Foreign Language Faculty Photo

Our faculty at the closing social event for the 2017-2018 school year.


Spanish Faculty

Dr. Anne Connor, Professor and Program Chair

Dr. Anne Connor


Office: Central 217
Phone: 541 552-6743

Educational Background

PhD, Vanderbilt University, 2004
MA, Vanderbilt University, 1998
BA, Brown University, 1994

Academic Interests and Background

Dr. Connor, Professor of Spanish, Director of the Summer Language Institute for Spanish Teachers, and Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, is particularly interested in Contemporary Latin American Literature and Film, U.S. Latino Literature and Culture, Women Writers of Latin America, and Music and Culture of Latin America.

Dr. Enrique Chacón, Assistant Professor

Dr. Enrique Chacon



Office: Central 207
Phone: 541 552-6182

Educational Background

PhD, University of Pittsburgh 2015
MA, University of Pittsburgh 2011
MA, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla 2009
BA, Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila 2001

Academic Interests and Background

Dr. Enrique Chacón is Assistant Professor of Spanish. His main focus is Mexican Literature and Culture. He approaches different contemporary topics from the Cultural Studies perspective as well as Critical Theory. He has studied humor in Poetry as well as the Narrative and Intellectual production in the second half of the 20th century in Mexico, paying special attention to the figure of Juan García Ponce. His current research includes the representations of violence in Latin America and US Latino Culture.

Dr. Brian Sullivan, Senior Instructor

Dr. Brian Sullivan



Office: Central 203
Phone: 541 552-6737

Educational Background

PhD, University of New Mexico, 1992
MA, University of Texas at El Paso, 1985
BA, Drake University, 1971

Academic Interests and Background

Dr. Sullivan, a former Peace Corps volunteer, lived 4 years in Costa Rica, followed by 18 along the U.S. Mexico Border. From 1992 until 2000 he was an instructor of Spanish and ESL at El Paso Community College where he also coordinated student and faculty excursions into the Mexican interior. Brian then worked as an Assistant Professor of Spanish and Teaching Methods at Keene State College of New Hampshire - a similar post he eventually held the first time he was hired by SOU (2003-2005). After another year of teaching and doing research on the Border, Brian returned to SOU in the fall of 2006 to teach Spanish. In his spare time he translates and writes his own creative work.

Viola Olsen, Instructor

Viola Olsen

Office: Central 212
Phone: 541-552-6814

Educational Background

EdM, Oregon State University
BA, Texas A&M University: Graduated with Highest Honors
Adult and Higher Education Specialist
Spanish Language Studies at U.N.A.M. and Madrid

Academic Interests and Background

Focus on Adult Education: Language Proficiency and Critical/Creative Thinking

To learn academic Spanish, Dr. Olsen studied grammar, literature, and composition at the University of Mexico and more recently studied the works of the Spanish mystical poets in Spain. Besides teaching Spanish classes at SOU, Dr. Olsen also teaches a distance education class for Rogue Community College and facilitates workshops for the state of Oregon.

Lady Vanderlip, Senior Instructor

Lady Vanderlip, M.A.



Office: Central 206
Phone: 541-552-6742

Educational Background

MA Southern Oregon University
BA University of Panama

Academic Interests and Background

Lady Vanderlip was born and raised in Las Lomas in the outskirts of David in the province of Chiriqui, Panama. She is the youngest of four children, graduated from La Escuela Primaria Victoriano Lorenzo and Colegio Felix Olivares Contreras, and has a degree in Public Administration from La Facultad de Administracion Publica, University of Panama in Panama City. Lady is also a certified translator and has a Master's Degree from Southern Oregon University.