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2021-2022

  • Ellen Welch (Chair)
  • Shavon Carey (Department Manager)
  • Amy Chambless (Director of Undergraduate Studies, Director of Italian Language)
  • Emil Keme (Fall)/Carmen Hsu (Spring) (Director of Graduate Studies)
  • Anastacia Kohl (Director of Spanish Language)
  • Valérie Pruvost (Director of French Language)
  • Richard Vernon (Director of Portuguese Language)
  • Amy Chambless, DUS and Italian Advisor (chair)
  • Elizabeth Bruno, Minor in Spanish for the Professions Advisor
  • Tamara Cabrera, Minor in Spanish Translation and Interpreting Advisor
  • Hélène de Fays, Spanish Undergraduate Program Coordinator
  • Dorothea Heitsch, French Advisor
  • Gosia Lee, Hispanic Literatures and Cultures Advisor
  • Martha Ruíz-García, Hispanic Linguistics Advisor
  • Richard Vernon, Director of Portuguese Language and Portguese Advisor
  • Emil Keme (Director of Graduate Studies & Graduate Admissions, Fall) /Carmen Hsu (Director of Graduate Studies & Graduate Admissions, Spring) (chair)
  • Bruno Estigarribia (Graduate Advisor for Spanish)
  • Serenella Iovino (Graduate Advisor for Italian)
  • Hassan Melehy (Graduate Advisor for French)
  • Paco Chen-López (grad student member)
  • Megan Fenrich (grad student member)

Faculty Review Committee (Tenure-Stream): Advise chair on appointments to ad-hoc committees for tenure and promotion reviews and post-tenure reviews. Recommend changes to PPP, especially those sections related to tenure-stream faculty.

  • Oswaldo Estrada
  • Irene Gomez-Castellano
  • Juan Carlos Gonzalez-Espitia
  • Carmen Hsu
  • Hassan Melehy (elected chair)
  • Rosa Perelmuter

Ad hoc review committee members include: Oswaldo Estrada, Irene Gómez Castellano, Juan Carlos González Espitia, Serenella Iovino, Hassan Melehy, Rosa Perelmuter

Personnel Committee (Teaching-Stream) : Conduct a fair, comprehensive evaluation of each teaching-stream faculty member up for reappointment or promotion and prepare a written report and recommendation for the faculty. Recommend any changes to the PPP, especially to the sections relating to teaching-stream faculty.

  • Serenella Iovino
  • Maggie Fritz-Morkin
  • Richard Vernon
  • Liz Bruno
  • Michelle Gravatt
  • Raul Brown

Salary Committee: Oversee the merit salary increase process (should there be one) by reviewing faculty’s self-reported merit instrument forms, determining merit “tiers,” and recommending equity adjustments. Organize departmental efforts to advocate for salary increases.

  • Maggie Fritz-Morkin
  • Tamara Cabrera Castro
  • Cristina Carrasco
  • Amy Chambless
  • Bruno Estigarribia (chair)
  • Dorothea Heitsch
  • Christina Rudosky
  • Martha Ruíz-García
  • Alicia Shade
  • Jessica Tanner

Department Recognition: Collect faculty and grad student achievements (awards, publications, projects); contribute to department newsletter and website; organize nominations for distinguished professorships, campus teaching awards, and other relevant campus awards; suggest events or initiatives to promote and celebrate the work happening in the department

  • Grace Aaron
  • Elizabeth Bruno
  • Hélène de Fays
  • Paola Cadena Pardo
  • Juan Carlos González-Espitia
  • Serenella Iovino
  • Sangsuk Kim
  • Hassan Melehy (Chair)
  • Christina Rudosky (Spring)
  • Valentina Graziuso

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: Lead department discussions on creating/maintaining an inclusive and equitable atmosphere for all faculty and grad students; propose changes to ensure equal access to departmental opportunities (funding, summer teaching, leadership positions); advise on website content and resources; lead efforts to recruit Carolina Diversity Post-Docs; work with UNC Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (Dr. Karla Slocum) to consider departmental implementation of university initiatives as they arise; highlight ROMS courses related to issues of diversity and equity and encourage curriculum development on these issues

