Faculty

Department of Modern Languages and Literature

James Lu, Ph.D.

Professor of English
Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Department Chair, Modern Languages and Literature
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.

Associate 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. English Claremont Graduate University 2016
M.A. English California Baptist University 2006
B.A. English Florida State University 1998

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David Isaacs, M.A.

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
M.A. Christian Apologetics Simon Greenleaf University 2000
M.A. Faith and Culture Trinity Graduate School 2000
B.A. English California State University at San Bernardino 1985

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Toni Kirk, Ph.D.

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 2011
M.A. English Literature California Baptist University 2005
M.A. Composition/Rhetoric California State University, San Bernardino 1989

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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 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.

Assistant Professor of Spanish
Program Director, 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.

Professor of 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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Noé Ruvalcaba, Ph.D.

Associate 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 2011
M.A. Spanish University of California, Riverside 2007
B.A. Spanish University of California, Santa Barbara 2005
B.A. Latin American Studies University of California, Santa Barbara 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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Tae Sung, PhD

Associate Professor of English
Founding Director of University Writing Center
Office Phone: 951-552-8992
E-mail: tsung@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Lancer Arms #54

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
PhD English UC Irvine
MA Theology Fuller Seminary
BA English UC San Diego

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Erika Travis, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English and 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 2016
M.A. English California Baptist University 2006
B.A. English and Behavioral Science California Baptist University 2002

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Jennifer Tronti, M.A.

Assistant Professor of English
Program Director, English (Undergraduate)
Office Phone: (951) 343-4290
E-mail: jtronti@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Office Location: W.E. James Building, Room #258

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
M.A. Mythological Studies Pacifica Graduate Institute 2009
M.A. Literature in English Claremont Graduate School 1995
B.A. English California Baptist College 1994

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Laura Veltman, Ph.D.

Professor of American Literature
Director, Graduate Program in English
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, Modern Languages and Literature
Office Phone: 951-343-4590
E-mail: rwelsh@calbaptist.edu

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