Languages Department of George Mason University from 2013 to 2016. Lili majored in Chinese Teaching Pedagogy, and is widely published in related fields. Her main areas of research include, but are not limited to, teaching Chinese as a second language, methods of teaching Chinese characters, and cultivation of intercultural communication ability. At Rollins, she teaches at array of Chinese language courses at all levels.

Dr. Delaram Rahimi

Dr. Delaram Rahimi

Spanish Adjunct

Hauck 200

T.407.646.2119

M.A. University of South Florida
PH.D. University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Dr. Delaram Rahimi (Ghazikalayeh) received her M.A. in Spanish and Latin American Literature and Culture from the University of South Florida and her Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She also has a certificate in Digital Humanities and has contributed to a number of digital humanities activities. Her academic interests include Contemporary Peninsular Literature, Cultural Studies, Popular Culture and comics and graphic novels.

Dr. Patricia Tomé

Dr. Patricia Tomé

Department Chair / Professor of Spanish

Casa Iberia 100

T. 407.691.1379

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

After completing her bachelor's degree, Prof. Tomé worked as a journalist at Univisión, a Spanish-language TV network in New York. During her completion of her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Kansas, she was able to participate in programs teaching at Universidade de Santiago de Compostela (Spain), Oklahoma City Community College, and Instituto de Línguas in Vitória (Brazil). She has coauthored three cinema anthologies, Cinema paraíso: Representaciones e imágenes audiovisuales en el Caribe hispano (2010), Horrofílmico: Aproximaciones al cine de terror en Latinoamérica y el Caribe (2012), La gran pantalla dominicana: Miradas críticas al cine actual (2017). Her teaching interests include language acquisition, 20th and 21st century Latin American Literature, Cuban and Cuban American literatures and film, and modern Latin American and Peninsular drama.  

Yona Smith

Yona Smith

Spanish Lecturer

Casa Iberia 103

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

Li Wei

Chinese Lecturer / Director of Asian and Chinese Studies

Hauck Hall 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.

Ruth Jackson

Ruth Jackson

Administrative Assistant

Hauck Hall 201

T. 407.646.2623

B.F.A. College Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati

Ruth began working at Rollins on Valentine’s Day, 1984 and says it has been a Rollins love affair ever since. Ruth found her first Rollins passion working in Student Government and Student Activities, and came to Global Languages in 1995, where she enjoys working with faculty from around the world. She is the recipient of the Sister Gibney Humanitarian Award and the Helen Crossley Distinguished Service Award from Rollins.