The director is the chief executive officer of the School of Literatures, Cultures & Linguistics. His/her responsibilities and duties include:

  • Coordinating interdisciplinary and interdepartmental programs in the school
  • Being the liaison with the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and other administrative units of the university
  • Serving as chair of the school's executive committee
  • Presiding over meetings of department heads and program directors
  • Recommending faculty and staff appointments, reappointments, promotions, and leaves to the dean of LAS in consultation with executive officers
  • Overseeing the budget, research laboratories, and non-academic staffing needs of the school
  • Determining a policy for the use of space in the Literatures, Cultures & Linguistics Building 
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Mariselle Meléndez
Director, School of Literatures, Cultures & Linguistics
Professor of Latin American literatures & cultures
4088B Literatures, Cultures & Linguistics Building | MC-171 
(217) 244-4090

To reach the director's office, please contact:
Marcia Bellafiore, assistant to the director
4088A Literatures, Cultures & Linguistics Building | MC-171 | (217) 300-8331

Ryan Shosted

Ryan Shosted
Associate director, School of Literatures, Cultures & Linguistics
Professor of linguistics, director of the Illinois Phonetics & Phonology Lab
4072A Literatures, Cultures & Linguistics Building MC-171 (217) 244-7788