Employment Opportunity

Visiting Assistant Professor of Italian - The Department of Modern Languages at Kansas State University invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor of Italian, term position, for the 2015-2016 academic year, with an option to be renewed. Completed PhD by August 2015 preferred, ABD considered. Native or near-native proficiency in Italian required. Generalist with ability to teach introductory and intermediate language courses. Candidate will teach 5 courses annually, supervise one graduate teaching assistant, and coordinate offerings in Italian. Undergraduate teaching experience and experience with coordination, including graduate student teacher supervision, are assets. Successful candidate will value diversity in all its dimensions, and consider different cultural perspectives in solving problems in this area. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Review of applications will begin April 27 and continue until the position is filled. Interviews via Skype. Please send letter of application, vita, and at least three letters of recommendation, only. Please submit materials electronically via interfolio. Prof. Melinda A. Cro, Department of Modern Languages, 104 Eisenhower Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506-1003. Kansas State University is an EOE of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans. Background check required.


Publications, Conferences, and other Modern Languages Contributions

OctoberSeptemberAugustJune & July


January 2015


Kathleen Antonioli’s article, "Classic and Modern: Colette Criticism in the Interwar," has been published online by the journal Modern & Contemporary France, and is slated to be published in print in Volume 23, Issue 3. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09639489.2014.988129#preview

Presentations, Lectures, Conferences & Exhibitions: 

Melinda A. Cro presented "Pastoral Galleries in Remy Belleau’s Bergerie (1565): The Function of Collectionist Ekphrasis in Belleau’s Conception of the Pastoral Mode" to the division on Sixteenth-Century French literature at the Modern Language Association annual convention in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Robert Clark presented a paper, "In Your Skin: Incarnation and Our Humanity," at the meeting of the Annual Convention of the Modern Language Association, Vancouver, Canada, January 12, 2015.


Melinda A. Cro was awarded a Faculty Development Award in the amount of $1000 to support her travel to the MLA annual convention in Vancouver, BC, Canada to present her research.

​Janice McGregor received partial FDA support to travel to Toronto, Ontario. She will present the paper "Conflicting competences: Negotiating 'enoughness' in study abroad" at AAAL (American Association for Applied Linguistics) in March 2015.


As part of the Spanish in Action CAT Community, Angélique Courbou took a group of 14 freshmen for 10 days to Atenas, Costa Rica, as part of a service learning study abroad trip. Students used their leadership and Spanish skills to negotiate and learn to build a partial playground out of concrete in a nutrition center for children. They also painted and helped clean up the center.

Claire L. Dehon reviewed two articles for "French Review".

Douglas Benson was one of four University Distinguished Teaching Scholars invited to participate in a panel on Staying Motivated as a Teacher for the Faculty Excellence in Teaching Exchange (FETE) Teaching Workshop, sponsored by the K-State Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) on January 30-31.


October 2014


Derek Hillard published "Are There Painful Images? Ernst Jünger and Beholding Pain in Photography" in "Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies" Volume 50, Number 4 (461-82).

Necia Chronister published an article titled "Narrating the Fault Lines: German Literature since the Fall of the Wall" as an online exclusive for the literary magazine World Literature Today.

Robert Clark published an article entitled ‘Jacques Copeau médiéviste: Le Miracle du pain doré aux Hospices de Beaune (1943)’ (with Isabelle Ragnard). Nouveaux Cahiers de la Comédie-Française 2 (2014): 39-43.

Presentations, Lectures, Conferences & Exhibitions:

María Teresa DePaoli presented "Defying Culture: Women Screenwriters’ Struggle in the Mexican Film Industry, and the Dynamics of Fashion in the Workplace." Screenwriting Research Network 7th International Conference, Oct. 16-19, at the Film University Babelsberg-Konrad Wolf in Potsdam, Germany.

Melinda A. Cro presented "The Function of Space in Honoré d'Urfé's L'Astrée: The Interplay of Physical, Textual, and Imaginary Spaces" at the annual meeting of the Society for Interdisciplinary French Seventeenth-Century Studies in London, Ontario, Canada on October 16, 2014.

Laura Kanost presented “Exploring Kansas Service Learning Practitioners’ Usage of Best Practices.” With co-presenters Anna M. Page and Carrie J. Lane. Campus Compact Heartland Conference. Oct. 2, 2014.


Melinda Cro and Kathleen Antonioli, in collaboration with the French section, received a competitive "Tournees" grant from the French government to host a French film festival at K-State this Spring.



María Teresa DePaoli was one of only four, out of more than 400 nominated, awarded the Verizon Nueva Latina Estrella Award 2014. Dr. DePaoli was the recipient in the category of education.


