Faculty & Staff
|Department Chair||Eloise Sureau, Professor of French|
|Administrative Specialist||Angela Molloy, Administrative Specialist|
|Chinese Coordinator||Xiaoqing Liu, Associate Professor of Chinese|
|French Coordinator||Sylvie Vanbaelen, Professor of French|
|German Coordinator||Sarah Painitz, Associate Professor of German|
|Spanish Coordinator||Irune Gabiola, Professor of Spanish|
|Multilingual Coordinator||Terri Carney, Professor of Spanish|
Angela joined Butler in the Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Department in February 2019. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Illinois University, and previous worked at MSD of Decatur Township in several capacities. She has two children who will attend Butler University during the next several years.
I am a native Chinese (Mandarin) speaker. I was born and grew up in Shandong Province, China, which is also the hometown of Confucius. I earned my Master’s degree in translation studies at the University of Massachusetts and Ph.D. in comparative literature at the University of South Carolina. My research interests include translation studies, comparative literature, and modern Chinese women’s writing.
As the supervisor of the Chinese program, I am proud that we are among the few Midwest liberal arts colleges that offer both Chinese major and minor.
I enjoy living between the East and the West. I think diversity makes the world beautiful. I hope people can become more aware and tolerant of the differences of other peoples. We should work together to make the world a place of peace and justice.
Adjunct instructor: Intermediate Chinese.
Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction: Second Languages and Cultures Education. University of Minnesota.
M.A. in TESOL. Beijing Normal University.
B.A. in British and American Literature. Beijing Normal University.
A native of Vienna, Austria, Sarah Painitz has taught at Wabash College and Butler University since completing her Ph.D. in Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Virginia. Her primary teaching and research interests are twentieth-century Austrian literature and culture, modernism, translation, exile, gender, and the Holocaust. She has published essays on Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Veza Canetti, Mela Hartwig, Marta Karlweis, Robert Neumann, Paul Celan, Ingeborg Bachmann, and Ruth Klüger. As the recipient of a fellowship from the Austrian Exchange Service in 2017/18, she conducted archival research at the Austrian National Library and the University of Vienna. Her most recent projects examine the continuous engagement with trauma through the writing, translating, and rewriting of texts.
At Butler, Sarah runs the German program, advises the German Klub, and teaches in all areas of German-language literature and culture, including film, children’s literature, fairy tales, and contemporary culture, media, and politics.
In my opinion, my teaching at Butler University encapsulates the best of both worlds: I am able to help students learn language and culture, think critically about important issues, and gain the skills they need to be successful at Butler and beyond. During the 2021/2022 academic year I will teach the beginning German sequence, two sections of First Year Seminar entitled "So, where are you from?", the Modern Languages Senior Keystone course, and Global & Historical Studies–Global Women. I love teaching at Butler and learning with my students.
Maxine Greene wrote, “…the world perceived from one place is not the world.” Not only is that true, it is why opening the world to students by asking hard questions, learning new languages, and experiencing cultures beyond our comfort zone are crucial. Students are agents of change in a dynamic, interconnected world. It is my goal to help my students find their voice and their cause.
NOTE: Office hours on Mondays are via Zoom. Please email me for the link. Office hours on Wednesdays are in my office in Jordan Hall. Come visit and enjoy some gummi bears.
Melissa Etzler received her Ph.D. in German with a Designated Emphasis in Film from the University of California, Berkeley in 2014 and her M.A. in German from California State University, Long Beach. Her dissertation, Writing from the Periphery: W. G. Sebald and Outsider Art, explores intersections of pathology, marginalization, creative production and politics. While her areas of specialization include contemporary German Film and visual culture as well as crime and psychology in 18th – 21st century literature; Melissa is equally passionate about foreign language pedagogy. In addition to her courses in German language and culture, Melissa also teaches in the Core Curriculum (FYS) on Breaking Bad, focusing on crime, madness and surveillance in German and American texts and Stranger Things, which analyzes the Weird Fiction genre and 1980s culture.
