Language Faculty

Cary Campbell wearing blue collar shirt

Cary Campbell

Assistant Professor of French Language and Culture

Cary Campbell wearing blue collar shirt
Cary Campbell

 

Instructor of French Dr. Cary Campbell comes to Antioch College most recently from the University of Pittsburgh where he served for two years as their Coordinator of French Language programs.  He also trained there both as a linguist and as a literary scholar.  From his undergraduate training both in Linguistics and French, he developed interests in language pedagogy, syntax, Romantic and Francophone narrative fiction.  They eventually culminated in his MA in literature and linguistics, and in his PhD in African literature with a dissertation focusing on the construction of national identity in recent novels from Côte d'Ivoire.  Today, he is broadening his dissertation topic into a book project comparing literary representations of national identity across a range of African Francophone countries.

While pursuing this education, Dr. Campbell kept a busy schedule teaching all levels of French, as well as courses in phonology, approaches to literature, the history of the French Atlantic, the African novel of French expression, and Anticolonialism.  His fifteen years of teaching experience has also included collaboration on several online French textbooks and interactive video-based French courses, earning him Contributing Author credits on Carnegie Mellon's award winning Open Learning Initiative French Online program.  Dr. Campbell has a long history of applying proficiency-based and communicative methods in the classroom and in infusing all his classes, from elementary French to advanced literature, with the cultural products, practices and perspectives he developed a love for during his overseas experiences in France and in Côte d'Ivoire.

 

EDUCATION

  • PhD French Language and Literature, University of Pittsburgh, 2010
  • PHD-level Cultural Studies Certificate, University of Pittsburgh, 2005
  • MA French Linguistics and Literature, University of Pittsburgh, 2002
  • BA French / BA Linguistics, Brigham Young University, 1999

COURSES

  • FRAN 110 Introductory French I
  • FRAN 210 Intermediate French I
  • FRAN 310 Advanced French I

SCHOLARLY ACTIVITIES

  • "Veronique Tadjo’s Loin de mon père: Postcolonial National Identity and the Reification of Allegory": Cincinnati Conference in Romance Languages and Literatures – April 2014
  • "Subaltern Perspectives and National Liberation: Béti, Nganang, and the Literary Strategy of the Underdog": African Literature Association Conference – March 2013
  • "The Post-Ivoirité Kourouma: A Postcolonial Pro-national Prescience": Pennsylvania Foreign Language Conference – September 2012
  • "Re-reading Les Soleils in the light of Ivoirité: Kourouma as postcolonial nationalist": African Literature Association Conference – April 2012
  • "La Persistance de Nation: Boni, Tadjo et l’Ivoirité": African Literature Association Conference Panel – April 2011
  • "Nègres et nègres: Tanella Boni on French latent racism and neocolonial Côte d’Ivoire": Cincinnati Conference in Romance Languages and Literatures – May 2009
  • "The National Tug of Home: National Identity in the Parisian African Immigrant Community of Alain Mabanckou's Bleu Blanc Rouge": African Literature Association Conference Panel – March 2007
  • "Che vuoi, Piccolo Principe?: Slavoj Žižek's take on Lacanian Subjectivity in St. Éxupéry's Le Petit prince": Faculty/Graduate Departmental Seminar – November 2004
  • "How We Add Technology to the Mix": TA Panel for the Multimedia in Language Learning Workshop Series, Robert Henderson Language Media Center, University of Pittsburgh – September 2004
  • "Do They Get It? : A Study on Assessing Comprehension in Foreign Language Learners": Faculty/Graduate Departmental Seminar – March 2002

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • "The Persistence of Nation: Allegory and Ivoirité in Véronique Tadjo’s Novels": Women in French Studies – currently under consideration

Didier Franco

Assistant Professor of Spanish Language/Culture

Didier Franco

Didier Franco, Instructor of Spanish, received his MA in Latin American Literatures and Cultures, Summa Cum Laude, from Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago. He has also received a Certificate of Achievement from the College of Graduate Studies and Research, at Northeastern Illinois University. Didier is a member of the SIGMA DELTA PI, National Honor Society in Spanish, The Association of College Honor Societies, and a member of the NACADA, National Academic Advising Association. Didier previously taught both Spanish and Literature at the City Colleges of Chicago. Didier has recently received a certificate from CARLA, The Center for Advanced Research and Language Acquisition, for completion of study in teaching language online. His future research interests include the exploration of various identities in United States Latino literature emphasizing their significance and role in past and modern American Intersectionalism.

 

EDUCATION

  • Master of Arts in Latin American Literatures and Cultures (Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL, 2014)
  • Bachelors of Arts in Spanish (Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL, 2010)​

COURSES

  • SPAN 110: Introductory Spanish I Didier expresses his fondness for the Spanish 110 introductory course. This course is designed for students who are new to Spanish or for students with some basic background in the language but need to refresh their skills. The course stands out to Didier as one of his favorites as he enjoys the privilege to first introduce students to Spanish language and culture. SPAN 110 is based on a communicative approach to language learning thus the classroom is always full of new topics, discussions and students begin to incorporate the Spanish language in everyday communication.
  • SPAN 210: Intermediate Spanish I Spanish 210 is the first course in the intermediate level of Spanish and the continuation of Spanish 140. Spanish 210 is the first course that is not a requirement for the college but rather is comprised of students from the first year that choose to devote their time to further learning the Spanish language and possibly continue with the optional 3 year track. The classes are typically smaller than the first year and full of committed, enthusiastic students. As students move forward they are able to build deeper relationships with each other, their instructor and the Spanish language culture. These students are beginning to think more critically and express themselves more deeply in the Spanish language through topics related to their own lives and the global world. Areas of study may include but are not limited to: reading writing and speaking of the Spanish language, as well as culture, literature, film and poetry of the Spanish speaking world.
  • SPAN 320: Advance Spanish II Spanish 320 is a fun course as students are more deeply studying Latin American topics through literature and other authentic texts. Each week the course focuses on a different topic allowing students and the instructor to discuss and think critically about the themes presented. Areas of study may include but not be limited to: love, revolution, family, immigration, identity, social justice and other topics in Latin America. These topics are explored through Latin American film, theater, poetry, literature, articles, biographies and more.
Toyoko Miwa-Osborne

Toyoko Miwa-Osborne

Instructor of Japanese

Toyoko Miwa-Osborne
Toyoko Miwa-Osborne

 

Toyoko was born in Nagoya, Japan. She majored in English at Aoyama Gakuin University, which is located in the Shibuya/Harajuku section of Tokyo. After teaching English at a public junior high school in her hometown, she moved to Washington, D.C. to study TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), a part of Applied Linguistics at American University and received a Master of Arts there. After graduation, she had an opportunity to teach Japanese at a college level and found that it was more rewarding than teaching English in Japan.

The institutions include American University, John’s Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS), University of Hawaii at Manoa, UCLA, Miami University at Oxford, OH, and Wright State University, Dayton, OH.

She has resided in Yellow Springs, OH, for over 20 years.

Different languages and cultures have always fascinated Toyoko. She realized as a child that people speak different languages and live differently, she is always curious about their languages, cultures and views. She has traveled to many countries and appreciates the diversity of their lives.

 

EDUCATION

  • MA, Applied Linguistics, American University, Washington, D.C. - Specialized in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • BA, English, Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo, Japan

COURSES

  • JAPN 110 – 140: Introductory Japanese I - IV
  • JAPN 210 – 240: Intermediate Japanese I - IV
  • JAPN 310 – 340: Advanced Japanese I - IV