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Debora R. S. Ferreira

Portuguese Representative

Débora R. S. Ferreira

Utah Valley University; Orem, UT


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With a PhD in Romance Languages, 22 years of teaching experience, and 13 years as Portuguese Program Coordinator, I feel qualified and would be honored to assist AATSP as Portuguese representative.

I have a history of extensive committee service, including two rounds at Faculty Senate, chair of Faculty Development, and Retention, Tenure and Promotion (RTP) among other committees. Statewide, I am part of the Advisory Board for Dual Language Immersion Research and a member of the Portuguese Dual Language Steering Committee.

In terms of research, though lately my focus has been on program development, technology in the classroom, and business Portuguese, my dissertation and publications were on representing the nation in contemporary (women’s) literature and cinema, and before 1992 I worked with discourse analysis and oral language. In sum, I have ventured into different topics in a quest to answer some of my personal questions as well as better engage with the students in my classroom – and hopefully my experience can be of further service to AATSP.


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Statement of Candidacy

My name is Débora Ferreira and I’m a candidate for the position of AATSP’s Portuguese Representative. I’m an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator at Utah Valley University, with a PhD in Romance Languages from the University of Georgia.

I first presented at AATSP in 2002, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Since then AATSP has been to me a place where I re-encounter many of my dear colleagues, learn and share about teaching practices and academic research. Nowadays I have been deeply involved with Program building, course development, and promoting Portuguese proficiency and discoveries, well aware of the recent demand for Portuguese worldwide. In response to that growth, and having brought the Brazilian Proficiency Exam to our institution, I see the need to continually invest in assessment efforts, including revitalizing the National Portuguese Exam.

K-12 immersion programs have been blooming in my state, and it is transforming the face of Foreign Language acquisition, soon to have an effect in Higher Education’s offerings of classes. I responded to that by becoming a member of both the Portuguese Steering Committee and the Dual Language Immersion Research Advisory Board, which encompasses many languages.

Though my research has veered to focus on the needs expressed above, I have been for many years interested in issues of national identity and self representation in literature and movies, and have previously published a book and a few articles on that.

If elected I would work to support AATSP’s mission of promoting the teaching of Portuguese and Spanish and encouraging the collaboration between colleagues from K through 16 in furthering the learning of and pursuit of linguistic and cultural proficiency in Foreign Languages.

View video of Débora Ferreira reading her statement of candidacy.

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