College / University Representative
Pennsylvania State University, DuBois; 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 200+ participants in 2012).
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
Hello. My name is Debbie Gill and I am a candidate
for the University/College Representative on the Executive Committee.
I am Associate Professor of
Spanish at The Pennsylvania State University, DuBois campus. 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.
also have been active professionally in a number of different ways. I have
published, presented papers and given workshops on the use of technology for
language acquisition as well as the use of authentic assessments to assess
language proficiency and cultural knowledge.
I have also served on numerous tasks forces focused on preparing
undergraduate students to become more globalized citizens through the
implementation of study abroad programs throughout the Hispanic world. Finally, I have served as the Coordinator of
the National Spanish Exam for Western Pennsylvania for the past five years, I
moderate a listserv for Pennsylvania K-16 Spanish teachers, and have created
and maintain a web portal of materials (authentic audio, video, 10,000+ photos,
and authentic activities ready for use) for K-16 educators.
elected to the Executive Committee, I will continue to promote the learning and
teaching of Spanish and Portuguese, a Mission of the AATSP. Next, I will 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 not
only amongst University faculty but also a connection amongst K-16
View video of Deborah Gill reading her statement of candidacy.