Faculty and Staff


Lesley Pleasant

Dr. Lesley Pleasant

Associate Professor/German

Olmsted Hall 355

Lesley C. Pleasant received her BA in German Studies from Dartmouth College and an MA and PhD in German Literature from the University of Virginia. She teaches all levels of German language, literature, and culture, as well as International Film, First Year Seminar, and the senior capstone course for language majors. Her research interests include 19th - 21st century German theater/drama (Büchner, Heiner Müller, Franz Castorf), the divided Germany (Sarah Kirsch, Christa Wolf, Wende texts and films), film (especially disasporic cinema), the image of the US in German literature and film, as well Animal Studies and Environmental Humanities.


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.
Severine Bates

Dr. Severine Bates

Assistant Professor/French

Olmsted Hall 358

Dr. Séverine Bates, a native of Martinique, specializes in contemporary French and Francophone literature. She received her MA and Ph.D. in French from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She also earned a Licence in History and a Maîtrise in Ancient History from l’Université Paul Valéry -Montpellier III (France). She has taught a wide variety of classes at several institutions, including French language (all levels) as well as French and Francophone literatures and cultures (advanced level). Her research focuses on the interconnections between immigration, popular media culture, tele-technology, and identity politics in Francophone immigrant literature. She has presented at several conferences including the Conseil International d’Études Francophones (CIEF) and the 20th and 21st-Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium. Other research and teaching interests include Francophone Caribbean and African literatures, cultures and film, 20th-century French novel, Beur literature, discourses on race and national identity in France, French media representation of minorities, intermediality studies, and cultural studies.

side from teaching and doing research, Dr. Bates enjoys watching Sci-fi movies, walking, travelling with her family, dancing, drawing and cooking.
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.
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.
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

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

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