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World Languages and Cultures

College of Arts and Humanities

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Ms. Roselia Arellano-SandovalRoselia 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 RAS@cwu.eduBy appointment
Dr. Rodney BransdorferDr. 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

M T W Th 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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-I
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.

(509)963-1218 L&L102-F

M T W Th 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

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
M T W TH 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

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

T Th 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

or by appointment

Dr. Natalie LefkowitzDr. 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.

(509) 963-3328
L&L 102-L

M W 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

or by appointment

Mr. Jer Loudenback

Mr. Loudenback is  our American Sign Language lecturer.

VP: (509) 834-7579
L&L 102-D

T Th 10:00 AM -10:50 AM

or by appointment

Ms. Yuanxia Liu

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

(509) 963-1218

W 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

or 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

Questions accepted by email

Dr. Stella Moreno


Dr. Stella Moreno is a Professor of Spanish at Central where she has taught since 1988. She specializes in Spanish language, Latino and Latin American Literature, Hispanic Cinema and Literary Translation. Since 2012, Dr. Moreno has directed the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies (CLLAS).

She earned her Ph. D at the University of Washington.

(509) 963-3347
L&L 102-H

M  2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

W 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

or by appointment

Dr. Laurie MoshierDr. 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.(509) 963-1218
L&L 102-G

T W   2:00 PM - 3:00 PM 

or 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 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

or by appointment

Ms. Mariko Okada-CollinsMariko Okada-Collins is a lecturer of the Japanese language at Central Washington University.(509) 963-1218
L&L 102-D
M T W 1:00 PM -1:30 PM

Amy Lyn Jenkins

Amy is the department's Secretary Senior.
(509) 963-1218
L&L 102


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 PM - 12:50 PM

or by appointment

Dr. Hilda Peña-Alfaro




(509) 963-1218
L&L 102-I



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