Vitae. Grants & Professional Experience

GRANTS & AWARDS

  • Lawrence University Professional Development Travel Grant. To present a paper at the 2014 MMLA Conference.  November 2014.
  • Foreign Language Coalition (FLC at Lawrence University. To conduct research in Buenos Aires, Argentina. August 21-September 9, 2014.
  • Lawrence University Professional Development Travel Grant. To conduct research in Buenos Aires, Argentina. August 21-September 9, 2014.
  • ACM Introducing Change: Introductory Courses and the Nature of Faculty Work. ACM Colleges. 2013-2014.
  • Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Grant to present a paper at the Seventeenth Annual Conference of the Japan Studies Association. San Francisco, CA. January 6-8, 2011.
  • Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Grant to fund research on border literatures in Mendoza, Argentina. Summer 2009.
  • Lawrence University Professional Development Travel Allowance to fund research on border literatures in Mendoza, Argentina. Summer 2009.
  • Lawrence University Professional Development Travel Allowance to present two papers at the XIII Congreso FIEALC (Federación Internacional de Estudios Sobre América Latina y el Caribe). “América Latina-Caribe y Asia-Pacífico en el siglo XXI.”Macau, China. September 25-28, 2007.
  • Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Grant to present two papers at the XIII Congreso FIEALC. “América Latina-Caribe y Asia-Pacífico en el siglo XXI.”Macau, China. September 25-28, 2007.
  • Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Grant to fund guest speaker Dr. Thomas Walker. “International Electoral Observation: A tool for Democratization and Peace in Latin America.” Lawrence University, May 7, 2007.
  • Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Grant to fund guest speaker Dr. Gonzalo Paz. “Latin America and China:  Dangerous Relations?” Lawrence University, May 22, 2006.
  • Mellon Course Development Grant to support work on Spanish 521 “Survey of Latin American Literature II” for the fulfillment of the Speaking-Intensive General Education Requirement at Lawrence University.  Summer 2006.
  • Lawrence University Professional Development Travel Allowance. Summer 2006.
  • Stone Center for Latin American Studies Grant “Reconceptualizing Latin America” Project. Tulane University. New Orleans. Spring 2005.
  • Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Grant to present at the “Crossing Borders: U.S./Latin American Relations in the early 21st Century” Conference. The University of San Francisco. San Francisco, CA. March 2-4, 2005.
  • Mellon Course Development Grant to support work on Spanish 576 “Latin American Visual Art” for the Speaking-Intensive and Global Diversity General Education Requirements at Lawrence University. Summer 2005.
  • Fulbright Scholar Program Fellowship. Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES). Visiting Lecturer at Universidad Nacional de Cuyo. Mendoza, Argentina. July-September 2004.
  • Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Travel Grant to conduct research trip to Argentina and Chile. November 2003.
  • Participant. Global Partners in Higher Education Grant. Lawrence University. April 9-11, 2003.
  • Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Grant to fund guest speaker Dr. Carlos Von Son. “Mexican Diaspora Writings.” Lawrence University, Feb. 18, 2003.
  • Mellon Course Development Grant to support work on Spanish 410 “Current Events in Latin America” for the Global Diversity General Education Requirement at Lawrence University. Summer 2003.
  • Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Grant to fund guest speaker Dr. Carlos Stoetzer. “The Organization of American States (OAS) as an Instrument of Regional Security.” Lawrence University, November 12, 2002.
  • Mellon Course Development Grant to support work on Spanish 315 “Advanced Composition and Conversation” for the fulfillment of the Speaking-Intensive General Education Requirement at Lawrence University. Summer 2002.
  • Excellence in Humanities Award. To support scholarly work with students. Lawrence University. May 2002.
  • Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Grant to fund guest speaker Dr. Thomas W. Walker “Latin America in the Talons of the Eagle: Reflections of a Grumpy, Old Academic.” Lawrence University, March 2002.
  • Mellon Course Development Grant to support work on Spanish 400 “Latin American Civilization and Culture” for the Global Diversity General Education Requirement at Lawrence University. Summer 2001.
  • Mellon Course Development Grant to support work on Spanish 521 “Survey of Latin American Literature II” for the Global Diversity General Education Requirement at Lawrence University. Summer 2001.
  • Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS). University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI. Travel Grant for CLACS Regional Faculty Associates for new course development. October 2001.
  • Newberry Grant. Newberry Library. Chicago, IL. November 10-12, 2000.
  • Mednick Fellowships Grant. Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges, Richmond, VA. Research Project: “Assembled Autobiography: A Multidisciplinary Project.” 1999.
  • “James A. Huston Excellence in Scholarship Award.” Lynchburg College. Lynchburg, VA. May 1998.
  • Mednick Fellowships Grant. Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges, Richmond, VA. Research Project: “Gender, Memory, and History in the Works of Contemporary Argentinean Women Writers.” 1994.
  • Fellow National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Seminar for College Teachers. Structuralism AfterPost-Structuralism; Author, Text, and Context in Lorca, Dalí, and Buñuel. University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. Director: Dr. Javier Herrero. Summer 1990.
  • Andrew W. Mellon Pre-doctoral Fellowship. University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. 1988.
  • Tinker Research Grant. Center for Latin American Studies. University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. 1988.
  • Cornell University Summer Fellowship. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Summer 1987.
  • Fulbright Scholarship for Travel Expenses. Buenos Aires, Argentina. January 1985.

