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    Dr. Florian Preisig, Department Chair

    Professor of French, Modern Languages & Literatures Department Chair
    Patterson Hall 133P
    Phone: (509) 359-6001
    Curriculum Vitae

    Florian Preisig is from Geneva, Switzerland. He has a BA from the university of Geneva and a PhD from Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore). He is a specialist of Renaissance French literature. His book Clément Marot et les métamorphoses de l’auteur à l’aube de la Renaissance was published in 2004. It is a discussion of the condition of authors in the years 1500s through the analysis of early editions, commercial practices, self-promotion, patronage, and so on.

    Florian Preisig became associate professor at Eastern Washington University in 2009. He teaches French language at various levels, French culture and civilization, and French literature (seventeenth century, eighteenth century).  In the Honors program he teaches “Intellectual tradition: from the middle ages to the Renaissance.” He is the Modern Languages and Literatures Department Chair.

    In his spare time he likes to play tennis, read, garden, listen to music, and eat out.

    Marge Andrews

    Senior Lecturer - Spanish
    Patterson Hall 133E
    Phone: (509) 359-6009

    Mike Arnot, Adjunct

    Adjunct - Spanish
    PAT 133F
    Phone: 359-6860

    Dr. José García Sánchez

    Professor of Spanish, Director of Spanish
    Patterson Hall 133N
    Phone: (509) 359-2862

    Dr. García-Sánchez obtained a Licenciatura in Spanish Philology from the University of Salamanca, Spain (1989), and a Master of Arts (1993) and a Ph.D. from Arizona State University (1996). His research focuses on the 18th and 19th century Transatlantic travel narrative, with special interest on logs written by Spanish explorers in the Pacific Northwest. His line of research in this corpus of study is founded on Discourse Analysis and Postcolonial Theory.


    Dr. García Sánchez has taught all levels of Spanish at EWU. He is the Director of the Summer Program in Salamanca, Spain.

    Stephanie Roulet, Adjunct

    PAT 133A
    Phone: 509.359.2859
    Fax: 509.359.2859

    Marin Laufenberg


    Chiu Hsin Lin

    Adjunct Faculty, Instructor of Chinese
    Phone: 359-7983

    Ms. Chiu-Hsin Lin started teaching at Eastern Washington University in 2007. Ms. Lin holds a BA in Early Childhood Education from National Taipei University of Education and a MA in Teaching English as a Second Language from Eastern Washington University. She obtained her Washington State teaching credential with endorsements in Chinese and English as a Second Language through Pacific Lutheran University. Ms. Lin is fluent in Mandarin, Taiwanese, and English. Ms. Lin serves as a board member for the Chinese Language Teachers Association - Washington (CLT-WA). Finally, in her free time, Ms. Lin enjoys yoga, mountain biking, snowboarding, and hiking. She resides in Spokane with her husband and two dogs.


    Miguel Novella

    Professor of Spanish
    Patterson Hall 133D
    Phone: (509) 359-2338
    Fax: (509) 359-2338

    Dr. Gina Mikel Petrie, Associate Professor of English as a Second Language

    Coordinator of the English as a Second Language Program
    Patterson Hall 133H
    Phone: (509) 359-6124

    Dr. Gina Petrie has an MA TESOL from Indiana University and a Ph.D. in Education from Washington State University. She has worked in a wide variety of environments with English language learners throughout her career. She carries out research exploring the sociocultural contexts that teachers and students work in with her most recent work focusing on teacher education in Nicaragua. She is an English Language Specialist with the U.S. State Department, supporting teachers globally with teaching English for Specific Purposes.

    Melissa Pilant

    Adjunct ASL

    Sara Preisig, Lecturer

    French Lecturer
    Patterson 133K
    Phone: (509) 359- 2406
    Fax: (509) 359- 2406

    Sara Preisig completed her BA in French literature at Whitman College in 1988. In 1989 she moved to Paris where she stayed for six years working at an accounting firm, powerlifting for a nationally ranked team, and studying at the University of Paris-Nanterre. In 1995 she obtained her Maitrise in teaching French as a second/foreign language and moved to Baltimore, Maryland. After seven years at the Johns Hopkins University, two of which were spent doing research at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, she received her PhD in medieval French literature. From there, she taught for a year at the University of Mississippi before moving here to Cheney in 2003.

    Sara Preisig’s current interests include transcription of medieval manuscripts, translation, early French crime novels and cinema of all kinds.

    Melissa Ratsch

    Adjunct, ASL

    Vickie Roig, Secretary

    Secretary, Modern Languages and the English Language Institute
    Patterson Hall 133-O
    Phone: 509 359-2481
    Fax: 509 359-2481

    José Rojas

    Spanish Lecturer
    Patterson 133M
    Phone: (509) 359-2738
    Fax: (509) 359-2738

    José Rojas is from Mérida, Venezuela. He has a BA from the University of Hotel school of Venezuela and a BA from EWU. Also he finished his Master in Spanish Language and Culture at the University Of Salamanca, Spain. He is interested in the Latin-American cultures. Due to his first career, Jose was able to live in many different countries around the world. Therefore, he promotes incorporating the differences in cultures into his classes.

    In his spare time he likes to play soccer, read about World War II, and cooking and eating out with his wife and kids.

    Dr. Natalia Ruiz Rubio

    Assistant Professor of Spanish
    Patterson Hall 133C
    Phone: (509) 359-7955

    Parker Shaw

    Assistant Professor of Spanish
    Patterson Hall 133G
    Phone: 509.359.6938

    Dr. Parker Shaw has an MA in Spanish from the University of Utah (2007) and a PhD in Latin American Literature and Cultural Studies from the University of Pittsburgh (2015). His research is a literary and cultural study of varying senses of masculinities and nationality in Chilean Boy Scout manuals and magazines from the early 20th century. His research and teaching interests include social and political categories of identity such as: gender, sexuality, race, nationality, and social class in canonical and non-canonical texts. He teaches upper-level courses about Latin American literature and cultures, Spanish-language classes, and General Studies of Hispanic literature in English translation.

    Amorette Sherwood

    PAT 133-I
    Phone: 509.359.2861
    Fax: 509.359.2861

    Teiko Stradling

    Senior Lecturer - Japanese
    Patterson Hall 133L
    Phone: (509) 359-4873

    Jody Stewart Strobelt

    Senior Lecturer - German
    Patterson Hall 133J
    Phone: (509) 359-6935

    Contact Information

    Modern Languages and Literatures
    133 Patterson Hall
    Cheney, WA 99004

    phone: 509.359.2481
    fax: 509.359.7855

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