Modern Languages Faculty
Professor of Spanish Leona S. Martin holds a Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University. Her academic interests include Spanish-American women authors and Hispanic culture in the United States. She also teaches a special course in Spanish for students planning to enter the service professions.
Professor of German Susan M. Schürer holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her specialties include German literature and film, Renaissance family history and business German. She also has a special interest in Pennsylvania German life and letters.
Associate Professor of Spanish Wanda Cordero-Ponce earned her Ph.D. at The Pennsylvania State University. Her academic interests include second-language acquisition, teaching methodology, reading in a second/foreign language, Latinos in the United States, and Spanish/French language and culture.
Associate Professor of Spanish Amanda Meixell earned her Ph.D. at The Pennsylvania State University. Her academic interests include medieval and golden age Spanish literature.
Associate Professor of French Lynn Palermo, department head, has a Ph.D. in French civilization from The Pennsylvania State University. Her academic interests include French and Francophone literature and culture, especially the decorative and fine arts, architecture, literature and cultural politics since the Third Republic. She also teaches Business and Professional French.
Assistant Professor of Italian Daryl Rodgers holds a Ph.D. in Italian linguistics from the University of Illinois. His academic interests include Italian language and culture; second language acquisition (SLA), with particular focus on classroom-based SLA; and language pedagogy, with particular focus on content-based instruction.
Assistant Professor of Spanish Mar Soria Lopez received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.
Assistant Professor of French Gladys Francis holds a Ph.D. in French and francophone studies from Purdue University.
Lecturer Kim Kaler received her M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from Bloomsburg University. She teaches beginning and intermediate Spanish language courses.
Modern Language Fellows. A special feature of language study at Susquehanna is the opportunity for students to interact with visiting instructors from other countries. The fellows teach introductory language classes, act as teaching assistants in upper-level courses, and join students in weekly language tables and club activities.