Dr. Laura Dennis Professor of French / Chair of World Languages
Office:Gatliff Building 225

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Dr. Laura Dennis graduated from Indiana University in 2000 with a Ph.D. in French Literature. She received a Future Faculty Teaching Fellowship at Indiana University East in 1999, where she remained until coming to the University of the Cumberlands in 2001. Dr. Dennis is a member of the Modern Language Association, the Society for Interdisciplinary French Seventeenth-Century Studies, Women in French, the Kentucky Philological Association, the North American Christian Foreign Language Association, the American Association of Teachers of French and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. On campus she teaches both French and Spanish, advises students in French and Spanish and serves on the International Studies Committee and the National Fellowship Committee. Most recently, she has participated in grading French AP exams (2008-present), joined the QEP Cadre on Critical Thinking for the 2010-2011 academic year and volunteered as an interpreter for the World Equestrian Games held in Lexington, KY in September-October 2010.

Courses Taught
• FREN 131. Elementary French I

•FREN 132. Elementary French II

•FREN 231. Intermediate French I

•FREN 232. Intermediate French II

•FREN 135 (formerly 235). French Popular Culture

•FREN 331. French Composition and Conversation

•FREN 332. Francophone Culture and CommunicationFREN 333. French Civilization

•FREN 334. Survey of French Literature

•FREN 432. Practicum in Francophone Culture

•FREN 490. Independent Study in French

•SPAN 131. Elementary Spanish I

•SPAN 135. Hispanic Popular Culture.

•SPAN 235. Introduction to Hispanic Cultures.

Selected Publications and Presentations

“Myth and Memoir in Kim Lefèvre’s Retour à la saison des pluies,” publication in Kentucky Philological Review 24 (2010)

“A Child in Algeria, a Mother in France: Spaces Past, Present and Future in Marie Cardinal’s La Clé sur la porte” publication in French Review 83.6 (2010)

“Redefining Space in Marie Cardinal’s Au pays de mes racines and Juan Goytisolo’s Coto vedado" publication in CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture 11.4 (2009)

“The Search for Differential Space in Marie Cardinal’s Au pays de mes racines,” publication in Kentucky Philological Review 22 (2008)

“Fracturing Binarisms to Create a Space of ‘Jouissance:’ Marie Cardinal’s Au pays de mes racines,” publication in Stichproben 13 (2007)

“Oriana by Fina Torres: Feminine Desire from Text to Screen.” International Conference on Love and Sex in Literature and the Visual Arts, Including Cinema at the University of West Georgia, November 2007 (presenter and session moderator)

Panel Moderator for “Disabled Students in the FL Classroom.” NACFLA Conference on Christianity and World Language in the Classroom and Beyond at Asbury College, March 2007

“The Search for Differential Space in Marie Cardinal’s Au pays de mes racines.” Kentucky Philological Association Annual Conference at Pine Mountain State Resort Park and Union College, March 2007 (paper voted “best-of-section” by session moderator)

“Teaching with Truffaut.” Annual Convention of the American Association of Teachers of French in Milwaukee, WI, July 2006

“World War II Meets French 331: Using Au revoir les enfants to Discuss Religion, Ethics, and Values,” publication in Journal of Christianity and Foreign Languages 7 (2006)

“Adaptation: A Course on Literature in Film,” publication in Women in French Studies Special Issue (2005)

Contributing editor for French 17: An Annual Descriptive Bibliography of French 17th Century Studies

Manuscript reviewer for Foreign Language Annals and Journal of Christianity of Foreign Languages

Book reviewer for the cinema section of the French Review.

• Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers (2004, 2005)
• Appalachian College Association Travel Grants (2001, 2003, 2005, 2007)
• Cumberland College Immersion Grant (Summer 2002)

Ms. Julie Deyrup Director of International Academic Services / Assistant Professor of Intensive English and Spanish
Office:Bennett Building 027

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Julie DeRocchis-Deyrup received her BA in English/Theater and Education from Bowdoin College in Maine and her MA in Spanish Literature and Language from the University of Tennessee. Her passions for linguistics, culture and teaching have led her to her current position as Director of International Academic Services. She also teaches INSIGHTS and Spanish at UC.

Ms. Jennifer Marsh Associate Professor
Office:Gatliff Building 220
Phone:(606) 539-4427

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Ms. Jennifer Marsh, who joined the Cumberland College Faculty in 2001, holds a B. A. in Spanish and Geography from the University of Illinois and an M. A. in Spanish Translation from the City University Graduate Center of New York.

In addition to teaching Spanish classes, Ms. Marsh is an instructor in INSIGHTS, Cumberlands= freshman orientation program. She also enjoys working as a grader of AP Spanish Exams in the summers and preparing students for a study abroad program in Spain.

Ms. Marsh is passionate about travel and has visited eighteen countries including Argentina, Mexico, Spain, and Cuba. She is currently working toward a PhD I Hispanic Studies.

