Dr. Sharon E. Knight


Associate Professor of Spanish
B.A., Columbia College
M.A., University of South Carolina
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Sharon Knight began teaching Spanish at Presbyterian College in 2007, having previously obtained a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in Romance Languages. In addition to teaching language courses in Spanish, she also offers courses dealing with Spanish literature, history, and culture. Her area of specialization is early modern prose narrative, particularly the novels and short stories of Miguel de Cervantes.

Dr. Knight’s prior research has primarily dealt with geopolitics and islands. Her most recent publication, an essay entitled “Hapsburgian Imperial Impulse in Cervantes’ Persiles,” was released in late 2009 in a collection of essays honoring Frank Domínguez, a noted Jorge Manrique scholar.

Currently, Dr. Knight serves as the faculty advisor of the Spanish Club and Psi Eta, the PC chapter of Sigma Delta Pi – the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society.

Dr. Constance Colwell

Adjunct Professor of French
B.A., Middlebury College
M.A., Ph.D., Cornell University

Dr. Mark R. Cox


Professor of Spanish
Director of Latin American Studies
B.A., M.A., University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Ph.D, University of Florida

Dr. Mark R. Cox began teaching Spanish at Presbyterian College in 1997. He teaches all levels of Spanish, including courses dealing with Latin America. He is also the director of the Latin American Studies minor.

Dr. Cox’s research focuses on contemporary Peruvian literature and culture. He has published five books and numerous articles about this area.

Dr. Patrick D. Kiley


Professor of French
Director of International Studies
B.A., Marian College
M.A., Ph.D., Purdue University

Having joined the Department of Modern Foreign Languages at PC in the fall of  2008, I’m thrilled to be part of a faculty where student-centred teaching is the primary focus of the college. As both a faculty member in the French program and director of the International Studies major, I’m deeply committed to helping students explore the rich and complex dimensions of other world languages, cultures, and civilizations. As a strong advocate of study abroad, I have led many short-term programs abroad over the past several years in France as part of our Spring Break, Maymester and Summer Program offerings at PC (“Paris Modern: The City as Spectacle,” and “Intercultural Business Communication: France and the US”). My summers are spent teaching and directing the 4-week program we offer in Lyon, France at I-DRAC, International School of Business. In collaboration with my colleagues in the Office of International Programs, I have helped develop numerous exchange partnerships in France, most recently with schools in Paris (ESG), Lyon (I-DRAC), Grenoble (Pierre Mendès) and St. Etienne (HECI).

While I am passionate and enthusiastic about the courses I teach, I do believe that good teaching is also informed by good scholarship. As such, I remain professionally active in my scholarship, attending and presenting at national and international conferences and workshops in the field of languages and literatures, translation studies and applied business. My past research has focused on historical understandings of pain in post-revolutionary France and the art and science of gastronomy in 18th and 19th Century France. In recent years, my scholarly focus has shifted more towards the professional field of applied business. In the fall of 2014 I will be co-presenting forthcoming papers with business colleagues in France and the UK at conferences in London and Paris. When I am not busy in the classroom or researching in libraries, I enjoy a match of ‘le foot’ with my children, re-mastering the cello, and strolling the banks of the Saône river in Lyon.

Dr. Margarita Ramírez

Margarita Ramirez Modern Foreign Language Presbyterian College Clinton SCAssociate Professor of Spanish
B.A., Universidad Católica de Chile
M.S., Ph.D., Purdue University

Dr. Clinia M. Saffi

Clinia Saffi Modern Foreign Language Presbyterian College Clinton SCAssociate Professor of Spanish
B.A., California State University–San Bernandino
Ph.D., University of Miami

Dr. Justin Niati

Justin Niati Modern Foreign Language Presbyterian College Clinton SCAdjunct Instructor of French