Kumiko Nakamura organized and hosted the information table of Japanese language programs in the state of Kansas to promote Japanese language study at college level during the Greater Kansas City Japan Festival, held at Johnson County Community College on October 11, 2014. At the festival, she also supervised the public performance, by students of the Japanese Language Program, of the "kamishibai" (traditional Japanese paper story-telling theater).

Pablo Martínez has been confirmed as a Peer Review of Teaching Program (PRTP) fellow for the 2014-2015 academic year. Dr. Martínez has also joined the Editorial Board of the journal, Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature, produced by the Modern Languages Department.



September 2014


Kathleen Antonioli published a book review: “The Livres-Souvenirs of Colette: Genre and the Telling of Time.” Modern Language Review. 109.4 2014: 1088-1089.​

Robert Clark published an essay, “Spiritual Exercises: The Making of Interior Faith.” in The Oxford Handbook of the Middle Ages (Oxford: Oxford UP) pp. 271-86.

Melinda A. Cro had an article, " Montaigne’s Italian Voyage: Alterity and Linguistic Appropriation in the Journal de Voyage​," accepted to South Atlantic Review​ for their special issue, "Travel and Memoir" forthcoming next year.

Presentations, Lectures, Conferences & Exhibitions:

At the German Studies Association conference in Kansas City, four Modern Languages faculty members made presentations:

  • Jan Oliver Jost-Fritz presented a paper, “Languages of the Self. Pietism, Affect, and Poetry in the Long Eighteenth Century.”
  • Sara Luly presented a paper, "Observing Pain: Women, Physicians and the Case Studies of Animal Magnetism"
  • Necia Chronister presented a paper, "Death in the New Economy: Reevaluating the Oberflächenästhetik in Judith Hermann’s Alice​"
  • Derek Hillard was on a roundtable, "Conclusions and Perspectives: The Body and Emotions, 1500–1990."



Angélique Courbou served as the Kansas Board of Regents Core Outcomes Group Chair for Spanish. On September 12, she met with representatives from twelve other institutions across the state of Kansas to discuss the core learning outcomes for Spanish III. They were charged to create 4-6 shared outcomes in order to facilitate transfer by the Transfer and Articulation Committee of the Board of Regents.

Melinda A. Cro served as representative for French at the Kansas Board of Regents Core Outcomes Group for French 2 on September 12, 2014. She will serve as chair of the Core Outcome Group for French next year.


August 2014


Claire Dehon published Le roman en Côte d'Ivoire: Une nouvelle griotique, volume 64 of Francophone Cultures & Literatures, a Peter Lang monograph series. New York: Peter Lang, 2014

Robert Clark edited The Ritual Life of Medieval Europe: Papers by and for C. Clifford Flannigan, volume 52/53 2014 of ROMARD: Research on Medieval and Renaissance Drama. London, Ontario: First Circle Publishing, 2014.

Laura Kanost published “Spanish after service-learning: A comparative study”. Journal of Service-Learning in Higher Education 3 (2014). http://journals.sfu.ca/jslhe/index.php/jslhe/article/view/63/20

Jan Jost-Fritz published Geordnete Spontaneität. Lyrische Subjektivität bei Achim von Arnim. Heidelberg: Winter 2014. (Ordered Spontaneity: Poetic Subjectivity in Achim von Arnim)


Presentations, Lectures, Conferences & Exhibitions:

Janice McGregor received FDA support to travel to Brisbane, Australia in August, 2014 and presented a paper "Metalinguistic L2 learner talk-in-interaction in a study abroad context" at the AILA (International Association of Applied Linguistics) World Congress. She was also invited to give a talk as a part of the Applied Linguistics Seminar Series at the University of Queensland called "Language learning, desire, and identity in a study abroad".


June & July 2014


Melinda Cro published an article, "Pastoral Geography and Utopistic Considerations in Honore d'Urfe's L'Astree" in June in Moreana (Vol. 51, nos. 195-195, pp. 115-129), a peer-reviewed French journal that specializes in early modern literature.




Rossana Fialdini Zambrano met with with several Spanish women playwrights, conducted research in the archives of the National Library of Spain and the Center of Theatre Documentation in Madrid, and met with Dr. Mila Martín Clavijo, head of the theatre section of Aracne Editions, for a project entitled "Mothers & Daughters in Spanish Contemporary Theatre.” The project focuses on plays written in the 20 Century regarding this subject, and will be published next year by Aracne Editions.

Janice McGregor traveled to Berlin, Germany and collected linguistic landscape data  as a part of her project "Meaning-making as a social practice: The linguistic landscape of Berlin" in June, 2014.



Li Yang and Janice McGregor co-taught an intensive seminar on Intercultural Communication for English Language Program instructors in May, 2014.

Laura Kanost evaluated four books nominated for the Lewis Galantière Award, which the American Translators Association gives biennially for a distinguished book-length literary translation into English.

