College / University Representative
Pennsylvania State University, DeBois; DuBois, PA
Deborah Gill (Ph.D., University of Southern California) is an Associate Professor of Spanish at The Pennsylvania State University, DuBois. Her research interests focus on pedagogy, including the use of authentic language and culture materials, building community, technology, study abroad, and the use of authentic assessments to assess language proficiency and cultural knowledge. She has written a number of papers on these subjects and has presented papers and given workshops locally, nationally, and internationally. In addition, she maintains a web-portal of copyright-free materials (photos, audio, video, and realia—receipts, street signs, etc.) for use by K-16 students and educators and has an on-going project of Culture Walks in English and Spanish to promote language proficiency and cultural knowledge. Each year, she organizes community activities for Hispanic Heritage Month and Foreign Language Week, has exhibits for Day of the Dead, and organizes a High School Spanish Culture Bowl for local high schools (with over 250+ participants in 2013). She is also the National Spanish Exam Coordinator for Western Pennsylvania and runs a listserv for local Spanish teachers. She has sat on numerous University Task Forces (short term study abroad, internationalization of undergraduate students, and South America Global Engagement to name a few), is the Education Abroad representative for her campus, Chairs the International Studies Review Committee for the University Colleges of The Pennsylvania State University, has organized and directed a number of Summer in Spain programs, and organizes and leads Spring Break trips abroad for faculty, staff, and students.
Read Deborah Gill's Full CV (PDF)Statement of Candidacy
My name is Debbie Gill and I am Associate Professor of Spanish at Penn State University, DuBois. I have a Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of Southern California, with an emphasis in Applied Linguistics and pedagogy. I have been an active member of AATSP since 1992, serving as a Media Reviewer for Hispania, and presenting papers and conducting workshops at local and annual meetings.
I am active professionally and bring a number of different experiences to help build the connections and networks between K-16 educators. I have published, presented, and given workshops on the use of technology and authentic assessments to assess language proficiency and cultural knowledge. I have also served on tasks forces focused on preparing undergraduate students to become more globalized citizens through study abroad programs (which I have also led to Spain, Costa Rica, and Guatemala). Finally, I have served as the Coordinator of the National Spanish Exam, moderate a listserv for Spanish teachers, and maintain a web portal of copyright-free materials.
If elected to the Executive Committee, I have three goals as a college and university representative. I will continue to promote the Mission of the AATSP to promote the learning and teaching of Spanish and Portuguese. I will also continue to work to help students become more aware of cultural differences and build a more global perspective. And finally, I will continue to promote second language proficiency, cultural awareness, and outcomes assessments in these areas through networking and collaboration amongst K-16 educators.
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