Adrian Del Caro
Professor and Head, Foreign Languages and Literatures, SC
Adrian Del Caro (B.A. Philosophy/German, Minnesota-Duluth 1976; MA German Minnesota-TC 1977; PhD German, Minnesota-TC 1979) is the new Head of Foreign Languages and Literatures. He served two terms as Chair at Colorado (Boulder), where he also served in the Graduate School as Associate Vice Chancellor for Graduate Education/Associate Dean. Most recently he served as Chair of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta. He is the author of monographs including Nietzsche Contra Nietzsche (1989), co-editor of German Studies in the Post-Holocaust Age (2000) and co-editor and translator of Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra (2006). Del Caro’s interdisciplinary teaching and research span the late eighteenth century to the present. He is drawn to figures and issues from the Age of Goethe, the fin-de-siècle, and generally those poets and thinkers whose works reveal a special affinity for the earth. His book in progress is a treatment of Goethe’s earth spirit (Erdgeist). Favorite courses over the years have been cross-listed with humanities, philosophy, comparative literature, and include the Faust-theme, Nietzsche, literature in the Age of Goethe, and nature and environment in German literature and thought.
Assistant Professor, English, HEAV
Kendall Leon is joining the Department of English after earning her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Writing from Michigan State University. Prior to moving to the Midwest, Kendall lived in northern California, where she received her BA in Multicultural and Gender Studies, and her MA in English from California State University, Chico.
Her research and teaching interests include cultural rhetorics, Chicana rhetoric, graduate student professionalization, digital writing, and community literacy studies. Her most recent research focused on the rhetorical making of an organization and an identity through an archival case study on the programmatic writing of one of the first Chicana feminist organizations. Other recent research projects have focused on the use of technology to support the education of teachers, graduate students’ digital writing habits, methodology in community literacy research, and new media in the service-learning classroom.
Cheryl Zhenyu Qian
Assistant Professor, Visual and Performing Arts, PAO
Cheryl Zhenyu Qian is an Assistant Professor of Interaction Design in Industrial Design at Purdue University. She received a B.Arch. from Southeast University in China, M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees of Interactive Arts and Technology from Simon Fraser University in Canada. She seeks to understand design as a cognitive process and to use computers to complement the capabilities of designers in creative and flexible ways. Apart from conducting research on design process, she also worked as an active designer, creating visual representations such as interactive and dynamic websites, 3D renderings and animations, developing multimedia courses to foster design education, analyzing use cases to improve multimedia repository design, and producing information visualization panels to support navigation.
As an academic researcher, apart from winning the 1st demo contest prize of I2LOR'07 and the 2nd demo contest prize of I2LOR'05, Dr. Qian has built up a publication list ranging from journals, conference proceedings, poster presentations, and book translations in the interdisciplinary domains of Interaction Design, Digital Learning, Computer-aided Design, and Human-computer Interaction. Her PhD dissertation won the Dean of Graduate Studies Convocation Medal from Simon Fraser University in 2010.
Assistant Professor, Foreign Languages and Literatures, SC
Jeffrey Turco is Assistant Professor of German in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. He received his Ph.D. in German Studies from Cornell University (2009), and also studied at the Universities of Tübingen and Heidelberg, the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, and the University of Iceland. Before joining the faculty at Purdue, he held appointments in German, Italian, and Comparative Literature at the Universities of Alberta and Western Ontario. His research focuses on medieval German and Scandinavian literature and society. He has received Fulbright grants to Germany and Iceland, and served as Visiting Curator of the Fiske Icelandic Collection. He is the editor of a volume of critical essays titled New Norse Studies from Cornell University Press (2011). Professor Turco's current projects deal with folklore and ideology, mythography and nationalism, and the image of the Middle Ages in 19th and 20th-century German politics and art, particularly in opera and film.