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Ava Conley

Ava Conley - M.A., Professor and Chair
106 Ganus Building
501-279-4484
avaconley@compuserve.com

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Degrees earned:B.A. in French and Spanish from Ohio University, M.A. in Spanish and French from Vanderbilt University. Thesis: "A Lexical Study of the Greek Influence on the Spanish Language".
Most frequently taught classes:

Teaches Honors Intermediate Spanish (SPAN201H/202H), Advanced Spanish Grammar (SPAN303/303H), Spanish Culture (SPAN304), upper-level Literature classes and Senior Seminar (SPAN451/452).

Advising info:

Advises or will advise students in International Studies (INTS), French (FREN), French Licensure (FREC), Spanish (SPAN), Applied Spanish (SPAS), and Spanish Licensure (SPAC) or minoring in Spanish.

Professional organizations:

Is a member of the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), the Arkansas Foreign Language Teachers Association (AFLTA), and the Phi Sigma Iota Foreign Language Honor Society.

Research interests:Contemporary Spanish culture and drama. Data assessment as it relates to oral proficiency and curricular design. Contemporary Spanish authentic materials that build listening comprehension to advanced levels.
Overseas, travel or missions experience:

Has directed student groups to Venezuela, Peru, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico and Spain. Has also worked with mission groups in Guatemala and Honduras.

Other language-related activities:

Served as a small business consultant on location in Khabarovsk, Russia. Proofed and edited a 52 week television series of selected Herald of Truth programming for Venezuela and other Latin American markets.

Church-related or civic activities:Attends the Spanish-speaking congregation at La Casita. Teaches ladies' Bible studies and evangelism classes in Spanish. Serves as editor for the LAMB newsletter, a report of activities in the mission areas of Venezuela, Ecuador, Colombia and Peru. Serves as a travel coordinator for the Pan American Lectures.
Hobbies and interests:Travel. Music. Developing Spanish language Bible materials.
Kristi Bond

Kristi Bond - Ph.D., Assistant Professor
100A Ganus Building
501-279-4651
knbond@harding.edu

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Degrees earned:

B.A. in Spanish from Harding University, M.A. and Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Kansas. Thesis: "The Role of the L1 and Individual Differences in L2 Sensitivity to Morphosyntactic Features: An ERP Investigation".

Most frequently taught classes:

Teaches Intermediate Spanish (SPAN201), Advanced Spanish Phonetics (SPAN433), and Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages (SEED419).

Other specialties within the department:

Mentors senior capstone students and supervises student teachers in French and Spanish. Maintains the department website and edits CrossTalk, the department newsletter.

Advising info:

Advises or will advise students in Spanish (SPAN), Applied Spanish (SPAS), and Spanish Licensure (SPAC) or minoring in Spanish.

Professional organizations:

Is a member of the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and the Arkansas Foreign Language Teachers Association (AFLTA), and Phi Sigma Iota Foreign Language Honor Society.

Research interests:

Second language acquisition of morphosyntax (and recently phonology), neurolinguistics, aptitude testing, and methods of foreign language teaching.

Overseas, travel or missions experience:

Has traveled with students to Mexico, Costa Rica, and Europe on several occasions. Has traveled for World Bible School to Peru, the Dominican Republic, Chile, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Ecuador. Has completed short-term missions in Peru, Venezuela, Uruguay, and Argentina. Has served as a long-term missionary with a team in Wisconsin.

Other language-related activities:

Established and now serves as a consultant for the Spanish Internet program of World Bible School. Coordinates the 2014 state high school foreign language competition.

Church-related or civic activities:

Currently serves on a church missions committee and on the board of the Literacy Council of White County.

Hobbies and interests:Enjoys outdoor activities with her family including birding, hiking, and camping.
Michelle Watkins Coizman

Michelle Coizman - M.Ed., Assistant Professor
107 Ganus Building
501-279-4284
mcoizman@harding.edu

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Degrees earned:

B.A. in Spanish from Harding University, M.Ed. in Secondary Education and Spanish from Harding University.

Most frequently taught classes:

Teaches Intermediate Spanish (SPAN201/202), Advanced Spanish Grammar (SPAN303), Latin American Civilization(SPAN315) and Spanish Literature of the 20th and 21st Century (SPAN435).

Other specialties within the department:

Mentors senior capstone students, directs the immersion dorm for Spanish students.

Advising info:

Advises or will advise students in Spanish (SPAN), Applied Spanish (SPAS), and minors in Spanish.

