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Professor 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. Ms. Arellano-Sandoval teaches summer intensive sequence of SPAN 151-153. (509)963-1218 By Appointment

Dr. Volha Isakava


Volha Isakava is the Associate Professor of Russian, Russian Program Advisor and Chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures. She teaches Russian language and culture, film and cultural studies. Her specialty is cinema and popular culture. Her current research is on transnational genre cinema in post-Soviet countries, such as Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.

(509) 963-3559



By Appointment

Dr. Michael Johnson


Dr. Johnson is the Associate Professor 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.
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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
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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.
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By Appointment

Dr. Veronica Muskheli

Veronica Muskheli holds a PhD in Russian literature and a Certificate for Teaching Russian at Post-Secondary Level from the University of Washington. Her research encompasses a wide range of subjects, from East Slavic folktales to contemporary Russian literature and film. She is particularly interested in the structure of narratives and the role the narrating voice plays in texts. As a native speaker of the language as well as a trained biologist and a medical interpreter, she is also passionate about helping students to become more and more proficient in Russian through games, plays, learning about East Slavic cultures, and studying sciences in Russian.

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
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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By Appointment

Professor Booyoun Kim

Booyoun grew up in Seoul, Korea. Booyoun has a master's degree in Korean Studies from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Korea. She has taught the Korean language and culture in Korea, China, Sri Lanka, and the United States. She was an exchange student at the University of Washington, Jackson School, and taking this opportunity, and she can stay in Seattle since 2010.

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By Appointment


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