Faculty & Staff

Don Loranger

Don Loranger

  • 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 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).

Shaima Khinjani

Shaima Khinjani
Manager, Academic Programs

  • 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.


Erin Helm
Assistant Manager of Business Development and Assessment

  • Commissioned Officer, MTARNG, 2015
  • M.A. Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies, Middlebury Institute of International Studies, 2014
  • B.A. Communication Studies, University of Montana, 2009

Email: erin.helm@mso.umt.edu
Phone: (406) 243-3655
Fax: (406) 243-6462

Erin Helm is a proud Montanan, born in this great state.  She comes to the Defense Critical Language and Culture Program (DCLCP) with over fifteen years of experience in program and financial management. She started her career volunteering for a local non-profit and continued to advance, managing programs at the University of Montana, the City of Missoula, and the Department of Military Affairs.  She also currently serves as an Army Military Intelligence Officer spending weekends leading a section of analysts in conventional warfighting exercises.  Erin finds joy in embracing life away from the flag pole and looks forward to building relationships inside and out of the DCLCP to grow the program during her tenure.   


Abdellatif Oulhaj
Associate Professor - Arabic Language

  • Ph.D. in Linguistics from University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
  • M.A. in Linguistics from University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
  • B.A. in English from University Ibn Tofail, Kenitra, Morocco

Email: abdellatif.oulhaj@mso.umt.edu
Phone: (406) 243-3604
Fax: (406) 543-6462

Interests include implementing dialectal variation in curricula, authenticity in language instruction, and following national standards in designing courses. He has developed new courses at DCLCP following ACTFL Standards and got certified by ACTFL as a full OPI tester. His primary research interests are in the field of pedagogy. Specifically, he is interested in how to assist learners achieve the advanced levels, and how to boost their exposure to more input via technology. Abdellatif resides with his family in the beautiful city of Missoula. In his free time, he explores the city for good vegetarian cuisine and spends some good time with the family.

Pei Pei

Pei Pei
Acting Lead Instructor - Chinese Language

  • Currently enrolled in International Educational Leadership Doctoral Program, University of Montana
  • M.B.A., University of Montana, 2015
  • 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 quickly 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, and received the MBA in 2015, he is now enrolled in the Internatioanl Educational Leadership 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!

Byeong-Keun You

Dr. Byeong-Keun You
Associate 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.

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.

Jisoo Han

Jisoo Han
Adjunct Professor - Korean Language

  • M.B.A., University of Montana, 2016
  • 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 instructing Korean language and culture to the 1st Special Force Group in the Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma, Washington.

Sanghyup Lee

Sanghyup Lee
Graduate Teaching Assistant - Korean Language

  • M.A. in Linguistics, University of Montana, 2017
  • Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language, University of Montana, 2017
  • B.A. in English Language and Literature, Korea University, 2011
  • Certificate in Second Language Teaching, King George International College, 2007

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

Prior to joining the Defense Critical Language and Culture Program, Sanghyup worked as a combined operations linguist in ROK Army Support Group at Combined Joint Task Force-76 in Bagram, Afghanistan and linguistic assistant in Foreign Commercial Service, U.S. Embassy, Seoul, Korea. He has been instructing in Korean language/culture and developing linguistic materials specialized for the defense language learners of Korean at all levels. His primary research and teaching interests include second language acquisition of Korean, proficiency oriented language instruction and target based immersion program, comparative analysis of Korean and English as a second language (with a focus on morpho-syntactic features and associated meanings), and languages for specific purposes in theory and practice.

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.


Emma Datu
Graduate Teaching Assistant - Indonesian Language

  • Doctoral student, Teaching & Learning (Curriculum & Instruction), University of Montana, 2015 – present 
  • M.A., Southeast Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2013
  • Certificate in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2013
  • Fulbright Scholar, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2010
  • B.A., English Education, Sanata Dharma University, 2009

Email: emma.datu@mso.umt.edu
Phone: (406) 243-3605
Fax: (406) 543-6462

Emma was born and raised in Java, Indonesia. She came to the US for the first time in 2010 under the Fulbright Scholarship and has been actively engaged in foreign language teaching and material development in Indonesia and in the US since. Teaching Indonesian language at DCLCP since 2014, she and her Indonesian team developed teaching materials based on ACTFL using an integrated approach to maintain and improve listening, speaking, and reading skills. Her academic interests include foreign language learning material development and teaching methodology. She was one of the key participants in the Content-Based Language Materials Development and is currently in a team to apply ACTFL principles to the development of a set of oral proficiency lesson plans. These projects are aimed to strengthen the field of Southeast Asian languages in the US through collegial collaboration and the development of leadership. She also works with a UM professor to support elementary school teachers and learners in Missoula incorporating a Collaborative Reasoning approach to classroom discussion.

