Luce Aubry
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 at Northeastern University, the University of Southern Maine and the University of 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.


Emilce A. Cordeiro
Dr. Emilce A. Cordeiro, Department Chair


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).


Shanna Grossinger

Visiting Lecturer

Shanna Grossinger has been an educator working with secondary Deaf and Hard of Hearing students in K-12 system for more than 5 years. She also teaches ASL at the post secondary level courses and works with sign language interpreters, serving as their language mentor. Born and raised in California to Deaf parents, she is proficient in American Sign Language and English. She is passionate about technology, e-learning, and traveling.

Katie McCarthy

Visiting Lecturer


Education: MBA, University of Sioux Falls; BA, California State University, Northridge

Courses: ASL 101 and ASL 202

Katie McCarthy is a visiting lecturer at Framingham State University. Born Deaf and a native ASL user, she has taught American Sign Language and Deaf Culture courses at various colleges the past eleven years, including Grand Rapids Community College, Emerson College, Simmons University, and Framingham State University. She enjoys encouraging ASL students of all levels, helping them gain more knowledge and immersion of the language and culture. Katie graduated from the Road to Deaf Interpreting program in 2017 and is currently studying to be a Certified Deaf Interpreter. She is employed full-time since 2014 with Boston Children’s Hospital as the Coordinator of Outreach and Support Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program. Katie is a Southern Californian at heart but calls Massachusetts home. She enjoys reading, history, traveling, cooking and spending time with her family.

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.  



Lauren Taylor-Fernandes
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.