Melissa L. Fiori, tenured, Associate Professor in the Modern Languages Department, received her Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition from The Pennsylvania State University in 2004 with the Department of Spanish, Italian & Portuguese. She obtained her M.A. in Spanish Literature, Language and Culture of the Spanish Speaking World from Middlebury College in 1998 (Vermont & Madrid), and completed her undergraduate work from Bucknell University in 1997 with a degree in Spanish and International Relations (Latin American History and Politics).
Dr. Fiori holds teaching experience in the United States (Juniata College, Florida State University, Lake Forest College, W.R. Harper College), Spain (Cadalso de los Vidrios Elementary and Middle/High School), and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (Near East University) teaching language, linguistics, and culture courses in Spanish and ESL/EFL.
At Daemen College she serves the Modern Languages Department as: the Middle States Assessment Liaison, the TEAC Assessment Liaison, and the Virtual Language Learning Project Director. She has served the college on numerous official and ad-hoc committees.
She has published and presented articles on Technology and Language Learning:
- Blattner, G. & Fiori, M. (2011). Virtual Social Network Communities: An Investigation of Language Learners’ Development of Sociopragmatic Awareness and Multiliteracy Skills, Calico Journal V.29,1.
- Blattner, G. & Fiori, M. (2009). Facebook in the Language Classroom: Promises and Possibilities. International Journal of Instructional Technology & Distance Learning, v.6, 1, ISSN 1550-6908.
- Fiori, M. (2006). Instructor-Student Interaction: Form/Meaning Chat. Academic Exchange Quarterly: Language. Spring 2006.
- Fiori, M. (2005). The Development of Grammatical Competence through Synchronous Computer-mediated Communication. CALICO Journal. 22, 3.
Katherine Anson is originally from Colombia. She earned her Ph.D. in Latin American Literature and Cultural Studies from The University of Arizona, where she also received an M.A. in Hispanic Literature and a B.A in Sociology. Dr. Anson’s work concentrates on the effects of literature and culture in the urban development of the Latin American cities. Her larger research interests include urban studies, Latin American film, gender and sexuality studies, sociology of the body, and border studies. She is currently working on a project that explores cultural activism in contemporary Bogotá’s and Mexico City’s anti-gentrification movements.