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ISU Languages and Literatures Faculty and Staff

French Faculty// German Faculty// Spanish Faculty// Japanese Faculty// Latin Faculty// Shoshoni Faculty// Office Staff

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French Faculty

Pamela Park Pamela Park, Professor

Ph.D. French Literature (CUNY 1979), Licence in French (University of Nancy 1974) B.A. French (Fordham University 1972). Prof. Park teaches all levels of French language, as well as upper-level courses in French literature and civilization. Her research focuses on France's literary Golden Age with an emphasis on the 17th-century writer and theologian Fénelon. Prof. Park is currently the Executive Director of the national French Honor Society, Pi Delta Phi.



Valia TatarovaValia Tatarova, MA

Valia went to the French boarding School "Romain Rolland" for five years. She obtained her MA in French Philology from Sofia University. She obtained a second MA from the University of Notre Dame du Lac. In her post-graduate, she specialized in Contemporary Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages, and wrote academic papers on topics related to its methadology. She has lived in France for four years, and has traveled extensively in Europe. She obtained the ISU Certificate of Quality Matters in Web course design, and has developed online courses. 

She has taught French at the University of Notre Dame du Lac and at St. Mary's College before coming to ISU. She has been teaching at ISU for twelve years. She designed and taught 1101, 1102, and 300 level Business French. She is the Advisor of the French Club and a member of the National French Honor Society Pi Delta Phi. She is particularly interested in contemporary methods of teaching foreign languages.



Valia TatarovaAnne Stringfellow-Brookman, Adjunct Instructor

Honors B.A. French and Secondary Education (University of Utah, 1988) M.A. French Literature (University of Oregon, 1991). Anne spent her university junior year studying in Angers, France. Later, she completed her first year of graduate study as a Rotary scholar at L'université Laval in Quebéc, Canada and a few years later participated in a 4-week Fulbright teacher exchange in Morocco, Africa (1996). Anne taught high school French for seven years before coming to ISU.


German FacultySandra Dillon

Sandra Dillon, Assistant Lecturer

PhD. German (University of Oregon 2011), M.A. German (University of Colorado, Boulder 2002), B.A. Spanish and German (Idaho State University 2000).Sandra Dillon was born in Berlin, Germany and shortly after graduating from high-school moved to the US. Because of her father’s occupation she lived six years in Venezuela and nine years in Mexico. Dr. Dillon grew up in a bilingual environment. When she moved to Pocatello in 1994, she pursued her interests in languages, literatures, and cultures at Idaho State University. Dr. Dillon is a Qualified Medical Interpreter for Spanish, she has a Graduate Teaching Certificate from the University of Colorado and a Graduate Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies from the University of Oregon. Her research interests include the Holocaust and representations of terrorism in literature and film.


Valia Tatarova

Lisa Coffield, Adjunct Instructor

Professor Coffield has been teaching at ISU since the Fall of 2010, and teaches first-year German. She is certified to teach both German and French, and is currently studying for her Master's Degree in Linguistic Anthropology, which she hopes to finish during the 2013/14 school year.






Spanish Faculty

Sharon Sieber Sharon Sieber, Professor

Ph.D. Comparative Literature (Indiana University 1992), M.A. Spanish (Indiana University 1982), B.A. English and Journalism (Indiana University 1977)

Professor Sieber first came to ISU in 1993 and teaches all levels of Spanish and Latin American Literature as well as 20th Century Spanish literature.  She is currently editor of Rendezvous, ISU’s Journal of Arts and Letters, and she is the Campus Fulbright Program Adviser.


Daniel HuntDaniel Hunt, Associate Professor

D.A. English (Idaho State University 1990), M.A. English (Idaho State University 1987), B.A. Spanish and Anthropology (Idaho State University 1980)

Dr. Hunt teaches all levels of Spanish language, as well as courses in Spanish American Literature, Business Spanish, Literature in Translation, and Honors Humanities. Recent research includes humor, politics, and history in the novela negra and in the Spanish American chronicle, and teaching the poetry of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. Founder and director of the weekly Tertulia.


H. Cathleen Tarp  H. Cathleen Tarp, Associate Professor

Ph.D Romance Languages (University of New Mexico 1999); M.A. Hispanic Literature, (University of New Mexico 1996); B.A. English Literature (University of Idaho 1992)

Dr. Tarp’s areas of specialization are the Spanish Middle Ages and Baroque. Current research interests include the grotesque, the Spanish prose romance, and narratology in the context of the development of prose fiction. Dr.Tarp is a certified medical interpreter and a qualified legal interpreter. She is also faculty advisor for Sigma Delta Pi, the National Spanish Honor Society, and the ISU student organization, Entrepeneurs of America.


David Heath, Senior LecturerDavid Heath

David Heath, Senior Lecturer MA Latin American Studies (University of Kansas), BA Spanish (Idaho State University)

Mr. Heath teaches first and second year Spanish, and has taught Spanish for Health Care. He is also an Early College Program liaison for several area high schools and is the coordinator for Spanish 101-102. Mr. Heath lived in Puerto Rico for two years and has an interest in the Spanish-speaking cultures of the Carribean.



Sarah McCurry

Sarah McCurry, Assistant Lecturer and Language Lab Supervisor

Sarah did her undergraduate work at University of Massachusetts at Boston and her graduate work at University of California at Los Angeles. She studied in Mexico and lived in Santiago, Chile for six and a half months.



Marta Izquierdo Robredo, Assistant Lecturer

Marta RobredoM.A. Spanish Literature (Washington State University 2003), B.A. Philosophy and Education, major in Psychology (University of Oviedo, Spain, 1994), First Certificate in English (University of Cambridge, England 1992)

Mrs. Izquierdo Robredo is originally from Oviedo, Spain and has been living in the United States of America for ten years. While obtaining her M.A. in Spanish Literature, she was a Spanish instructor at Washington State University. She has been a lecturer in Spanish at Idaho State University since the fall of 2004.


Valia Tatarova

Tamra Bassett, MA








Valia TatarovaNeva Eldridge, Adjunct Instructor






Anna Hiller, Assistant Professor of SpanishValia Tatarova







Japanese Faculty

Sachiko Fukuoka, Assistant Lecturer

Sachiko FukuokaM.Ed. Instructional Technology (Idaho State University 2003), B.A. American Studies (Idaho State University 1999)

Ms. Fukuoka received her MA in Education in 2003, began teaching Japanese in 2004. Programs she has created provide students various opportunities to go to Japan every year including as participants in a yearly study tour, study abroad programs, JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching Program), and service projects in Japan. She is also working with a local Board of Education in Japan to reform English education. Her interests are Educational leadership in Doctor of Education degree program, international exchange program, and practical and stress-free Japanese language teaching and learning methods. She teaches all levels of Japanese. Ms. Fukuoka is a faculty advisor of ISU Japanese Club and directs Sakura Daiko, a Japanese drum group.


Kurino Ashizawa, Adjunct InstructorSanae Johnsen








Latin Faculty Dolsen

Arthur Dolsen, Professor Emeritus

Ph.D. Classics (Trinity College, Dublin 1978), B.A. (University of British Columbia 1968)

Dr. Dolsen teaches all levels of Latin offered by the university. He has also taught French and Russian extensively. His research interests include questions of ancient Greek history and rhetoric, in particular in the works of Thucydides.


Shoshoni Faculty

Drusilla Gould, Adjunct Instructor


Office Staff

Ashley Chatterton, Administrative Assistant








Department ChairDolsen

Raphael Njoku, Department Chair



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