  • Lucia Binotti  (Spring)
  • Bruno Estigarribia
  • Maggie Fritz-Morkin
  • Hosun Kim
  • Heather Knorr
  • Martha Ruíz-García
  • Erika Serrato (Fall)
  • Jessica Tanner
  • Kristine Taylor (chair)
  • Colleen McAlister
  • Jeonghwan Kim (Javier)
  • Trey Anthony

Faculty Development: Distribute conference travel funds; raise awareness about on-campus opportunities for funding (such as ORD) and development (such as CFE workshops); organize an annual fellowship application workshop for department faculty

  • Raúl Brown
  • Juan Carlos González-Espitia (chair)
  • Serenella Iovino
  • Rosa Perelmuter (Fall)
  • Christina Rudosky (Spring)
  • Erika Serrato (Fall)
  • Elizabeth Tolman

Graduate Placement and Professional Development: Prepare graduate students for the academic job market including organizing mock interviews in person and by video conference; offer workshops on professional-development topics such as publishing, syllabus creation, fellowship application writing, etc.; provide opportunities for graduate students to learn about Alt-Ac careers; communicate with DGS and Grad Advisory Committee to meet students’ professional development needs

  • Irene Gómez-Castellano
  • Lamar Graham
  • Chloé Hill
  • Emil Keme (chair)
  • Jennifer Mackenzie
  • Alicia Rivero
  • Paulo Ferreira Rodrigues
  • Ellyn Loftus
  • Gina Mangravite

Mentoring Advisory Committee (Teaching-Stream): Serve as mentors to Teaching Assistant and Teaching Associate Professors. Advise on mentoring policies and practices for teaching-stream faculty.

  • Cristina Carrasco
  • Amy Chambless
  • Hélène de Fays
  • Dorothea Heitsch
  • Anastacia Kohl
  • Gosia Lee
  • Jo Lindquist (Mentoring Director, Chair)
  • Valérie Pruvost
  • Richard Vernon

Mentoring Committee (Tenure-Stream): Meet as a group with Assistant Professors and post-docs at least once a semester to discuss professional development and provide resources and support in the journey toward tenure. Be available to meet individually with junior colleagues as requested. Advise on mentoring policies and practices for tenure-stream faculty. Senior committee members take the lead in selecting the three prospective mentors for new Assistant Professors.

Senior members:

  • Lucia Binotti (Spring)
  • Bruno Estigarribia
  • Hassan Melehy
  • Rosa Perelmuter (chair, Fall)

Junior members:

  • Maggie Fritz-Morkin
  • Lamar Graham
  • Jennifer Mackenzie
  • Sean Matharoo
  • Erika Serrato
  • Jessica Tanner

Sponsored Events: Distribute funds for guest speakers and conferences and virtual events; help to maintain a departmental calendar of events; create and maintain a listserv of community members interested in ROMS events; lead a discussion at last faculty meeting of the year to plan and prioritize events for the following year

  • Grace Aaron
  • Martha Alexander
  • Carmen Hsu (Spring)
  • Serenella Iovino
  • Abel Muñoz-Hemoso
  • Alicia Rivero (chair)
  • Paulo Ferreira Rodrigues
  • Martín Sueldo

Study Abroad Advisory Committee: Assist study abroad advisors to support current study abroad programs and ensure that programs serve ROMS majors and minors; advise on proposals for new faculty-led programs; help inform faculty about ROMS study abroad opportunities and promote study abroad opportunities to students

  • Lorna Avilés
  • Martha Alexander
  • Amy Chambless (Study abroad advisor for Italian)
  • Dorothea Heitsch (Study abroad advisor for French)
  • Pello Huesa
  • Kyung Huer
  • Gosia Lee
  • Jo Lindquist (co-chair, Study Abroad co-advisor for Spanish)
  • Abel Muñoz-Hermoso (co-chair, Study Abroad co-advisor for Spanish)
  • Cécile Ruel
  • Richard Vernon (Study abroad advisor for Portuguese)

