Welcome to Arkansas State University!

Chair and Associate Professor of World Languages & Cultures

Executive Director, Development of Arkansas State University Queretaro, Mexico


  • Ph.D., University of Washington
  • Ed.S., University of Southern Mississippi
  • M.A., University of Washington
  • B.A., University of California
  • Abitur, Bielefeld, Germany

Teaching Specialties

  • Teaching People from Other Cultures
  • Second Language Assessment
  • Elementary Spanish I & II
  • Intermediate Spanish I & II
  • Elementary German I & II
  • Intermediate German I & II
  • Latin American Culture and Literature
  • German Culture and Literature
  • German Grammar & Composition

Courses Taught

  • Latin American Culture and Literature
  • Spanish Reading and Composition
  • Advanced Spanish Grammar
  • German Culture and Literature
  • German Grammar and Composition
  • Second Language Assessment
  • Teaching People from Other Cultures
  • Spanish for Medical and Health Professionals
  • Elementary and Intermediate Spanish
  • Elementary and Intermediate German

Research Interests

  • Second language acquisition and intercultural communication
  • Latin American and German literary and cultural discourse
  • instructional technology.


Born and raised in Germany, Dr. Unnold completed her primary and secondary education in her native country.  Thereafter she moved to the United States and obtained her bachelor’s degree at the University of California (Davis), her Masters and Ph.D. at the University of Washington (Seattle), and a Specialist degree (Ed.S.) in Higher Education Administration and Leadership at the University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg).  Additionally, she also studied at the Universidad de Costa Rica. 


Dr. Unnold has extensive teaching experience at the university level, as well as the secondary education level; she has taught Spanish, German, and English in language, culture and teacher education programs in Costa Rica, Mexico, the United States and Germany. She has also led study abroad programs at the graduate and undergraduate programs to a variety of countries.


Since 2008, Dr. Unnold has been serving as Chair and Associate Professor of the Department of World Languages and Cultures at Arkansas State University.  In 2012, she was additionally appointed Project Leader for Arkansas State University-Queretaro, the first American style university to be built and operated in Mexico.  Since then, she has taken the lead in preparing Arkansas State University to welcome the first freshman/graduate level class at the ASTATE-Queretaro campus in fall of 2015. 

Yvonne Unnold

Contact Information

P: (870) 972-4789
F: (870) 972-3927


Building: Wilson Hall
Room: 220