 

EMPLOYMENT & EXPERIENCE

TEACHING

Fall 2014         Graduate Seminar. “Border Studies and Literatures in the United States.” (In English). Universidad Nacional de Cuyo. Mendoza, Argentina.

2000-present    Professor. Lawrence University.(Associate Professor (tenured).2000-2005. Professor 2005-present). Courses taught include:
·         Space as Text
·         Latin American Visual Art
·         Hispanic Issues
·         Border Studies
·         Survey of Latin American Literature
·         Current Events in the Spanish-Speaking World
·         Latin American Civilization and Culture
·         Advanced Grammar
·         Beginner and Intermediate Spanish
·         Freshman Studies Seminar

 Summer 2011 Visiting Assistant Professor University of Virginia. Semester at Sea Program. Charlottesville, VA. Summer 2011 Voyage. June 15 – August 20.  (Bahamas, Spain, Italy, Greece, Croatia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Morocco)

      • Courses taught:
        Texts and Interpretations. (In Spanish)
        Introduction to Drawing. (In English)

§  Organized and lead Field Trips with students in:
§  Spain. Barcelona. Gaudí Tour
§  Italy. Capri
§  Craotia. Dubrovnic City Orientation
§  Greece. The Acropolis and Athens
§  Bulgaria. Stone Forest
§  Turkey. Istanbul.Sufi Dervish Ceremony
§  Turkey. Sile Hacili Village hike
§  Morocco. Casablanca City Orientation

 Fall 2009         Graduate Seminar. “Border Studies and Literatures in the United States.” (In English). Universidad Nacional de Cuyo. Mendoza, Argentina. August – September.

 Fall 2008         Visiting Assistant Professor University of Virginia. Semester at Sea Program. Charlottesville, VA. Fall 2008 Voyage. August 24 – December 14.  (Bahamas, Brazil, Namibia, South Africa, India, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Japan, Hawai’i, Costa Rica, Panama Canal)

      • Courses taught:
        The Nobels. (In English)
        Space as Literature: travelers, dreamers, natives. (In English)
        Introduction to Drawing. (In English)

§  Organized and lead Field Trips with students in:
·         Brazil. Salvador. Sacred Arts Museum
·         Namibia. Walvis Bay. Salt Mine
·         South Africa. Cape of Good Hope
·         South Africa. 4 Day tented safari. Manyeleti Game Reserve
·         South Africa. Capetown. District 6 Museum and Langa Township
·         India. Chennai. St. Thomas Mount
·         India. Chennai. Rural Village and Dakshinachitra Heritage Village
·         Malaysia. Penang. Kek Lok Si Temple
·         Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh City

 Fall 2006         Graduate Seminar. “Border Studies and Literatures in the United States.” (In English). Universidad Nacional de Cuyo. Mendoza, Argentina. August 22- September 2.

