Assistant Professor and Director, Linguistics Program
Office: JFT 706
Phone: (845) 257-2745
Oksana Laleko received a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Minnesota. Her research interests focus on the interface between syntax and discourse-pragmatics, the encoding of information structure, and the expression of temporality, particularly in bilingual settings. Her recent work examines cross-linguistic parallels in heritage language acquisition and language loss.
She teaches Syntax, Bilingualism and Language Contact, Etymology and Morphology, Development of Modern English, and Introduction to Linguistics for the Linguistics Program.
Professor, Department of Philosophy
Office: JFT 1005
Phone: (845) 257-2983
David Appelbaum received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Harvard University. At SUNY New Paltz he teaches Ethics, Comparative (East/West) Philosophy, Modern Philosophy, and Theory of Knowledge. He is the author of two books on Jacque Derrida. His most recent book is Jacques Derrida's Ghost: A Conjuration (SUNY Press, 2008). He also writes and publishes poetry.
He teaches Philosophy of Language for the Linguistics Program.
Victor de Munck
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology
Office: WSB 228
Phone: (845) 257-2985
Victor de Munck received a Ph.D. from the University of California Riverside. After teaching at the University of New Hampshire, he joined the faculty at SUNY New Paltz in 1997. His courses include Research Methods, Cultures of India, Cultural Anthropology, Political Anthropology, and Cognitive Anthropology. From January through May, 2009, he taught cultural anthropology and anthropological data collection methods and analysis at St. Cyril Methodius University in Skopje, Macedonia on a Fulbright grant. Previously, Dr. deMunck received a Fulbright grant and lectured in Lithuania.
He teaches Cognitive Anthropology for the Linguistics Program.
Elizabeth Hester, Department of Communication Disorders
Office: HUM B4B
Phone: (845) 257-3465
Elizabeth Hester is Coordinator of Graduate Programs in Communications Disorders. Her primary areas of academic interest are phonology and child language. She received her Master’s Degree from California State University, Fresno, where she subsequently conducted clinic at Valley Children’s Hospital in both patient and outpatient settings. She received her doctoral degree from Wichita State University, where she carried out recently published research with Barbara Hodson on phonological production, working memory, and reading decoding. Her research interests include the study of suprasegmental basis of speech and reading, the evolution of language and speech perception and the precursors of phonological awareness. She currently teaches phonetics, phonology and child language at SUNY New Paltz and enjoys hiking and skiing in the mountains nearby.
She teaches Phonetics and Child Language Acquisition for the Linguistics Program
Adjunct Faculty, Linguistics Program
Office: JFT 416
Phone: (845) 257-2760
Richard Kelder, Co-Director, Center for Teaching and Learning
Office: HUM 111
Phone: (845) 257-3589
Richard Kelder is the Associate Director for the Center for Academic Development and Learning, and Co-Director for the Center for Teaching and Learning at SUNY New Paltz. He has an MA in English and has done post-graduate study at New York University and the University at Albany where he is currently completing a Ph.D. in educational theory. His research interests are in language and identity.
He teaches Sociolinguistics for the Linguistics Program.
Daniel Kempton, Department of English
Associate Professor/Graduate Director
Office: JFT 818
Phone: (845) 257-2728
Daniel Kempton received a doctorate in literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1977. His primary areas of teaching and research are medieval literature and literary theory and his avocation is opera. He has published on Chaucer, Christine de Pizan, Edgar Allan Pie and Benjamin Britton.
He teaches Introduction to Old English and the Development of Modern English for the Linguistics Program.