People

Jill Beckman

Jill Beckman, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Director, Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Associate Professor
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Rosie Santo Domingo

Rosie Santo Domingo

Title/Position
Administrator, Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
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Aron Aji

Aron Aji, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Director of MFA in Literary Translation
Associate Professor of Instruction
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Aron Aji, Director of MFA in Literary Translation, has joined the faculty in 2014. A native of Turkey, he has translated works by Bilge Karasu, Murathan Mungan, Elif Shafak, LatifeTekin, and other Turkish writers, including Karasu’s The Garden of Departed Cats, and A Long Day’s Evening. His forthcoming translations include Ferid Edgü’s Wounded Age and Eastern Tales, and Mungan’s Tales of Valor (co-translated with David Gramling). Aji was president of The American Literary Translators Association between 2016-2019.  He leads the Translation Workshop, and teaches courses on retranslation, poetry and translation; theory, and contemporary Turkish literature.
Jennifer Bjornstad

Jennifer Bjornstad

Title/Position
Administrative Services Coordinator
Translation Program Assistant
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Jennifer Bjornstad is the Translation Program Assistant for the Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. She coordinates and performs overall administrative support for the Translation Program.
Rebecca Clark

Rebecca Clark

Title/Position
Director, American Sign Language Program
Lecturer
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Rebecca is currently the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the ASL Program at the University of Iowa. She earned her MA in Deaf Cultural Studies from Gallaudet University in 2011. This experience included courses in Aal, Norway and an internship with the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD). Prior to that she studied business at the University of Iowa, graduating with a BBA in Marketing and a minor in American Sign Language. Her interests in advertising and Deaf Studies inspired her to research the varied representations of deaf individuals and signed languages in the media.
Roxanna Curto

Roxanna Curto, Ph.D.

Title/Position
DEO, French and Italian
Associate Professor
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Roxanna Curto is an Associate Professor of French and Spanish at the University of Iowa.
Sarah Fagan

Sarah Fagan, Ph.D.

Title/Position
DEO, Linguistics
Professor
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Sarah Fagan’s research and teaching interests include Germanic linguistics, theoretical linguistics, and the German language.
Denise Filios

Denise Filios, Ph.D.

Title/Position
DEO, Spanish and Portuguese
Interim DEO, German
Associate Professor
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Denise K. Filios is the Interim DEO of the Department of German, the DEO of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Iowa. Her teaching and research interests include medieval Spanish literature, women in literature, performance, and North African-Spanish cultural contacts from 711 to the present.
Claire Frances

Claire Frances

Title/Position
Director, Center for Language and Culture Learning
Instructional Services Director
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Claire holds a Master's degree in French Literature. She taught writing and French for many years before becoming the Director of the CLCL in 2019. Her interests include learning space design, instructional technologies, and peer education. She is working on developing opportunities for teaching and learning language and culture through cooking as well as incorporating the Global Seal of Biliteracy to help students earn a credential for their language learning. She oversees the Directed Independent Language Study (DiLS) program, the Spanish Speaking and Writing Center, and the Foreign Language Teaching Assistant program. She's the President-elect of the Midwest Association of Language Learning and Technology (MWALLT).
Chuanren Ke

Chuanren Ke, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Director, Foreign Language Acquisition Research and Education
Professor
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Chuanren Ke (柯传仁) is Professor in the Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures and Director of the Second Language Acquisition PhD Program (aka FLARE, Foreign Language Acquisition Research and Education) in the Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Iowa. His main area of research is in Chinese second language acquisition, instruction, and assessment. 
Wes Love

Wes Love

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Student Engagement Coordinator
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Beth Mellinger

Beth Mellinger

Title/Position
Senior Accountant
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Jenna Miller

Jenna Miller

Title/Position
Administrative Services Coordinator
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Elizabeth Montag

Title/Position
IT Support Analyst
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Tiffany Phillips

Tiffany Phillips

Title/Position
Senior Academic Advisor
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Rebekah Podolefsky

Rebekah Podolefsky

Title/Position
Administrative Services Coordinator
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Merry Powell

Title/Position
HR Coordinator
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Alejandra Romano-McClain

Title/Position
Human Resources Coordinator
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Helen Shen

Helen Shen, Ph.D.

Title/Position
DEO, Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures
Professor
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Helen Shen is the DEO of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Iowa. Her main research areas are Chinese L2 literacy development focusing on orthographic knowledge development and cognitive process of Chinese characters, reading education in Chinese, and instructional theories in teaching Chinese as a second language.
Newell Ann Van Auken

Newell Ann Van Auken, Ph.D.

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Lecturer, Classical Chinese Literature
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Newell Ann Van Auken teaches Classical Chinese literature, a world literary tradition spanning over thirty centuries. Her research focuses on early China, and she is also a translator. She is fascinated by the gap between original meanings of texts and later interpretations, including those of current students, and she believes that all interpretations (even “misunderstandings”) still give us valuable insight into those who generated them and the lens through which they view the world.
Lynette Williams

Lynette Williams

Title/Position
Program Coordinator
Interpreter, American Sign Language
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