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Sharon Ahern Fechter

AATSP President-Elect Candidate

Sharon Ahern Fechter

Montgomery College; Rockville, MD


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Sharon Ahern Fechter is a full professor of Spanish and chair of the Department of World Languages and Philosophy at Montgomery College. She earned her Ph.D. in literature from New York University, her M.A. in Spanish language and literature from Catholic University and her B.A., with majors in Spanish and Speech and Drama, from Catholic University. She has been an active member of AATSP, serving on the Executive Council from 2005-2008 and on the editorial board of Hispania. She was the Director of Inter-Institutional Collaboration for Project 2001 at the Center for Educational Technology at Middlebury College, a project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon foundation to explore the innovative use of instructional technologies in foreign language education. In 2009, she received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award for two-year colleges from AATSP and has received the Outstanding Faculty Award at Montgomery College. She has presented and published on numerous topics dealing with foreign language pedagogy, literature, and international education. She is co-author of the textbook for high beginners Paso adelante, co-author of the laboratory manual for ¡En directo!, and author of the online task-based activities for the elementary text ¡Arriba!.

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Statement of Candidacy

As chair of World Languages at a community college offering 12 languages—including Portuguese, a college that is the largest undergraduate institution in Maryland, I understand the challenges facing language faculty on all levels. I work closely with my four-year counterparts and equally closely with my K-12 colleagues and the students that come to us from that system. As more students attend community colleges—nearly half the undergraduates in the U.S., we must examine the role of this sector in enabling students to seamlessly place into college-level work, build upon that work, and continue their language learning as majors and minors.

AATSP is uniquely poised to make that much heralded word--"articulation”--a reality, and I hope I embody that principle. I value the fine work of my K-12 colleagues and appreciate the lure of literature and culture cultivated during my doctoral studies.

Everyone is at the table in AATSP; it is one of the great strengths of our organization.

On the Executive Council, I would work to:

-Collaborate with K-12 colleagues to develop a system to foster language study and appropriately place students

-Expand the membership and participation of community college faculty

-Foster the cultivation of students to matriculate as majors and minors at the B.A. level, and

-Provide a platform to expand Portuguese offerings in general

I have enjoyed my service on the editorial board of Hispania and my time on the executive council of AATSP. I plan to be a part of AATSP’s future in any capacity.

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