With Gabriele Maier. Outreach Strategies and Innovative Teaching Approaches for German Programs, Routledge, 2021.
With Priscilla Layne. Rebellion and Revolution: Defiance in German Language, History and Art, Cambridge Scholars, 2010.
“Pernicious Plants: Imitation and Uncanny Ecocritical Thought in Gustav Meyrink’s ‘Die Pflanzen des Dr. Cinderella.’” German Quarterly, vol. 90, no. 4, Fall 2017, pp. 459-475.
“Zombies in the Age of Digital Reproduction – Marvin Kren’s Rammbock: Berlin Undead,” edited by Carrie Collenberg–Gonzalez and Martin Sheehan, Berghahn Books (forthcoming)
“‘Mothered by the Arid Sand’: Hanns Heinz Ewers’ Alraune with an Ecofeminist Twist.” Ecofeminist Science Fiction:International Perspectives on Gender, Ecology, and Literature, edited by D.A. Vakoch, Routledge, 2021.
With Michelle Stigter-Hayden. “Branching Out with STEM inthe German Classroom.” Outreach Strategies and Innovative Teaching Approaches for German Programs, ed. by Melissa Etzler and Gabriele Maier, Routledge, 2021, pp. 172-88.
“Peripheral Writing: Psychosis and Prose from Ernst Herbeck to W. G. Sebald.” Literature and Psychology: Writing, Trauma and the Self, edited by Önder Çakırtaş, Cambridge Scholars, 2019, pp. 18-48.
“So ein langes Leben. Rebellious Writing and Philosophical Meanderings in Sebald’s Juvenilia.” Über W. G. Sebald. Beiträge zu einem anderen Bild des Autors [On W. G. Sebald: The Author from a Different Point of View], edited by Uwe Schütte, de Gruyter, 2016, pp. 29-50.
Lecturer in Spanish, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
I teach language courses in Spanish, as well as courses in Spanish Linguistics. I earned my PhD in Spanish Linguistics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and completed a minor in Latina / Latino Studies with a concentration in Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education. Prior to coming to Butler University, I taught English as a Foreign Language in Mexico for more than ten years and was an Instructor of Spanish at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for seven years.
A native from Bilbao (Basque Country), I moved to the US in 2000 to pursue graduate studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. While I was growing up, I lived in France and Belgium which introduced me to different cultures and languages. From this exposure, I decided to study Latin American and Caribbean cultures while familiarizing myself with feminisms, queer studies, postcolonial and transatlantic studies.
Over my twelve years at Butler, I have developed numerous original courses including “Women on the Road: Representations on Women’s Migrations in Hispanic Cultures”, “Slavery in the New World”, “Revisiting History through Film”, or “The Role of Sports in the Construction of Gender, Sexuality, Race and National Identity”, “Women Going Green: Tales of Toxic Environment and Corporate Waste” among many others. These courses inform my students’ intellectual curiosity and expose them to a multiplicity of perspectives on identity, critical thinking, and sociocultural awareness. I am fortunate to work at a University where I can expand my desire to always learn new material through teaching courses that I am passionate about, and connecting them with research. Similarly, I have been able to intersect teaching interests with my research agenda on alternative family and nation formations in the Caribbean; what led to the publication of my first book.
Likewise, my area of research has been extended due to the flexibility offered by Butler to study new regions and topics of inquiry through Study Abroad programs, and instructional and research grants. My second books explores affect theory, ecofeminisms, intersectional struggles, and social activisms in Honduras, Central America. The tragic death of Berta Cáceres led me to develop an intellectual and critical mindset regarding extractivism in Latin America, which is one of the most violent forms of neocolonialism exercised upon indigenous communities whose land and human rights have been completely erased. Furthermore, the urgency to conceptualize and validate alternative ecological cosmologies based on affective relations with nature and with others presents potential for democratic encounters, radical transformation, and social justice.
