• Meet the Languages & Cultures Faculty & Staff

Languages & Cultures

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  • Meet the Faculty & Staff

  • Hall, John
    Faculty, Spanish Education
    History, Languages, Critical Race and Women's Studies, Department of

    Office: MA 279F
    Phone: 218.477.2916
    Email: halljohn@mnstate.edu

    John Hall, Professor, Spanish Education; Ph.D. in Second Languages and Cultures Education, M.A. in Spanish Pedagogy, B.A. in Spanish; John has been a life-long learner of languages. He grew up in Chile, where Spanish and English were his two languages in daily life. Over his career, John has been a teacher of Spanish, French, ESL, and education across multiple ages and locations. He has taught preschoolers, high schoolers, and college students, and he has trained teachers in Minneapolis and Moorhead.

  • Houts-Smith, Linda
    TESL Program Coordinator
    History, Languages, Critical Race and Women's Studies, Department of

    Office: MA 279B
    Phone: 218.477.4059
    Email: houtsli@mnstate.edu
    web.mnstate.edu/houtsli
    Linda Houts-Smith, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator, TESL; Ph.D. in English, M.A.T. in ESL, B.A. in Classics and Medieval Studies; Linda began her career in ESL as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco, and she has taught in six different states as well as three foreign countries. Now Linda not only teaches in but also coordinates the TESL program. Although a generalist, Linda’s greatest expertise probably lies in syntax and the nature of oral language.

  • Mita, Takanori
    Faculty, East Asian Studies
    History, Languages, Critical Race and Women's Studies, Department of

    Office: MA 279C
    Phone: 218.477.4063
    Email: takanori@mnstate.edu


  • Sherman, Katia
    Faculty, Spanish
    History, Languages, Critical Race and Women's Studies, Department of

    Office: MA 279A
    Phone: 218.477.4055
    Email: katia.sherman@mnstate.edu

    Kátia Sherman, Assistant Professor of Spanish. Ph.D. in Spanish Literature and Language (University of Virginia); M. A. in Spanish Literature and Language (University of Virginia); M. M. in Historical Performance (Oberlin College); B. M. in Historical Performance and Oboe (Oberlin College). Kátia’s initial love of and academic interest in early-modern European music provided a perfect platform from which to dive into the world of early-modern Iberian literature. Her research analyzes how the philosophical currents of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spain are weaved in the fabric of early-modern Spanish texts, and how these texts negotiate the epistemic instability common to that period. Her publications examine the role of neo-stoicism and skepticism in the works of Calderón, Cervantes, and other Spanish authors from the period.