Texas Tech University

CMLL Gradute Part-Time Instructors & Teaching Assistants

Abusal, Khaleel
GPTI, Applied Linguistics & Arabic

Abusal

khaleel.abusal@ttu.edu

Acosta, Nicholas
GPTI, Applied Linguistics & Russian

Acosta

nicholas.d.acosta@ttu.edu

Alarcon, Lorena
TA, Applied Linguistics & Spanish

Alarcon

Education:
- Teaching Degree. Instituto de Formación Docente 5 "José Eugenio Tello" (Teacher Training
College).
- B.A. in English. Universidad Fraternidad de Agrupaciones Santo Tomás de Aquino.
- Fulbright Program, The United States.

City and Country of Origin: San Salvador de Jujuy. Argentina.

Research Interests: Second Language Acquisition, Bilingualism, Heritage language, Technology in Teaching Second Languages.

lorena-fabiana.alarcon@ttu.edu

Amaya-Camargo, Yesica
TA, Applied Linguistics & Spanish

Amaya

Country of Origin: Colombia

Research Interest: SLA

yesica-lorena.amaya@ttu.edu

Aranda, Diana
GPTI, Spanish

Aranda

Education: Texas Tech University
BA in Spanish, BA in Math both in 2016

Origin: Austin, TX

diana.aranda@ttu.edu

Aranda, Dora Grisel
GPTI, Spanish

ArandaDora

Education: M.A. Spanish, B.A. Spanish, and B.S. Biology from The University of Texas of the Permian Basin

City and Country of Origin: Odessa, TX,

Research interests: Contemporary Latin American Literature, Contemporary Peninsular Literature, Portuguese Literature, Comparative Literature, US Latino Literature and Spanish Linguistics.

dora.g.aranda@ttu.edu

Aranda, Megan
TA, Spanish

Megan Aranda

Education: BA in Spanish from Texas Tech University. Currently working on an MA in Spanish Literature.

City and Country of Origin: Austin/ Queretaro, USA / Mexico

Research Interest: Literature

Hobbies: Traveling, reading, BJJ, movies, concerts, and being with friends

megan.aranda@ttu.edu

Arocho-Perez, David
GPTI, Spanish

david.arocho-perez@ttu.edu

Bandara, Achintha
TA, Applied Linguistics

Bandara

achintha.bandara@ttu.edu

Brandner, Zach
GPTI, Spanish

Zack

Education: MA Spanish, BA Anthropology and Spanish, TTU

City and Country of Origin: Levelland, TX, United States

Research Interests: Spanish language literature - Early modern period and 19th and 20th centuries. Mesoamerica, Renaissance Europe, Cultural anthropology, art history, critical theory and philosophy.

z.brandner@ttu.edu

Cornejo-Bernal, Carlos
GPTI, Spanish

Cornejo Bernal

carlos.cornejo@ttu.edu

Costa, Gustavo
GPTI, Spanish

Costa

Education:
BA in Letters from FEPI (Centro Universitário de Itajubá)
A postgraduate Diploma in Geopolitics & International Relations from Centro Universitário Claretiano
An MA in Hispanic Studies from Stephen F. Austin State University
Currently a PHD candidate in Spanish from Texas Tech University.
Has taught Portuguese and Spanish as L2 for several years, both in Brazil and in the United States.
A member of the editorial board of Céfiro Journal (TTU) and Academic Journal REVELL (UEMS - Brazil).

City and Country of Origin: Itajubá/MG- Brazil

Research Interests: Brazilian Literature (Modernism), Latin American Urban Studies, Cono Sur Literature, and Studies of Latin American Identities

gustavo.costa@ttu.edu

Edwards, Maya
GPTI, Spanish

Edwards

Education: M.A. Spanish - Cleveland State University; B.A. John Carroll University - Spanish & Communications

City of Origin: Cleveland, Ohio

Research Interests: Spanish Peninsular Literature

maya.edwards@ttu.edu

Foshee, David
GPTI, Spanish

Foshee

Education
- MA Spanish, University of Arkansas
- MA History University of Illinois
- BA History/Spanish, Henderson State University of Arkansas

