Modern Languages & Literature

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Modern Languages and Literature Faculty

Department of Modern Languages and Literature

James Lu, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair, Department of Modern Languages and Literature
Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Office Phone: (951) 343-4277/3434590
E-mail: jlu@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: W.E. James Building, Room 256

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. English Duke University 1992
M.A. English Duke University 1988
M.A. Literature Institute of American Literature 1985

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W. Daniel Blair, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of American Sign Language
Director, Center for Deaf Studies
Office Phone: (951) 343-4762
E-mail: dblair@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: W.E. James Building, Room 284

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Educational Research University of Alabama 2006
M.Div. Theology/Ministry Beeson Divinity School, Samford University 1995
B.G.S. General Studies Samford University 1992

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Berniece Bruinius Alspach, Ph.D. (ABD)

Assistant Professor of English
Office Phone: (951) 343-4943
E-mail: balspach@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: W. E. James Building, Room 260B

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. (ABD) English Claremont Graduate University Projected 2016
M.A. English California Baptist University 2006
B.A. English Florida State University 1998

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Toni Dingman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English
Office Phone: (951) 343-4545
E-mail: tdingman@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: W. E. James Building, Room 265

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Mythological Studies - Emphasis in Jungian Psychology Pacifica Graduate Institute 2009/2011
M.A. English Literature California Baptist University 2005
M.A. Composition/Rhetoric California State University, San Bernardino 1989

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L. Maggie Fanning, Ph.D.

English Lecturer
Office Phone: (951)343.4697
E-mail: lfanning@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: James Building, Room 252

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. English Claremont Graduate University Projected 2016
M. A. English California Baptist University 2008
B. A. English California Baptist University May 2006

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William Flores, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Spanish
Director of the Spanish Program
Faculty Senate President
Office Phone: (951) 343-4646
E-mail: wflores@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: W.E. James Building, Room 285

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Spanish University of California at Riverside 2011
M.S.E. Spanish Harding University 2005
M.Ed. English Hyles-Anderson College 1999

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David Isaacs, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of English
Office Phone: (951) 343-4373
E-mail: disaacs@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: W.E. James Building, Room 261

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Cultural Studies Claremont Graduate University Projected 2016
M.A. Faith and Culture Trinity Graduate School 2000
M.A. Christian Apologetics Simon Greenleaf University 2000
B.A. English California State University at San Bernardino 1985

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DawnEllen Jacobs, Ph.D.

Vice Provost
Professor of English
Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO)
Office Phone: (951) 343-4275
E-mail: djacobs@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Eugene and Billie Yeager Center, Room C214

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Comparative Literature University of California at Riverside 1993
M.A. Comparative Literature University of California at Riverside 1991
B.A. English Northern Illinois University 1978

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Carla Liu, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor of English and TESOL
Office Phone: (951) 343-4434
E-mail: cliu@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: W.E. James Building, Room 279

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ed.D. TESOL(Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Alliant International University Projected 2017
M.S. TESOL Nazareth College of Rochester 1990
B.A. Education/French Hope College 1984

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Khamla Dhouti Martinez, Ph.D.

Lecturer in Spanish
Office Phone: (951) 343-4541
E-mail: kdhouti-martinez@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Jame Building 250

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Spanish, Afro-Caribbean Literature University of Texas at Austin 2002
M.A. Spanish Middlebury College 1994
B.A. Romance Languages Washington & Lee University 1991

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Jennifer Newton, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English
Director, M.A. Program in English
Office Phone: (951) 343-4276
E-mail: jnewton@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: W.E. James Building, Room 262

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. English Baylor University 2004
M.A. English Baylor University 1999
B.A. English LeTourneau University 1997

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Gilberto Perez, M.A.

Associate Professor of Spanish, Literature and Cultural Studies
Office Phone: (951) 343-4337
E-mail: gperez@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: W.E. James Building, Room 255

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
M.A. Education Claremont Graduate University 1990
B.A. Spanish/History University of California at Riverside 1972

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Irina Renfro, M.A.

Assistant Professor of Modern Languages and Literature
Office Phone: (951) 343-4549
E-mail: irenfro@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: W.E. James Building, Room 258

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
M.A. Languages & Literature St. Petersburg University, Russia 1974
B.A. Languages & Literature Saratov State University, Russia 1967

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Noé Ruvalcaba, Ph. D

Assistant Professor of Spanish
Office Phone: (951) 552-8778
E-mail: nruvalcaba@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: James Building, Room 286

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph. D Spanish University of California, Riverside December 2011
M.A. Spanish University of California, Riverside June 2007
B.A. Spanish University of California, Santa Barbara June 2005
B.A. Latin American Studies University of California, Santa Barbara June 2005

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Owen Staley, Ph.D.

Lecturer in Modern Languages and Literature
Office Phone: (951) 343-4697
E-mail: ostaley@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: W. E. James Building, Room 252

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. English University of California at Los Angeles 1996
M.A. English University of California at Berkeley 1987
A.B. Environmental Studies University of California at Berkeley 1980

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Erika Travis, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of English & Behavioral Sciences
Office Phone: (951) 343-4362
E-mail: etravis@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: W.E. James Building, Room 260A

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. English Claremont Graduate University Projected 2015
M.A. English California Baptist University 2006
B.A. English and Behavioral Science California Baptist University 2002

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Jennifer Tronti, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of English
Director of Undergraduate English Program
Office Phone: (951) 343-4290
E-mail: jtronti@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Office Location: W.E. James Building, Room 269

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Mythological Studies Pacifica Graduate Institute Projected 2016
M.A. English Claremont Graduate School 1995
B.A. English California Baptist College 1994

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Derek Updegraff, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of English
Office Phone: (951) 552-8779
E-mail: dupdegraff@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: James Building, 259

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. English University of Missouri 2013
M.A. English University of Missouri 2008
M.F.A. Creative Writing California State University, Long Beach 2005
B.A. English: Creative Writing California State University, Long Beach 2002

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Laura Veltman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of American Literature
Office Phone: (951) 343-4649
E-mail: lveltman@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: W.E. James Building, Room 264

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. English University of Wisconsin at Madison 2006
M.A. English University of Wisconsin at Madison 1998
B.A. English and Psychology Calvin College 1996

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Deron Walker, Ph.D

Professor of English
Office Phone: (951) 343-4652
E-mail: dwalker@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: W.E. James Building, Room 281

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D Education Southern Illinois University 2004
M.A. History Eastern Illinois University 1995
B.A. History Eastern Illinois University 1994

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Rosemary Welsh

Department Secretary
Office Phone: 951-343-4590
E-mail: rwelsh@calbaptist.edu

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