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 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
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.

Mark Shaichompoo

Mark Saichompoo
Manager, Field Operations and Business Development

  • United States Army, 1989-2015

Email: Mark.Saichompoo@mso.umt.edu
Phone: (253) 966-9464
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 27 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). 

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
Associate 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. 


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

  • 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!

Myong Hee Choi

Dr. Myong Hee Choi
Associate 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
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.

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

Anta Kusuma
Graduate Teaching Assistant  - Indonesian Language

  • M.A. candidate in Interdiciplinary Studies, University of Montana, U.S.
  • Journalism Certificate, Madison College, U.S.,  2012
  • New Media, Radio Netherlands Training Center, The Netherlands, 2010
  • B.A. Philosophy, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia 2007

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

Anta is an Indonesian born actor, writer, and journalist. Beside teaching Indonesian language and its culture, he is pursuing a master degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Montana, Missoula.

Abdelilah Bouasria

Dr. Abdelilah Bouasria
Associate Professor  - Arabic Language

  • Ph.D., Comparative Politics, American University, 2010
  • M.A., Comparative Politics, American University, 2005
  • M.A., International Relations, Sussex University, 1997
  • B.A., Business and Economics, McGill University, 1996
  • A.A., Law and Economics, University Mohamed V, 1993

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

Dr. Abdelilah Bouasria taught Middle East politics at American University in Washington DC and George Mason, Virginia. He is the author of Sufism and Politics in Morocco: Activism and Dissent (Routledge:2015) as well as Master and Disciple (Author house: 2007) and Mamlakat al Qaht (Nadacom: 2006) and several other articles and book chapters. He received his PhD in political science from American University in Washington DC and his Masters in international relations from Sussex University in the UK, and his B.com in economics from McGill University in Canada, and his Associate degree in Law from Mohamed V university in Rabat, Morocco. He speaks Five languages including Arabic and Spanish, and has published in four of them. He has worked as a journalist at Voice of America, DC, the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California and the embassy of Qatar in Washington DC. He conducts research on several themes such as OPI and DLPT methodologies, Intercultural awareness, Gender in the Arab World, Islamic studies, Sufism, Social Movements, Theories of Power, Latin America and the Arab World, Youth, Monarchies and their resilience, and Parapsychology.

Bahaa Setaboha

Bahaa Setaboha
Adjunct Professor  - Arabic Language

  • M.A., Education, Emphasis in Instructional Technology, Chapman University, Monterey, CA, 2010
  • Supervisory Academy Certificate, Hartnell Collage, Salinas, CA 2008
  • B.A., Business Administration, Management, Petra University, Amman, Jordan, 2004

Email: bahaa.setaboha@mso.umt.edu
Phone: (650) 440 3565
Fax: (406) 543-6462

Bahaa joined Defense Critical Language and Culture Program in 2015. Prior to joining Defense Critical Language & Culture Program, Bahaa taught Arabic Language and Culture for five years at the Defense Language Institute as an assistant professor. He has also developed teaching materials, classroom activities, and Teachers’ Training Programs. Bahaa also worked many years in the retail training, business development, and management fields. He is very proud to be part of the DCLCP family and to work for such institution. 

Ahmad Abdallah

Ahmad Abdallah
Graduate Teaching Assistant  - Arabic Language

  • 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’s from Jordan, and he worked for Peace Corps in Jordan for many years before arriving in Montana.as Arabic Language and Cross Culture Coordinator. Ahmad is perusing his Master’s Degree now in Linguistics at the University of Montana – Missoula. Ahmad is also a certified OPI Tester by Peace Corps/ACTFL. Ahmad’s main language expertise lies in teaching Arabic as a second language, conducting ACTFL OPI test, and design & develop Arabic language resources. Ahmad is also interested in the intercultural competence training, and Teachers’ training and development. Ahmad is a certified Human Resource Business Professional by HRCI, and he worked in language teachers’ recruiting and hiring with Peace Corps.

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

  • UM courses of study in Communication and 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.