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.

Assistant Professor of French Gladys Francis holds a Ph.D. in French and francophone studies from Purdue University. Her research involves transnational studies, early modern travel literature, postcolonial studies, film studies, social studies and gender studies.

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 Rebecca Thompson holds a Ph.D. in Spanish from The University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests involve 20th-century Latin American literature, literature related to Quechua-speaking cultures, indigenous, marginal and national identities, and alternative racial paradigms.

Lecturer Kim Kaler received her M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from Bloomsburg University. She teaches beginning and intermediate Spanish language courses.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Italian Nicolino Applauso holds a Ph.D. in Romance Languages (major: Italian) from the University of Oregon. His research interests include medieval and Renaissance Italian and Iberian literature and comic poetry; Dante and the origin of Italian literature; modern Italian literature and theatre; Fascism and resistance literature; the Italian post-war novel; and Italian film genres.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish Carmen Febles is completing her Ph.D. in Spanish at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research centers on colonial literature and culture, with a transatlantic focus.

Visiting Lecturer Bibiana Hernandez-Bello holds a licenciatura in English language and philology from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and is currently working on an Master of Science in education at Bucknell University. She began teaching at Susquehanna University in 2008 as a modern language fellow.

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.