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Department of World Languages and Philosophy

Meet our Faculty

Full-Time Faculty

Sharon FechterSharon Fechter, Ph.D.
Dean of Humanities, Professor of Spanish

Phone: 240-567-7563
Office: CF 225 Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus

Sharon Ahern Fechter, Ph.D., is Professor of Spanish and was the former chair of the department of World Languages and Philosophy at Montgomery College. She is currently the Interim Dean of Humanities. 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!.

Eddy Arana

Eddy Arana
Professor of Spanish and German

Phone: 240-567-4441
Office: MT 409

Eddy Arana joined the Montgomery College faculty in spring 2017. He has taught several institutions: Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), the Pennsylvania State University, Catholic University, United States Air Force LEAP Program, Montgomery College, German Language School Washington, D.C., and Die Vereinigte Kirche (United Church, D.C.). He has also worked as an independent consultant in translation, interpretation, curriculum development, and intercultural competence training for 15 years.

Professor Arana has studied at the University of Bonn, Germany; University of Salzburg, Austria; University of Alcalá de Henares, Spain; University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, and the Institute du Touraine in Tours, France.  He is a passionate teacher and learner of foreign languages.  He is working on his fourth language, French, and is contemplating a fifth:  Hindi-Urdu, Arabic or Farsi. 

Professor Arana regularly presents course materials and best teaching practices at local, regional, national, and international professional organizations and conferences. He has co-authored the teacher's edition of a first-year Spanish language and culture textbook: Ritmos in 2012.  Professor Arana was a contributing author to the Atlantic Council's 2015 publication Through a New Prism: A Next Generation Strategy for the U.S.-German Relationship.  In 2017, he was the sole author of Duolingo's smartphone app published and adapted to the first-year German textbook Treffpunkt Deutsch.   

Eddy Arana was recognized for excellence in teaching in 2013 and 2014 during his tenure at NOVA.  His research interests include second/third language acquisition and teaching, curriculum and instruction, the construction of identity and nation through language in German-speaking Europe, and Spanish bilingualism/heritage language maintenance in the U.S.  

When not teaching, Professor Arana enjoys films, traveling abroad, and international cuisine. 

J_Raul BasultoRaúl Basulto, M.A.,
Professor of Spanish

Phone: 240-567-4037
Office: MT 508


Sarah Campbell

Sarah Campbell, Ph.D.
World Languages Coordinator, Assistant Professor of Spanish

Phone: 240-567-4166
Office: MT 403

Professor Sarah Campbell has been teaching at Montgomery College since the fall of 2008 and is currently the coordinator of Arabic, Chinese, French, Korean, and Spanish classes for the Department of World Languages and Philosophy. She received her Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of Virginia. Before coming to Montgomery College, Dr. Campbell taught Spanish at the University of Virginia, the Graduate School USA, Northern Virginia Community College, Mesa College San Diego, and Mt. San Jacinto College.


Chris Collins, M.A.
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 ButlerCristina Daley Butler, M.A.
Department Chair of World Languages and Philosophy
Assistant Professor of Spanish

Phone: 240-567-7389
Office: MT 429A

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 GentileChristina Gentile, M.A.,
World Languages Coordinator, Associate Professor of Italian and Spanish

Phone: 240-567-7425
Office: MT 417

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 LasterPauline Laster, M.S.,
Assistant Professor of ASL

Phone: 301-637-2935 through Video Relay Services
Office: MT 422

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.

Peace Day 11cropTulin Levitas,
Professor of Philosophy

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 McWhirterTim McWhirter, Ph.D.,
Professor of Philosophy

Phone: 240-567-8026
Office: MT 404

Dr. 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.

Auksuole RubavichuteAuksuole Rubavichute, M.A.,
Coordinator of Philosophy, Associate Professor of Philosophy

Phone: 240-567-7432
Office: MT 416

Professor Rubavichute has over 15 years of experience teaching the whole gamut of philosophy and government courses, ranging from Medieval Philosophy to Twentieth-Century Philosophy. She also specializes in ethics and contemporary law, as well as in logic and critical thinking. She earned an M.A. in political philosophy from the University of Dallas, and is currently finishing her dissertation: Aristotle and the Right to Revolution: A Reconsideration of Politics V in light of Nicomachean Ethics III, 1. Professor Rubavichute is expected to receive her Ph.D. from the University of Dallas in December 2016. 

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