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2015-2016 Graduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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The Department of Modern Languages and Classics offers a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) French, a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) Spanish; a Master of Arts (M.A.) in French with optional concentrations in French Literature or North American French Studies. For details see the Modern Languages and Classics graduate web page or contact the graduate coordinator in the department.

Master of Arts in Teaching Spanish

The M.A.T. in Spanish (30 credits) has been redesigned with the collaboration of the campuses of the University of Maine System and Colby, Bates, and Bowdoin Colleges specifically to meet the needs of Maine’s schools. The program offers full-time instruction during the academic year to meet the requirements of pre-service teachers and an intensive institute during the summer for in-service teachers. Candidates take seven to eight courses (21-24 credits) in language, literature, culture and linguistics in the target language, one course in language pedagogy (MLC 466/566) and one course on teaching the exceptional student in English (SED 402/500). An oral exam and a professional teaching portfolio which illustrates the candidate’s familiarity with Maine’s teaching standards and his/her readiness to teach a second language in the K-12 classroom are the final requirements for both degrees.

In-service teachers who are already certified to teach Spanish may opt to take additional courses in their target language, or they may resume the study of a second foreign language at the advanced (400 or 500) level in lieu of taking courses leading to certification.

The Graduate School
5775 Stodder Hall Room 42
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469-5755

Dept. of Modern Languages & Classics
University of Maine
262 Little Hall
Orono, ME 04469


Graduate Faculty

Carlos Villacorta Gonzales, Ph.D. (Boston University, 2009), Assistant Professor and Graduate Coordinator.  Twentieth and 21st Century Latin American Literature and Culture; Contemporary Peruvian Poetry; Post-modernism in Latin American, Urban Studies.

Eugene F. DelVecchio, Ph.D. (University of Washington, 1979), Professor. Nineteenth and early 20th century Spanish literature. Comparative literature. Literary and genre criticism.

Susan Pinette, Ph.D. (University of California, Irvine, 1999), Associate Professor and Director, Franco-American Programs. Francophone literature. Eighteenth century French literature.

Frédéric Rondeau, Ph.D. (McGill University, 2010), 20th Century Quebec Literature and Culture; Counter-Culture (transnational perspective); Post-68 Literature, Culture, and Politics (France-Quebec); Francophone Literature of North America; Quebec Poetry and Literary Journals; Literary Avant-gardes; Contemporary French philosophy 

Jane S. Smith, Ph.D. (Washington, 1994), Associate Professor and Department Chair. French linguistics. North American French dialects. Morphology. Language policy. Foreign language pedagogy.


Associate Faculty

Shelly Chasse-Johndro, M.Ed. (Maine, 2006) Instructor and Director MCPTC and COEHD, Teaching English as a Second Language

Nives Dal Bò-Wheeler, M.A. (Boston University, 2006), Instructor. Teaching methodology and second language acquisition.

Marisela Funes, Ph.D. (University of Illinois, 2002).  Associate Professor. Latin American Studies; Southern Cone; ; Latin American terrorism; medical humanities; biopolitics; Latino/a Studies; Latin American culture, literature & film; Spanish Peninsular Studies; Transatlantic Studies; Linguistics; Foreign Language curriculum & program design; study abroad design and management; Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education; Technology-assisted language learning.

Mary Okin, Ph.D. (Maine, 2008), Instructor. History of the Acadians.

Maria Sandweiss, M.L.S. (Maine, 2010), Lecturer in Spanish. Hispanics in the U.S. and foreign language pedagogy.

Kathryn E. Slott, Ph.D. (Pennsylvania, 1980), Associate Professor. Nineteenth and 20th century poetry. Nineteenth century novel. Twentieth century theatre. Poetics. Québec literature.


External Faculty

Nancy Erickson, Ph.D. (Michigan, 1992), Associate Professor, University of Southern Maine. French Renaissance literature. French women writers.

Jean-Claude Redonnet, Doctorat d’Etat és Lettres (1979). Director of Research & Professor Emeritus, Université de Paris-Sorbonne. International collaboration in higher education and cultural exchange.

Emeriti Faculty

Kathleen N. March, Ph.D. (SUNY at Buffalo, 1979), Emerita Professor. Contemporary Hispanic literature. Literature and society. Peninsular and Latin-American narrative and poetry.

Kristina Passman, Ph.D. (Iowa, 1982), Emerita Associate Professor. Mythology. Latin literature. Women in the Ancient World. Greek.

Raymond J. Pelletier, Ph.D. (Massachusetts-Amherst, 1977), Emeritus Associate Professor and former Director, Canadian-American Center. Graduate Coordinator. Eighteenth century French literature. Foreign language pedagogy. Franco-American literature and culture. Bilingualism and bilingual education.

James Troiano, Ph.D. (SUNY at Buffalo, 1973), Professor Emeritus. Contemporary Latin-American theatre and short story.



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