Assistant Chair for English and World Languages
Director of World Languages
* This is an abbreviated version. Full CV available upon request.
Ph.D. Spanish. University of Florida. Gainesville, Florida.
M.A.Spanish. University of Florida. Gainesville, Florida.
B.A. Humanities. Fort Lewis College. Durango, Colorado. Magna Cum Laude.
ACTFL OPI Tester and Rater. Trained and certified to conduct and rate Oral Proficiency Tests for the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages.
Italian: Advanced Low
HONORS AND AWARDS
National Honors and Awards:
- Olga E. Kagan Award – February 2018 – Third International Conference on Heritage/ Community Languages (For advancing heritage language education in institutions of learning)
Regional Honors and Awards:
- Colorado Excellence in Teaching Award 2020 – Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers
- Best of Colorado 2018 – Presentation selected by the Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers to represent Colorado at the 2019 Spring SWCOLT.
Colorado State University – Pueblo Honors and Awards:
- Recognized by the President as one of 15 “Extraordinary People / Stealth Employees” during Fall 2019 Convocation
- Student’s Choice Faculty and Staff Award 2019 (nominated)
- Outstanding Service and Transformative Leadership – Student Choice Award 2012
- CSU-Pueblo Excellence in Service Award 2009-10.
- Outstanding Faculty Member 2008-09. College of Humanities and Social Sciences. (one awarded per year)
- Person of the Year May 2018. Dante Alighieri Society of Pueblo, Co. (For outstanding leadership in foreign language education)
- Educator of the year nominee 2010, Pueblo Hispanic Education Foundation.
Colorado State University – Pueblo, Department of English and World Languages
Associate Professor 2012 – present
Assistant Professor 2006 – 2012
- Beginning Spanish 1
- Intermediate Spanish 1
- Intermediate Spanish 2
- Spanish Phonetics
- Grammar in Context
- Conversation and Composition: Spain
- Conversation and Composition: Caribbean
- Spanish in the Business World
- Health and Wellbeing in the Spanish Speaking World
- Introduction to Hispanic Literature
- 20thCentury Spanish Literature
- Literary Theory and Hispanic Literature (SPN 460)
- Women’s War Narrative in the Spanish-Speaking World
- Contemporary Cinema of Spain
- Representations of Migration in the Spanish Speaking World
- Genre Studies: Women’s War Literature in Translation. Graduate Course
- Language Teaching Theory and Practice. Graduate Course
- Music and Society
- Food and Society
Assistant Chair for English and World Languages Colorado State University Pueblo 2012 – Present
Director of World Languages Program. Colorado State University 2012-Present
Coordinator of World Language Program. Colorado State University Pueblo 2008- 2012
CONFERENCES – NATIONAL / INTERNATIONAL:
” Collaborative Content-Based Projects for Heritage and Second Language Learners.”ACTFL National Conference. Washington DC, November 2019.
“Implementing a Heritage Language Program: Lessons from the Trenches” with Alejandro Lee (Santa Monica College), Sybil Alexandrov (Yale College), and María Gillman (University of Washington). Third International Conference on Heritage/Community Languages. UCLA, February 2018.
“Content-based courses beyond literature: Best practices for an HL/L2 class” ACTFL National Conference. Boston, MA. November 2016.
“Project-based Learning with Heritage Language Learners: Why, What, and How” with Dr. María Carreira (California State University, Long Beach), Claire Chick (NHLRC), Dr. Irina Dubinina (Brandeis), Dr. María Luisa Parra (Harvard). ACTFL National Conference. Boston, MA. November 2016.
“Creating Content Courses to Increase Proficiency in HLs and L2s” ACTFL National Conference. San Diego, CA. November 2015.
“Issues in Developing a Heritage Language Program” Second Symposium on Spanish as a Heritage Language, Texas Tech University, (invited) Lubbock, Texas. February 2015.
“Project-based learning as effective instruction in HL/L2 mixed classrooms” ACTFL National Conference. San Antonio Texas. November 2014.
“Similarities and Differences in Attitudes, Goals and Motivations of HL, L1, and L2 students: Pedagogical Implications for the Mixed Classroom.” Second International Conference on Heritage Languages. Los Angeles. March 2014.
“Heritage Language Learners in Foreign Language Programs: Challenges and Opportunities” 2013 ACTFL conference. Orlando. November 2013.
“The successful HL/L2 mixed classroom: Doing better than “making do” 2012 ACTFL conference. Philadelphia. November 2012
“Heritage Language Learners in the Foreign Language Classroom: Challenges and Opportunities” 2012 AATSP Conference. Puerto Rico. July 2012.