 Fall 2004         Fulbright Graduate Seminar. “Identidades Hispanas en Estados Unidos.” Universidad Nacional de Cuyo. Mendoza, Argentina. July 22 – September 28.

 2000-2003    Profesor de Consulta. Cátedra de Experimentación y Producción Artística. Instituto Universitario Nacional del Arte (IUNA). Buenos Aires, Argentina.                      

1989-2000       Professor of Spanish. Lynchburg College. (1995-2000 Associate Professor (tenured). 1989-1995 Assistant Professor). Courses taught include:
·         Latin American Culture (In Spanish and English)
·         Latin American Literature in Film (In English)
·         Survey of Latin American Literature (In Spanish and English)
·         Advanced Language Practice
·         Writing Workshop
·         Commercial Spanish
·         Spanish Composition & Conversation
·         Beginner and Intermediate Spanish

Assistant Professor of Painting. Lynchburg College. Fall 1996, Spring 1997, Fall 1998

1987-89           Teaching Assistant. University of Pittsburgh. 

1985-86           Teaching Assistant. West Virginia University. 

ADMINISTRATIVE

  • February 2013   External Reviewer for Saint Mary’s College’s Department of Modern Languages. St. Mary’s College. Notre Dame, IN.
  • October 2011     External Reviewer Latin American Studies Program. Lake Forest College. Lake Forest, IL.
  • 2010-present    External Reviewer. Universidad de Aconcagua. Mendoza, Argentina. Authors: Kevin Garth Coryell, Silvia Edith Giménez, Analía Molina, Alejandra Posebón. Project: “Narrative Construction and its Affect in the Writing of Margaret Atwood and Cormac McCarthy” (2011).
  • 2009-present    External Reviewer. Banco de Expertos Evaluadores Externos. CIUDA (Consejo de  Investigaciones de la Universidad del Aconcagua). Mendoza, Argentina.
  • 2005-present    Associate Member. MAPEAL (Macao Association for the Promotion of Exchange between  Asia-Pacific and Latin America). Gary Mei-Cheong Ngai, Director.
  • 2001-present    Regional Faculty Associate of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
  • Data Bank Coordinator in USA for Department of Painting. Facultad de Bellas Artes. Universidad Complutense. Madrid, Spain.

Universidad Nacional de Cuyo. Mendoza, Argentina.

  • 2009-present    Member Comité de Publicaciones y Lectura. Revista de Lenguas Extranjeras.
  • 2004-present    Member Comité Académico. Magister en Literaturas en Lengua Inglesa.
  • Master Thesis Co-director. Universidad Nacional de Cuyo. Mendoza, Argentina.
    • Ariadna Marsonet. “Miguel Méndez’s Peregrinos de Aztlán. Desplazamiento espacial, temporal, y espiritual en busca de la identidad chicana.”
    • Agustina Dalla Torre.“La mujer como doble minoría en la novela In the Time of the Butterflies de Julia Álvarez”
    • Mariana Vega. “La problemática de la diversidad cultural en la narrativa de la escritora Sandra Cisneros en la colección de cuentos Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories.”

Lawrence University

  • 2011-present    Member Committee on Diversity Affairs.
  • 2008-present    Co-Advisor Latin American Studies Program.
  • 2005-2010       Member Fellows Committee.
  • 2005-2006       Member Staff, Faculty and Emeriti Faculty Engagement for Lawrence University Campaign Group.
  • 2005-2006       Chair / Advisor International Studies Program.
  • 2004-2006       Chairperson Foreign Languages Coalition.
  • 2000-2011       Chairperson Spanish Department.
  • 2001-2003       Member Governance Committee.
  • 2000-2001       Member Committee on Instruction.