Anta Kusuma

Fendika Prawisma
Adjunct Professor-Indonesian Language

  • M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning (Curriculum and Instruction), University of Montana, 2017
  • Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant, Penn Language Center, University of Pennsylvania, 2014
  • B.A. in English Language Education, Sanata Dharma University, 2012

Email: fendika.prawisma@mso.umt.edu
Phone: (406) 243-3633
Fax: (406) 543-6462

Fendi is from Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He earned his B.A in English Language Education at Sanata Dharma University in 2012. Besides teaching English for Indonesian students, since 2011 he also actively taught Indonesian and Javanese language/culture for foreign speakers and also became the non-academic coordinator at the Language Institute of Sanata Dharma University (LISDU) in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Having a passion as a language teacher and also having great skills and experiences as Indonesian teacher, enabled him to receive Fulbright scholarship as one of foreign language teaching assistants at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia in 2014. He taught Indonesian language at the University of Pennsylvania for one academic year and returned to his home country in May 2015. Fendi has been working with DCLCP since August 2015 where he has been actively developing interactive teaching/learning materials and exercises for Indonesian language program. Fendi received his M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning (Curriculum and Instruction) at the University of Montana in 2017. Currently, he enjoys working with the students in the base. Then, during his free time, he enjoys learning Korean language, going to karaoke, and taking photographs of nature, landscape, streets, or historical places. 


Wuri Kusumastuti
Adjunct Professor-Indonesian Language

  • M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning (Curriculum and Instruction), University of Montana, 2017
  • Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin - Madison 2014
  • B.A., Semarang State University, English Language Education, 2012

Email: wuri.kusumastuti@mso.umt.edu
Phone: (406) 243-3603
Fax: (406) 543-6462

Wuri has joined DCLCP since 2015 as a graduate teaching assistant for Indonesian Department. She began her teaching career in 2009 as an English teacher and earned her B.A in English Education at Universitas Negeri Semarang. While juggling with her final project in 2012, she was involved in developing English speaking community at her university dorm while working as a research assistant in Biology Department in her university. She was also involved in her university project to empower local business in her region as data gainer, journal translator, and power point presentation maker. After earning her bachelor degree, she continued her teaching career as an English instructor in Captain’s Club Floating Hotel College Semarang. She was also teaching TOEFL and Marilyn test preparation for candidate of Cadet in Politeknik Ilmu Pelayaran Semarang.

In 2014, She got an opportunity to be a visiting scholar at University of Wisconsin Madison under the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program. This program is designed for language teachers to teach their native language at American universities while at the same time getting an opportunity to study about American culture and curriculum. She was also involved in two student’s organizations which promote international cross cultural understanding and volunteering service at University of Wisconsin Madison. By being involved with students outside her class, she opened larger platform to promote her culture, language, and also awareness about cross-cultural understanding.

She completed her master degree at University of Montana major in Curriculum and Instruction. She is interested in expanding her research focusing on foreign language learning and technology as well as authentic material for foreign language learner and foreign language literacy. she is also eager to learn more about quantitative research in behavioral and social science. Her current project focus on developing authentic material for foreign language learner specifically for Indonesian and English learner.  In her spare time, she enjoys social life. she is an active member of gamelan community in Missoula named Manik Harum. Make the most of her talent in cooking, she also enjoys volunteering at local food bank and shelters. she also enjoys outdoor activity with her friends and neighbors such as hiking, running, skiing, or simply hanging out and sharing foods.

Ahmad Abdallah

Ahmad Abdallah
Adjunct Professor  - Arabic Language

  • MA, Linguistics, University of Montana – Missoula, 2016
  • Certificate of Accomplishment in Teaching English as a Second Language, University of Montana – Missoula, 2016
  • B.A., English Language and Literature, Yarmouk University, 2010

Email: ahmad.abdallah@mso.umt.edu
Phone: (406) 243-3615
Fax: (406) 543-6462

Ahmad is an Arabic teacher to speakers of other languages. He has been working in this field since 2008. Ahmad is from Jordan, and he joined DCLCP in January 2015. Before that, Ahmad worked for Peace Corps in Jordan for many years as an Arabic Language and Cross Culture Coordinator. Ahmad has a Master’s Degree in Linguistics from the University of Montana – Missoula. Ahmad is also a certified LPI Tester by Peace Corps, and he’s now working on being an ACTFL OPI Tester. Ahmad’s main language expertise lies in teaching Arabic as a second/foreign language and designs & develops Arabic language resources that focus on ACTFL OPI/DoD ILR tests. Ahmad is also interested in the intercultural competence training, and teachers’ training and development. Ahmad is a certified Human Resource Business Professional (HRBP) by HRCI, and he worked in language teachers’ recruiting, hiring and training with Peace Corps.

Ahmad’s academic interests are on general linguistics with concentration on generative linguistics and sociolinguistics. His research papers focused on areas of Arabic dialectology, language identity, language ideology, language standardization, language attitude and others. The linguistic focus of his papers is on the phonological and morphological aspects of Semitic languages (Including Dialects of Arabic with focus on Levantine and Standard Arabic). Ahmad has also an interest in the fields of second language acquisition and bilingualism in their applications on Standard Arabic, Levantine Arabic and English in terms of language borrowing, code-switching and language transfer that lead to linguistic interference and facilitation when acquiring and learning a second language.

Serena Baldwin

Serena Baldwin
Administrative Associate

  • A.A., Flathead Valley Community College
Phone: (406) 243-3600
Serena is a recent transplant to Missoula, having previously worked and lived in Kalispell, MT. Being a recent graduate with an Associate of Arts from Flathead Valley Community College, she is hoping to soon continue her education in the University of Montana. Serena has a very diverse work background and is very pleased and proud to bring her skills and experiences to DCLCP. During her free time she enjoys reading, baking, and spending time with loved ones.