Faculty and Staff
Dr. Roger Pieroni
Dept. Chair/Foreign Language-Associate Professor French
Olmsted Hall 351
Roger Pieroni earned his B.A. in American civilization from the Université de Clemont II (France) and his M.A. and Ph.D. in French literature from Indiana University. Dr. Pieroni teaches French language classes at all levels,| courses on French and Francophone literatures and civilizations, and translation. His research interests deal with modern fiction, post-colonial issues, and foreign language program assessment. Dr. Pieroni is also a professional translator.
Dr. Patricia Andueza
Olmsted Hall 360
P. Lorena Andueza has a Ph.D. and a M.A. degree in Hispanic Linguistics from The Ohio State University. She also earned a bachelor’s degree in Hispanic Philology in University of Deusto (Spain) and a Master’s degree from the| University of Antonio Nebrija (Spain) in Teaching Spanish as a Second Language. Her research centers on Hispanic Pragmatics, Semantics and Syntax. She teaches Spanish and Hispanic Linguistics courses in the Foreign Languages Department, and courses in Language Acquisition and Methodology in the department of Education.
Mrs. Ann Baker
Olmsted Hall 352
Ann Baker, assistant professor of Spanish, earned her B.A. degree in Spanish Education from Purdue University and her M.A. from the University of Evansville. She has been on the faculty at UE for over twenty-five years. A member| of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society and Phi Sigma Iota, the international foreign language honor society, she has served as the faculty advisor for Phi Sigma Iota since the chapter was established at UE. In 2000, she was the recipient of the Exemplary Teacher Award given by the General Board of Higher Education of the United Methodist Church. She also received the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence.
Mrs. Cindy Crowe
Olmsted Hall 357
A native of Evansville, Cindy Crowe, instructor of Spanish, earned both her B.A. and her M.A. from UE. She holds a professional, life license in Spanish and has previously taught English at a business college in Mexico and worked| as a Spanish and English language trainer for a global business. Since 2005, she has taught Spanish at UE. She serves on the board of a local nonprofit and on the vestry for Trinity Anglican Church and is also a member of the Newburgh History Club.
Dr. Fusae Ekida
Olmsted Hall 358
Fusae Ekida is an assistant professor of Japanese, who is running the Japanese Studies Program. She is originally from Yamaguchi, Japan. With a M.A. in Foreign Language Education at the Ohio State University, she had taught Japanese| language at a various universities including Purdue University and University of Michigan. She earned a M.A. and a Ph.D. in Japanese Literature at the University of Washington. She has a wide range of research interests, starting from historical linguistics to Japanese classical literature.
Mr. Xinyu Hu
Olmsted Hall 361
Xinyu Hu earned his BA form Chongqing University and MA from Zhejiang University, China. Xinyu Hu teaches Chinese language and culture classes. His research involves the language and translation of Classic Chinese novels, esp, Hongloumeng (translated as The Story of the Stone, or The Dream of Red Mansions).
Dr. John Meredig
Assistant Professor/German & Russian
Olmsted Hall 359
John Meredig received his Ph.D. in Slavic Linguistics with a minor in Germanic Linguistics from the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign in 1997. He has Masters degrees in Slavic Linguistics from Illinois and in Russian from| Middlebury College. He holds a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was later certified to teach high school German. His chief interests are historical/comparative linguistics and the evolution of language, and he has done numerous translations from Russian to English. Other major interests include ecology, birding, lepidoptery, and sylviculture.
Dr. Chris Mohn
Olmsted Hall 356
M. Chris Mohn earned her Ph.D. in Spanish Literature from the University of Kansas, her M.A. in Spanish Literature from Wichita State University, and her B.A. in Foreign Languages from Fort Hays State University. She is an Associate Professor of Spanish| at the University of Evansville, where she teaches all levels of language, literature and culture. Her research focuses on 20th and 21st century peninsular narrative, in particular the works of the contemporary Spanish author Álvaro Pombo. In 2010 she received the Dean’s Teaching Award and was designated a University of Evansville Global Scholar for the year 2010-11.
Dr. Lesley Pleasant
Olmsted Hall 355
Lesley C. Pleasant received her A.B. from Dartmouth and M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. Her interests include German theater/drama, the divided Germany (specifically, Sarah Kirsch, Heiner Mueller, and Wende authors and| filmmakers) and film (especially Bergfilme and postnational Heimatfilme). She teaches all levels of German language, literature and culture at the University of Evansville.
Dr. Diana Rodriguez Quevedo
Olmsted Hall 353
Diana Rodríguez Quevedo received her Ph.D. in Spanish – Latin American Literature from the University of Toronto. Prior to coming to the University of Evansville, she taught at the University of Toronto and was a Visiting Assistant Professor at| Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University for one year. She has taught a wide variety of courses that include elementary to advanced Spanish, Latin American culture and civilization, Spanish conversation, business Spanish, and Latin America literature. Her research focuses on non-canonical texts of Latin America, such as testimonio narratives and songs. Her dissertation examined texts dealing with the phenomenon of forced internal displacement in the 20th and 21st centuries in Colombia.
Dr. Krista Williams
Visiting Assistant Professor/ French
Olmsted Hall 354
Krista Williams earned her MA and PhD in French Linguistics from Indiana University, Bloomington. She received a BA in French with a minor in Secondary Education from the College of Charleston. Dr. Williams teaches French language and conversation classes, as well as First Year Seminar. Her research involves monolingual and bilingual lexicography, lexicology, and linguistic relativity. Other research interests include historical linguistics and methods of foreign language instruction.
Mrs. Cheryl Shafer
Admin Asst/Foreign Lang, Phil & Religion, Arch & Art His
Olmsted Hall 350