Lynchburg College

  • 1999-2000       Member “Dean James Turner Chair in the Humanities.” Committee.
  • 1997-1998       Chairman Educational Policies Committee.
  • 1997-2000       MemberTeaching & Learning Through Technology Roundtable Committee.
  • 1993-2000       Member LCSR (Lynchburg College Symposium Readings) Committee.
  • 1993-1995       Member Academic Computing Services Committee.
  • 1989-2000       Member Department of Foreign Languages.


LANGUAGE CONSULTANT

  • Spanish - Native proficiency
  • English - Near-native proficiency
  • French and Portuguese - Working knowledge

INTERPRETER AND TRANSLATOR

  •  Interpreter and Cultural Translator for Cartus’ Cross-Cultural programs.
  • Certified Interpreter. Bowne Global Solutions (Former Berlitz International, Inc.)
  • Translation for Environmental, Health & Safety department of Pechiney Plastic Packaging Inc. USA. 2003.
  • Translation for Alcan Packaging – Food Packaging, Americas. 2002
  • Simultaneous Interpreter for National Labor Relations Board. February 12, 2003.
  • Translations for “E-Z Taping System.” Green Bay, Wisconsin. 2000-2010.
  •  Translation for Aid Association for Lutherans (AAL). Appleton, Wisconsin. 2001.
  •  Translation Consultant for “American Academy of Family Physicians” (AAFP) Foundation Health Education Program. 2000.
  • Simultaneous Interpreter.  Juvenile District Court. Lynchburg, VA. February 10, 1999.
  • Simultaneous Interpreter. INTERMET Corporation. Archer Creek Plant for Renault Mexico Audit. Lynchburg, Virginia. February 1998.

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Participant Colonial/Postcolonial Study Tour. Visit to China (Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Macau), Taiwan (Taipei) Japan (Narita) and Vietnam (Hanoi and Hue). Lawrence University. June 2005.
  • Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) Urban Studies Program Conference:“Globalization and Urban Life: Chicago Realities and Responses.”Chicago, IL.  April 20-22, 2001.
  • Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (VFIC) DuPont Faculty Technology Initiative. Summer Workshop for Faculty in Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures.Virtualia: Reproducing Culture and Language Online.” University of Richmond. Richmond, VA. August 9-11, 1999.
  • American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Colloquium “Alternatives in Foreign Language Teaching: Responding to New Needs.” Brookings Institute. Washington, D.C. Feb. 9, 1998.
  • Culpeper Workshop “Using the World‑Wide Web for Course Development.” Randolph-Macon Women’s College. Lynchburg, VA.  January, 1998.
  • American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Colloquium “Technology and Foreign Language Learning: Defining the Terms, Confronting the Issues.” Brookings Institute. Washington, D.C. June 16, 1997.
  • American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Conference “Rethinking the Purposes and Practices of Foreign Language Education.” Charleston, SC.  March 14 – 15, 1997.
  • American Association of Higher Education (AAHE).Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges (VFIC) Conference on Teaching, Learning, and Technology Roundtable (TLTR). Randolph-Macon College. Ashland, VA.  February 21 – 22, 1997.
  • Jessie Ball DuPont Fund. “Managing Diversity for the 21st Century.” The Aspen Institute, Wye Center, MD. June, 1995.
  • Participant. Council of International Programs (C.I.P.).Long Island, NY. Summer 1988.
  • Legal Internship at Nassau-Suffolk Law Services, Suffolk County, NY. Summer 1988.
  • Legal Internship at Suffolk County Legislature. Research Assistant. Long Island, NY. Summer 1988.
  • Lawyer. Private Practice of Law in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 1983-84.