Language study teaches you to think critically and analytically, and introduces you to ways in which other cultures construct thought and make meaning. Our courses integrate culture, history, literature, and other creative productions into the learning experience, and introduce you to business discourse.
Patricia is a native Texan with Hispanic descent. She was born and raised in South Texas and has a passion for teaching the Spanish language. She holds a MA and BA in Communications from the University of Texas Pan American.
Tony Houston is Associate Professor of Spanish and Chair of Modern Languages. He received his PhD in Spanish from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1996 with a concentration in Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education.
Yuri Kondratiev completed his doctoral dissertation focusing on early modern history of medicine and literature entitled "The Unruly Body or the 'New Normal': Renaissance Pathology and the Literary Imagination." Adapting an interdisciplinary perspective.
Elisabetta Misuraca holds an MA in Italian Literature from Boston College and a BA in Italian from the University of Rhode Island. Being first generation Italian-American, she spent most of her life between Italy and the States where she continues to divide her time throughout the year. As an undergraduate, she studied abroad in Florence.
Heather Moon is a Lecturer in Spanish, and is also the academic Coordinator of the Spanish Program. She is the Faculty Advisor for the Bryant Chapter of Phi Sigma Iota, the international foreign language honor society. She blogs about film at http://elmundocinematograficoenelaula.blogspot.com/.
Yun Xiao is Professor of Chinese language and linguistics at Bryant University and served as the chair of the Department of Modern Languages (2007-2014). She received her Ph.D. in Linguistics from University of Hawaii in 1998. Her research interests are Second Language Acquisition, Heritage Language Learning, Chinese Linguistics, and Chinese Language Education.
Zenan Zhao is a Lecturer in Chinese Language at Bryant University. She is a Chinese native speaker. She holds an M.A. degree in Asian Civilizations with a specific focus on Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from the University of Iowa. She also has a B.A. degree in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from Nankai University, Tianjin, China.