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Don Loranger

Don Loranger
Director

  • Military Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, 1985-1986
  • Air War College, Maxwell AFB, 1982
  • Defense Language Institute (French), 1975
  • M.A. Michigan State University, International Affairs, 1974
  • B.A., University of Montana, History and Political Science, 1966

Email: donald.loranger@umontana.edu
Phone: (406) 243-3610
Fax: (406) 543-6462

General Loranger is Presidential Appointee for the National Security Education Board. He retired after thirty years of USAF service as an operational pilot and specialist in US national security policy.  He served as the Deputy POLAD, SACEUR and commanded three different air force bases: Little Rock AFB, AR; Rhein-Main AB, Germany; and Canon AFB, NM. He also directed Provide Promise, the humanitarian aerial resupply of Eastern Bosnia (1992-1994) and served as commander of Joint Task Force/Southwest Asia (Iraqi no-fly zone enforcement).

Joel Cusker

Joel Cusker
Deputy Director

  • Joint Forces Staff College, 2008
  • National Defense University, 2006
  • Harvard University, National Security Fellow, 2000
  • United States Army War College, National Security Fellowship, 2000
  • Master of Arts, American Military University, Military Studies, 1997
  • Command and General Staff College, Command and General Staff Officer Course, 1994
  • Command and General Staff College, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, 1989
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Montana, History, 1984

Email: joel.cusker@umontana.edu
Phone: (406) 243-3634
Fax: (406) 543-6462

A fourth generation Montanan, Joel was raised on the family farm just west of Missoula. He enlisted in the Montana Army National Guard in 1978 as a Private and retired, after thirty-four years of service, as a Brigadier General. General Cusker has served with Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines as a cavalry scout, cavalry platoon leader, and tactical training officer. He commanded two armor companies, commanded the 208th Regiment, and he volunteered for a combat tour in Afghanistan as the Officer In Charge of the Central Corps Assistance Group. He also served as the Director of the Joint Staff and commanded the Montana National Guard as The Acting Adjutant General.

Shaima Khinjani

Shaima Khinjani
Lead Language Instructor/Adjunct Professor

  • M.A. in Political Science, University of Montana, 2013
  • B.A. in International Studies & Political Science with focus on the Middle East/Islamic States, Ramapo College, New Jersey

Email: shaima.khinjani@mso.umt.edu
Phone: (406) 243-3602
Fax: (406) 543-6462

Shaima was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. She has been involved with education from an early age. During the Taliban regime, she opened an in-house school to teach girls and women to read and write. Her professional achievements are numerous: she worked as an International Program Manager & Gender in the Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) and provided mentoring and training for the International Foundation for Electoral System (IEFS) in Kabul, Afghanistan. She was also a Gender Consultant for the Gender Unit at the Afghan Independent Election Commission and worked as a Training Consultant for Women for Afghan Women (WAW). As an Evaluation Consultant for German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) Gender Mainstreaming Project in Kabul, she helped develop and evaluate gender programs through the Independent Afghan Civil Service Commission (IACSC). Prior to this experience, Shaima also worked as an Executive Assistant to the Minister in the Ministry of Higher Education and Executive Assistant to the Minister in the Ministry of Women’s Affairs in Kabul. Shaima has recently earned her M.A. in Political Science at the University of Montana. She previously earned her B.A. in International Studies and Political Science with focus on the Middle East/Islamic States from Ramapo College, New Jersey. She is an active speaker and presenter and serves as an essential resources to DCLCP, the UM campus, and the Missoula community at large.

Mohammad Faeez Akram

Dr. Mohammad Faeez Akram
Finance Manager/Assistant Professor

  • Medical Science, Kabul Medical University, 2009

Email: mohammadfaeez.akram@mso.umt.edu
Phone: (406) 243-3613
Fax: (406) 543-6462

Dr. Akram's pervious work experience includes working as a health insurance officer at Etisalat, a communication company in Afghanistan, where he provided health service and addressed insurance issues for the company's staff. As a practicing medical doctor at the RMSI (Remote Medical Solution International), he provided appropriate treatment to patients visiting RMSI. He also served as a co-trainer and interpreter for Microfinance Investment Support for Afghanistan and as co-trainer for Male Civil Servants on Gender sensitive management German Technical Cooperation (Gender Mainstreaming Project) in Kabul, Afghanistan, where he helped on empowerment/gender training and coaching for the Afghan Civil Service conducted by GTZ. He has assisted and helped the ministerial department’s gender sensitive unit create a more conducive environment for gender equality in the Afghan ministries. He is an active presenter and speaker on the Afghan culture and his activities at DCLCP are essential for closely examining the Afghan culture.

