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Dr. Miguel Zapata, Chair
Associate Professor
Department of Modern Foreign Languages
229 Hill Hall
(304) 766-3068

Dr. Zapata loves languages, culture, and several national literatures, but he loves even more teaching and exchanging ideas about these subjects.  His most important class goal is to create a non-stressful atmosphere where all students can participate. It is through participation and engagement in a variety of topics how students really learn. Dr. Zapata will challenge his students to do their best work, but he will do it gently, just like the sun goes down. This is why one of his favorite sayings is: sin prisa, pero sin pausa.
Dr. Zapata has degrees in Education, in English, in Spanish, and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature. He has many years of experience both nationally and internationally. He is also an editor for two international journals. Some of his hobbies are fitness, health, and gastronomy.     


Mrs. Carol Susman
Department of Modern Foreign Languages
228 Hill Hall
(304) 766-3124

Mrs. Susman teaches French language, culture, and civilization courses at WVSU.  After majoring in French at IUPUI (Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis), she spent a year living with a family in Paris, France, to further her language skills and knowledge of French culture.  She earned her Post-Baccalaureate Teaching Degree from Marshall University Graduate College and has studied at Dijon University and the Alliance Française (Paris.)  At WVSU, she organizes the Cercle français which brings together students, faculty, and community members to practice French language skills and enjoy French-themed cultural activities. 

Dr. James Natsis                                                                 
Director of International Programs
Department of Modern Foreign Languages
218 Hill Hall
(304) 766-4249

James J. Natsis is a faculty member of the Modern Foreign Language Department and Coordinator of the International Studies degree program at West Virginia State University. He is a former Peace Corp volunteer who served for two years in Chad, Sub-Saharan Africa, and conducted his doctoral research in North Africa.  He holds a BA degree in French from the University of Missouri at St. Louis, an MA in International Affairs—African Studies, and the Ph.D. in International Education from Ohio University.  He serves on the WV Commission on International Education and on the Council for the WV Higher Education Policy Commission Consortium for Internationalizing Higher Education. He speaks French and Spanish.

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