Elena M. OLIVÉ, Department Chair

Associate Professor of Spanish

At AC since 2001

Ph.D., University of Kansas

Teaching: Spanish language (all levels) & literature.

Research Interests: Contemporary Spanish poetry, Hispanic literature & film.


Lourdes BUENO

Associate Professor of Spanish

At AC since 2000

Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

Teaching: Peninsular literature; Golden Age; GA drama; Spanish language & culture.

Research Interests: female discourse; characters in drama, GA playwrights;

comparative literature.

Robert W. CAPE, Jr.

 Professor of Classics

Director, Johnson Center for Liberal Arts Teaching and Scholarship

At AC since 1994

Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Teaching: Latin & Greek language & literature; Greek & Roman history; the ancient world in film; women in Antiquity; history of rhetoric; Janterm in Rome.

Research Interests: Cicero; rhetoric and politics in Rome; Roman comedy; classical and modern rhetorical theory; women in antiquity; the history of prudence; and the development of the humanities.



Visiting Assistant Professor of German

At AC since 1996

Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Teaching: German language & literature, esp. 18th century; elementary & intermediate Latin.



Adjunct Instructor of Spanish

At AC since 2000

M.A., Vanderbilt University

Teaching: Spanish language (all levels).

Truett CATES

Professor of German
Director, Center for Global Learning

At AC since 1979

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Teaching: German language & literature; linguistics; methods of language teaching.

Research Interests: second language acquisition; assessment.




Patrick DUFFEY

Professor of Spanish
Dean of Humanities

At AC since 1994

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Teaching: Spanish language; Latin American literature and film; silent film.

Research Interests: film & literature; Latin American & Peninsular narrative, 1900-1936.



Associate Professor of Spanish

At AC since 2002

Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Teaching: Spanish language (all levels), Latin American literature & civilization,

Chicano/a & Mexican literature.

Research Interests: difference & identity; contemporary Mexican &

Chicano/a literature; border theory.



Adjunct Instructor of French
At Austin College since 1991

 B.S. Univ. of Texas, Austin
 M.A. Univ. of Texas, Arlington
Teaching: French 101, 102, 201, 202, 235, 236, 355
                  Richardson Summer Institutes for High
                  School Teachers (2006-2010)
                  Travel Jan Term to France: 2007 and 2010



Adjunct Instructor of Spanish
B.A., Baylor University
M.A., University of North Texas



Professor of Classics

At AC since 1977

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Teaching: Greek & Latin languages; Greek literature; Roman poetry; classical myth.

Research Interests: Greek drama & social values; language pedagogy.


Scott C. Langton

Associate Professor of Japanese

At AC since 2002

Ph.D., Ohio State University

Teaching: Japanese language (all levels); pre-modern & modern Japanese literature; popular culture & animation; civilization.

Research Interests: popular historical fiction; modernist literature; popular arts in early modern & modern eras; ideological uses of literature.

Cynthia MANLEY

Professor of French (On leave)

At AC since 1977

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Teaching: French language (all levels), phonetics, civilization, literature before 1789.

Research Interests: Voltaire; Mme Dupin and feminism; editing 18th century texts.


Bernice MELVIN

Professor of French

Margaret Root Brown Chair of Foreign Languages & Literatures
Dean of Humanities

At AC since 1980

Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Teaching: French language (all levels), 19th & 20th c. French literature, gender studies, film.

Research interests: Second language acquisition, foreign language pedagogy.


Mitsuyo H. ODOM

Adjunct Instructor of Japanese

At AC since 2005

M.A., University of Iowa

Teaching: Japanese language (all levels)


osmanLaura SPEAR

Assistant Professor of French

At AC since 2007

M.A., Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Teaching: French

Research Interests: French


osmanOsman UMURHAN

Visting Assistant Professor of Latin

At AC since 2008

Ph.D., NYU

Teaching: Greek and Latin languages, history, humor, classical mythology, legacy of Greek and Roman comedy and satire

Research Interests: Greek and Latin language and literature, Roman verse satire, experience and ethics of empire, Greek and Roman historiography, literary and cinematic reception of the ancient world