“Maximizing Success in HL/L2 Mixed Classrooms: Preliminary survey findings.”UCLA NHLRC Sixth Annual Heritage Language Research Institute, From Overhearers to High Proficiency Speakers: Advancing Heritage Learners’ Skills. Los Angeles, June 2012.
“Understanding Heritage Language Learners: Student Voices from NHLRC/STARTALK Multimedia Workshop.” With Dr. Olga Kagan, Dr. Elena Farkas and Dr. Alejandro Lee Chan. ACTFL 2011 Conference. Denver, November 2011
“Error Correction in the Proficiency Oriented Classroom: When and How?” With John Gylling and Tatiana Johnston. ACTFL 2011 Conference. Denver, November 2011
“Accurate Assessment: Understanding ACTFL Proficiency Levels and Degrees of Control.” With Dr. Chris Picicci. ACTFL 2010 Conference. Boston. November 2010.
“Team Work: Developing Oral Proficiency through Collaborative Writing Activities.” with Dr. Chris Picicci. ACTFL 2009 Conference. San Diego. November 2009.
CONFERENCES – REGIONAL/ LOCAL:
“Best practices for the HL/L2 mixed classroom: From theory to practice” Southwest Conference on Language Teaching (SWCOLT). Fort Worth TX, March 2019 (Representing “Best of Colorado” among the SW states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawai’i, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah)
“Best practices for serving HL and L2 students in separate or mixed classrooms.” Three-hour workshop for Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers Fall 2019 Conference. Golden, Colorado, October 5, 2019. (Invited)
“Let’s give them something (exciting) to talk about: Content-based learning for HLs/L2s” Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers (CCFLT). Denver, February 2019
“Fostering Proficiency Using Literary Texts: Tips and Activities” Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teaching (CCFLT), Loveland, February 2018
“Fostering Proficiency in the First- and Second-Year Classroom: Tips and Activities” with Dr. Katherine Brown, Maureen Williams, and Tatiana Johnston. Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teaching (CCFLT) February 2017
“Building Second Language Proficiency through Content-Based Learning in an Online Environment” SOCO Conference. Pueblo, CO. April 2016
“Content-Based Learning for HL/L2 Mixed Classes: 10 tips and 10 Activities” Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teaching (CCFLT) February 2016
“Heritage Language Learners in Foreign Language Programs: Strategies for Serving Students with Varying Exposure to Language Beyond the Classroom.” (with Corey Sullinger – student research assistant) CCFLT conference. Loveland, CO, Feb 2014
PRESENTATIONS – OUTSIDE COLORADO:
“Sample Projects and Best Practices of PBL,” “Focus on Functional Skills – An ACTFL Mini Workshop.” “Integrating PBL into the curriculum: What Works, What Doesn’t Work, and Anticipated Problems” NHLRC/Startalk Heritage Language Teacher Workshop UCLA Center for World Languages. June 2019 (invited as Lead Instructor)
“EPIC Workshop: Project-based Learning for Language Instruction” UCLA College of Humanities Excellence in Pedagogy and Innovative Classrooms. Co-Presenter with María Carreira. UCLA, June 14, 2019 (Invited)
“Principles and Practices of Project Based Learning” with Claire Chick (UCLA) NHLRC/Startalk Heritage Language Teacher Workshop.” (invited) – UCLA Center for World Languages. June 2018
“Putting Theory into Practice: Exemplars of Projects for HL/L2 Mixed Classes.” NHLRC/Startalk Heritage Language Teacher Workshop.” (invited) – UCLA Center for World Languages. June 2017.
“Building a Project for the HL or Mixed Classroom” NHLRC/Startalk Heritage Language Teacher Workshop.” (invited) – UCLA Center for World Languages. June 2016.
“Finding Your Blend: Task-Based, Project-Based, Content- Based, and Community-Based Instruction in the HL Classroom” NHLRC/Startalk Heritage Language Teacher Workshop.” (invited) – UCLA Center for World Languages. June 2015.
“Mixed classes: on student perspectives and experiences” NHLRC/Startalk Heritage Language Teacher Workshop.” (invited) – UCLA Center for World Languages. July 2014.
“Key Considerations for Maximizing the Success of Heritage Language Learners.” The Changing Landscape of Language Teaching. Long Beach City College, Long Beach, CA. April 2014 (Invited)
Presentation: “Second Language Learners in the Heritage Language Classroom: A case study“ 2012 NHLRC/Startalk Heritage Language Teacher Workshop.” (invited) – UCLA Center for World Languages. July 2012.
“Affective, Organizational, and Pedagogical considerations for the HLL and L2 mixed classroom: Lessons from the NHLRC.” Heinle World Languages Event. Sacramento. February 2012 (Invited).
