University of Florida; Gainesville, FL
Mary Risner is Associate Director of the Center
for Latin American Studies at the University
of Florida. She isalso founder
and director of the Network of Business Language Educators (NOBLE). She is passionate about international education and
believes in promoting global awareness for personal and professional
success. Risner’s educational background is in Marketing, Latin American
Studies, and foreign language. She also holds an Ed.D.in Curriculum
and Instruction/ Educational Technology. She has lived abroad in Europe and
Latin America and has taught in K-12, post-secondary, and corporate settings.
In addition to teaching, Risner has broad experience in program management and
development. Her areas of interest include: Languages for Specific
Purposes (LSP), the role of culture and language in international business, and
She is a former board
member of the Florida Foreign Language Association and is an active member of
the Florida Chapter of AATSP. She organizes and delivers professional
development opportunities domestically and abroad. She has led a
Fulbright Hays K-12 teacher group to Peru and Ecuador and recently implemented
a week-long teacher institute in Belize and a one-day workshop in Panama.
She has also organized student programs in France, Mexico, and
Brazil. Risner is co-author of the text "Brazilians Working with Americans-
Cultural Case Studies” and volunteers regularly to serve on conference
committees and editorial review boards. She is active on a variety of social
media promoting the value of language and culture skills for the workplace.
Read Mary Risner's Full CV
Statement of Candidacy
Director of Outreach and Business Programs at the University of Florida Center
for Latin American Studies, my duties include a broad range of activities
working with Brazil and the Portuguese language. I have managed business
exchange programs, implemented special projects, and developed Business
Portuguese materials. Since 2006 I have engaged the Portuguese language
instructor community through the establishment of an informational list-serve
and an online language journal. I also initiated the second Celpe-Bras testing
site in the U.S. at UF. I have taught Portuguese I and II, Business Portuguese,
and currently coordinate and teach the "Business in Brazil” summer study abroad
Prior to studying and working at UF, I taught
IB Spanish where I was responsible for administering the National Spanish Exam and
the Sociedad Hispánica. I present regularly at AATSP and other conferences on
Brazil and Portuguese language-related topics and actively promote Portuguese through
AATSP Florida and our state association, FFLA.
as AATSP Portuguese representative I will:
needs of current AATSP members teaching Portuguese to better serve them
and facilitate more collaboration between Spanish and Portuguese instructors
Portuguese language graduate students to join AATSP
awareness of Portuguese language and Lusophone cultures by incorporating it in
the K-12 curriculum
research and publications on Portuguese language and program development
as liaison with other national and international Portuguese language associations
to keep AATSP members informed of news and events.
Thank you for your attention and I look
forward to possibility of working with AATSP and all of you.
View video of Mary Risner reading her statement of candidacy.