Through effective communicative instruction, we prepare students to read, speak, write, and understand Spanish and Portuguese. Our course offerings reflect and respond to the diversity of our students, who include: heritage speakers, non-traditional students, professionals in a variety of fields, as well as traditional students. We encourage students to participate in study abroad programs and second-language activities as a means of improving proficiency.

Faculty are actively engaged in advancing knowledge in their respective areas of expertise and striving to link, in the manner most beneficial for students, critical and scholarly work to classroom instruction and advising activities.

We assume a leadership role in disseminating Hispanic, U.S. Latino, and Luso-Brazilian culture, not only to the campus community but to the Milwaukee area and the state of Wisconsin as well.

Portuguese Courses

Spanish Courses

NameRankDegreeSchoolGraduate FacultyEmeritus Faculty
Susana Antunes Assistant Professor PhD University of Massachusetts-Amherst No No
Nancy Bird-Soto Professor PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison Yes No
Santiago Daydi-Tolson Professor Emerita PhD No Yes
César Ferreira Professor PhD University of Texas-Austin Yes No
R. John McCaw Associate Professor PhD Princeton University Yes No
Ismael Márquez Professor Emerita PhD No Yes
Gabriel Rei-Doval Grela Associate Professor PhD Universidad de Santiago de Compostela Yes No
Julio Rodríguez-Luis Professor Emerita PhD No Yes
M. Estrella Sotomayor Senior Lecturer PhD University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee No No
Ester Suárez-Felipe Senior Lecturer MA University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee No No
Marguerite Suárez-Murias Professor Emerita PhD No Yes
Allison Libbey Senior Lecturer, Spanish Language Coordinator PhD University of Virginia No No
Pierre Ullman Professor Emerita PhD No Yes
Katie Vater Associate Professor PhD Pennsylvania State University Yes No
Kathleen M. Wheatley Associate Professor, Chair PhD University of Michigan Yes No
Magaly Zeise Senior Lecturer Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia No No