City and Country of Origin: Fayetteville, AR, USA

Reseach Interests: Twentieth Century Spanish Peninsular Film and Culture

david.foshee@ttu.edu

Fujino, Hisatoshi
TA, Applied Linguistics

Fujino

Education: MA Applied Linguistics

City and Country of Origin: Japan

Research Interests: Language & Music, Language & Rhythms, Individual differences in imitation ability of foreign language sounds.

hisatoshi.fujino@ttu.edu

Garcia, Gilberto
GPTI, Spanish

Garcia

Education: BA in Arts majoring in Latin American & Border studies and Spanish (UT El Paso)
BA in Education (UPN Cd. Juarez, MX)
BA in Linguistics (UT El Paso)
MA in Spanish language (UT El Paso)
MEd in Teaching and learning processes (ITESM Monterrey, MX)

City and Country of Origin: Born in El Paso TX raised in Mexico.

Research Interests: Second language instruction, Spanish as HL, Phonetics and Phonology.

gilberto.garcia@ttu.edu

Garcia-Machado, Jose
GPTI, Spanish

Garcia Machado

Education: MA in Hispanic Linguistics

Country of Origin: Venezuela

Research Interests: Second language acquisition and pedagogy

jose.garcia-machado@ttu.edu

Gaum, Jared
TA, Classics

Gaum

I am a first year MA student. Before this, I went to the University of Florida where I received a BA in Classical Studies and a BA in Anthropology. My research interests lie in archaeology of the early Roman Empire.

jared.a.gaum@ttu.edu

Guerrero-Rodriguez, Paola
GPTI, Spanish

Guerrero

Paola Guerrero Rodriguez is from Mexico City, and earned her BA in Languages from Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México. Last May she graduated from her Master´s Degree in Hispanics Linguistics from Texas Tech University. She is currently a Ph.D student at Texas Tech. Her research interests include Dialectology, Bilingualism, Cultural and Identity Studies, Language Aquisition, Sociolinguistics, and Heritage languages.

joana-paola.guerrero-rodriguez@ttu.edu

Hamaide, Noemie
TA, French

Hamaide

Education: Bachelier en langues et lettres modernes, orientation générale (français et anglais) - Bachelor's degree in French & English Languages & Literatures

City and Country of Origin: Binche, Belgium

Research Interests: 20th century French and English Literature

noemie.hamaide@ttu.edu

Hammond, Elizabeth
GPTI, French

Hammond

elizabeth.hammond@ttu.edu

Haney, James
TA, Spanish

james.p.haney@ttu.edu

Hernandez-Lopez, Sergio
GPTI, Spanish

Hernandez Lopez

Education: B.A. 2015, University of Valladolid, English literature and linguistics

City and Country of Origin: Valladolid, Spain

Research Interests: Second language acquisition, bilingualism, phonology, phonetics, digital humanities and computer-assisted collaborative learning.

sergio.hernandez-lopez@ttu.edu

Horn, Matthew
TA, Applied Linguistics & Russian

Horn

Education: BA-Russian Language and Area Studies, Texas Tech, 2017

City and Country of Origin: Stuttgart, Germany (Born); Midland, TX (Resident)

Research Interests: Germanic and Slavic Languages and Cultures

matthew.horn@ttu.edu

Hsu, Kai-Ying
GPTI, Applied Linguistics & Chinese

Hsu

Education: M.A. in Applied Linguistics, B.A. in Foreign Languages and Applied Linguistics at National Taipei University

City and Country of Origin: Taipei, Taiwan

Research Interests: Second Language Acquisition, Technology in Teaching Second Languages, Curriculum Design.

kai-ying.hsu@ttu.edu

Iranzo, Vicente
GPTI, Spanish

Iranzo

Education:
Ph.D. student in Spanish Applied Linguistics. Present.
Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
M.S in Civil Engineering.
École Spéciale des Travaux Publics. Paris. France.
B.A in Civil Engineering.
Universidad Politécnica de Valencia.Spain.
B.A. in Translation Studies.
Universidad de Valencia. Spain

City and Country of Origin: Valencia (Spain)

Research Interests: bilingualism, heritage speakers, second language acquisition, sociolinguistics.

