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World Languages

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Dr. Laila Abdalla

Department Chair

Dr. Abdalla is the new Department chair of the World Languages Department for the 2013-2014 Academic Year beginning in September. She is an English professor at Central Washington University.(509)963-3533   L&L 102-J
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      L&L102O
Dr. Rodney Bransdorfer

Dr. Bransdorfer is the Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities beginning in September 2013. He will still teach Spanish courses periodically. He 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.
Professor Edward DanisEdward Danis holds an M.A. in Classics and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the Pennsylvania State University. He has taught beginning and intermediate Latin at CWU since 2003. His teaching and research interests lie in the areas of ancient Roman civilization and in German-American literary and cultural relations. Before coming to Central, Dr. Danis served for 30 years as an academic affairs administrator at Penn State.(509) 963-1218
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Dr. Dinara GeorgeolianiDr. Georgeoliani is currently Assistant Professor of Russian at CWU, where she has taught since 1991. Her specialties are in Russian language and linguistics.
(509) 963-3343
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Dr. Volha IsakavaVolha 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)963-3938 L&L102-F

Dr. Michael JohnsonDr. Johnson is new to Central Washington University's World Languages Department as of Fall 2013. An Assistant Professor 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
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Dr. Nathalie KasselisDr. 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) 963-3321
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Ms. Johanna LarsonMs. Larson joined our department at the beginning of August 2014.  She holds a B.A. in History from Purdue University and is a life long learner pursuing interests in Biology, Anthropology, and Creative Anachronism.

(509) 963-1218


Dr. Alejandro LeeAssociate Professor Alejandro Lee earned his doctoral degree in Hispanic Languages and Literatures and a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. Among his areas of research are the Chinese Diaspora in the Americas, paremiology and contemporary Spanish American literature.(509) 963-3327
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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
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Professor Jer LoudenbackProfessor Loudenback is new to the Central Washington University's World Languages Department as of Fall 2012 and is our American Sign Language lecturer and program coordinator!

VP: (509) 834-7579
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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
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Professor Yuanxia Liu

Yuanxia Liu is a Lecturer of Chinese and a graduate of CWU's Masters in TESOL program. L&L102-O

Dr. Stella MorenoDr. 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 2010, she also co-directs the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies (CLLAS). She earned her Ph. D at the University of Washington.(509) 963-3347
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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) 963-1219
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Dr. Josh NelsonDr. 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
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Professor Mariko Okada-CollinsMariko Okada-Collins is a lecturer of Japanese language at Central Washington University.(509) 963-1218
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