George DeMello, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

George DeMello is Professor Emeritus of Spanish at the University of Iowa. A dialectologist with a primary interest in contemporary Spanish American syntax, his principle area of research involves describing certain syntactical areas as they function throughout the Spanish American world. His approach is corpus-based, and his primary corpus is the fifteen volumes of transcriptions of in-situ tape recordings produced by the Norma Culta Project.

 

Walter Dobrian, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Emeritus

Walter A. Dobrian is Associate Professor Emeritus in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Iowa, specializing in Spanish poetry 1700-present, 20th-century drama, and Spanish cinema as it relates to literature.

 

R. Thomas Douglass, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Emeritus
 

Roslyn Frank, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

Roslyn M. Frank is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Iowa, specializing in Basque Studies, Cognitive Linguistics, European ethnography, ethnomathematics, ethno- & archaeo- astronomy, informational technologies & orality, ecocriticism, Spanish civilization & Culture and Spanish Women Writers.

Paula Kempchinsky

Paula Kempchinsky, Ph.D. (1954-2021)

Associate Professor Emeritus
 

Philip Klein, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Emeritus

Philip W. Klein is Associate Professor Emeritus of Spanish grammar and linguistics in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Iowa, with publications in phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pedagogy and computer applications.

Tom Lewis

Tom Lewis, Ph.D.

Professor and Collegiate Fellow Emeritus

Tom Lewis was Professor and Collegiate Fellow in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Iowa, specializing in contemporary literary theory and Spanish literature and culture after 1700.

Judith Liskin Gasparro

Judith Liskin-Gasparro, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Emeritus

Judith Liskin-Gasparro is Associate Professor Emerita in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, where she taught for 22 years (1993–2015). During that time she served as Director of the General Education Program in Spanish (1993–2006) and co-directed FLARE, the UI’s interdisciplinary doctoral program in Second Language Acquisition (2000–2015). She taught courses in second language acquisition, applied linguistics, and Spanish language. Her research interests include the development of second language speaking skills in classroom and study abroad contexts, oral proficiency assessment, and program evaluation and the assessment of student learning outcomes. Her publications include articles and edited volumes on these topics, as well as co-authorship of three college-level Spanish textbooks.

Adriana Mendez Rodenas

Adriana Méndez Rodenas, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

A professor in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at the University of Iowa, Adriana Méndez Rodenas specializes in nineteenth and twentieth century Latin American literature. She has published amply in the area of Caribbean literature and culture, including an edition of Mercedes Santa Cruz y Montalvo's Viaje a la Habana (1844). Her research and teaching interests include travel writing, transatlantic studies, and gender.

Mercedes Murcia Nino

Mercedes Niño-Murcia, Ph.D.

Mercedes Niño-Murcia, Professor in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at the University of Iowa, is a sociocultural linguist. Her work focuses on the consequences of linguistic contact and nationalist language ideologies upon bilingual communities in Latin America and the United States. She has done research on inequalities of language policy and how sociolinguistic inequalities affect indigenous and/or immigrant groups in both rural and urban settings.  She has also written about vernacular literacies. Her current research contributes to forensic linguistics (the study of interactions between language and legal institutions) and focuses especially on contexts that shape class and race hierarchies around Latino immigrants in the USA.

Sue Otto

Sue Otto, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Emeritus

Sue was the Director of the Language Media Center (now Center for Language and Culture Learning) and Co-Director of the FLARE doctoral program in Second Language Acquisition at the University of Iowa. She was also an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, specializing in Computer-Assisted Language Learning and in the use of new technologies for language teaching and learning. She is President-Elect of the UI Retirees Association.

 

Diana Vélez, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Emeritus

Diana Vélez is Associate Professor Emeritus in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at the University of Iowa, specializing in contemporary Spanish American narrative, Carribean literature, Chicano literature & culture, translation studies, and women's studies.

 

Irene Wherritt, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Emertius

Irene Wherritt is Associate Professor Emertius in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Iowa, specializing in Portuguese and Spanish Sociolinguistics and in Applied Linguistics.