vicente.iranzo@ttu.edu

Iwamoto, Rie
GPTI, Applied Linguistics & Japanese

Iwamoto

rie.iwamoto@ttu.edu

Jaf-Shateri, Sahar
TA, Applied Linguistics

 Jaf-Shateri

Country of Origin: Iran

Research Interest: Speech therapy with music

sahar.jaf-shateri@ttu.edu

Lewis, Dylan
GPTI, German

Lewis

Education:
- BA, English Literature (Texas Tech University)
- BA, German (Texas Tech University)
- MA, German (Texas Tech University)
- Graduate Certificate, Book History and Digital Humanities (Texas Tech University)

City and Country of Origin: Dallas, TX

Research Interests: I study Eighteenth-Century British and German-language literature, especially texts by Sterne, Austen, Richardson, Fielding, Radcliffe, Hoffmann, Schiller, and Goethe. I also have interests in comparative literature, Gothic fiction, epistolary novels, pornographic/erotic texts, the "rise" of the novel, translation studies, book history, and print culture.

dylan.lewis@ttu.edu

Liu, Xiao Yu
GPTI, Applied Linguistics & Chinese

Liu

Education: MA in English Literary Studies in The Chinese University of Hong Kong

City and Country of Origin: Harbin, China

Research Interest: Second Language Acquisition.

xiaoyu.liu@ttu.edu

Macias, Daniela
TA, French

Macias

Texas Tech University
Bachelor of Interior Design
Bachelor of Languages and Cultures, concentration: French
Minor in Architecture

Texas Tech University
Ongoing Masters of French Literature

From El Paso, Texas

Research interests include representations of the "other" in 19th century and contemporary French short stories, and their similarities to the treatment of migrated peoples to the occident.

daniela.macias@ttu.edu

Mangano, Serena
GPTI, Italian

Education:
2015 - present: Doctoral Student in Cognition & Cognitive Neuroscience, TTU
2014 - M.A. in Applied Linguistics, TTU
1999 - M.A. in Literature and Philosophy, University of Parma (Italy)
1994 - Conservatory diploma in Oboe, Liceo Musicale Pareggiato "Orazio Vecchi", Modena (Italy)

City and country of origin:
Modena (Italy)

Research interests:
Second Language Acquisition and Language Instruction
Language Acquisition
Psycholinguistics
Cognition
Parallels Between Language and Music Acquisition
Communication in Non-Human Animals
Human-Animal Interaction

serena.mangano@ttu.edu

Martin-Gonzalez, Manuel
GPTI, Spanish

Martin Gonzalez

manuel-jesus.martin@ttu.edu

Martinez, Michael
GPTI, Spanish

Martinez

Education:
- B.A. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
- M.A. University of Wisconsin-Milaukee
- Ph.D. University of Texas Tech

City and Country of Origin: Woodbury, Minnesota, United States of America

michael.l.martinez@ttu.edu

Martins, Mónica Fernández
GPTI, Spanish

Martins

Education:
In Progress Candidate for Ph.D. in Spanish (ABD)
Texas Tech University, Lubbock TX.
Aug 2013 Masters of Arts in Spanish
Texas Tech University, Lubbock TX.
March 2000 Bachelor of Arts in Translation & Interpreting
Universidad Alfonso X El Sabio, Madrid, Spain.

City and Country of Origin: Madrid, Spain.

Research Interests: Nineteenth-Century Spanish and Portuguese Literature; Spanish Post-War Literature.

monica.fernandez@ttu.edu

Morales-Cervantes, Veronica
TA, Spanish

Morales

Education:
- B.A. Multidisciplinary Studies with concentration in Spanish. University of Texas at El Paso.
- M.A Spanish in University of Texas at El
Paso
- Current PhD student Hispanic Literature