Chelsey Porter

Chelsey Porter
Administrative Associate

  • B.A. University of Montana, Environmental Studies, 2006

Email: chelsey.porter@mso.umt.edu
Phone: (406) 243-3600
Fax: (406) 243-6462

Chelsey joined the DCLCP in 2011. During her junior year of high school, Chelsey participated in the German American Partnership Program and lived with a host family in Bad Bergzabern, Germany. The experience gave her a greater appreciation and interest in foreign cultures and languages.  Chelsey later graduated with a B.A. in Environmental Science from the University of Montana.  She is very proud to be involved with the DCLCP and work with its esteemed staff and dedicated students. 

Hsiao-Lan Roberts

Dr. Hsiao-Lan Roberts
Assistant Professor - Chinese Language

  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • M.A., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • M.A., University of Montana, Missoula
  • B.A., Capital Normal University, Beijing

Email: hsiao-lan.roberts@mso.umt.edu
Phone: (406) 243-3600
Fax: (406) 243-6462

Hsiao-lan has taught Chinese at several universities. She formerly served as an Associate Professor at the Defense Language Institute teaching and developing curriculum for their Chinese language program. Hsiao-lan is fluent in English and Chinese.

Qing Liu

Qing Liu Tabiadon
Adjunct Professor - Chinese Language

  • Graduate Certificate, Wheaton College, 2006
  • M.Ed. University of Illinois, 1997
  • M.A. Shandong Normal University
  • B.A. Shandong Normal University

Email: qing.tabiadon@mso.umt.edu
Phone: (406) 243-3625
Fax: (406) 243-6462

Qing Liu has taught Chinese Language and Culture and worked as curriculum developer and instructional designer at different universities at Chicago area for over ten years. Her teaching and research interests include differentiation, Chinese as a Second Language Acquisition, and Second Language Retention.

Shaima Khinjani

Xin Bu
Graduate Teaching Assistant - Chinese Language

  • B.A. English Education, South-west University, China
  • M.A. TESOL, Curriculum and Instruction, Guizhou University, China

Email: xin.bu@mso.umt.edu
Phone: (406) 243-3628
Fax: (406) 243-6462

Born and raised in south-west China, Ms. Xin Bu earned her bachelor’s degree and Master’s Degree in China. She worked for Guizhou University of Finance and Economics (GUFE) prior to her arrival at the U.S.. She was promoted to an associate professorship in China in 2008. She used to be a visiting scholar to the University of Montana in 2010. She is currently seeking her doctoral degree in the University of Montana. 

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Fei Huang
Graduate Teaching Assistant - Chinese Language

  • M.A. Shanghai International Studies University,2013
  • B.A. Luoyang Normal University,2009

Email: fei.huang@mso.umt.edu
Phone: (406) 243-3627
Fax: (406) 543-6462

Before coming to Missoula Fei Huang had been teaching Chinese in Tongji University, Shanghai for 2.5 years. She loves teaching and students. She also enjoys learning. Currently she is a graduate student in The University of Montana to pursue her second master degree. She likes laughing. She is always friendly, happy and energetic.  

Pei Pei

Pei Pei
Graduate Teaching Assistant - Chinese Language

  • B.S., University of Montana, Finance, 2012

Email: pei.pei@mso.umt.edu
Phone: (406) 243-3629
Fax: (406) 243-6462

Pei Pei is an international student from Jinan, Shandong, China. He came to Missoula in 2007 to attend Loyola High School as an exchange student. After only being here for a short time, he fell in love with this beautiful city. Because of his newfound admiration for Missoula, he decided to attend the University of Montana in 2008 and pursue his undergraduate degree in Finance. After successfully graduating with a Bachelor’s in Finance in 2012, he is now currently enrolled in the MBA program. In addition to working as a Language Instructor for the Defense Critical Language & Culture Program, he has also served in the UM Admissions Office as a recruiter for international students, especially Chinese students. He is enjoying his life here at the University of Montana!

