Foreign Languages and Literatures Academic News

The College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences will welcome 26 new tenure-track and tenured professors in the fall of 2017.

Joining the college as assistant professors are Aaron Brantly, Political Science; Cara Daggett, Political Science; Matthew Fullen, School of Education; Edward Gitre, History; Katherine Haenschen, Communication; Benjamin Katz, Human Development; Karin Kitchens, Political Science; Ashley Landers, Human Development; Evan Lavender-Smith, English; Christopher Lindgren, English; Gonzalo Montero, Foreign Languages and Literatures; Shaily Patel, Religion and Culture; Ashley Reichelmann, Sociology; Patrick Ridge, Foreign Languages and Literatures; Micah Roos, Sociology; Donna Sedgwick, Sociology; Eonyou Shin, Apparel, Housing, and Resource Management; Lee Vinsel, Science and Technology in Society; and Chelsea Woods, Communication.

Hired as tenured faculty at the rank of associate professor are Shannon Bell, Sociology; Su Fang Ng, Cutchins Chair in the Department of English; and Bonnie Zare, Sociology.

Joining the college at the rank of professor are Kenneth Hodges, English; Sylvester Johnson, Religion and Culture (as well as director of the Center for the Humanities and assistant vice provost for humanities); Carmen Giménez Smith, English; and Paul Steger, director of the School of Performing Arts.

Several College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences faculty members received Curriculum Globalization Grants from Virginia Tech’s Global Education Office and Outreach and International Affairs.

Vanessa Diaz, an instructor in the Department of Human Development, and Anisa Zvonkovic, a professor and head of the Department of Human Development, will develop a new course titled “Immigrant Families: Child Development and Acculturation.”

Sharon Johnson, an associate professor of French in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and director of women’s and gender studies, received a grant to develop a new course, “Gender and Sexual Violence in a Global Context.”

Brett Shadle, a professor in the Department of History, received a grant for efforts to globalize the curriculum through a new course titled “A History of Refugees.”

Vinodh Venkatesh, an associate professor of Spanish in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, was honored for his efforts to globalize the curriculum through a new course, “Spanish for the Natural Sciences.”

Each award was for $5,000. The award winners were celebrated at a reception at the Hahn Horticultural Garden on March 30.

María del Carmen Caña Jiménez, Foreign Languages and Literatures/Spanish, served as the guest editor for the December 2016 special issue of Hispanófila titled “Beyond Violence (Criticism) in Contemporary Hispanic Narratives and Cinemas.”

The 2017 College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Faculty Awards Reception and Ceremony took place in Owens Banquet Hall on March 14. Presenting this year’s awards were Interim Dean Rosemary Blieszner, Associate Dean for Graduate Study and Research Tom Ewing, and Joseph Pitt, Philosophy and chair of the College’s Honors and Awards Committee.

The Diversity Award winner was David Cline, History. Yannis Stivachtis, Political Science, garnered the Excellence in Administration Award. The winner of the Shannon Award was Paul Heilker, English. Gerard Lawson, School of Education, was recognized with the Land Grant Scholar Award. Recipients of an Excellence in Advising Award were April Few-Demo, Human Development, and Richard Hirsh, History.

Certificate of Teaching Excellence Award winners were: Jennifer Barton, English; María del Carmen Caña Jiménez, Foreign Languages and Literatures/Spanish; Christine Labuski, Sociology; Richard Phillips, Foreign Languages and Literatures/Classics; Helen Schneider, History; and Ashley Shew, Science and Technology in Society.

Excellence in Outreach and International Initiatives Awards were presented to Nicholas Copeland, Sociology, and Phillip Olson, Science and Technology in Society. Excellence in Research and Creative Scholarship Awards were presented to Brian Britt, Religion and Culture; Billie Lepczyk, School of Performing Arts; Erika Meitner, English; and Carol Mullen, School of Education.

Alexander Dickow, an assistant professor of French in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, published Rhapsodie curieuse (Mugron, France: Editions Louise Bottu, 2017).

Two Spanish faculty members in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures— María del Carmen Caña Jiménez and Vinodh Venkatesh — co-edited Horacio Castellanos Moya: el diablo en el espejo [Horacio Castellanos Moya: The Devil in the Mirror] (Valencia: Albatros, 2016).