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Who We Are : Contact Us

School of Global Languages, Literatures and Cultures
The Pennsylvania State University
442 Burrowes Building
University Park, PA 16802 USA
Phone: 814-865-1168
Fax: 814-863-8882
Dr. Caroline D. Eckhardt, Smeal Chair in Literary Theory & Comparative Criticism & Prof. of Comparative Literature & English

The College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State created a School of Global Languages, Literatures and Cultures to house several small- to medium-sized academic units, and to serve as a point of interchange among all of the college's language and literature units.

The School is composed of the Department of Asian Studies, the Department of Comparative Literature, the Department of French and Francophone Studies, the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures, and the Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. Students are enrolled in courses and degree programs within their departments or programs (the School itself does not offer courses or degrees).

The School's purpose is to promote the study and knowledge of foreign and second languages and literatures, particularly where the interests of language and literature intersect. It is intended to serve as a point of innovation, cooperation, collaboration and interchange among all the language and literature units at Penn State.  It engages in activities such as conferences, symposia, the coordination of collaborative grant proposals, invitations to visiting scholars, and assistance in promoting interdisciplinary education abroad opportunities that center on language and literatures.

Each Department within the School has its own structure and autonomy; for information and contacts for specific departments, we invite you to visit  the individual program and department websites listed on the homepage.



Olivia D. Brown

  • Administrative Support Coordinator 3
(814) 863-4288

Rebecca Cross

  • Administrative Support Coordinator 4
(814) 863-5417

Elena Galinova

  • Academic Director, Language Institute at Penn State
(814) 867-1665

Alysa Hickey

  • Administrative Support Assistant 3
(814) 865-1168

Leah Osowski

  • Administrative Support Coordinator 3
(814) 865-1016

Mary Price

  • Administrative Support Assistant 3
(814) 865-7233

Heather Rutten

  • Administrative Support Assistant 3
(814) 863-0997

Laura Shaffer

  • Administrative Support Assistant 3
(814) 865-1352

Wendy Shaffer

  • Liberal Arts Financial Assistant, Regional Support Supervisor
(814) 865-6384

Jennifer Sholtis

  • Academic Adviser 3

Thomas Spencer

  • Academic Advisor
(814) 865-0342

Nate Whitehill

  • Administrative Support Assistant 3
(814) 867-4430

Teresa Yost

  • Liberal Arts Financial Assistant
(814) 863-9426