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Sharon Fechter

Sharon Fechter, Dean

The Humanities area encompasses four academic departments and two academic support centers, and programs of study in history, philosophy, political science, American Sign Language, world languages, and women's and gender studies. The division employs over 30 full-time faculty, four department chairs, 14 full-time staff, and over 80 adjunct instructors.

Annual Humanities Cherry Blossom Conference: See a virtual exhibit of some of the best of the work our students are doing in Humanities courses at Montgomery College.

Global Classrooms: Global Classrooms is an approach to teaching and learning that brings together geographically distant instructors and students from different lingua-cultural backgrounds to communicate and collaborate through online tools and innovative teaching methodologies.

Philosophy Courses (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) : Explore philosophy classes and enroll now.  In Montgomery College's philosophy courses, you will hone your critical thinking and reasoning skills, improve your writing, and learn how to effectively understand, evaluate, and construct arguments. The skills you gain with your philosophy training are transferable to other academic disciplines and additional endeavors in your life.

Confluence Conference:  Learn more about Montgomery College Confluence Translation Conference and a career in translation.

Sharon Ahern Fechter, Ph.D., is Professor of Spanish and was the former chair of the department of World Languages and Philosophy at Montgomery College. She is currently the Dean of Humanities. She earned her Ph.D. from New York University and her M.A. and B.A. from The Catholic University of America. Dr. Fechter was awarded the 2009 Outstanding Teacher of the Year for Two-Year Colleges by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP). 

She has served as president and executive council member of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, on the working group for America’s Languages, and is an active member of several professional organizations.

She previously served as Director of Inter-Institutional Collaboration for Project 2001 at Middlebury College, a project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon foundation to foster the innovative use of instructional technologies in foreign language education. She has presented and published on numerous topics dealing with foreign language pedagogy, literature, distance education, and international education. She is co-author of the textbook for advanced beginners, Paso adelante, co-author of the laboratory manual for ¡En directo! and author of the online task-based activities for ¡Arriba!.

Humanities Area Newsletter (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)


World Languages and Philosophy Department - Rockville Campus
Department Chair: Ivonne Bruneau-Botello
Humanities Department - Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus
Department Chair: Maria-Elvira Luna Escudero-Alie

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