Donna Gillespie 

Donna Gillespie joined the COD faculty in 2012 and is currently an Assistant Professor of Spanish. She holds a M.A. in Spanish from Saint Louis University - Madrid Campus, and a Ph.D. in Spanish Literature from University of Florida. She has lived abroad in Greece, Turkey, Venezuela, Mexico and Spain, and has enjoyed traveling throughout Europe and Latin America. Before coming to COD, she taught Spanish for three years as a Graduate Assistant Teacher at the University of Florida and was chosen as the recipient of the 2011 Award for Cooperative Leadership in Teaching by the UF Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies. She studied abroad in her undergraduate and graduate career, and in 2011 was selected to teach for the UF Summer Study Abroad program in Santander, Spain. In the summer of 2013, she was Co-Director for COD's summer study abroad program in Costa Rica. In addition to her academic interests, she enjoys a variety of music and film, traveling, exploring different cultures and the great outdoors.




Co Director                                                                                     Mary Ellen Mitterer                                                                         Mary Ellen Mitterer holds a B.A. in Spanish from Loyola University, an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from National Louis University, an M.A.E.L. in Education Leadership from Aurora University, and an M.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from Roosevelt University, completed at the Universitdad Complutense de Madrid. Before coming to College of DuPage, she taught many years at the high school level, where her assignments included AP Spanish and several student excursions to Mexico and Spain. She served as co-director of Spain Summer Study Abroad in 2013. She has studied in Spain, Mexico and Ecuador. In addition to her academic interests, Mitterer enjoys travel, music, reading, art and getting together with family and friends.


Contact Information

Field and Experiential Learning, Study Abroad and Global Education
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 3509
General inquiries: (630) 942-2356