Faculty of arts and sciences

School Notes: Faculty of Arts & Sciences
November/December 2023

Tamar Gendler | http://fas.yale.edu

Advancing language instruction in the FAS

Fernando Rubio, an acclaimed language educator and an expert on training teachers of language, has been appointed director of the Center for Language Study. He succeeds Nelleke Van Deusen-Scholl, who served as the director since 2007. Prior to joining Yale, Rubio was professor of Spanish linguistics and director of the Second Language Teaching and Research Center at the University of Utah.

The FAS also welcomes new full-time, multi-year instructional faculty who will expand the range of language learning opportunities available to Yale College students. Patrick Del Percio, a Cherokee language teacher and translator, will offer a new course in Cherokee language and culture as lector in linguistics. Del Percio’s arrival marks the first time that Yale is offering a course in an indigenous language that will fulfill students’ language distributional requirements.  In addition, new members of the FAS language faculty will offer courses that enhance the exceptional language instruction already available at Yale. Saori Nozaki, lector in East Asian languages and literatures, will contribute to Japanese instruction; Lucía Rubio will teach Spanish as senior lector I in Spanish and Portuguese; and Olha Tytarenko joins the FAS as senior lector I in Slavic languages and literatures and will teach courses in Russian and Ukrainian. 

Celebrating retiring faculty

Eleven long-serving members of the FAS faculty retired during the 2022–23 academic year. William Konigsberg (molecular biophysics and biochemistry) and Dieter Söll (molecular biophysics and biochemistry) retired after remarkable careers of 60-plus years at Yale. Joseph Errington (anthropology) retired after over 40 years. Three retiring colleagues served for more than 30 years each: Peter Jones (mathematics), Edward Kamens ’74, ’82PhD (east Asian languages and literatures), and David Quint ’71, ’76PhD (English and comparative literature). Marie-Hélène Girard (French), Christine Hayes (religious studies), John Roemer (political science), and Maryam Sanjabi (French) retired following more than 20 years of service each. Finally, Naomi Lamoreaux (economics and history) has retired after a decade on the faculty. 

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