Reseach Interests: Pre-hispanic cultures and Mexican Revolution

veronica29.morales@ttu.edu

Nakamura, Shiori
GPTI, Applied Linguistics & Japanese

Nakamura

shiori.nakamura@ttu.edu

Ojeda, Isabel
GPTI, Spanish

Ojeda

Isabel Ojeda holds a law degree from Centro de Estudios Universitarios del Norte (México). She earned her master's degree in Latin American Literature at the State University of New Mexico. In NMSU she worked as a Spanish Instructor teaching lower level Spanish classes. She has experience in the coordination of tables of conversation and tutoring heritage speaker students. Ojeda is a graduate student at Texas Tech University (TTU) in the Spanish doctoral program, currently working on her dissertation. She was born in Saltillo, Coah., Mexico and raised in Coahuila and Chihuahua. She has taught lower level Spanish for the past 6 years, teaching at NMSU and TTU, both on the TTU Lubbock campus and at the TTU Seville Center (with the Study Abroad Program). Ojeda is currently teaching one intermediate level Spanish Heritage course. She is the vice-president of SIGMA DELTA PI and collaborate for the past three years in Céfiro. Her main interests as a researcher are cultural, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary studies. Currently works with the literature of drug trafficking and its intermediality and influence in the psychology of the masses. Her non-academic interests include traveling, photography, and spending time with her family and friends. She loves to do creative writing, poetry and theater.

isabel.ojeda@ttu.edu

Oliveira de Paula, Karina
TA, Applied Linguistics & Portuguese

DePaula

Education:
- BA and Teaching degree in English and Portuguese from UFSCar
- Fulbright scholar in USA in 2012/2013

City and Country of Origin: São Carlos-SP/Brasil.

Research Interests: Heritage speaker, Portuguese as heritage language, Bilinguism, SLA

karina-oliveira.de-paula@ttu.edu

Palacio-Ribon, Cecilia
GPTI, Spanish

Palacio Ribon

Education
- BA Communication Sciences with minor in Communication and Organizational Development-Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León-Monterrey, México
- MA Curriculum and Instruction concentration in Bilingual Education (English-Spanish and English-US Spanish)-New Mexico State University
- MA Spanish Linguistics minor in English Linguistics-New Mexico State University
- PhD Student Spanish Literature minor in Portuguese-Texas Tech University

Research Interests: Literary Stylistics in Chicano and US-Mexico Border Literature, US Spanish Language and Culture, Educational Sociolinguistics (Spanish and English in US)

cecilia.palacio@ttu.edu

Pedretti-Allen, Miles J.
TA, Classics

Pedretti Allen

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Classics and Philosophy (Ethics)

City and Country of Origin: McKinney, Texas

Research Interests: Mythology, History, Warrior Tropes

miles.pedretti-allen@ttu.edu

Prada, Josh
GPTI, Spanish

De la Rosa Prada

Education: BA+MA, English language and linguistics (University of Granada, Spain); MA, Applied Linguistics (Birkbeck, University of London); Ph.D. Candidate, Hispanic Linguistics (Texas Tech University)

City and Country of Origin: Melilla, Spain

Research Interests: Heritage Speaker Bilingualism, Heritage language Education, Translinguistics, Chaos Theory/Complex Dynamical Systems.

j.delarosa-prada@ttu.edu
http://www.joshprada.com/

Proffitt, Brittany
TA, Classics

Proffitt

Education: BA in Classics with Honors from the University of Notre Dame

City and Country: South Bend, Indiana

Research Interests: Classical Archaeology, Numismatics, Metallurgy, Materials Restoration and Political Iconography

brittany.proffitt@ttu.edu

Ramirez, Jesus
GPTI, Spanish

Ramirez

Education: Spanish PhD (Texas Tech - in progress), Romance Languages MA (Texas Tech), Licenciatura en Ciencias de la Comunicación (Universidad del Valle de México, Campus SLP).

City and Country of Origin: San Luis Potosí, México.

Research Interests: New Journalism, Journalism, Detective novels, and Science Fiction.

jesus.d.ramirez@ttu.edu

Ramirez-Martinez, Arturo
GPTI, Spanish

Ramirez Martinez

Arturo Ramírez is a Ph.D. student of Hispanic Linguistics and he works as a Graduate Part Time Instructor at the Classical & Modern Languages and Literatures Department at Texas Tech University. He received a BA in English from Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua and, later, got his MA degree in Spanish from New Mexico State University, where he also taught intermediate Spanish courses as a Teaching Assistant. His research interests lie on areas such as pragmatics, semantics and discourse analysis

arturo88.ramirez@ttu.edu

Rieder-Sanjurjo, Maria-Laura
TA, Spanish

Rieder Sanjurjo

Education: MA Spanish Linguistics – TTU

City and Country of Origin: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Research Interests: Spanish as a heritage language, bilingualism and sociolinguistics.

