Luce Aubry

Assistant Professor, ASL

Office: O'Connor Hall Room 209
Phone Number: 508.215.5907, VP 508.202.7852

Education: BA (Classics and Philosophy) University of Minnesota; ALM (Linguistics) Harvard University, CI/CT

Courses: American Sign Language/English Interpreting I through IV, ASL Linguistics, Reading and Analysis of Research in Interpreting, Undergraduate Research in Interpreting, general linguistics courses

Luce Aubry has been an interpreter educator for over 10 years, having taught in programs in Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire.  She is also a nationally Certified Interpreter and Transliterator, with over 30 years of experience in a multitude of settings.  She has served as a rater for state interpreter screening system under the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and for the Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education.  Born and raised in French Canada of Deaf parents, Prof. Aubry is proficient in French, LSQ (Langue des signes québecoise), English and American Sign Language. She has published French-to-English translations of articles about interpreting and the Deaf community.


Dr. Andrew P. J. Byrne

ASL Program Coordinator, Assistant Professor, ASL

Office: O'Connor Hall, Room 214
Phone Number: 508.283.7708 (Video Phone)

Education: PhD - York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; MSc - McDaniel College, Westminster, MD; BA - Gallaudet University, Washington, DC

Courses: Introduction to Deaf Studies, American Sign Language I, Advanced American Sign Language III & IV.  

Born to Deaf parents in Perth, Ontario, Canada, Dr. Andrew Byrne attended the Sir James Whitney School for the Deaf in Belleville, Ontario from 1972 to 1978 and 1980 to 1985. His parents were also students at the school in the 1940s and 1950s. He was in a Perth public school from 1978 to 1980. Following his 1985 graduation, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History (Magna Cum Laude) from Gallaudet University in Washington, DC in 1989 and a Master of Science degree in Deaf Education from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD in 2001.

In 2014, Dr. Byrne completed his 214-page dissertation entitled American Sign Language (ASL) Literacy and ASL Literature: A Critical Appraisal and earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Education – Language, Culture, and Teaching from York University. He is the second alumnus in the history of the Sir James Whitney School for the Deaf to earn a doctoral degree.

Dr. Byrne has been a teacher for 24 years in Canada and the United States teaching at the E. C. Drury School for the Deaf in Milton, Ontario, York University in Toronto, Ontario, McDaniel College in Westminster, MD, the Hawaii School for the Deaf and Blind in Honolulu, the University of Hawaii at Moana, and Lamar University in Beaumont, TX. Currently, he is an assistant professor in the Department of World Languages at Framingham State University.

Dr. Byrne is the recording secretary and the newsletter editor of the Society for American Sign Language (SASL), a professional organization that disseminates new and high-quality knowledge and research related to the linguistics and aesthetics of ASL. He has given numerous presentations on ASL literature and published editorials and articles in the SASL trimonthly newsletter, American Annals of the Deaf, and the SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia. His current areas of interest are literary genre studies, genre formation, ASL literary criticism, and the canon of ASL literary works.

Dr. Emilce A. Cordeiro


Office: O'Connor Hall, Room 202
Phone Number: 508.626.4660

Education: B.A. Universidad de Río Cuarto, Córdoba, Argentina; Ph.D. Temple University, Philadelphia.

Courses: Professor Cordeiro has been interested in teaching courses related to film studies, literature, culture and civilization, as well as courses related to the learning of Spanish.

Originally from Argentina, Dr. Cordeiro is interested in the study of contemporary Latin American films dealing with gender, social and political issues. She is the Coordinator for the Master of Education with a Concentration in Spanish and an active member of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) and a member of the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association (MaFLA).


Ms. Jane Rizzitano

Visiting Lecturer

Office: O'Connor Hall, Room 207
Phone Number: 508.215.5678

Education: M.Ed. Cambridge College; MA, Framingham State University; BA Boston College

Courses: Spanish I

Jane Rizzitano is a retired Foreign Language Educator with thirty-four years of experience teaching in suburban, as well as urban schools. In 2004 she and her co-author published an intermediate college Spanish text through Prentice Hall School.  From 2004-2016 she served as the Foreign Language Coordinator grades 6-12 for the Brockton Public Schools, supervising and evaluating a staff of thirty-two in ten schools while establishing programs in Chinese, Portuguese, Heritage Spanish, and Medical Interpretation and Translation.  She served on the Massachusetts Foreign Language Board 2007-2014, serving as Conference Chair in 2012, and President in 2014. She also served on the AATSP Board as a member and Treasurer from 2002 -2012.  



Dr. Mary-Ann Stadtler-Chester, Department Chair

Professor, French/Chinese

Office: O'Connor Hall Room 206
Phone Number: 508.626.4672

Dr. Stadtler-Chester teaches French, Chinese and Education courses for undergraduate and graduate students.

Ms. Lauren Taylor

Visiting Lecturer, French/Russian/Spanish

Office: O'Connor Hall, Room 207
Phone Number: 508.215.5678


Education: M.A. Boston College;  B.A.,  Framingham State College 

Courses: French I, Spanish I, and Russian

Additional areas of studyexpertise and instruction:  Spanish for medical professionals, medical interpreter and technical and medical translation, foreign film (French, Spanish, German, Hungarian, Argentine )

Additional training (medical interpreting ) : University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester, MA and Columbia MetroWest Medical Center, Framingham, MA

In addition to the French and Spanish language courses offered through the FSU Wold Languages Department Lauren has taught courses in Spanish for the Medical professions for nurses and allied health professionals at Wesleyan University in Omaha, Nebraska . She has also taught courses in medical terminology and protocol within the Hispanic community at the University of  Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, Ma. where she trained as an interpreter.  

Extracurricular involvement:  Lauren has conducted foreign film discussion groups at the Southborough Public Library and has plans to expand the offerings at the Southborough and other libraries in the area to include a French story hour.  Presently she is working on a Haiku poem book which includes poems in French and English according to this very unique Japanese style .     




Dr. Everton Vargas da Costa

Assistant Professor

Office: O'Connor Hall, Room 204
Phone Number: 508.626.4680

Education: PhD in Applied Linguistics, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Courses: Elementary Portuguese, Intermediate Spanish, Romance Linguistics.

Dr. Vargas da Costa is from Brazil and has been teaching Portuguese as an Additional Language since 2004. His range of experience includes instructor positions in Ecuador, Brazil and United States of America. His research interests and publications concentrate in teachers’ education practices and ethnographic methods, second language learning and assessment, and the elaboration of pedagogical materials for project-based learning. More recently, Dr. Vargas da Costa has been collaborating with research and training of teachers of Portuguese as a Heritage Language. An enthusiast of collaborative work, he is one of the editors of the volume “Teaching and Learning of Portuguese Language and Brazilian Culture around the Globe” (BoaVista Press, 2018), which reunites experiences of Brazilian Lecturers from thirteen countries.


Dr. Fei Yu

Visiting Assistant Professor, Chinese

Office: O'Connor Hall, Room 210
Phone Number: 508.626.4236

Education: B.A. Taizhou University, M.A. Shanghai University, Ph.D. University of Nebraska-Lincoln 

Courses: Elementary Chinese I; Chinese Writing System; Through the Dragon's Eyes

Dr. Yu's  primary areas of interest in research include student motivation and attitude in foreign language education, teacher experiences and beliefs relating to foreign language education, foreign language immersion education, culture in the foreign language classroom, and English as a second language education. Specifically, she is interested in classroom-based research, concerning real problems in language teaching and learning. She is also interested in discourse analysis to bring new perspectives to the educational arena.