Current Faculty

Department Narrative

We are creating globally minded individuals who are well rounded and who will learn critical life skills.  These skills will be applicable to all types of future careers.  Our students will be empowered to adapt to all social and cultural situations.  With Fredonia’s language and culture courses, our students will have the foundation needed to achieve these goals.

The department of World Languages and Cultures at the State University of New York at Fredonia is unique because it has served as a leader in curriculum development and experimentation in methodology and pedagogy.  Our programs are student centered to best serve their needs and are aligned with baccalaureate goals.

Anton V. Agafonov 

Fenton Hall:  2137
(716) 673-3833


Udmurt State University, Izhevsk, Russia, M.A.

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Ruth B. Antosh  

Fenton Hall:  2117
(716) 673-3832

Indiana University, Ph. D.

Areas of specialization:
Canadian Studies, Quebec Studies, Nineteenth-Century French Literature

Dr. Ruth Antosh
Chiara De Santi

Fenton Hall:  2104
(716) 673-4496

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Visiting Assistant Professor

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ph.D. (Italian)
European University Institute, Ph.D. (History)
Laurea (M.A. equivalent) in Modern Languages & Literatures, University of Florence-Italy

Areas of specialization:
Modern Italian Literature, Italian Culture and Cinema, Italian as a Second Language, History.

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Juan Antonio De Urda Anguita

Fenton Hall:  2113
(716) 673-3380 

Department Chair


Associate Professor

University of Missouri-Columbia, PhD

Areas of specialization:
20th Century Peninsular Literature, Spanish Poetry.

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Kate Douglas

Fenton Hall:  2118
(716) 673-4869

Associate Professor

Ph.D. in French with a concentration in Second/Foreign Language Acquisition Theory, Research, and Pedagogy The Pennsylvania State University

Research Interests:
Foreign Language Acquisition and Pedagogy, Motivation and Language Development, Study Abroad, Telecollaboration, Blogs and other New Technologies, Language Awareness, Immersion Schooling, Language Choice


Jeanette M. Ellian


Lecturer of Spanish

Indiana University, M.A.

Areas of Specialization:
Second Language Acquisition

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Beth Huerta

Fenton Hall:  2119
(716) 673-4683

Visiting Assistant Professor

State University of New York at Buffalo, PhD

Areas of specialization:
Bilingual Studies, Learning and Instruction, Spanish Linguistics

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Carmen S. Rivera

Fenton Hall:  285
(716) 673-4494

Professor of Spanish

University of South Carolina, Ph.D.

Areas of Specialization:
Latino literature, Puerto Rican Literature, Issues of Space and Literature, Transnational studies and Literature of migration. Publications include the book, Kissing the Mango Tree: Puerto Rican Women Rewriting American Literature (2002).

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Clark M. Zlotchew

Fenton Hall:  2120
(716) 673-3836

Distinguished Teaching Professor

State University of New York at Binghamton, Ph. D.
SUNY Faculty Ex­change Scholar 12-1-87
President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1988
Kasling Lecturer, 1992

Areas of specialization:
Jorge Luis Borges, 20th century Spanish-American Fiction,
Galdos & 19th century Spanish Fiction, Medieval Spanish
Literature, Literary Translation, Spanish Linguistics & Dialectology,
Literary Interview.

Dr. Zlotchew has had over 15 books published.  Check them out at

Dr. Clark Zlotchew

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