Courses Taught

SPAN 131 Elementary Spanish I
SPAN 132 Elementary Spanish II
SPAN 231 Intermediate Spanish I
SPAN 232 Intermediate Spanish II
SPAN 235 Introduction to Hispanic Culture
SPAN 331 Spanish Composition and Conversation
SPAN 333 Survey of Peninsular Spanish Literature
SPAN 431 Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages
SPAN 432 Practicum in Hispanic Culture
SPAN 490 Special Topics in Spanish

Dr. Ela Molina Morelock Associate Professor
Office:Bennett Building
Phone:(606) 539-4604

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Dr. Molina joined the University of the Cumberlands Department of English and Modern Foreign Languages when the university began offering a major in Spanish, in 2008. Dr. Molina earned her BA in Sociology of Latin America at UNAM-Mexico, her MA in Spanish at Miami University, Ohio, and her Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies at The University of Kentucky.
On campus, Dr. Molina serves on the International Studies Committee and the Faculty Evaluation Committee. She is a member of the Modern Language Association, The Honor Society Sigma Delta Pi. National Spanish Honor Society, and the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. In addition to teaching Spanish classes, Dr. Molina is a member of the Board of Directors of Kentucky Advocate Services, a Christian non-profit organization.


SPAN 131 Elementary Spanish I
SPAN 132 Elementary Spanish II
SPAN 333 Survey of Hispanic Literature
SPAN 334 Survey Of Spanish American Literature (Latin American Literature)
SPAN 334 Survey of Spanish American Literature ((Hispanic Literature of the USA)
SPAN 335 Culture And Civilization Of Spain
SPAN 336 Culture And Civilization Of Spanish America
SPOL 336 Culture and Civilization Of Spanish America (Online)
SPAN 433 Topics In Hispanic Literature (Literary Analysis And Criticism In Spanish)
SPAN 434 Topics in Hispanic Culture (History of the Spanish Language)
SPAN 434 Topics in Hispanic Culture (Technical and Commercial Spanish)

“Teaching Second Languages in the Good Ol’ USA”. International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. Vol. 5 (Co authorship. In Press). 2010.
“Latin American Perspectives in Southeastern Kentucky” Symposium on Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Transylvania University, Kentucky. October 16, 2010.
“Pedagogical Implications of Wireless and Mobile Technologies.” NITLE Workshop. Lincoln Memorial University, Tennessee. September 9, 2010.
“Preludios del barroco novohispano a la Raza de bronce” Cincinnati Conference on Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Cincinnati, Ohio. May 9, 2010.
Teaching Online/Workshop Training. University of the Cumberlands. April 2010.
“Memoria y testimonio en Tinísima, de Elena Poniatowska”. 18th Colloquium on Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures. Literatures and Linguistics: Merging Textualities, Emerging Paradigms. University of Texas at Austin. November 14, 2009
Historia, memoria y literatura: Tina Modotti y Elena Poniatowska. Análisis de la novela ‘Tinísima’ Elena Poniatowska. Köln: Lambert Academic Pub, 2009.
“Memoria y polifonía indígenas en la obra de Nellie Campobello”. V Coloquio Internacional Literatura Hispanoamericana y sus valores: Los indígenas en la literatura hispanoamericana. University of Passau, Germany. September 25, 2009.
Náhuatl: una ventana hacia la Mexicayotl. El Colegio de Jalisco, A.C. México. May 25-June 19, 2009.
“La veta política y social del modernismo dariano.” Espéculo: Revista de Estudios Literarios XIV.40 (2008)
“El ‘Disparate general’: una sociología de masas ilustrada y carnavalesca.” Romance Quarterly 54.1 (2007) 33-38.
“María Candelaria: o todos los males nos vienen de los hombres.” Cincinnati Romance Review 26 (2007) 79-99.
Session Organizer and Chair: Postmodernity and Literature in Mexico. 60th Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. University of Kentucky. April 21, 2007.
Session Organizer and Chair: History as Literature-Literature as History in Mexico. 60th Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. University of Kentucky. April 19, 2007.
“Redescubriendo la veta política y social en el modernismo dariano.” Simposio Internacional “Poéticas de las Américas.” Texas A&M University. April 13, 2007.
“María Candelaria o: todos los males nos vienen de las hembras.” 26th Cincinnati Conference on Romance Languages and Literatures. University of Cincinnati. May 13, 2006.
Session Chair :Heroes and Antiheroes in Modern Mexico. 59th Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. University of Kentucky. April 22, 2006.
“Disparate general: An enlightened and Carnivalesque Crowd Sociology.” Goya at the Equinox. Francisco de Goya’s Los Disparates. Exhibition and Colloquium. University of Kentucky. September 21, 2005.
“La maldad de Pascual Duarte.” Second Annual Graduate Student Conference. Miami University of Ohio, February 8, 2003.
Potpourri for Foreign Language Teachers – Something for Everyone. University of Cincinnati. October 12, 2002.