Following a national search, University of South Alabama alumna Dr. Isabel Brown has been appointed new chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.
Brown has served as interim chair of the department since last summer when Dr. Calvin Jones stepped down from the position. Jones will retire in May after serving the University for 29 years.
“Dr. Brown is a recognized and respected academic, and we are fortunate to have had her on our faculty before this search began,” said Dr. G. David Johnson, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “This chair appointment ensures that the program in languages will continue to prosper in the years ahead.”
Brown received her doctorate in 20th Century Latin American and Peninsular Literature as well as her master of arts degree in French and Spanish Literature from Emory University and her bachelor of arts degree in Spanish and French from USA.
After joining the languages faculty in 1988, Brown wrote two books, “Culture and Customs of the Dominican Republic” and “Of Forgotten Times.” She has also published numerous articles in academic journals.
While holding multiple offices for USA committees, Brown also directed studies abroad for students in Xalapa and Guadalajara, Mexico, as well as France.