Faculty and Staff
Office Location: Rockville Campus, MT-429A
Professor Cristina D. Butler earned her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language, Literature and Cultures and her Master of Arts in Spanish Literature. She has taught at the University of Maryland as a teaching assistant, and as an adjunct professor at Trinity University in the District of Columbia. She has been teaching at Montgomery College since 2006, first as an adjunct professor and then joining the World Languages and Philosophy Department as an Assistant Professor in 2008. Her research interests include Spanish Caribbean and colonial and Latino literature.
Office Location: Rockville Campus, MT-409
Eddy Arana joined the Montgomery College faculty in spring 2017. He has taught several institutions: Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), the Pennsylvania State University, Catholic University, United States Air Force LEAP Program, Montgomery College, German Language School Washington, D.C., and Die Vereinigte Kirche (United Church, D.C.). He has also worked as an independent consultant in translation, interpretation, curriculum development, and intercultural competence training for 15 years.
Professor Arana has studied at the University of Bonn, Germany; University of Salzburg, Austria; University of Alcalá de Henares, Spain; University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, and the Institute du Touraine in Tours, France. He is a passionate teacher and learner of foreign languages. He is working on his fourth language, French, and is contemplating a fifth: Hindi-Urdu, Arabic or Farsi.
Professor Arana regularly presents course materials and best teaching practices at local, regional, national, and international professional organizations and conferences. He has co-authored the teacher's edition of a first-year Spanish language and culture textbook: Ritmos in 2012. Professor Arana was a contributing author to the Atlantic Council's 2015 publication Through a New Prism: A Next Generation Strategy for the U.S.-German Relationship. In 2017, he was the sole author of Duolingo's smartphone app published and adapted to the first-year German textbook Treffpunkt Deutsch.
Eddy Arana was recognized for excellence in teaching in 2013 and 2014 during his tenure at NOVA. His research interests include second/third language acquisition and teaching, curriculum and instruction, the construction of identity and nation through language in German-speaking Europe, and Spanish bilingualism/heritage language maintenance in the U.S.
When not teaching, Professor Arana enjoys films, traveling abroad, and international cuisine.
Office Location: Rockville Campus, MT-405
Professor Collins earned his M.A. in philosophy at West Chester University; he taught philosophy courses there as well as at Montgomery County Community college in Pennsylvania. He is interested in multiculturalism and specializes in the thought of John Dewey. Professor Collins also teaches at a local high school.
Office Location: Rockville Campus, MT-417
Professor Gentile holds an M.A. in Romance Languages & Literature (Italian and Spanish) from the Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. with a double major in Romance Languages & Literature as well as a Citation in Renaissance Studies from the University of Maryland at College Park. She has taught Italian and Spanish at Montgomery College since spring 2007. In addition to teaching, Prof. Gentile is also a freelance translator and interpreter and has worked for National Geographic Television and Film, the Library of Congress, and the United States Postal Service among other translation companies.
Office Location: Rockville Campus, MT-415
Professor Levitas has a special personal background: she has connections with each of the three major religious traditions of the West, and hence is especially qualified for classes in religions. She has been a Fulbright scholar and a Smithsonian Fellow. She holds two master's degrees in philosophy, one from Boston University, the other from the University of Maryland.
Office Location: Rockville Campus, MT-404
Dr. McWhirter specializes in the philosophy of science, ethics, and nineteenth and twentieth century continental philosophy. He has published and presented work internationally and directed two grant funded research projects that focused on sustainability. Professor McWhirter holds a B. A. in philosophy from the University of South Florida and a Ph. D. in philosophy from Florida State University.
Office Location: Rockville Campus, MT 416
Professor Rubavichute has over 15 years of experience teaching the whole gamut of philosophy and government courses, ranging from Medieval Philosophy to Twentieth-Century Philosophy. She also specializes in ethics and contemporary law, as well as in logic and critical thinking. She earned an M.A. in political philosophy from the University of Dallas, and is currently finishing her dissertation: Aristotle and the Right to Revolution: A Reconsideration of Politics V in light of Nicomachean Ethics III, 1. Professor Rubavichute is expected to receive her Ph.D. from the University of Dallas in December 2016.
All Part-Time Faculty hold their office hours in HU 008 the Evening and Weekend Office.
This department is part of MC's Humanities instructional area.