Qin Lei

Lei Qin
Graduate Teaching Assistant - Chinese Language

  • B.S. Electrical Engineering, Sichuan Normal University (China), 2013
  • Program in American Language Studies, Rutgers University, 2013
  • Currently pursuing Master’s in Business Administration, University of Montana

Email: lei.qin@mso.umt.edu
Phone: (406) 243-3604
Fax: (406) 243-6462

Lei “Larry” Qin is from Chengdu, Sichuan, China. Larry likes Missoula and learning about different cultures and languages. In February of 2014, Larry joined The Defense Critical Language and Culture Program team and began teaching Chinese Language courses. He is pleased to be involved with DCLCP because it allows him to work with many outstanding and professional people.   

Myong Hee Choi

Dr. Myong Hee Choi
Assistant Professor - Korean Language

  • Ph.D., Linguistics, Georgetown University, 2009

Email: myong.choi@mso.umt.edu
Phone: (406) 243-3600
Fax: (406) 543-6462

Dr. Myong Hee Choi received her Ph.D. degree in Linguistics at Georgetown University and M.A. degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
Prior to joining the Defense Critical Language & Culture Program, Dr. Choi taught College English, Acquisition Theory and Practice, and Teaching Method courses at the university level as an assistant professor in Korea. As a Korean lecturer, she has taught college-level courses of Korean language and culture. She has also developed teaching materials, classroom activities, and tests in Korean in the Korean language program at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and at the East Asian Languages and Cultures Department of Georgetown University. Her primary research and teaching interests include Korean as a second language acquisition, comparative analysis of Korean- and English-type languages (with a focus on abstract grammatical features and associated meanings), proficiency oriented language instruction, and languages for specific purposes in theory and practice.

Byeong-Keun You

Dr. Byeong-Keun You
Assistant Professor - Korean Language

  • Ph.D., Arizona State University, 2009
  • M.A., Arizona State University, 2001
  • B.A., Kongju National University (Teachers College), 1997

Email: byeong-keun.you@mso.umt.edu
Phone: (406) 243-3616
Fax: (406) 243-6462

Dr. Byeong-Keun You received his Ph.D. degree in Curriculum and Instruction and M.A. degree in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) at Arizona State University. He also received his B.A. in English Education at Kongju National University, South Korea. Dr. You taught Korean language and culture at Korean Cultural Center and Tempe Korean School in Arizona. He also served Tempe Korean School as a principal. Dr. You taught university level courses such as MCE 230 (Understanding the Culturally Diverse Child) and SPF 301/501 (Culture and Schooling) at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University. Dr. You worked at Southwest Institute for Families and Children as a project manager and qualitative data analyst. Dr. You’s teaching and research interests include teaching Korean/English as a second language, heritage language education, bilingual education, and early literacy.

Jisoo Han

Jisoo Han
Graduate Teaching Assistant - Korean Language

  • B.A., Sogang University, Business Administration & Chinese Culture

Email: jisoo.han@mso.umt.edu
Phone: (406) 243-3618
Fax: (406) 243-6462

Jisoo was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. Ever since she graduated from Sogang University in Korea with the B.A. in Business, she has never stopped exploring different career opportunities and learning from her many experiences. She has experience as a translator in China, a sales clerk in Australia, a customer relationship manager for a reputable marketer in Korea, a scuba diving instructor in Egypt, and a Korean language and culture instructor in Honduras. She has developed a strong interest in learning about different cultures and languages from other countries. She believes that language is the window through which people see culture. She is currently seeking her Master degree in Accountancy from the University of Montana.

Sang-hyup Lee

Sang-Hyup Lee
Graduate Teaching Assistant - Korean Language

  • B.A., English Language and Literature, Korea University 2011
  • Completed American Language & Culture Program, Western Washington University 2008
  • TESOL Diploma, King George International College 2007

Email: sanghyup.lee@mso.umt.edu
Phone: (406) 243-3619
Fax: (406) 243-6462

Sang-Hyup is from Seoul, Korea. As a language specialist, he has consistently pursued his journey toward the inter-lingual and cultural development. Upon his volunteering experience as the military translator for Provincial Reconstruction Team in Bagram, Afghanistan, he taught Korean language and culture to U.S. soldiers, marines, and civilian engineers. As a designated participant of WEST program by Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he performed as a lingual supporter/reservation specialist for international customers with one of Korea’s major airline carriers in Los Angeles. Completing his B.A degree, he joined U.S. Embassy, Seoul, Korea providing linguistic assistance to a U.S. Commercial Attaché and Foreign Commercial Service. He has taught English in several public schools in Korea. He believes that learning different languages and cultures is the key to understand diversity and, the primary source of communication. Sang-Hyup is a black belt holder in Taekwondo and truly enjoys sharing languages and cultures. He is currently seeking M.A degree in University of Montana.