Kumiko Nakamura participated in the Japanese language Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) Tester Workshop conducted by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) from June 17 to 20, 2014 in Provo, Utah. She has started a full certification training in Japanese with an ACTFL OPI trainee. The travel was funded by Academic Excellence Fund from Office of the Provost.

Li Yang participated in the ACTFL Chinese language Oral Proficiency Interview Tester Workshop June 17-20 in Provo, Utah.


September 2013

Presentations, Lectures, Conferences & Exhibitions:

Earl Brown was invited to form part of a panel discussion in the colloquium "Celebrating Varieties of New Mexican Spanish" held on September 27th in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in conjunction with Homecoming at the University of New Mexico. The colloquium was organized to honor the work of Dr. Garland Bills and Dr. Neddy Vigil, especially the corpus "New Mexico - Colorado Spanish Survey". Dr. Brown was asked to prepare a more in-depth answer to the question: "How have the New Mexico - Colorado Spanish Survey and other corpora of spoken Spanish contributed to our understanding of Southwest Spanish?".



Maria Teresa DePaoli traveled to Mexico City, during the month of September, to conduct research on the Mexican screenplay. She reviewed archives at the National General Archive of Lecumberri, in UNAM Filmoteca, and in the National Cinemateque, and was able to collect copies of documents that are fundamental to her research project. In addition, she viewed various films that are only available onsite.


Salvador Oropesa evaluated an article for the journal Chasqui of Latin American Studies, Arizona State University.

The Department of Modern Languages held a successful retreat Saturday September 28 from 9 am to 1 pm at Four Points by Sheraton Hotel. 20 faculty were in attendance.

On September 27, Melinda Cro served as the Kansas Board of Regents Core Outcomes Group Chair for French; she met with representatives from nine other institutions across the state of Kansas to discuss core learning outcomes for French I. Angélique Courbou served as the Kansas Board of Regents Core Outcomes Group Chair for Spanish, and met with representatives from eleven other institutions across the state of Kansas to discuss the core learning outcomes for Spanish II. Each of these groups was charged to create 4-6 shared outcomes in order to facilitate transfer by the Transfer and Articulation Committee of the Board of Regents.


August 2013


Necia Chronister’s article, "Domestic Disputes: Envisioning the Gender of Home in the Era of Re-privatization in Eastern Germany" was published in _Heimat Goes Mobile: Hybrid Forms of Home in Literature and Film_. Ed. Gabi Eichmanns and Yvonne Franke. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013.

Claire L. Dehon published the article "L'Amour et l'argent: les romancières francophones d'Afrique subsaharienne dans leur role d'intellectuelles (1958-2010" in C. Hogarth and N. Edwards, "The Contemporary Francophone African Intellectual", Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013, pp. 93-118.

Salvador Oropesa published: “El cuerpo como escritura: Salvador Novo de la vanguardia a la crónica rosa”.  Narratología y discursos múltiples.  Homenaje a David William Foster.  Eds. Daniel Altamiranda y Diana Salem.  Buenos Aires: Dunken, 2013.  281-90. He also published the following review article: “Barroco de Indias”. Américo Larralde Rangel. El eclipse del sueño de Sor Juana; Diarmaid MacCulloch. Christianity. The First Three Thousand Years; Anna More. Baroque Sovereignty. Carlos de Sigüenza y Góngora and the Creole Archive of Colonial Mexico; Manuel Rivero Rodríguez. La edad de oro de los virreyes. El virreinato en la monarquía hispana durante los siglos XVI y XVII; Gisela von Wobeser. Cielo, infierno y purgatorio durante el virreinato de la Nueva España. Chasqui 42.2 (2013): 18, and the following book review: Iker González-Allende.  Líneas de fuego.  Género y nación en la narrativa española durante la Guerra Civil (1936-1939).  Letras femeninas 39.1 (2013): 204-06.


Presentations, Lectures, Conferences & Exhibitions:

Laura Kanost presented “Screenplay Translation and Skopos: Practical Examples from Works by Mexican Women Screenwriters.” Screenwriting Research Network International Conference. University of Wisconsin-Madison. August 21, 2013.


Laura Kanost was elected to serve as the editor of the journal Studies in Twentieth and Twenty-first Century Literature.

Sara Luly participated in the Fulbright Seminar for American Faculty in German/German Studies. Fifteen applicants were chosen to take part in a 14 day seminar on current developments in German secondary- and post-secondary education. Session topics included the changing demographic of German schools and universities, new approaches to teaching German as a second language, and the role of the European Union in post-secondary education. All expenses were paid for by Fulbright and the University of Tuebingen.

Salvador Oropesa served as External evaluator for promotion to associate professor and tenure of a faculty member of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Colorado State University. He also refereed an article for the Symposium Journal in Modern Literatures of Syracuse University, and reviewed three manuscripts for the following journals: Chasqui; Hispanic Journal; Journal of Popular Romance Studies.