Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures
Foreign Languages and Literatures is hosting a Japanese teachers conference!
The 31st Annual Southeastern Association of Teachers of Japanese (SEATJ) Conference will be held at MTSU on February 4-5, 2017 (Sat & Sun.). This is a regional conference that attracts participants from all over the US and Japan. Papers will be presented on topics related to Japanese language and teaching (language pedagogy, instructional technology, integrating culture into the classroom, classroom activities, second language acquisition, Japanese linguistics, Japanese literature and film, heritage language learners, K-12 issues in teaching Japanese and other related areas. The keynote speaker this year is Dr. Mutsuko Endo Hudson, Professor of Japanese and Linguistics at Michigan State University. More details can be found at the conference website: http://www.mtsu.edu/seatj/ For questions, contact: Dr. Priya Ananth (Priya.Ananth@mtsu.edu).
The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures would like to congratulate Dr. Ann McCullough.
Dr. McCullough was awarded the 2015-16 Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award during the MTSU Honors Annual Awards Ceremony on April 28th. The award was established in November 2004 by Dr. Jan Hayes to recognize faculty members who received the highest student evaluations teaching an Honors course. One Honors faculty member is selected over the course of the year's evaluations and is given the award at the MTSU Honors Annual Awards Ceremony each April.
Dr. McCullough is an associate professor of French in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. She received her Ph.D. from Emory University in French Language and Literature.
Two faculty members have been recognized for their outstanding contributions and performanceNancy Sloan Goldberg
Foreign Languages and Literatures Outstanding Research Award
Dr. Nancy Goldberg is a professor of French in the Department of Foreign languages and Literatures. She received her Ph.D. in French Literature from Vanderbilt University. Dr. Goldberg’s research interests focus on the interconnectedness of literature and politics in early twentieth- century France and specifically on fiction written during the World War I. She has published two books and twenty peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. These publications, written in English, French and Spanish, have appeared in well-known journals in France, England, Italy, Chile, Australia, and the United States. Recent publications include “Qui donc fermera la porte entr’ouverte?” and “The Home and the Nation in Women’s War Poetry” in Essays in French Literature and Culture and “Rereading Ventura García Calderón” in Hispania. Dr. Goldberg’s dual-language website, “French Writers of the great War/Les Écrivains Français de la Grande Guerre,” has provided access and information to a global community of students and scholars since 2006.
Jason L. Pettigrew Foreign Languages and literatures Outstanding Teacher Award
Jason Pettigrew is an assistant professor of Spanish in the Department of Foreign
languages and literatures. He received his Ph.D. in Modern Foreign languages at the
universityof Tennessee-Knoxville. He has been a member of the MTSU faculty since 2011.
Dr. Pettigrew has taught Spanish Language course at all levels, Hispanic American
literature, and an introductory course about teaching foreign languages. He also serves
as the faculty advisor to the MTSU Spanish Club and is a member of the graduate faculty
and honors faculty. His area of specialization is Hispanic American Literature, and
his main research interest is the literary analysis of poetry.
As an instructor of Spanish, Dr. Pettigrew wants students to realize that knowledge of other cultures and languages can not only help them, reach professional goals, but can also enrich their understanding and participation in national and world communities. He strives to maintain an approach to foreign language teaching that is informed by sound research on second language acquisition. He endeavors to keep his classroom learner-centered, open to different learning styles, and low-anxiety, so that students will feel comfortable experimenting with Spanish. Dr. Pettigrew also strives to integrate culture into his language classes. He not only wants students to build communicative competence in Spanish, but also to open their minds to the peoples and cultures of our interconnected world. The broadened perspective and cultural understanding that students gain through foreign language study are the ultimate goals of all his efforts in the classroom.