Foreign Language

Meet Our Faculty

Our faculty is comprised of a diverse and energetic group of professionals who are passionate about the language and culture they teach and are committed to fostering strong conversational skills in a second language. Department offerings are enhanced by the use of technological innovations and films. Our Spanish faculty have expertise in the areas of Peninsular Spanish and Spanish American literature.

Jose Alvarez-Fernandez

Chair, Department of Foreign Languages; Associate Professor of Foreign Languages
Ph.D., Michigan State University; M.A., B.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Katherine Smith Barry

Lecturer, Foreign Languages
M.A., Simmons College en Córdoba, Spain; B.A., St. Lawrence University


Fathi El-Shihibi

Visiting Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages
Ph.D., Boston University; M.A., Northeastern University; B.A., Benghazi University


Isa Orvieto

Lecturer, Foreign Languages; Italian Program Coordinator
M.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst; M.A., University La Sapienza Rome, Italy


Arlyn Sanchez Silva

Associate Professor of Spanish
Ph.D., M.A., Harvard University; B.A., University of Puerto Rico


Cheryl Tano

Lecturer, Foreign Languages
Ph.D. Candidate, Boston University; M.A., Boston College; B.S., Salem State College; Certificat de la Langue Française, Université de Caen, France