Meet Our Faculty
Associate Professor of Spanish
Joshua has been teaching Spanish at COCC since 2010. He holds a bachelor’s degree in international studies and master’s degree in Spanish, both from Bowling Green State University. His degrees were complimented by extended periods abroad studying at the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, just outside Madrid. In addition to serving as an interpreter on numerous medical missions to La Esperanza, Honduras, and San Lucas Tolimán and Ciudad Guatemala, Guatemala, Joshua has served the Central Oregon community as an interpreter for agencies such as Mosaic Medical, Partners for the Americas, and COCC’s own dental outreach clinic.
Most recently, Joshua and fellow faculty member Lin Hong translated a lengthy handbook (into Spanish and Mandarin Chinese, respectively) for the Guardian Group, a local nonprofit dedicated to the prevention of human trafficking. In addition to his community efforts, he and his family recently spent a term on sabbatical in Málaga, studying at the Centro Internacional de Español, part of the Universidad de Málaga. Josh is an active member of the Central Oregon Symphony, avid guitarist, and enjoys Spanish zombie novels.
Associate Professor of Chinese
Growing up in Harbin, China, Lin always felt a strong connection to school — the blackboards, the friendships, her dedicated teachers. It was the impact of those early educators that put Lin on her career path, one that ultimately lead her overseas and then across the United States. After earning degrees in Chinese language and Chinese linguistics in her home country, and then teaching Chinese language to China-based international students for over a decade, Lin landed exchange program positions at both Clemson University and Penn State. But she kept her sights on COCC and Central Oregon, places that she had visited with her family.
In 2015, Lin leapt at a chance to join the College as it set out to establish a Chinese language program. Hong helped design the curriculum and now teaches courses in subjects like Chinese Mandarin and Chinese film. "It's the perfect job for me," says the associate professor. Student enthusiasm for Chinese studies, she says, has been gratifying. "My students have the passion to know the country, to know the culture...I feel I'm really lucky."
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Professor of Spanish
After living in Spain for two years, Chuck received his bachelor’s degree in Spanish from California State University, Stanislaus, and then followed up with his master’s degree in Spanish from California State University, Fresno.
Since arriving at COCC, Chuck has focused on ways to make learning a new language more accessible for students and has organized and escorted over a dozen groups to Spain and Mexico. "I struggled with Spanish in high school," says Chuck, "but then I went to Spain for two years, where I became fascinated with the structure of the language while falling in love with the people and the culture of that country." Chuck has authored numerous computer programs to help students practice Spanish, wrote a Spanish grammar pocket book, and has edited a few of the most popular Spanish textbooks in the country. Chuck is also a filmmaker, working on films designed to help students practice Spanish, as well as writing, filming, and producing an historical documentary shown on Oregon Public Broadcasting.
Fleur A. Prade
Associate Professor of French and Italian
Fleur holds several degrees, including a Ph.D. in French and Italian from the Ecole Supérieure Robert de Sorbon in France, with an area of specialization in French and Italian literature, a master’s degree in French civilization from Middlebury College in Vermont, and a bachelor’s degree in French and Italian studies from the University of Delaware.
Prior to her tenure at COCC, she taught French language and culture for eight years as a graduate teaching assistant and lecturer at Pennsylvania State University, and French and Italian language for three years at Tulane University in New Orleans.
Fleur is a reader (in other words, grader) for French AP exams, specifically French conversation. She has presented at conferences in the United States, Ireland, and England on various aspects of French language and francophone cultures.
Fleur has served as a freelance translator for the past 15 years but found her passion working with students. In particular, she enjoys developing independent studies classes with students, as it allows them to expand their knowledge of French or Italian by focusing on a topic that interests them, such as literature, advanced grammar, or communication.