AATSP President-Elect Candidate
Sharon Ahern Fechter
Montgomery College; Rockville, MD
Ahern Fechter is a full professor of Spanish and chair of the
Department of World Languages and Philosophy at Montgomery College. She earned
her Ph.D. in literature from New York University, her M.A. in Spanish language
and literature from Catholic University and her B.A., with majors in Spanish
and Speech and Drama, from Catholic University.
She has been an active member of AATSP, serving on the Executive Council
from 2005-2008 and on the editorial board of Hispania. She was the
Director of Inter-Institutional Collaboration for Project 2001 at the Center
for Educational Technology at Middlebury College, a project funded by the
Andrew W. Mellon foundation to explore the innovative use of instructional
technologies in foreign language education.
In 2009, she received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award for
two-year colleges from AATSP and has received the Outstanding Faculty Award at
Montgomery College. She has presented and published on numerous topics dealing
with foreign language pedagogy, literature, and international education. She is co-author of the textbook for high
beginners Paso adelante, co-author of
the laboratory manual for ¡En directo!,
and author of the online task-based activities for the elementary text ¡Arriba!.Read Sharon Ahern Fechter's Full CV (PDF)Statement of Candidacy
As chair of World
Languages at a community college offering 12 languages—including Portuguese, a
college that is the largest undergraduate institution in Maryland, I understand
the challenges facing language faculty on all levels. I work closely with my
four-year counterparts and equally closely with my K-12 colleagues and the
students that come to us from that system.
As more students attend community colleges—nearly half the
undergraduates in the U.S., we must examine the role of this sector in enabling
students to seamlessly place into college-level work, build upon that work, and
continue their language learning as majors and minors.
uniquely poised to make that much heralded word--"articulation”--a reality, and
I hope I embody that principle. I value
the fine work of my K-12 colleagues and appreciate the lure of literature and
culture cultivated during my doctoral studies.
Everyone is at the table in AATSP; it is one
of the great strengths of our organization.
Executive Council, I would work to:
with K-12 colleagues to develop a system to foster language study and appropriately
-Expand the membership
and participation of community college faculty
-Foster the cultivation
of students to matriculate as majors and minors at the B.A. level, and
platform to expand Portuguese offerings in general
enjoyed my service on the editorial board of Hispania and my time on the executive council of AATSP. I plan to be a part of AATSP’s future in any
View video of Sharon Ahern Fechter reading her statement of candidacy.