PRESENTATIONS IN COLORADO
“Identities in flux: Negotiating the self through language, culture and context” 3rdAnnual World Languages Undergraduate Research Conference: Creating Identity” Metropolitan State University of Denver, April 2019 (Invited Keynote Speaker)
“Top ten strategies for serving heritage language learners in foreign language programs” The changing landscape of language learning. Auraria Higher Education Center, Denver, CO. April 2015 (invited)
“Serving our Heritage Language Learners in Foreign Language Programs” District 49 Language Teachers. October 2015 – Requested
“Three core considerations for the teaching of Heritage Languages.” Denver Public School System. August 2013 – Invited
“Proficiency Oriented Instruction.” Curriculum Mapper Support: World Language Workshop. South High School. Pueblo. CO. August 2008.
“More Time to Kick It Around: Teaching, Learning, and Block Scheduling.” with Dr. Katherine Frank, Joyce Marino, and Mel Otero. Central High School. Pueblo, CO. April 2008.
“Writing in the Second Language Classroom.” Southern Colorado Writing Project Presentation. Centennial High school. Pueblo, CO. April 2008. Central High School. Pueblo, CO. February 2008.
Article: “Becoming a Heritage Language Teacher: A Journey Well Worth Taking. “Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers Newsletter. Fall 2019.
Book chapter. Lead author: “Adoption, Implementation and Institutionalization of Spanish Heritage Language Programs at two U.S. Regional Comprehensive Universities.” with Alejandro Lee.Handbook on Heritage Language Education: From Innovation to Program BuildingOlga Kagan, Maria Carreira, Claire Chik (Eds.). Routledge. 2017.
Article: “Colorado State University – Pueblo: Building a Program to Serve all Students. National Heritage Language Newsletter. April 2014. UCLA. https://nhlrc.ucla.edu/nhlrc/article/205552
Article: “Hilanderas de su propia identidad: Invitación a una lectura consciente de Poetas en la Mitad del Mundo, Mujeres Ecuatorianas.” Blum, Ana Cecilia y Sara Vanegas Coveña.Poetas en la Mitad del Mundo. Mujeres Ecuatorianas. Quito: Angel Editor, 2013.
Podcast: “Organizing principles and best practices for mixed classes. An interview with Professor Alegría Ribadeneira.” Carreira, Maria. (Producer). July 11, 2019 [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from https://nhlrc.ucla.edu/nhlrc/article/205289
OER: “Música y Sociedad: Un proyecto colaborativo con estudiantes de CSU -Pueblo” Creator, editor and author along with 18 students (216 pages). Open Educational Resource – Self-published. Spring 2019. https://scalar.usc.edu/works/msica-y-sociedad—un-proyecto-colaborativo/index
Videos: “Five projects for the HL/L2 classroom”Module V, Lesson 6. Materials for online certificate Teacher training for the 21st century: Teaching heritage languages. Available from National Heritage Language Resource Center. (https://www.nhlrc.ucla.edu). September 2017.
Articles in progress:
Learner Mega-diversity: A Comparative Study of Attitudes, Motivations and Language Use of Native, Heritage, and Second Language Learners in Mixed Classes
Students as authors: Creating Collaborative OERs in the HL/L2 Language Classroom.
LOCAL AND UNIVERSITY PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY
“Bilingual Bicultural Identities in Flux.” CSU Pueblo. September 20, 2019 – Presentation Workshop offered as part of HSI Week – Volunteered
“Faculty Perspectives on Teaching at an HSI.” September 16, 2019 – Faculty panel discussion offered as part of HSI Week – Invited
“Cultural Café: Music and Society.” CSU Pueblo. October 23, 2018 – Requested
“Relay to the Finish Line: Teamwork for Achieving our Foreign Language Program Goals.” Convocation Week Professional Development Workshop. CSU – Pueblo. August 2012.
‘Fostering Social Responsibility through the Study of Foreign Languages and Cultures.” Changing World, Changing Roles: Social Responsibility on the 21st Century CSU – Pueblo’s 20/20 Lecture Series. March 2012
“Entre Lenguas: Bilingual Literature and Literature in Translation.” Presenter and moderator. All Pueblo Reads. October 2009.
“Are we there yet: Planning the journey to student success.” Convocation Week Professional Development Workshop. CSU-Pueblo. August 2009.
MEMBERSHIPS (past and present)
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) – active
ACTFL Heritage Language Special Interest Group – active
American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP)
Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers (CCFLT) – active
Modern Language Association of America. (MLA)
National Heritage Language Resource Center – Affiliate – active
Southwest Conference on Language Teaching (SWCOLT) – active
Pueblo German Club – active
Dante Alighieri Society of Pueblo – active