Donna Gillespie

Donna Gillespie is an Associate Professor of Spanish at College of DuPage. She holds a M.A. in Spanish from Saint Louis University-Madrid campus, and a Ph.D. in Spanish Literature from the 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 in 2012, she taught Spanish for three years as a Graduate Assistant Teacher at the University of Florida and was chosen as the recipient for 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 has also directed both COD Spain and Costa Rica summer programs in recent years. In addition to her academic interests, Donna enjoys a variety of music and film, traveling, exploring different cultures, and the great outdoors.


Mary Ellen Mitterer 

College of DuPage adjunct instructor 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 Educational Leadership from Aurora University, and an M.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from Roosevelt University, completed at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Before coming to College of DuPage in 2010, she taught many years at the high school level, where her assignments included AP Spanish and co-director of several student excursions to Mexico and Spain. Having studied in Spain, Mexico and Ecuador, she has also traveled to Peru and several European countries. Mary Ellen was co-director of the COD Spain Summer Study Abroad in 2013 and 2014. In addition to her academic interests, Mary Ellen enjoys travel, music, reading, art, volunteering in the community and getting together with family and friends.


Contact Information

Field and Experiential Learning, Study Abroad and Global Education
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 3520
General inquiries: (630) 942-2356