Associate Professor of French; Department Chair of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Ph.D., University of Iowa
M.A., 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. She and Dr. Jennifer Langworthy, chair of Art and Art History, will take a group of students to France in May of 2014.

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.

Associate Professor of Spanish
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A., University of Maine
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:


Contemporary Hispanic Poets: Cultural Production in the Global, Digital Age (Cambria Press, 2015)

The English translation of Chilean poet Raúl Hernández's work Aesthetic of the Rain (DíazGrey, 2015)

"The Emergence of the Mediated Poet: Leopoldo María Panero in Roberto Bolaño's 2666" in the Spanish journal 1616: Anuario de literatura comparada (2013).

In collaboration with Rubén Medina, he co-translated and co-edited an anthology of Beat poetry titled Una tribu de salvajes improvisando a las puertas del infierno (Aldus, 2012).
Adjunct Professor of Religion
Phone: 815-394-5013
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison
M.A., University of Wisconsin - Madison
M.A., University of Wisconsin - Madison
B.A., University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Phone: 815-226-4123
E-mail: MLoyola@rockford.edu
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.
Emeritus Professor of Classics
Ph.D., University of Cincinnati
M.A., University of Cincinnati
B.A., University of Illinois
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.

Associate Professor of Classical Studies
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
M.A., Vanderbilt University
B.A., The College of the City of NewYork
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).
Adjunct Professor, Coordinator of Religious Studies
Ph. D., Loyola University Chicago‌
M.A., Loyola University Chicago
M.A., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
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:

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

Department Information

Languages, Literatures and Cultures
113 Colman Library
5050 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108
Fax: 815-394-5171

Sharon Meilahn Bartlett, Ph.D.