Marc Cadd

Marc Cadd is Associate Professor of German and Director of World Languages and Cultures.

Dr. Cadd received a B.A. from the University of Missouri-Columbia and an M.A. from the University of Houston, both in German. He received a Ph.D. in German, completing the SLATE (Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education) program at the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign.

He has been at Drake since 2005. Dr. Cadd teaches the Study Abroad Experience courses, as well as courses such as Intercultural Communication and U.S. Pluralism. His research interests include integrating Web. 2.0 tools into language learning and teaching, and using and assessing electronic portfolios.
Contact Marc Cadd or by phone: 515-271-3923.



Eduardo Garcia

Eduardo García-Villada is an Assistant Professor of Spanish in World Languages and Cultures. 

Dr. García received a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instructional Technology from Iowa State University, and an M.A. in Spanish Linguistics from the University of Iowa. 

He is a certified Spanish Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) tester by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). He has taught Spanish language in Iowa at the college and elementary school level for over twenty years.  His research interests and publications are in the areas of learner differences and motivation, Spanish language proficiency assessment, Spanish language acquisition, and Latin American cultural studies in computer-assisted language learning environments. 

Professor García-Villada is a staunch advocate for study abroad experiences and has traveled in Latin America, Europe, and Japan.  His other interests include multilingual poetry and bookmaking.
Sofía Paredes

Sofía Paredes is an Assistant Professor of Spanish

Dr.  Paredes received her Ph. D. in Spanish Linguistics with an emphasis in Second Language Acquisition from the University of California Davis in 2011.  She received her M.A. in Latin American Literature and Cultural Studies from the Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar and her BA in Spanish Literature and Pedagogy from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador in Quito, Ecuador.  She previously taught Spanish at the university level for several years in Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR and Trinity University in San Antonio, TX.  

Her research interests include Spanish in the US, heritage language pedagogy and development, and writing development of Spanish as a second language.

Chinatsu Sazawa

Chinatsu Sazawa is an Assistant Professor of Japanese at Drake.

She has taught Japanese at several institutions in Japan and in the United States including Middlebury College and PII (Princeton in Ishikawa).  She also teaches language teaching methods and world language cultural immersion courses.

She received her MA in Japanese pedagogy and Ph.D. in Language, Literacy and Culture, from the University of Iowa.  While a doctoral student, she studied ESL/EFL theory and pedagogy at Fresno Pacific University as a visiting scholar.









Nahed Waly

Nahed Waly is an Adjunct Instructor of Arabic at Drake University.  She began working at Drake in the Fall of 2012 teaching Intermediate Arabic I and Arabic Language and Culture.

Dr. Waly received her PhD in Botany from Cairo University, Egypt.  She worked as an Associate Professor in Plant Taxonomy and Flora at Cairo University and King Abdul-Aziz University in Saudi Arabia.

Her research interests include medicinal plants, plant anatomy and taxonomy in addition to Arabic language and culture.







Hicham Jennane

Jennane is an Adjunct Instructor of Arabic at Drake University.  He began working at Drake in the Fall of 2011 

Cyndi Chen

Cyndi Chen is a Visiting Instructor of Chinese at Drake University.  She began working at Drake in the Fall of 2012, teaching Beginning Chinese I, Intermediate Chinese I and Chinese Language and Culture.

Cyndi has bachelor's degrees from Soochow University in Taiwan and Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, a master's degree from University of South Dakota, and has completed her doctorate coursework in Adult and Higher Education Administration also at South Dakota.

Cyndi’s work experience includes international trade, social service, public administration, and teaching. She has also co-edited a textbook in business Chinese writing.








Frances Rockey

Frances Rockey is an Adjunct Instructor of German at Drake University.  She began working at Drake in the Fall of 2012, teaching Beginning German I and German Practical Speaking and Writing.

Frau Rockey received her BA in German from Grinnell College and her MA in German and Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.     She has attended numerous seminars in Germany related to culture, language and pedagogy and has traveled extensively in German-speaking Europe, including the former GDR (East Germany).    She taught many years at the secondary level and led 11 exchanges with partner schools in Hamburg and Lindenberg im Allgäu.








Heather Campbell

Heather Campbell is an adjunct instructor of French. She earned a B.A. from Drake and an M.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, both in French. She studied in Paris and worked for a time in London and Dublin. Before joining World Languages and Cultures in 2013, she taught undergraduate French in Santa Barbara and English as a Second Language in Des Moines. She also has worked as an editor for many years, notably at Encyclopaedia Britannica in Chicago.

Christen Bain

Christen Bain holds a BA in International Relations and an MPA with a focus on non-profit administration.  She works full-time at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa.  She is involved in the Des Moines international community through the Iowa International Center and numerous French expatriate organizations including a small theatre troupe.  Christen also translates and interprets French for recently arrived immigrants and refugee families in the area.

She can be reached via email at christen.bain@drake.edu.  





Lars Vinz

Lars Vinz is an Adjunct Instructor of German at Drake University.  He began working at Drake in the Fall of 2012 teaching Intermediate German I and German Film.



Dina Khayrushina

Dina Khayrushina is an Adjunct Instructor of Russian at Drake University.  She began working at Drake in the Fall of 2011 and will be teaching Beginning Russian I and Intermediate Russian I in the fall of 2012. 





Clayton Mitchell

Clayton Mitchell is the Director of the Jane Evans Language Center.  Clayton helps students in their language learning by showing them how recent technologies can aid them in their explorations of language. Contact Clayton Mitchell  





Faculty Emeritus

Jan Marston

Jan Marston directed Drake University Virtual Language Studies, piloting a model for offering less commonly taught languages (LCTLs) online, using real-time videoconferencing. The federally-funded research study was conducted during the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 academic years.  Five private colleges and universities participated in the consortium.

From 2007-2009, Dr. Marston led The Network for Effective Language Learning (NELL) program under the auspices of the Council of Independent Colleges, and funded by the W.M. Keck Foundation.  NELL was designed to help institutions explore innovative approaches to foreign language learning. More than 40 institutions participated in this three-year grant project.  

Dr. Marston came to Drake in 2002, when she founded the Drake University Language Acquisition Program (the predecessor of World Languages and Cultures).  She retired from the University in the Fall of 2011