Professional organizations:

Is a member of the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and the Phi Sigma Iota Foreign Language Honor Society.

Overseas, travel or missions experience:

Has traveled on seven campaigns to Venezuela and lived there for two years. Has taught three semesters at HULA. Has completed immersion experiences in Spain.

Church-related or civic activities:

Volunteers at a grief camp for children. Teaches children's classes and participates in the Spanish congregation at Highway Church of Christ.

Hobbies and interests:Enjoys travel, reading, and gardening.
Sylvie EvdoxiadiaSylvie Evdoxiadis - M.S.E., Instructor
100A Ganus Building
501-279-4565
sccarbonneau@harding.edu
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Degrees earned:

B.A. in French and Spanish from Harding University, Master of Science in Education with a specialization in Spanish from Harding University.

Most frequently taught classes:

Teaches Elementary Spanish (SPAN101/102), Accelerated Elementary Spanish (SPAN103/104), and classes in French Literature (FR271/301/402).

Other specialties within the department:

Coordinates the COPL program and the 200-level French labs.

Advising info:

Advises or will advise students in Spanish (SPAN), French (FREN) or minors in Spanish or French.

Professional organizations:

Is a member of Phi Sigma Iota Foreign Language Honor Society and Alpha Chi.

Overseas, travel or missions experience:

Lived in French-speaking Canada for 14 years. Has completed short-term missions in Mexico, Nicaragua, and New Zealand/Fiji, as well as two family trips to Greece. Taught one semester at HULA in Chile.

Other language-related activities:

Does professional translating in French/English. Has completed translations for adoption agencies. Has sponsored the sign language club for three years and taught two years of sign language for Leadership Training for Christ (LTC).

Church-related or civic activities:

Has served with an inner city ministry.

Hobbies and interests:Enjoys biking, rollerblading, writing, reading, anime, and of course - French and Spanish.
Alyssa HepburnAlyssa Hepburn - M.A, Instructor
115 Ganus Building
501-279-4824
ahepburn@harding.edu
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Degrees earned:B.A. from Harding University, M.A. in Second Languages from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Thesis: "Technologically-Mediated Collaborative Learning Activities for the University Level Intermediate Spanish Classroom".
Most frequently taught classes:Accelerated Elementary Spanish II (SPAN104), Intermediate Spanish I and II (SPAN201/202), Regional Language and Culture (SPAN325).
Other specialties within the department:

Proctors official Oral Proficiency Interviews. Coordinates the HOPE oral exams each semester. Directs the SPAN201 speaking labs.

Advising info:Advises or will advise Spanish majors (SPAN), Spanish Licensure (SPAC) and minors.
Professional organizations:

Is a member of the Phi Sigma Iota Foreign Language Honor Society, Alpha Chi, and Psi Chi.

Research interests:Technology use in foreign language classrooms, peninsular literature, oral proficiency assessment, production of L2 Spanish vibrants.
Overseas, travel or missions experience:Two stints teaching Spanish at the Harding University in Latin America (HULA) international program in 2012 and 2014, missions in Peru, Harding University in Greece (as a student) and backpacking across Europe.
Other language-related activities:Has completed several levels of training with ACTFL on Oral Proficiency Interviews, coordinates the department's oral proficiency interviews and the SPAN 201/202 labs, is the Collaborative Classroom director.
Church-related or civic activities:Member of the College Church of Christ, co-leader of women's Bible studies in Spanish.
Hobbies and interests:Classic literature, travel, world cultures, sewing.
 Genevieve JonesGenevieve Jones - M.Ed., Assistant Professor
110 Ganus Building
501-279-4650
gjones1@harding.edu
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Degrees earned:

Earned a B.A. in Research, Translation, and Teaching of Foreign Languages from Metropolitan University, Caracas, Venezuela, and the M.Ed. from Harding University. B.A. Thesis: "El mestizaje como elemento de definición e indefinición socio-cultural en El Mestizo José Vargas de Guillermo Meneses”.

Most frequently taught classes:

Teaches Intermediate Spanish (SPAN201/202), Latin American Literature (SPAN311), Spanish Conversation (SPAN251), and Advanced Conversation (SPAN313).

Other specialties within the department:

Offers COPL activities working toward oral proficiency. Provides weekly conversation practice for Spanish licensure students.

Advising info:

Advises or will advise students in Spanish (SPAN) or minoring in Spanish.

Professional organizations:

Is a member of the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and the Phi Sigma Iota Foreign Language Honor Society.