Teaching and Learning Global Languages Program Committee: Plan at host at least one event per semester (such as a guest lecture or workshop) on a topic related to teaching and learning global languages; apply for funds from the Sponsored Events committee and from other units; advertise events to on campus and beyond

  • Cristina Carrasco
  • Hélène de Fays
  • Laura Demsey
  • Anastacia Kohl
  • Valérie Pruvost
  • Alicia Shade
  • Pina Gemboni

Technology and Innovation: Advise faculty on using technology in teaching and research; advise on the role of online courses in the curriculum; advise on teaching with AR/VR/XR technology; consider holding occasional workshops on online pedagogy, teaching with technology, and/or digital humanities research tools

  • Lucia Binotti
  • Paola Cadena Pardo
  • Hélène de Fays
  • Hosun Kim
  • Jo Lindquist
  • Beatriz Lomas-Lozano
  • Victoria Martin
  • Valérie Pruvost (co-chair)
  • Alicia Shade
  • Martín Sueldo (co-chair)
  • Cristóbal Clemente
  • Katelyn Smith

Undergraduate Research: Promote opportunities for undergraduate research; consider working to increase the number of undergraduate theses in ROMS; assist ROMS majors/minors to fulfill new curriculum research experience requirements; organize presentations/showcases for ROMS undergraduate research

  • Amy Chambless (chair)
  • Lucia Binotti
  • Cristina Carrasco
  • Lamar Graham
  • Chloé Hill
  • Jennifer Mackenzie
  • Abel Muñoz-Hermoso
  • Martha Ruíz-García
  • Parker Brookie
  • Pina Gemboni

Accessibility Resources Interest Group: Advise and support faculty and graduate teaching fellows on working with students who have ARS accommodations; work with course coordinators to incorporate best practices for teaching students with learning differences; consider piloting language courses specifically adapted for students with learning differences; support graduate students with learning differences.

  • Anastacia Kohl (chair/ARS Liaison)
  • Beatriz Lomas-Lozano
  • Elizabeth Tolman
  • Kyung Huer
  • Valérie Pruvost (Digital Accessibility liaison)
  • Jessica Tanner
  • Angie Pierce
  • Lizzie Jones

Working Group – Heritage Learners Curriculum Development:

  • Lucia Binotti (Spring)
  • Paola Cadena Pardo
  • Hélène de Fays
  • Gosia Lee
  • Anastacia Kohl (co-chair)
  • Victoria Martin
  • Martha Ruiz-Garcia (co-chair)
  • Martín Sueldo
  • Monica Lopez-Vasquez
  • Angela Pierce
  • Diana Torres

Community Outreach Liaison: Victoria Martin

Service Learning/APPLES Liaison: Heather Knorr

Publications Advisory Committee

  • Juan Carlos González-Espitia, ed. NCSRLL (Chair)
  • Oswaldo Estrada, ed. Hispanófila
  • Irene Gómez-Castellano, ed. Romance Notes
  • Heather Minchew, Managing Editor
  • R. Dircks, UNC Press

Spanish Course Coordinators:

  • SPAN 100, 101W-102W: Alicia Shade
  • SPAN 105: Jo Lindquist with Raúl Brown
  • SPAN 203: Heather Knorr, Cristina Carrasco, Hosun Kim
  • SPAN 204: Elizabeth Tolman
  • SPAN 255: Abel Muñoz-Hermoso
  • SPAN 261 and 267: Hélène de Fays and Pello Huesa
  • SPAN 301: Raúl Brown
  • Spanish minor for the professions courses, Liz Bruno: 320, 321, 323, 324, 325, 328, 329
  • Minor in translating and interpreting courses, Tamara Cabrera: 351, 352, 369, 370
  • School of Public Health Spanish courses: Elizabeth Tolman

French Course Coordinators:

