Steven M. Gardner
| Frances McReynolds Smith Professor of International Understanding
B.A. Alma College; M.A. University of Delaware-Newark; Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Gardner enjoys directing undergraduate research, in which students do field work in Spain or Latin America. He is also passionate about helping students to prepare to study abroad in Spain or Latin America. During the summers, he is usually in northern Spain, researching the resurgence of the medieval pilgrimage route, the Camino de Santiago, or traveling around South America. He has co-lead Illinois College BreakAway trips to Spain and Peru.
Margaret A. Marek, Chair
| Associate Professor of Modern Languages
B.A. St. Olaf College; M.A., Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University
Dr. Marek especially loves to teach Medieval and Early Modern Spanish literature (1200-1650) and to introduce students to manuscripts and manuscript culture. Dr. Marek’s primary research interest is the libro de pastores, a group of about 25 sixteenth and seventeenth-century Spanish novels that were outrageously popular in their day and whose protagonists were lovesick shepherds and shepherdesses. Outside of work, Dr. Marek enjoys playing soccer with her dog and going to antiques stores with her family.
| Assistant Professor of Modern Languages - Spanish
B.A. University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras; M.A., Ph.D., Florida International University at Miami.
Dr. Grullon-Garcia loves to teach Latin American Cultures and Literatures. She also enjoys to dialogue in Spanish with students, both learners of Spanish, as a second language, and the Latinx/Hispanic heritage students in the campus community. She is also the faculty advisor of Nuestra Casa, the first Latinx/Hispanic student organization on campus. Dr. Grullon-Garcia's research explores theories of cultural identities in 20th century Latin American and Caribbean Literature. She has co-lead Sustainable Bolivia BreakAway, 2017, and will be co-leading Cuba BreakAway in 2018.