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).

Mark Shaichompoo

Mark Saichompoo
Deputy Director

  • United States Army, 1989-2015

Email: Mark.Saichompoo@mso.umt.edu
Office Phone: (406) 243-3655
Cell Phone: (406) 207-8687
Fax: (406) 543-6462

Mark is a retired US Army Master Sergeant that served as an Infantryman and a Special Forces Soldier.  Mark has served throughout the world during his military service of 26+ years.  He culminated his Special Forces career as the longest serving Command Language Program Manager, of over seven years, in the United States Army Special Forces Command at the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne).

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.

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.  Her previous working experience includes teaching at a university in China. Prior to her arrival at the U.S., She was promoted to an associate professorship in 2008. She used to be a visiting scholar to the University of Montana in 2010. She is currently seeking her Ph.D. degree in the University of Montana. 


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

Adjunct Professor - Chinese Language

  • Ph.D., University of Montana, International Educational Leadership, Currently enrolled
  • 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 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!

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.

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.

Sanghyup Lee

Sanghyup Lee
Graduate Teaching Assistant - Korean Language

  • M.A. Candidate in Linguistics, University of Montana, Present
  • 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

Sanghyup started instructing defense critical language learners in Korean while he was stationed in Bagram Airbase, Afghanistan as a combined operations translator at Combined Joint Task Force-76, OEF 2006. Prior to join DCLCP, he served with Foreign Commercial Service, U.S. Embassy, Seoul supporting linguistic and cultural assistance to the U.S. delegates and commercial attachés to Korea. Sanghyup has been teaching and developing educational materials specialized for defense language learners of Korean. His teaching and research interests include second language acquisition of Korean, morpho-syntactic variance of Korean honorification, and biliteracy/bilingual development of heritage learners in the U.S.

Shaima Khinjani

Eunbee Seo
Adjunct Professor - Korean Language

  • B.S. Media Arts, 2015

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

EunBee was born and raised in Daejeon, South Korea. She came to Helena, Montana as an high school exchange student in 2004, and graduated high school there in 2006. Within 2 years in Helena, EunBee fell in love with the beautiful state and decided to go to the University of Montana. She started her B.A. degree in Media Arts in 2006. After spending 3 years at the University, she took a break and went back to Korea seeking for a new experience. She stayed in South Korea for 2 years as an English Instructor, teaching elementary students to large company executive members. EunBee came back to the University of Montana in 2011 and graduated in 2012. However, she wasn't done with school. She started her Masters in Media Arts and will be graduating in May, 2015.

She joined the Defense Critical Language & Culture Program as a Language Instructor in the winter of 2013 and now she continues to teach Korean as well as helping the program with media related projects.

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.

Nelly Martin

Nelly Martin
Adjunct Professor - Indonesian Language

  • PhD Candidate, Second Language Acquisition, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2011- present
  • M.A., Applied Linguistics focusing on Teaching a Foreign/Second Language to Foreign Language Learners, Department of Linguistics, Ohio University, 2009
  • Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2006
  • B.A., Jakarta State University (Universitas Negeri Jakarta), English Language Education, 2002 

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

Nelly Martin is a PhD candidate in the Second Language Acquisition (SLA) program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison focusing on World Englishes, identity, code-switching, particularly in the context of language selection in the Indonesian written art works, i.e., novels, short stories and movies published/launched post Suharto era. She is still working on her PhD dissertation investigating how code-switching is utilized by the Indonesian writers and moviemaker to challenge and reconstruct their identities and their Indonesian-ness using the lens of post-structuralism. She came to the University of Wisconsin, Madison after earning her M.A in applied linguistics concentrating on the Teaching a Second/Foreign Language to Foreign Language Learners from the Linguistics Department, Ohio University. Prior to that, she participated in a one-year program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She earned her B.A. focusing on the Teaching of English to Foreign Language Learners from Universitas Negeri Jakarta (UNJ) in Jakarta, Indonesia. As a speaker of Indonesian and a second language speaker of English and a learner of other languages, she is constantly seeking to promote multilingualism and mutual understanding through her study and work. Currently, she is an adjunct professor at DCLCP, University of Montana.

Emma Datu

Emma Datu
Graduate Teaching Assistant - Indonesian Language

  • M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Southeast Asian Studies, 2013
  • B.A., Sanata Dharma University, English Language Education, 2009
  • Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of English, 2013
  • Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia, 2011

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

Emma was born and raised in Java, Indonesia. Prior to teaching Indonesian at the DCLCP, she taught Business Communication course at Prasetiya Mulya School of Business and Economics and Indonesian language for Korean speakers at Multimedia University in Jakarta, Indonesia. Before returning to her home country in 2013, she taught Indonesian language at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for three years as a teaching assistant, where she also taught English as a Second Language for visiting scholars in her last semester at the university. Her interests include language teaching, Indonesian and Javanese culture and art, and Indonesian women issues. She has volunteered in institutions, cultural events, workshops, and conferences in the US as a performer, presenter, and English language tutor. Among of them, her favorite was when she performed Indonesian traditional dancing at the Walton Award in the 15th National Conference of Less Commonly Taught Language in Madison, WI, 2012. She is currently studying at the University of Montana as a graduate student.

Anta Kusuma

Fendika Prawisma
Graduate Teaching Assistant  - Indonesian Language

  • B.A., Sanata Dharma University, English Language Education, 2012
  • Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant, Penn Language Center, University of Pennsylvania 2014

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

Fendi is from Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Sanata Dharma University in 2012. Besides teaching English for Indonesian students, since 2011 he also actively taught Indonesian and Javanese language and culture for foreign speakers 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 a foreign language and teaching assistant at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia in 2014. He taught Indonesian at the University of Pennsylvania for about 10 months and returned to his home country in May 2015. Prior to teaching Indonesian at the DCLCP, he was involved in developing the learning materials for Indonesian Language Culture and Intensive Course. Currently, he is pursuing Master Degree in Education  at the University of Montana.


Wuri Kusumastuti
Graduate Teaching Assistant  - Indonesian Language

  • B.A., Semarang State University, English Language Education, 2012
  • Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin - Madison 2014

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

Wuri earned her B.A in English Education at Semarang State University Indonesia in 2012. Since then she has been teaching English for hospitality in Captain’s Club Floating Hotel College Semarang, to prepare some cruise ships' crew for International voyage. She has also instructed TOEFL and Marilyn test preparation for candidate of Cadet in Politeknik Ilmu Pelayaran Semarang, after she got her teaching certificate from her university. Before that, while she was finishing her final project, she was also assisting one of her lecturer to do research in empowering local business in her region. Acting as research assistant, she performed as data gainer, journal translator, and slide maker in order to support her lecturer’s presentation in any conference. In enjoying her spare time, she was couching her junior in her former university for debate competitions. She enjoyed debating since her second year of undergraduate, thus her side job was a debate coach in Theresiana International School's.

Lately she was a Fulbright grantee of Foreign Language Teaching Assistant at University of Wisconsin Madison in academic year of 2014/2015. For two semesters, she helped the main teacher to grade students' homework and test, developed the material that can help students to understand the cultural aspects of the material, and helped students for having conversation session out of class in her office hour. Besides she also in charged in conducting language table for students and some people who were interested in Indonesian language and studies. In her spare times, she was involved in two student’s organizations which promote international cross cultural understanding and volunteering service. By being involved with students outside her class, she believes that it will open a larger platform to promote her culture, language, and also awareness about cross-cultural understanding. 

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.