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World Languages and Cultures

College of Arts and Humanities

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Ms. Roselia Arellano-Sandoval Roselia Arellano-Sandoval is a very passionate instructor of Spanish.  She earned her Master’s degree in Hispanic Literature at Washington State University in May 2014, and soon after joined our faculty at Central Washington University Department of World Languages. (509)963-1218 By Appointment

Dr. Rodney Bransdorfer

Dr. Bransdorfer has been with Central since 1995, and is a professor of Spanish and Linguistics. He earned his PhD at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign.

L&L 102-M

Mon/Tues/Thurs 1:00-3:00PM


By Appointment

Dr. Dinara Georgeoliani

Dr. Georgeoliani is currently Assistant Professor of Russian at CWU, where she has taught since 1991. Her specialties are in Russian language and linguistics.
(509) 963-1218
L&L 102-D
By Appointment

Dr. Volha Isakava

Volha Isakava holds a PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of Alberta (Canada). She teaches Russian language and culture, and is a Russian program advisor. Her specialty is Russian cinema and popular culture. Her current research project is on genre cinema, specifically horror film, sci-fi and romcom genres, and the Hollywood influence in contemporary cinemas of post-Soviet countries, such as Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. L&L102-F

Mon/Wed 3:00-4:00pm


By Appointment

Dr. Michael Johnson


Dr. Johnson is the Department Chair and the Program coordinator of French. He earned his PhD at Emory University in French and Comparative Literature in 2005. Among his teaching and research interests are medieval literature, gender and sexuality, Franco-Belgian comics, French and Spanish language, and grammar.
(509) 963-3559
L&L 102-O

Mon - Fri

10:00 -12:00 PM


By Appointment

Dr. Nathalie Kasselis

Dr. Kasselis, Associate Professor of Spanish, has taught at Central since 1996. She earned her PhD at Michigan State University, and specializes in Spanish and French languages and Spanish medieval literature. (509) 963-1218
L&L 102-E

Wed/Thurs 12:00 - 12:50 PM


By Appointment

Dr. Natalie Lefkowitz

Dr. Lefkowitz is a Professor of Spanish at Central, where she has taught since 1994. Her doctorate was earned at the University of Washington and she specializes in Spanish and French languages, and applied linguistics. She was awarded the Distinguished Professor award in Teaching in 2005.
L&L 102-L

Mon/Wed 1:00- 2:00 PM


By Appointment

Ms. Yuanxia Liu

Yuanxia Liu is a Lecturer of Chinese and a graduate of CWU's Masters in TESOL program.

Wed 3:00 - 5:00 PM


By Appointment

Dr. Eric Mayer

Eric Mayer, Associate Professor of Spanish, earned his doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles. He specializes in Spanish Renaissance and Baroque literatures, with an emphasis on Cervantes. He also holds a master's degree in Latin American Studies from UC San Diego.

(509) 963-3334
L&L 102-N

Tues/Wed 11:00-12:00pm


By Appointment

Andrea Herrera-Dulcet


Andrea Herrera-Dulcet is an Assistant professor in Spanish and coordinates the Spanish courses for heritage language learners. She holds a PhD. In Hispanic linguistics by the University of Arizona, with a focus on Sociolinguistics, US Spanish, the sociopolitics of language education, and the teaching of Spanish as a heritage language. Her current research explores the critical pedagogies applied to language learning, as well as language ideologies in the Spanish heritage language classroom.
L&L 102-I

Mon/Tue/Wed 11:00-Noon


By Appointment

Dr. Laurie Moshier

Dr. Moshier is a lecturer of German and French and joins our faculty from YVCC, where she taught German, French, and English.  She earned her Doctor of Arts degree in Germanics from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in English TESOL from Central Washington University.
L&L 102-G

Wed  2:30 - 3:30 PM 


By Appointment

Dr. Josh Nelson

Dr. Nelson has taught at CWU since 1992, and is a professor of Japanese. His PhD in sociolinguistic analysis was earned at University of California at Santa Barbara. (509) 963-1768
L&L 102-K

M T W Th 10:0 PM - 11:00 PM


By Appointment

Amy Lyn Jenkins

Amy Lyn Jenkins, Secretary Senior for the CWU World Languages and Cultures Department (WLD), has been working on campus since October 2018, but her history at Central traces back to her days as a Theatre Management major ten years prior. One of the major components of Amy’s position is overseeing financial matters. Amy helps keep track of several accounts, making sure that the department forecasts and reconciles each month. This responsibility entails several less luxurious tasks such as purchasing for the department and handling traveling reimbursements, but every so often there are larger projects that she is able to invest time into.

(509) 963-1218
L&L 102


8:00 - 5:00PM

Taralynn Petrites

Dr. Taralynn Petrites

Dr. Petrites is the American Sign Language (ASL) Program Coordinator, faculty, and advisor. She earned her PhD at Northcentral University in Higher Education Leadership. She also holds two master’s degrees; Teaching American Sign Language from University of Northern Colorado, and Adult Education and Training with an emphasis in digital learning from University of Phoenix.

Video Phone/Video Relay Service: (509) 676-6090
L&L 102-C


T Th 12:00-1:00 PM


By Appointment

Mariko Knight

Japanese Faculty - Mariko Knight was born and raised in Japan and graduated from Komazawa University in Tokyo.  She started teaching Japanese in the USA in 1988.

L&L 102-D

Mon-Fri 12:00-12:50PM


By Appoitment 

Lily Scott

Russian Faculty - Lily Scott is a Lecturer of Russian. Among her teaching and research interests are Russian literature, contemporary art, Soviet culture and ecocriticism.

L&L 103-B

Mon & Tues 1:00-2:00PM 


By Appoitment


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