  • FREN 101/102: Laura Demsey
  • FREN 105: Valérie Pruvost
  • FREN 203: Cécile Ruel
  • FREN 204: Wendy Combs
  • FREN 255: Valérie Pruvost

Italian Course Coordinators:

  • ITAL 101: Amy Chambless
  • ITAL 102: Gina Mangravite
  • ITAL 203: Amy Chambless
  • ITAL 204: Amy Chambless

Portuguese Course Coordinators:

  • PORT 101-204: Kristine Taylor

Course coordinators play an important role in our department, ensuring curricular consistency across sections of a course and spearheading curricular innovation. Service as course coordinator will be recognized during merit salary assessment processes and in reappointment and promotion reviews. Coordinators of particularly large courses may be eligible for extra compensation. To ensure equity and transparency and to make sure the department stays within its administrative budget, the Executive Committee approved the following schedule for coordinator compensation:

  • Courses with over 80 sections/year on average: 1 course release if available or stipend equivalent to a 1-course overload
  • Courses or clusters of courses with 20-80 sections/year on average: $1,000 professional development fund
  • Courses or clusters of courses with less than 20 sections/year on average: No extra compensation, but service counts toward merit salary increases and promotions

This schedule will apply to new appointments and appointment renewals starting in 2020.

  • Amy Chambless, Gamma Kappa Alpha
  • Cristina Carrasco, Lorna Avilés, Sigma Delta Pi
  • Dorothea Heitsch, Pi Delta Phi
  • Martha Alexander, Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Hélène de Fays (founder, faculty leader)
  • Hannah Callahan (graduate assistant)
  • President: Gina Mangravite
  • Vice President: Ellynn Loftus
  • Secretary: Jossette Bailey
  • Treasurer: Emanuele Stefanori
  • Senators: Refujio Avalo Reyes, Emanuele Stefanori
  • CCRS Chair: Ellynn Loftus
  • Mentoring Chair: Jossette Bailey
  • Department Manager (finances, personnel): Shavon Carey
  • Graduate Student Services Manager (graduate students, foreign exchanges): Oliver Jones
  • Undergraduate Student Services Specialist (grade changes, parking, instructional materials, book orders): Sheena Melton
  • Accounting Tech (travel, website updates, accounting): Nefi López-Chen
  • Publications: Heather Minchew, Managing Editor
  • OASIS Liaison: David Joyner
  • Advisory Committee: Valérie Pruvost
  • Advisory Committee on Undergraduate Admissions: Valérie Pruvost
  • Appointments, Tenure, and Promotion Committee: Serenella Iovino
  • College Administrative Board (Course Sub-committee): Valérie Pruvost
  • Critical Ethnic Studies Collective Convener: Emil Keme
  • Course Committee on Admin: Valérie Pruvost
  • Diversity Liason to the College of Arts & Sciences: Kristine Taylor
  • Educational Policy: Carmen Hsu
  • Faculty Committee on Research: Alicia Rivero
  • Faculty Grievance: Jessica Tanner
  • Fixed-Term Faculty: Kristine Taylor, Ellen Welch
  • Honor System Advisory Committee: Valérie Pruvost
  • Honor System Faculty Liaisons: Jo Lindquist & Valérie Pruvost
  • Information Technology Advisory Committee: Alicia Rivero
  • Institute for Arts and Humanities Faculty Fellows Director: Oswaldo Estrada
  • Languages Across the Curriculum Director (College appointment): Michelle Gravatt
  • Language Exchange Campus Manager (College appointment): Michelle Gravatt
  • Library Administrative Board: Jessica Tanner
  • Office of Undergraduate Curriculum Course Substitution Committee: Anastacia Kohl
  • Scholarships, Awards, and Student Aid: Emil Keme
  • Student Fees Advisory Subcommittee: Jo Lindquist
  • Study Abroad Advisory Board (College): Abel Munoz-Hermoso
  • University Committee of Copyright: Bruno Estigarribia

updated 08/16/2021