University of Evansville

Foreign Languages

Most UE foreign languages majors pursue a second degree or a minor and graduate in four years.

Faculty and Staff

Chris Mohn

Dr. Chris Mohn

Department Chair and Associate Professor of Spanish
Olmsted Hall 356

M. Chris Mohn earned her PhD in Spanish literature from the University of Kansas, her MA in Spanish literature from Wichita State University, and her BA 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.

Patricia Andueza

Dr. Patricia Andueza

Assistant Professor/Spanish
Olmsted Hall 360

P. Lorena Andueza has a PhD and a MA 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.

Ann Baker

Mrs. Ann Baker

Assistant Professor/Spanish
Olmsted Hall 352

Ann Baker, assistant professor of Spanish, earned her BA degree in Spanish education from Purdue University and her MA 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.

Cindy Crowe

Mrs. Cindy Crowe

Olmsted Hall 357

A native of Evansville, Cindy Crowe, instructor of Spanish, earned both her BA and her MA 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.

Xinyu Hu

Mr. Xinyu Hu

Visiting Instructor/Chinese
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).

John Meredig

Dr. John Meredig

Assistant Professor/German & Russian
Olmsted Hall 359

John Meredig received his PhD 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 BS 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.

Lesley Pleasant

Dr. Lesley Pleasant

Associate Professor/German
Olmsted Hall 355

Lesley C. Pleasant received her AB from Dartmouth and MA and PhD 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.

Diana Rodriguez Quevedo

Dr. Diana Rodriguez Quevedo

Assistant Professor/Spanish
Olmsted Hall 353

Diana Rodríguez Quevedo received her PhD 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.

Krista Williams

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

Mrs. Cheryl Shafer

Admin Asst/Foreign Lang, Phil & Religion, Arch & Art His
Olmsted Hall 350