Education | language | Law
Between the classroom and the courtroom, Bethany K. Dumas is proud to have made a positive difference in the lives of so many others over the past five decades. She initially started her professional journey in English literature, one of her main passions, but decided to switch to linguistics during graduate school. A few years later, Dr. Dumas became interested in jury selection, so she pursued a law degree to understand it better. She currently holds a Bachelor of Arts from Lamar University, a Master of Arts and a PhD from the University of Arkansas, and a JD from the University of Tennessee College of Law.
Dr. Dumas has served her alma mater, the University of Tennessee, since 1974. She started as a professor, and now carries the distinguished title of professor emerita. Previously, Dr. Dumas garnered experience as a graduate assistant at the University of Arkansas, an instructor of Southwest Missouri State University, and an assistant professor at Southern University and Trinity University. She has also been a consultant and expert witness since 1983, which she greatly enjoys.
Language | EDUCATION
Fascinated by foreign languages and passionate about literature, Dr. Hildegard Rissel set out to find a career that would incorporate all of her interests. Her first stop was Georgetown University, where she earned both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in French with a minor in Spanish in 1981 and 1983, respectively. She returned to her alma mater in 1990 to obtain a PhD in Spanish literature.
Currently living her dream as an associate professor of Spanish at Virginia State University in the Department of Language and Literature, where she’s been since 2001, Dr. Rissel is proud of her growth and success over the years. She started out as a lecturer in Spanish and French at Mount Saint Mary’s College, and held the same title at Hood College around the same time. The graduate degree she earned propelled her immediately to a more advanced position, assistant professor of Spanish and French at Adams State College, and after a year, she transferred to the University of Wisconsin, Washington County Campus, as an assistant professor of Spanish, French and German. Six years in that role led her to become an assistant professor of Spanish in the Department of Languages and Literature at Virginia State University, where she still works to this day.