maria-laura.rieder-sanjurjo@ttu.edu

Rodriguez de Vindel, Violeta
GPTI, Spanish

violeta.rodriguez-de-vindel@ttu.edu

Rodriguez-Padial, Ana
GPTI, Spanish

Rodriguez-Padial

Education: B.A. in English Studies and an M.A. in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language from the University of Granada (Spain)

City and Country of Origin: Granada (Spain)

Research Interests: focus on second language writing and digital literacies, and heritage learners' pedagogy.

ana.rodriguez-padial@ttu.edu

Rubio, Myriam
TA, Spanish

Rubio

Education: Bachelor in English Philology. University of Seville.

City and Country of Origin: Seville, Spain.

Research Interests: Currently doing my Masters in Spanish.

myriam.rubio@ttu.edu

Ruiz-Perez, Sergio
GPTI, Spanish

RuizPerez

Education:
- B.A. in English Studies, Universidad de Valladolid (Spain)
- B.A. in Translation and Interpreting, Universidad de Valladolid (Spain)
- M.A. in Foreign Languages, West Virginia University.

City and Country of Origin: Burgos, Spain

Research Interests: Second language acquisition and instruction, bilingualism, phonetics and phonology, linguistic mediation.

sergio.ruiz-perez@ttu.edu

Russell, Braden
TA, German

Russell

Education: Bachelor's of Arts in Global Studies in 2016 from Texas Tech University
Current Student in MA in Language and Culture – German

Hometown: Pampa, Texas, United States

Research Interests: German Jewish culture and literature from the late Enlightenment to the modern day. Specific focus in: Anti-Semitism, Holocaust Literature, Memory Culture & Vergangenheitsbewältigung.

braden.russell@ttu.edu

Samaratunge, Ayoma
TA, Classics

Samaratunge

Research Interests: My research interests are towards comparative studies on ancient philosophy paying special focus on Greek philosophy and Buddhist philosophy. The subjects I am studying at the moment promise to provide a wide scope and strengthen the background for my future researches.

a.k.samaratunge@ttu.edu

Schiffecker, Sarah
GPTI, German

Schiffecker

Education:
- BA in Slavic Studies (first language Russian, second language Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian) from the University of Vienna BA in Anthropology from the University of Vienna
- Incomplete MA in Anthropology from the University of Vienna (thesis to be defended)

Hometown: Gilgenberg am Weilhart (Upper Austria)
Lived and worked as a German teacher in Vienna, Austria for 9 years

Research Interests: German heritage in Texas and the Texas-German Dialect

sarah.schiffecker@ttu.edu

Schmidt, Ricardo
GPTI, Spanish

Schmidt

Education: MA 2001 (UTRGV) ABD (TTU)

City and Country of Origin: Libertador San Martín, Entre Ríos, Argentina

Research Interests: Contemporary Latin American novel. Dystopic and futuristic settings. Transhumanism. Pre Columbian languages and literatures. Zetetic pyrrhonism.

ricardo.schmidt@ttu.edu

Schumann, Claudia
GPTI, German

Schumann

Education:
B.A. in Political Science with a minor in German language and literature studies from the University of Rostock

Origin:
Wismar (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern), Germany

Research Interests:
Bilingualism,
Modern German Literature (specific: DDR-Literatur und Literatur der Wendezeit)

claudia.schumann@ttu.edu

Shimizu, Nagisa
GPTI, Applied Linguistics & Japanese

Shimizu

Education: BA in liberal arts in Japan

City and Country of Origin: Osaka, Japan

Research Interests: second language acquisition

nagisa.shimizu@ttu.edu

Simmons, Andrew
TA, Classics

Simmons

Research Interests: The study of Comparative Myth, and currently working on a comparison around Orpheus and others who have made the trip into the Underworld.

andrew.r.simmons@ttu.edu

Simpson, Tyler
TA, Applied Linguistics

Simpson

Education- BA Marketing, Texas Tech University (2017)

