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Department of World Languages and Philosophy

Meet our Faculty


Sharon Fechter, Ph.D.,  Department Chair, Professor of Spanish Dr. Sharon Fechter, Chair of WL/PL 

Phone: 240-567-7563 


Office: MT 429A 

Sharon Ahern Fechter, Ph.D., is Professor of Spanish and chair of the department of World Languages and Philosophy at Montgomery College. She earned her Ph.D. from New York University and her M.A. and B.A. from The Catholic University of America.  Dr. Fechter was awarded the 2009 Outstanding Teacher of the Year for Two-Year Colleges by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP).   She is an associate editor for the refereed journal Hispania and has served on the Executive Council of the AATSP, on the Montgomery County Public Schools Foreign Language Curriculum Advisory Committee, and is an active member of numerous professional organizations.  She previously served as Director of Inter-Institutional Collaboration for Project 2001 at Middlebury College, a project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon foundation to foster the innovative use of instructional technologies in foreign language education.  She has presented and published on numerous topics dealing with foreign language pedagogy, literature, distance education, and international education.  She is co-author of the textbook for advanced beginners, Paso adelante, co-author of the laboratory manual for ¡En directo! and author of the online task-based activities for ¡Arriba!.

Raúl Basulto,  M.A., Associate   Professor of Spanish Raul Basulto 

Phone: 240-567-4037


Office: MT 508 

Sarah Campbell

Sarah Campbell,   Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Spanish 

Phone: 240-567-4166 



Professor Sarah Campbell received a B.A. in Latin American Studies and an M.A. in Spanish from the University of Virginia.  Before coming to Montgomery College, she taught Spanish classes at the University of Virginia, the Graduate School at USDA, Northern Virginia Community College, Mesa College San Diego, and Mt. San Jacinto College.  She is currently writing her dissertation, "Bourbon (Re)Conquests: Epic, Empire, and Enlightenment from Madrid to Mexico City," and recently presented on eighteenth-century Hispanic epic and blended learning in community colleges at professional conferences.  She has been teaching at Montgomery College since the fall of 2008 and is the Faculty Liaison to the Digital Language Lab.

Currently on leave

Chris Collins, M.A., Coordinator of Philosophy, Assistant Professor of Philosophy    

Phone: 240-567-7427 


Office: MT 405 

Professor Collins earned his M.A. in philosophy at West Chester University; he taught philosophy courses there as well as at Montgomery County Community college in Pennsylvania.  He is interested in multiculturalism and specializes in the thought of John Dewey.  Professor Collins also teaches at a local high school. 

Cristina Daley,   M.A., Assistant   Professor of Spanish C Daley 1 

Phone: 240-567-7389 


Office: MT 431-C 

Professor Cristina D. Butler earned her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language, Literature and Cultures and her Master of Arts in Spanish Literature.  She has taught at the University of Maryland as a teaching assistant, and as an adjunct professor at Trinity University in the District of Columbia.  She has been teaching at Montgomery College since 2006, first as an adjunct professor and then joining the World Languages and Philosophy Department as an Assistant Professor in 2008.  Her research interests include Spanish Caribbean and colonial and Latino literature.

Kately Demougeot, Ed.D., Professor of French 

Phone: 240-567-7424 


Office: MT 510 

Christina Gentile, M.A., Coordinator World Languages, DLL Liaison, Professor of Italian and Spanish

Phone:  240-567-7425


Office:  MT 431-D

Professor Gentile holds an M.A. in Romance Languages & Literature (Italian and Spanish) from the Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. with a double major in Romance Languages & Literature as well as a Citation in Renaissance Studies from the University of Maryland at College Park. She has taught Italian and Spanish at Montgomery College since spring 2007. In addition to teaching, Prof. Gentile is also a freelance translator and interpreter and has worked for National Geographic Television and Film, the Library of Congress, and the United States Postal Service among other translation companies.

Pauline Laster, M.S., Coordinator of Sign Language and Assistant Professor of ASL  

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Office: CC 243 Pauline Laster

Professor Pauline Laster is originally from Texas. The eldest child of five generations of Deaf families with a combination of Deaf, hard of hearing and hearing children of deaf adults (CODA), she is the American Sign Language Coordinator and Assistant Professor of ASL at Montgomery College. She graduated from Gallaudet University with a B.S. in Government and received her Master's in Deaf Education from McDaniel College in 1997. Professor Laster has extensive experience teaching ASL, translation, storytelling, and Deaf interpreting. She has taught children and parents how to sign when reading. She has taught at the college level for eight years and for five years in elementary and high schools. She formerly ran an after-school program in Frederick County teaching ASL to hearing children with auditory receptive problems. Professor. Laster is also a workshop presenter for the Maryland Department of Education for the Registry for Interpreters for the Deaf (RID). She has also served as a panelist for several organizations. 

Tulin Levitas, M.A., Professor of Philosophy Peace Day 11crop 

Phone: 240-567-7430 


Office: MT 415 

Professor Levitas has a special personal background:  she has connections with each of the three major religious traditions of the West, and hence is especially qualified for classes in religions.  She has been a Fulbright scholar and a Smithsonian Fellow.  She holds two master's degrees in philosophy, one from Boston University, the other from the University of Maryland. 

Tim McWhirter, Ph.D.,  Professor of Philosophy 

Tim McWhirter

Phone: 240-567-8026                                                     


Office: MT 517

Professor McWhirter specializes in the philosophy of science, ethics, and nineteenth and twentieth century continental philosophy.  He has published and presented work internationally and directed two grant funded research projects that focused on sustainability.  Professor McWhirter holds a B. A. in philosophy from the University of South Florida and a Ph. D. in philosophy from Florida State University.

Bill Soderberg, Ph.D.,  Professor of Philosophy 

Phone: 240-567-7428 


Office: MT 518 

Professor Soderberg received his M.A. in English from Catholic University and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Georgetown University.  His Ph.D. dissertation was entitled "Genetic Obligations to Future Generations." 

Robert White, M.A., Professor of Philosophy 

Phone: 240-567-7432Bob White


Office: MT 519

Professor White specializes in twentieth century philosophy, the philosophies of art and of religion, mysticism, shamanism and indigenous religions, Jungian thought, the near death experience, and paradigms of thought.  He also teaches in the Montgomery Scholars program.  Professor White holds the MFA degree from the University of Iowa.

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