Department Chair - Modern Languages & Linguistics
Office: 362 Diffenbaugh
Professor Mark Pietralunga (BA in English, UCLA; MA and PhD in Italian, UC Berkeley) specializes in 20th century Italian Literature and Culture, with a particular focus on post war novel and translation. His research interests include Italian American Studies. He currently serves as Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics. He has served as resident associate director and as summer director of Florida State University's study abroad program in Florence, Italy, as well as coordinator of the Italian Studies Program. He is a former long-serving book review editor for the journal Italica and is currently serving as one of its associate editors. He has served as a member of the Executive Committees of the American Association of Teachers of Italian (AATI), the American Association of Italian Studies (AAIS), and the South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA). He has served, or is currently serving, on the editorial board of several journals both in Italy and the US. He has also served as chair of the Modern Language Association's Honors and Awards Committee. He has received two Outstanding Teaching Awards and a Teaching Incentive Award from Florida State University.
In 2001, Professor Pietralunga was named the Victor B. Oelschläger Professor of Modern Languages and Linguistics. Victor B. Oelschläger was a professor of Spanish languages in the department for 21 years (1953-1974), who served as Chair from 1953 to 1968. During his tenure the department grew from a faculty of 8 to 40 and increased its student enrollment from 800 to over 4000. In addition to his outstanding service to the department, Professor Oelschläger was a nationally and internationally known Spanish philologist and Cervantes specialist.
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