Foreign Language Faculty
Major in Foreign Language

Foreign Language Faculty

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Ms. Tina M. Oyer Ponce

, M.S.
Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages

Phone: (315) 792-3028
Office: 286 Gordon Science Center

Tina earned her M.S. in Liberal Studies from Utica College (2009) and a B.A. in Music Education from SUNY-Fredonia (1988). Additionally, she has studied in Japan, earning a Graduate Research Degree (1990) from Aichi University of Education and a Certificate as a Suzuki Violin Instructor (1993) from the Talent Education Research Institute in Matsumoto. She has taught as an adjunct instructor at Utica College since 2012, winning the Adjunct Teaching Award in 2017

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Dr. John (Juan) A. Thomas

, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Spanish

Phone: (315) 223-2578
Office: 102 DePerno Hall

M.A.; Ph.D, Hispanic Linguistics,University at Albany. Ph.D., Inorganic Chemistry, MIT. Diploma Italian Linguistics, Università di Perugia. Diplomas Galician- Portuguese Philology, Instituto da lingua galega, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela. Before arriving at UC, Juan was Visiting Assistant Professor of Hispanic and Italian Studies at the University at Albany. His research interests include language contact, and attitudes toward languages. He has recently published an ethnographic and linguistic description of the local Hispanic community, Diary of a Small Hispanic Community (2017). ...More About John A. Thomas

Professor Barbara Witucki

Dr. Barbara L. Witucki

, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English

Phone: (315) 792-3829
Office: 201 ECJS Building

Barbara Witucki is an assistant professor in English and also teaches first-year Latin at Utica College. She completed an M.A. and Ph.D. in classical languages and literature at New York University where she specialized in Greek epic. Barbara also has an M.A. in English from Villanova University. Her current research interests include the ancient Greek novel and the influence of classical literature, art, and archeology on the British romantic authors. She has taught ancient Greek and Latin as well as literature courses and writing at the college, high school, and middle school levels.

Chair of Liberal Studies

B.A. Music Theory, Hunter College, CUNY
M.A. English, Villanova University
M.A. and Ph.D. Classical Languages and Literature, New York University

Areas of Interest:

Greco-Roman epic
Reception of classical literature in the long eighteenth century
Development of the novel

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Dr. Linda S. Zee

, Ph.D.
Professor of Spanish

Phone: (315) 223-2461
Office: 226 White Hall

Linda Zee has lived and traveled in Latin America [Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina] and Spain. Her principal areas of research are contemporary Latin American women writers and Latin American film. She has created a data base of films in Spanish that are literary adaptations, and is currently researching the Spanish-language film industry in Hollywood in the 1920s and 1930s, along with Mexican horror films of the 1950s and 1960s. She is active in the arts community in Utica, and also participates in cross-country skiing, distance running and gardening. ...More About Linda S. Zee


Dr. Frank Bergmann

, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of English and German

Neues Gymnasium Ravensburg, Germany
M.A. University of Arkansas
Ph.D. University of Tübingen, Germany

Areas of Interest:

American literature; emphasis on upstate New York
World literature; emphasis on the fairy tale

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Marie-Noëlle D. Little

Dr. Marie-Noëlle D. Little

, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita of French

Marie-Noëlle Little has lived in Sweden, France and Lebanon, before coming to this country in 1969. Most of her research has been on Francophone literature and interdisciplinary studies. ...More About Marie-Noëlle D. Little


Juan A. Thomas, Ph.D.
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Utica, NY 13502
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