Shaima Khinjani

Eunbee Seo
Graduate Teaching Assistant - Korean Language

  • B.S.

Email: eunbee.seo@mso.umt.edu
Phone: (406) 243-3617
Fax: (406) 243-6462

Currently a UM master's student

Owen Sirrs

Owen Sirrs
Adjunct Professor - Culture and Regional Studies

  • M.A., United States Naval War College, 2002
  • M.S., National Defense Intelligence College, 2001
  • B.S., Georgetown University

Email: owen.sirrs@umontana.edu
Phone: (406) 243-3612
Fax: (406) 543-6462

Owen served as a Senior Intelligence Officer for the Defense Intelligence Agency based in Washington, D.C. specializing in the Middle East.  His publications include Nasser and the Missile Age in the Middle East (2006) and The Egyptian Intelligence Service:  A History of the Mukhabarat (2011).  Currently he is working on a history of Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence Directorate.

Thiyani Miltner

Thiyani Miltner
Adjunct Professor (Temporary) - Indonesian Language

  • M.A., Applied Linguistics, University of Massachusetts - Boston, 2013
  • B.A., Indonesian Legal Study, Tarumanagara University, 1999

Email: thiyani.miltner@mso.umt.edu
Phone: (406) 243-3606
Fax: (406) 543-6462

Thiyani was born and raised in Indonesia. She received her M.A. in Applied Linguistics with a concentration on Foreign Language Pedagogy from the University of Massachusetts - Boston. Her academic interests involve intercultural communication and bilingualism. She has completed her teaching practicum at UCLA as a Teaching Assistant for Indonesian language courses for HLL (Heritage Language Learners). She received her B.A. in Indonesian Legal study with a concentration on Indonesian Civil Law. Prior to working at the DCLCP, she has worked for the 1st Marine Special Operations BattalionU.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) at Camp Pendleton, CA as an Indonesian instructor. She also has experience working for the NFLC (National Foreign Language Center) at the University of Maryland as a content/material selector and developer for Indonesian language. She is also a member of the NLSC (National Language Service Corps) and she has volunteered for NLSC as an Indonesian consultant.

Frank Pritchett

Frank Pritchett
Information Technology Specialist Intern

  • A.S, Computer Technology/Network Management, University of Montana Helena, 2012

Email: frank.pritchett@mso.umt.edu
Phone: (406) 243-3605
Fax: (406) 243-6462

Frank is a Management Information Systems major in School of Business at the University of Montana. Frank graduated from the University of Montana Helena in 2012 with a A.S. in Network Management and joined the DCLCP in June of 2013. He is currently seeking his B.S. with an expected graduation date of Dec. 2014.

Daphne J Felker

Daphne J Felker
Computer Support

  • B.A. Communication Studies, University of Montana, 2015
    • minor in Computer Science

Email: daphne.felker@mso.umt.edu
Phone: (406) 243-3608
Fax: (406) 543-6462

Daphne joined the DCLCP team in December of 2013 to assist with education technology, desktop support and other information technology tasks. She has been working at the University of Montana since 1999. She started as a work-study student, while attending classes at UM, working with the Ask-an-Alum Mentoring Program and assisting with career fairs. She then moved into an information technology position for the office. She was later hired permanently as the Computer Support Tech and over saw information technology for Career Services, Testing Services, Internship Services, Education Opportunity Program (TRiO) and Disability Services for Students. In February of 2007 Daphne was moved into the Program Manager position overseeing Information Technology, Ask-an-Alum Networking Program, Career Fairs, UM’s Peace Corps Program, On-Campus Recruiting, Employer Development and Student Employment. Daphne has been a member of Mountain Pacific Association of Colleges and Employers (MPACE), where she served a two year term on the board of directors as the Director of Technology. She was also awarded the Most Valuable Person award in 2008. Currently she is a board member for Mountain Home Montana, a local non-profit organization in Missoula, MT.