Charlene Kalinoski Profile

Dr. Charlene F. Kalinoski



Department: Modern Languages
Office: 118 Lucas Hall

About Dr. Kalinoski

Dr. Kalinoski received her B.A. in Spanish from the College of William and Mary and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Romance Languages from the University of Pennsylvania.  A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of William and Mary, she graduated magna cum laude and was the recipient of a Fulbright-Hays Grant to study at the Universidade de Lisboa in Portugal.

In graduate school, her professors included the distinguished hispanists Russell Sebold, Germán Gullón, Gonzalo Sobejano, Paul Lloyd, and Samuel Armistead.  She wrote her dissertation on the techniques of characterization in eighteenth and nineteenth-century Spanish novels.

In 1988, she joined the faculty of Roanoke College where she has taught Spanish language from elementary through advanced levels, as well as literature, culture, and special topics courses.  She also teaches a class on the Spanish Golden Age for the institution’s Intellectual Inquiry curriculum.

During her career, she has traveled frequently to Spain and Latin America.  She has taken students abroad through the college’s Intensive Learning May Term program on many occasions to destinations that include Spain, Peru, Mexico, Chile, and Costa Rica.  A recipient of two Title VI grants with her colleagues (1990- 1991 and 1999-2000), she visited Latin America to enhance the Spanish curriculum through new course development and making contacts abroad.

Dr. Kalinoski’s current research is focused on the literature and culture of the Spanish Golden Age, particularly the correspondence between Philip IV and Sor María de Ágreda, and Spanish emblem books from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.  She has written articles on the theme of Nationalism in the novels Sab and Jane Eyre and contributed an essay to the collection Doing More with Life: Connecting Christian Higher Education to a Call to Service.  She has read papers and made presentations on literary and pedagogical topics in regional, national, and international venues.

In keeping with the College’s philosophy of service, Dr. Kalinoski has undertaken assignments that include chairperson of the Department of Modern Languages, faculty moderator, and faculty parliamentarian.  She has sat on numerous faculty committees and groups and recently led the Compliance Certification Committee for Roanoke College’s most recent SACS-COC institutional reaccreditation (2012).

Her professional affiliations include ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages), ADFL (Association of Departments of Foreign Languages), MLA (Modern Language Association), AATSP (American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese), and FLAVA (Foreign Language Association of Virginia).