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

Dr. Burns loves to share his research on Latin American culture, literature and history with his students. Some semesters he is even fortunate enough to travel with his students to the regions he teaches about in his classes. 

Dr. Burns has studied in Chile and Spain and has spent considerable time in Mexico. He completed his graduate work in Spanish at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009 when he defended his doctoral thesis entitled "Imagining the Poet: Strategies of Contemporary Spanish-Language Poets in the Era of Globalization”. A revised chapter of that thesis was published as "The Emergence of the Mediated Poet: Leopoldo María Panero in Roberto Bolaño’s 2666” in Contemporary Developments in Emergent Literature and the New Europe. Domínguez, César, ed. Universidade de Santiago de Compostela Press: Santiago de Compostela, 2011. 

He regularly participates in academic conferences where he presents his research on contemporary poetry, cinema and new media. Additionally, he has participated in presentations for the University of Wisconsin’s Center for the Humanities on the subject of Nobel Prize winners in the Spanish-speaking world and the cinematic use of Don Quijote in the American film Ghost Dog. He often writes reviews of Latin American scholarly texts for the journal Feminist Studies.

Dr. Burns also translates literature in and out of English, Spanish and Galician. He is currently finishing an extensive of anthology of Beat poetry, cotranslated into Spanish with notable Mexican poet Rubén Medina which will be published by Editorial Aldus in Mexico City. You can read an interview with him about his experience translating Galician and Latin American literature at this link:

Stephanie Quinn, Ph.D.
Assistant 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.
Sharon Meilahn Bartlett, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of French Ph.D. 
The University of Iowa M.A. 
The University of Northern Iowa B.A.
University of Wisconsin-River Falls 

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 is currently collaborating with a group of faculty to create an interdisciplinary gender studies program at Rockford University that will allow students to examine gender from a multitude of perspectives. 

She has studied, lived and worked extensively in 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 when she presented on listening strategies at the annual ACTFL Conference in Orlando, FL. 

Religion Faculty 

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