Faculty

Donald Martin, Ph.D.
Professor of Modern and Classical Languages
B.A., University of Illinois
M.A., University of Cincinnati
Ph.D., University of Cincinnati
 
Phone: 815-226-4027
Fax: 815-394-5171
E-mail: DMartin@rockford.edu
 
Don Martin received his Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Cincinnati in 1975. He read ancient and modern Greek at the Aristotelian University in Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1966-67. From 1975 to 1984 he was cataloguer in the technical services department of the Colman Library, Rockford University, and from 1984 to the present he taught classical languages, classical civilization, and English. In 1994 he taught English composition in the Department of Foreign Languages of the University of Cyprus, Nicosia. During a sabbatical leave in the fall of 1998 he returned to Athens to translate George Theotokas’ Astheneis kai odoiporoi (Invalids and Wayfarers), the author’s epic portrait of Greece during and after WWII. 
 
 
Chair, Associate Professor, Spanish
B.A., University of Maine
M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
 
Phone: 815-226-4099
E-mail: JBurns@rockford.edu

Professor Burns specializes in Spanish-language poetry. He enjoys teaching all levels of language and literature and has taken students abroad to Chile several times as part of a course on contemporary Chilean literature. Some of his recent publications include:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stephanie Quinn, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Modern & Classical Languages
B.A., The College of the City of NewYork
M.A., Vanderbilt University
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University


Phone: 815-226-4049
E-mail: SQuinn@rockford.edu

Stephanie Quinn, Ph.D., is interested especially in the literature and history of the late Roman Republic, and also generally in Greek and Roman epic, and Athenian democracy and tragedy. She enjoys teaching a wide variety of courses that introduce students to the ancient Greek and Roman worlds, including their languages. Her graduate work was at Vanderbilt University, and undergraduate in classics at CCNY. She has edited, with extensive introduction and conclusion, a collection of scholarly essays and literary selections that relate to the works of Vergil, focusing on the Aeneid. Dr. Quinn's career has included many years of senior academic administration in higher education institutions.
‌ She has also traveled with students abroad to Rome. She recently gave a paper at the Chicago Classical Club and a talk for the AAUW (American Association of University Women). 
 
 
Sharon Meilahn Bartlett, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of French and Director of Gender Studies
B.A., University of Wisconsin-River Falls
M.A., University of Northern Iowa
Ph.D., University of Iowa 

Phone: 815-394-4289
E-mail: Sbartlett@rockford.edu 

Dr. Bartlett enjoys teaching all levels of French language, courses on French and Francophone literatures and cinemas, and interdisciplinary courses such as her recent French 279 "Monsters and Mayhem in the French-Speaking World” where literature, cinema, culture, history, gender, race, religion and politics all intersect. She collaborated with a group of faculty to create an interdisciplinary gender studies program at Rockford University that allows students to examine gender from a multitude of perspectives. 

She has studied, lived and worked extensively in France. She has taken students abroad to France. She has also traveled to Quebec and Belgium. She hopes to have the chance to explore the Francophone Caribbean and Africa. 

Her research interests have centered on gender issues in Haitian and Algerian literatures and cinemas and in French cinema. Recent projects have delved into monsters as manifestations of social turmoil and foreign language education. She presented on integrating culture in foreign language classes at the annual ACTFL Conference in San Diego, CA in November of 2015 and on listening strategies at ACTFL in November of 2013. ‌
 
 
Assistant Professor of Spanish
B.A., University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
M.A., University of Wisconsin - Madison 
M.A., University of Wisconsin - Madison
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison
 
 

Marilén Loyola specializes in contemporary theater in Spain. Her current research is focused on Holocaust Theater and the Theater of Memory. She recently organized the visit of Emeritus Professor Robert Skloot from the University of Wisconsin-Madison to Rockford University’s campus, and during his visit he met with her transatlantic theater students as well as those from the Antigone course taught by Professors Bartlett and Quinn during the spring 2016 semester, before presenting a public lecture on Holocaust Theater. Professor Loyola recently traveled abroad to present a paper on Holocaust Theater in Spain at the II International Conference on XXI Century Hispanic Theater held at the University of Strasbourg in France. She will also be taking students abroad to Spain. 

 

Religion Faculty 

Patricia Walters, Ph.D.
Professor and Coordinator of Religious Studies
M.A., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
M.A., Loyola University Chicago
M.S., USC
Ph. D., Loyola University Chicago
 

Phone: 815-226-4090
Fax: 815-394-5171
E-mail: PWalters@rockford.edu

She has taught at Rockford University, Beloit College and Loyola University Chicago.

Publications Dr. Walters has accomplished:

The Assumed Authorial Unity of Luke and Acts: A Reassessment of the Evidence (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009) 

"The Synoptic Problem" in The Blackwell Companion to the New Testament, edited by David E. Aune (West Sussex, U.K.: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010) 

From Judaism to Christianity: Tradition and Transition: A Festschrift in Honor of Thomas H. Tobin, S.J., on the Occasion of His Sixty-fifth Birthday , Novum Testamentum Supplements (Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill Publishers, 2010) 

Review of Acts of the Apostles, by Richard I. Pervo, Religious Studies Review (2010) 

2013-Present: Chair, Steering Committee for the "Formation of Luke and Acts" program unit for the Society of Biblical Literature. As a chair, I determine program session themes, generate a call for papers, review and select papers along with my committee, and coordinate sessions at each annual meeting. The SBL, founded in 1880, is the oldest and largest learned society devoted to the critical investigation of the Bible from a variety of academic disciplines.

Dr. Walters has proficiency in the following languages: Ancient Greek, Sahidic Coptic, French, and German (reading knowledge).