I am a native from Bogota, Colombia. I have been living in the United States for over 30 years. I came to this country to pursue a masters degree in Linguistics which I got from Saint Michael’s College in Winooski, Vermont. Since then I have been teaching at the University level. I was an adjunct at Butler for 15 years until I became a full time Instructor. I have taught beginners, intermediate, and advanced levels. Besides teaching skill classes at the 300 level, I have also taught the Service Learning course. I recently completed a second master’s degree in Effective Teaching and Leadership at Butler University.
I enjoy teaching, yoga, and walking.
In 2002 Elisa Lucchi-Riester, a native of Rome Italy, immigrated to the United States and began her professional teaching career at Butler University in the Modern Language, Literatures and Cultures Department, teaching Italian. While teaching at Butler she earned a Master Degree in Teaching Spanish through Indiana University, which included two consecutive summers of studies abroad at the University of Salamanca Spain, and which culminated with a thesis on the work of Federico Garcia Lorca entitled: Actuación Teatral y Adquisición de Segunda Lengua.
In 2007 Elisa began teaching both Italian and Spanish at Butler as the Italian program was gradually phased out culminating in 2013. Teaching Spanish at Butler has allowed Elisa to engage in a broad spectrum of Spanish language studies including literature, cultural studies, and advanced conversation courses. A love of languages inheres in Elisa’s ability to speak Spanish and English at a near native fluency, in addition to her native Italian, and with a working knowledge of French and Latin.
Since 2019 she serves as Language Proficiency Tester for the FBI.
Since 2002 she has served as an interpreter for the non-profit organization Kiwanis International, whose headquarters are located in Indianapolis. Elisa also serves as a technical reviewer for the Wiley Publishing Dummies series for the Italian grammar books, and occasionally serves as a textbook reviewer for Vista Higher Learning, Pearson and McGraw Hill.
In July 2016 she earned her Bridging the Gap certification as Medical Interpreter to serve in hospitals and medical facilities as an interpreter for the Italian and Spanish languages.
Her interests include Russian, travel, European literature, theater, and cultural studies. She has a fascination for neuroscience, functional medicine and nutrition. She also enjoys cooking, appreciates a variety of music genres, foreign films, and nature. Elisa lives in Indianapolis with her husband, Indiana native James, and their two children.
Ph.D. – Spanish Literature, University of California, Davis.
M.A. – Spanish, Texas A&MUniversity, Kingsville.
Profesor en Letras. (Equivalent tobachelor’s degree.) Universidad Nacional del Comahue, Neuquén, Argentina.
Profesor Nacional de Pintura. (Equivalent to bachelor’s degree.) Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes Prilidiano Pueyrredón, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Courses Taught at Butler University:
SP 203-204 Intermediate Spanish
SP 330 Latin American Icons. (Visual Culture and Identity)
SP330 Avant-gardes and Experimentation (Art and Poetry)
SP 355 Spanish American Culture: South America
SP 365 Hispanic Short Stories
SP 370 Mexico Culture andtraditions. (Taught for Semester Abroad in Guadalajara, Mexico)
SP 370 Introductionto Transatlantic Studies
SP 450 Detective Film and Literature in Latin America.
SP 460, Crime and Mystery in Latin America Literature
SP490 Latin American Cities
SP 490 Artistic Connections Between Spain and Latin America (Taught for Semester Abroad in Alcala de Henares, Spain.
SP 490 Travel Writing (Taught for Semester Abroad in Alcala de Henares,Spain).
PCA264 Nature, Art, and Craft inPeru (Taught Abroad in Cusco, Peru -GALA Program)
TI 260. Latin American Cities (Taugth Abroad in Cuernavaca and Mexico DF-GALA Program)
Latin American literatures and cultures with anemphasis on the19th and 20th centuries. Areas of interest include, SouthernCone cultures and literature, Fear, Traumaand Violence, Literatures of Travel, Cities, Documentaries, and Visual Arts.
Email me for an appointment or visit my Zoom meeting room during my office hours.
I am Salvadoran and American. I love learning languages and anything about Linguistics.
My areas of Expertise
- Hispanic Linguistics
- Spanish Dialectology
- Spanish Phonetics
- Spanish Sociolinguistics
- Hispanic Lexicography
- Flight Simulator
(2002) B.A. in English Philology at Universidad de Valladolid, in Spain.