City and Country of Origin- Minot, North Dakota, USA

Research Interests- International Business, International Supply Chain, Russian Language & Culture

tyler.simpson@ttu.edu

Smith, Alex
TA, French

Smith

alexander.smith@ttu.edu

Stine, Brett
TA, Classics

Stine

Education: -BA in Biblical Studies, Dallas Christian College
-Master of Humanities, University of Dallas
-Graduate Certificate in Greek Paleography, Lincoln College, University of Oxford

City and Country of Origin:
-Burkburnett, Texas, USA

Research Interests:
-Greek Epic and Archaic Lyric Poetry
-Greek Language and Linguistics
-Classical and New Testament Textual Criticism
-Papyrology and Codicology
-Greek and Latin Paleography
-Language, Concepts, and Contexts of Birth in the Ancient World

brett.l.stine@ttu.edu

Stocker, Maxwell
TA, Classics

Stocker

Education:
B.A. (Hons) (Oxon) Egyptology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies with Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Oxford;
University of Cambridge CELTA Teaching English as a Second Language, Basil Paterson College, Edinburgh,
Taught MSc in Classics with Distinction, University of Edinburgh
MA in Classics, Texas Tech University

Origin: Edinburgh, Scotland.

Research Interests: Cross-Cultural Interfaces and Interactions between Egypt, Greece, and the Near East, Middle and Late Egyptian Narrative, Archaic Greek Epic and Lyric, Identity Theory, Literary Theory.

maxwell.stocker@ttu.edu

Tieperman, Robin
TA, Spanish

Tieperman

Education:

- B.A. in Spanish from Moravian College (Bethlehem, PA)
- Currently pursuing an M.A. in Spanish

City/Country of Origin: Doylestown, Pennsylvania

Research Interests: Languages in contact

robin.e.tieperman@ttu.edu

Del Val Zaballos, Consuelo
TA, Spanish

Val

Education:
UNIVERSIDAD INTERNACIONAL DE LA RIOJA: Master's Degree in Education with a Major in Spanish as a Second Language. Oct. 2016 – Fall 2017
FACULTY OF PHILOLOGY AND PHILOSOPHY – UNIVERSIDAD COMPLUTENSE Madrid: BA Modern Languages and Literatures. Sept. 2012 – May 2016

City and Country of Origin: Toledo, Spain

consuelo.val@ttu.edu

Varona, Ruben
GPTI, Spanish

Varona

Education:

- M.F. A. in Creative Writing, University of Texas at El Paso.
- Ph.D. Candidate, Hispanic Literature

City and Country of Origin: Popayán, Colombia.

Research Interests: Cultural Studies, Literature and Social Justice, Hispanic Contemporary Literature, Crime Fiction, Historical Fiction, Golden Age Spanish Literature.

ruben.varona@ttu.edu
http://www.rubenvarona.com

Vaughn, Jackson
GPTI, Classics

Vaughn

Education:
B.A. English Literature (Kalamazoo College)
B.A. Classics (Kalamazoo College)
M.A.. Classics (Texas Tech University)

Where I'm From:
Canton, Michigan

Research Interests:
My current research focuses on the intersections between Greek heritage law, community, and archaeological space, specifically in the small town of Alepochori in West Attica. I also have interests in Roman and Greek household architecture, the concept of dark or negative heritage, landscape survey, archaeological theory, and Archaic Greek poetry.

jackson.vaughn@ttu.edu

Vela, Gema
GPTI, Spanish

Vela

Education:
- BA in Translation and Interpreting (Pablo de Olavide University, Sevilla)
- MA in Audiovisual Translation (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Barcelona)
- MA in Spanish Literature (Texas Tech University, Lubbock) - present

City and Country of Origin: Cádiz, Spain

Research Interests: 20th & 21st century Peninsular literature, cultural studies, science fiction, women and gender studies.

gema.vela@ttu.edu

Williams, Ryan
TA, Classics

Williams

Education: BA in Classics at Mississippi State University

City and Country of Origin: Sherman, TX

Research Interests: Pedagogy, Cicero, Lucretius, Roman philosophy

ryan.w.williams@ttu.edu

Yandell, Megan
TA, French

Yandell

Education: BA in Global Studies and LACU (French) from Texas Tech

City and Country of Origin: Corpus Christi, Tx, USA

Research Interests: Second language acquisition

megan.yandell@ttu.edu