Research interests:

Is interested in second language acquisition.

Overseas, travel or missions experience:

Native of Venezuela, where she has experience as a teacher, coordinator, and academic supervisor as well as mission secretary and campaign administrator; presented TESOL workshops in Puerto Rico (1988/89) and in Venezuela (1988/89/90), lived in Italy for one year and visits family there, has also traveled to Canada and Aruba.

Church-related or civic activities:

Provides service to elderly and sick congregation members. Provides translation/interpretation as needed.

Hobbies and interests:Enjoys jazz and classical music, along with classic movies and science fiction.
Whitaker Jordan

Whitaker Jordan - Ph.D., Assistant Professor
002 Ganus Building
501-279-
wrjordan@harding.edu

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Degrees earned:

B.A. in Spanish and B.B.A. in International Business from Harding University, M.A. and Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies from the University of Kentucky.

Most frequently taught classes:

Teaches Accelerated Elementary Spanish (SPAN103/104) and upper-level literature classes in Spanish.

Professional organizations:

Is a member of the Modern Language Association and the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society Sigma Delta Pi.

Research interests:

Is interested in Early Modern Peninsular literature, primarily theater.

Overseas, travel or missions experience:

Has participated in short-term campaigns to Honduras, Peru, and Chile; lived in Mexico for ten months teaching English; studied abroad and traveled in Europe.

Hobbies and interests:Enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, and Ultimate Frisbee

 

Joli Love

Joli Love - Ph.D., Associate Professor
105 Ganus Building
501-279-4452
jlove1@harding.edu

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Degrees earned:

Earned a B.A. in French and Music Education from Harding University, an M.A. in French Studies with a minor in Spanish from Auburn University, and her Ph.D. in French Literature from UCLA. Dissertation title: "The Sacrament of Confession in the Tales of Queen Marguerite of Navarre, Sister to the King of France".

Most frequently taught classes:

Teaches Elementary French (FR101/102), Elementary Italian (ITAL101/102), Intermediate Italian (ITAL201/202), French Conversation (FR251), French Literature, and English as a Second Language (ESL).

Other specialties within the department:

Mentors senior capstone students in French, directs the Italian Club.

Advising info:

Advises or will advise students in French (FREN) or minors in French.

Professional organizations:

Is a member of the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and Phi Sigma Iota Foreign Language Honor Society.

Professional interests:

Is working toward certification to rate ACTFL oral proficiency exams in Italian and English. Recently translated a biography of the Italian Jacuzzi family by Remo Jacuzzi, who now offers a scholarship for students of Italian at Harding.

Overseas, travel or missions experience:

Grew up as a missionary kid in Italy. Taught the Italian program for Pepperdine University in Florence, Italy, for 5 years. Spent 2 semesters in France with Pepperdine and another 2 semesters with Harding's international programs in Paris, France. Has completed short-term missions in Italy.

Other language-related activities:

Coordinates regular celebrations and activities for French and Italian students. Organizes field trips of Harding students and faculty to view opera, musicals, ballet and live theater productions that relate to her languages of expertise. Conducts children's summer camps in Italian (California).

Church-related or civic activities:

Member of the Iris Society. Participates in the Wednesday night Bible class at Harding Place. Member of the board of directors for Avanti Italia. Participates in Theater on the Square productions. Patron or sponsor of opera, theater, orchestra, choral and musical presentations. Regularly presents vocal recitals for soprano solos.

Robert McCready

Robert McCready - Doctorat, Associate Professor
108 Ganus Building
501-279-4643
rmccready@harding.edu

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Degrees earned: 
Most frequently taught classes:Teaches Elementary French (FR101/102), Intermediate French (FR201/202), French culture and literature classes, Advanced French Phonetics (FR433), and Senior Seminar (FR451/452).
Other specialties within the department:

Mentors French senior capstone students. Directs summer trips to France and Belgium.

Advising info:

Advises or will advise students in French (FREN) and French Licensure (FREC) or minoring in French.

Professional organizations:

Is a member of the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), the Arkansas Foreign Language Teachers Association (AFLTA), and Phi Sigma Iota Foreign Language Honor Society.

Research interests: 
Overseas, travel or missions experience:Travels with students to France and Belgium.
Other language-related activities: 
Church-related or civic activities:

Currently serves as an elder at West Side Church of Christ.

Hobbies and interests: 

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Foreign Languages Department
501-279-4645
forlang@harding.edu

FAX: 501-279-4191