Marcos Romero Asencio

Marcos Romero Asencio, Ph.D.

Chair of the Department of World languages

Associate Professor of Spanish
Phone: (616) 632-2123
Office: AB 1-A

Dr. Marcos Romero Asencio earned his Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of New Mexico where he was awarded a Fray Angélico Chávez Fellowship and a Graduate Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship. He taught college-level Spanish for nine years at the University of New Mexico and Indiana University East before arriving at Aquinas in 2005.


Dr. Romero is the Chair of the Department of World Languages at Aquinas and teaches SH 201 Third Semester Spanish, SH202 Fourth Semester Spanish, SH 302 Advanced Spanish Conversation and Diction, SH 325 Seminar in Spanish Literature: Medieval and Early Modern Spain, SH 326 Seminar in Spanish Literature: 18th Century to Present Day Spain, and SH 333 Spanish for Medical Professionals. His research interests include Medieval Spanish Narrative, Paleography, Iconography, Golden Age Drama, and English-Spanish Medical Interpretation.


He is married and has three children, two corgis and a shih tzu. In an effort to meld his Spanish and New Mexican heritage, he hopes to one day own an apartment near the Plaza Mayor in Madrid, Spain and to cruise the streets of Madrid in a 1960 Chevy Impala convertible. However, he will probably retire near the Santa Fe plaza in New Mexico and drive a 1973 SEAT 600.

Stephane Bedere

Stéphane Bédère, M.A.

Assistant Professor of French and Spanish

Phone: (616) 632-2118


Stéphane Bédère was born and raised in the Basque country in southwest France. After completing high-school, he moved to Paris and then Argentina, and traveled to Bolivia and Chile. Upon returning to Paris, where a large part of his family now lives, Bédère specialized in Spanish and Latin American studies at the Université Paris VIII, where he earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees.

While working on his doctoral degree, he was employed as a high school Spanish teacher in Paris and met his wife, Christa, an American (originally from Washington, DC). Bédère also had the opportunity to return to Latin America (1999-2000), where he spent several months in Paraguay and Argentina conducting research for his dissertation.


In 2006, he moved to the United States. Bédère’s wife’s family is from Michigan and her parents retired here. Before coming to Aquinas, he spent four years teaching at Grand Valley State University.


When he’s not teaching, there are many things Bédère enjoys doing, including (but not limited to) spending time with family and friends, the cinema, soccer, good French (or Argentine) wine, discussing politics, reading a good book, and of course a good espresso.

Shelli Rottschafer

Shelli Rottschafer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Spanish 

Coordinator of the Spanish Program
Phone: (616) 632-2116


Dr. Shelli Rottschafer completed her doctorate from the University of New Mexico in Latin American Contemporary Literature (2005). Her dissertation focused on Chilean and Argentine Literature written as a form of creative protest against the Videla Junta and Pinochet Dictatorship. However, her current research emphasizes Chicano and Latino Literature, Film and Gender Studies.


For her undergraduate years, Dr. Rottschafer attended Hope College for her BA in Spanish and History (1996). She completed her Masters in Spanish from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio (1999). Additionally, she earned her teaching certificate from The College of Santa Fe, which is now known as the Santa Fe University of Art and Design.


In addition to Spanish language courses, Dr. Rottschafer teaches SH 301 Advanced Composition, SH329 Chicana / Latina Literature, and SH320 Hispanic Film. She also leads an experiential learning course: SH372 Engaging Hispanic Grand Rapids in which AQ students mentor at César E. Chávez Elementary School, a bilingual school in SW Grand Rapids.


Dr. Rottschafer is the faculty advisor for the Spanish Club. She also has been the orientation leader for AQ students beginning their abroad programs in Salamanca, Spain and Santa Ana, Costa Rica. She is also involved with the biennial Resourceful Women Conference, and has spoken on Feminist Panels for the Women's Studies Club.

Carmen Ruiz Sanchez

Dr. Carmen Ruiz Sánchez

Assistant Professor of Spanish

Coordinator for the Lower Division

Phone: (616) 632-2838



Dr. Carmen Ruiz-Sánchez is originally from Seville, Spain. She came to the United States to do her graduate studies. She completed her Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics at Indiana University. Her areas of interest are Sociolinguistics, Second Language Acquisition and Spanish Phonology, and she has published a book and several articles in these areas. Before joining the faculty at Aquinas College, she taught in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Michigan State University. In her spare time, she teaches Flamenco dance and likes to spend time with her family.

Adjunct Faculty
Laura Dentel

M. Laura Dentel

Adjunct Professor of Spanish


Laura Dentel is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has traveled extensively throughout Latin America and Spain. She has a B.S. in Secondary Mathematics Education with Spanish and Computer Science minors from Ferris State University, as well as a M.A. in Spanish from Central Michigan University.

Elizabeth Flores

Elizabeth Flores
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Spanish
Phone: (616) 632-2436 Extension: 5697

Office AB 6

Sarah Matthews Sarah Matthews
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Spanish
Phone: (616) 632-8900 ext. 5694 

Laura Schneckenberger

Laura Schneckenberger

Lecturer of Spanish