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Dr. Mohammad Agwa

Senior Lecturer of Arabic

Phone:
716.286.8212
 

Rachel Bailey, B.A., N.I.C.

Senior Lecturer of American Sign Language and Deaf Studies

Phone:
716.286.8212
Office Location:
Dunleavy 344

Rachel graduated from Niagara University in 2017 with a degree in Spanish and Liberal Arts (American Sign Language/Deaf Studies and Psychology) with a minor in French. Pursuing advanced study, she went on to become a nationally certified ASL/English interpreter.  Rachel teaches all levels of ASL and Deaf studies, and is an...

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Charles Begley

Senior Lecturer of Latin and Greek

Phone:
716.286.8212

Professor Begley joined the department in 2003. He earned his BA in Latin at SUNY Albany and his MS in Education from Canisius. He has also done further study in the areas of archaeology and literature at the American Academy in Rome and the American School of Classical Studies in...

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Dr. Henrik Borgstrom

Dr. Henrik Borgstrom

Professor of French. Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Phone:
716.286.8214
Office Location:
Alumni Hall 108

*Dr. C. Henrik Borgstrom.* Professor of French and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Borgstrom teaches intermediate and advanced French language, French cultural history, and French literature and theatre. His research specialization is French theatre of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and francophone African performance. He has presented scholarly...

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Ms. Rui Jun Chen

Adjunct Professor of Chinese

Phone:
716.286.8212
 
Amy  Crockford, M. Ed

Amy Crockford, M. Ed

Senior Lecturer of American Sign Language and Deaf Studies

Phone:
716.286-8212
Office Location:
Dunleavy 344

 Amy Crockford joined the ASL/Deaf Studies Department in 2018.  She received her Master of Education in Student Affairs Administration from the University at Buffalo.  She also attended Rochester Institute of Technology for her undergraduate work.  In addition to teaching college students, she is a Deaf interpreter.   Amy is author of...

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Dr. Shannon Dowd

Assistant Professor of Spanish

Phone:
716-286-8217
Office Location:
Dunleavy 349

Shannon Dowd teaches Spanish language and Latin American literature and culture courses. Her focus is on twentieth and twenty-first century literature and critical theory. She is currently completing a book about the literature and film of border wars in Central and South America. She has studied or presented research on...

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Richard Fysh

Lecturer of Spanish

Phone:
716-286-8212
Office Location:
Dunleavy 344
 
Nanette  L Harmon, MS Ed.

Nanette L Harmon, MS Ed.

Faculty Fellow. Director of ASL and Deaf Studies.

Phone:
716.286.8212
Office Location:
Dunleavy 348

 Nanette Harmon brings 40 years of teaching experience to the American Sign Language and Deaf Studies program. She holds a master's degree in Deaf Education.   In addition to her love for the unique language, she is passionate the d/Deaf experience.  As a late-deafened adult, Nanette is actively involved in the...

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Chihiro Heckman

Lecturer of Chinese

Phone:
716-286-8212
Office Location:
Dunleavy 344
 
Esteban Mayorga, Ph.D.

Esteban Mayorga, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Spanish. Latin American Studies Director

Phone:
716-286-8212
Office Location:
Dunleavy 344

Dr. Mayorga's research areas are the Latin American novel, travel writing, contemporary transatlantic fiction, and comparative literature. He is the author of several books of fiction, including Moscow, Idaho (2015), the novella Cuarenta (2018), and Faribole (2018). For his doctorate he wrote on travel writing and the Galápagos Islands. Every year Dr....

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Dr.  James McCutcheon

Dr. James McCutcheon

Chair, Dept. of Modern & Classical Languages. Associate Professor of Spanish

Phone:
716.286.8211
Office Location:
Dunleavy 347

Dr. McCutcheon teaches Spanish language and Peninsular Spanish literature and culture, as well as Latin American film and Hispanic women writers in English translation. He previously did research in Twentieth Century Peninsular Spanish Literature, with a particular focus on the continuing effects of the Spanish Civil War in post-Franco Spain....

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Krista Rahelich

Senior Lecturer of American Sign Language and Deaf Studies

Phone:
716.286.8212
Office Location:
Dunleavy 344

Professor Rahelich joined Niagara University in 2003. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Communicative Sciences from the University at Buffalo, and her Master's degree in Speech and Language Pathology from the University College at Buffalo. She currently teaches numerous levels of American Sign Language, and works as a speech pathologist full...

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Andrew Serio

Lecturer of Italian

Phone:
716-286-8212
Office Location:
Dunleavy 344
 

Luis Ulloa

Lecturer of Spanish

Phone:
716-286-8212
Office Location:
Dunleavy 344
 

Valerie Ward, B.A.

Senior Lecturer of American Sign Language and Deaf Studies

Phone:
716-286-8212
Office Location:
Dunleavy 344

Valerie is thrilled to be part of Niagara University’s American Sign Language & Deaf Studies team! She holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in American Sign Language, and Japanese from the University of Rochester. Upon graduating in 2014, she taught ASL classes at a small private school in Buffalo and at...

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