(2004) M.A. in Foreign Languages (TESOL) at West Virginia University.
(2009) Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics (Spanish SLA) at the University of Florida.
>>> Research Interests: Hispanic Linguistics, Spanish second language acquisition, motivation, study abroad contexts, morphosyntax, emotional intelligence.
>>> COURSES while at Butler University: SP101/102 Beginning Spanish sequence, SP203/204 Intermediate Spanish sequence, SP300 Spanish Grammar in Context, SP305 Spanish for Oral Communication, SP310 Spanish for Written Communication, SP325 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics, SP375 Spanish Pronunciation, SP380 Structure of Spanish, SP445 Topics: Varieties of Spanish in Spain, SP445 Topics: Spanish in a Study Abroad Context, SP455 Spanish Second Language Acquisition, SP465 Bilingualism in the Hispanic World, SP485 History of the Spanish Language.
- Quintanilla, A., and Rodríguez Prieto, J.P. (to appear, Fall 2022). Introducción a la Pronunciación del Español. San Diego, CA: Cognella.
PEER-REVIEWED MANUSCRIPTS while at Butler University:
- (2019). The impact of college students’ motivational orientations and the social dimension of emotional intelligence in their willingness to study abroad. TEANGA, the Journal of the Irish Association for Applied Linguistics, 26, 79-106.
- (2019). El impacto a largo plazo de un viaje de estudios al extranjero en la adquisición del vocabulario regional de manera incidental. Revista Nebrija de Lingüística Aplicada a la Enseñanza de Lenguas,13(27), 166-181.
- With Quintanilla, J. (2019). Actitudes de los guatemaltecos hacia el sistema tripartito de tú, vos y usted en la publicidad escrita. Hispanic Journal,40(2), 85-100.
- (2014). The use of clickers to assess knowledge in foreign language classes and their failure to increase reading compliance. Revista de Lingüística y Lenguas Aplicadas, 9: 88-96.
- With Quintanilla, J. (2014). El voseo en la publicidad de Costa Rica: Un análisis de las actitudes de los hablantes. Revista Internacional de Lingüística Iberoamericana, 23:109-119.
- (2014). Ejemplos de jejeo salvadoreño en Cuentos de Barro de Salarrué. Onomázein, 29: 78-89.
- (2013). The use of email attachments to increase reading compliance in foreign language classes. Estudios de Lingüística Aplicada, 58,101-118.
- (2010). Emotional intelligence, motivational orientations, and motivational learning effort and achievement in Spanish as a foreign language. In Selected Proceedings of the 12th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, ed. Claudia Borgonovo, Manuel Español-Echevarría, and Philippe Prévost, 284-297. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.
Linda M. Willem is the Betty Blades Lofton Professor of Spanish and teaches in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures. She holds a PH.D. from UCLA in Spanish Language and Literature. Her primary area of specialization is 19th-century Spanish literature. with a secondary research focus on Spanish film. Among her book-length publications are a monograph on the novels of Benito Pérez Galdós with the University of North Carolina Press and a collection of Carlos Saura’s interviews, which she compiled, translated, and edited for the University of Mississippi Press’s Conversations with Filmmakers Series. She has published over 30 articles on Spanish literature, film, television, and adaptation in peer-reviewed journals and in book collections published by university presses. She also has presented her work at numerous national and international conferences, and is the recipient of four NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) awards. Her latest book project examines radical 21st-century adaptations (in film, television, theater, opera and the graphic novel) of 19th-century Spanish novels.
She currently is a member of the Executive Board of the Asociación Internacional de Galdosistas (International Association of Galdós Scholars), having formerly served as that organization’s President (2018-2020), Secretary-Treasurer (2007-2016) and vocal (2002-2005). She also is on the Editorial Board of Anales Galdosianos and is a founding member of the Indiana Delegation of ANLE: Academia Norteamernicana de la Lengua Española (North-American Academy of the Spanish Language).