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Ada Ortúzar-Young



College / University Representative

Ada Ortúzar-Young

Drew University; Madison, NJ


Ada Ortúzar-Young



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Ada Ortúzar-Young

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 teaching technologies.

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 efforts.

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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