Welcome to Romance and Classical Studies! The work done in RCS underlines how language not only allows us to communicate, but also reveals the rich cultural fabrics that makes up today’s global society. The department’s members are a dynamic and productive community of scholars and instructors whose innovative approaches to pedagogy and research are second to none. As Interim Chair for the next two years, I relish the opportunity to learn from my colleagues’ accomplishments and help promote their endeavors.
As the department moves forward, we will see many new faces in Wells Hall during the upcoming year. It is my pleasure to welcome Dr. Silvina Bongiovanni to the faculty as our newest tenure-stream Assistant Professor. Dr. Bongiovanni’s areas of specialization are Phonetics and Phonology, and I am certain that her impact on the both the undergraduate and graduate linguistics curricula will be immediate. Dr. Victor Rodríguez-Pereira also joins the faculty as a fixed-term Assistant Professor of Medieval and Early Modern Studies. He will teach a wide array of classes, including two graduate seminars. William Reyes Cubides will start in August as the Basic Language Coordinator for Spanish. Mr. Reyes Cubides has extensive experience in language coordination and pedagogy, making him the ideal person to take the lead in overseeing the extensive Spanish language curriculum in RCS.
Now is a time of change and transition as we work together to promote active language learning and productive research in linguistic, literary and cultural studies. In addition to the projects housed in the department, RCS will continue to promote the Humanities in collaboration with other departments and units both in the CAL and in other colleges at MSU. The department’s outreach to the local, regional, and international communities is noteworthy.
Indeed, the future is bright for RCS and I am fortunate to be a part of it. I wish everyone a great year!
-Professor Tony Grubbs, Interim Chair