College / University Representative
Drew University; Madison, NJ
Education: University of Wisconsin (BA); New York
University (MA, PhD); NEH (National Endownment for the Humanities) Fellow at Yale
University and Princeton University. Numerous seminars on teaching for
proficiency, assessment, and the use of technologies in foreign language
teaching/learning. Trained and certified to conduct ACTFL OPIs.
Teaching &Administrative Experience: Teaching experience for over 30 years at Drew
University; started in the profession teaching grades 7-12 for 3 years. Regularly
teach all levels of Spanish language, and literature/cultural studies in
Spanish, and some in English, and have taken students in seminars to several
Spanish-speaking countries. Have been Spanish department chair and director of
Latin American Studies.
Professional Activities & Leadership: Have held elected positions in FLENJ (Foreign
Language Educators of NJ), have been appointed to editorial boards, national
accrediting organizations, AP/College Board Table Leader.
Research & Publication: Have 20 publications (book, articles, reviews)
and over 90 conference contributions in the form of papers, workshops, and
chairing of panels. Current research on diasporas and migrations, Latinos in
the US, and on the impact of globalization on Hispanic literatures and film.
Involvement in the AATSP: Member since 1977, and
active at the local and national levels, have attended most conferences, and been
a regular presenter. Was Editor of Enlace,
and have worked with the AATSP Northeast Biennial Committee planning
conferences in the Northeast, including chairing a Biennial conference at Drew
University, working with the local AATSP NJ Chapter. Have published in Hispania, including the forthcoming
September, 2012, review of Esmeralda Santiago’s Conquistadora.
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Statement of Candidacy
It would be a great honor to join the Executive Council
of the AATSP, an organization that has played a leading role in our profession for
almost one hundred years.
I have been in the teaching profession for more than
thirty years, and active in the AATSP, where I have been a regular presenter, worked
with the local chapter, chaired a Northeast AATSP Biennial Conference, and
editor of ENLACE.
In addition to teaching and research, I have had numerous
leadership positions at the local and national levels that have given me an
understanding of foreign language issues and practices in the present, and a
vision for the future:
I was president of the Foreign Language
Educators of New Jersey (representing teachers levels K-16);
I am a reviewer for NCATE applying ACTFL
standards to accredit foreign language teaching programs in the U.S.
For the last 17 years I have been AP Reader and Table
Leader for the College Board.
I am OPI certified by ACTFL,
and familiar with outcome assessment and
If elected I will work
hard to advance and promote the growth and participation in the AATSP of teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, from
K-12 to the University level to better articulate our needs and coordinate our
The teaching profession faces difficult times; we need to
work together to advocate for our profession at the local and national levels,
and I will do so the best of my abilities.
Todos a una!
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