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Carlos Benavides

Candidate for College / University Representative

Carlos Benavides

University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth

North Dartmouth, MA


Summary of CV

Carlos Benavides is Associate Professor of Spanish/Linguistics and Chair of the Department of Foreign Literature and Languages at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He has been an educator for more than 30 years. He was a teacher of English as a Foreign Language at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras (UNAH), and has been teaching Spanish in the U.S. since 1991, both as a graduate instructor and university professor. He received his Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Iowa, his M.A., also in Linguistics, from the University of Texas at El Paso, and holds a B.A. in Business Management from the UNAH. At UMass Dartmouth he has taught a wide range of Spanish language, culture, literature, and linguistics courses at the graduate, advanced, intermediate, and elementary levels. He has consistently incorporated service learning projects in his courses for the last 14 years, has made significant contributions in promoting the institutionalization of this teaching methodology at UMass Dartmouth, and has received awards for sustained efforts in this area. His publications have appeared in prestigious journals and he published a book on the semantics of Spanish word formation. He has delivered conference presentations at both national and international venues. His research interests include Hispanic linguistics, semantics, morphology, the use of linguistic corpora for teaching and linguistic analysis, and language processing for second language acquisition. He actively participates in non-profit community organizations. For example, he is the current President of the Board of the Community Economic Development Center of Southeastern Massachusetts (CEDC).

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Statement of Candidacy

It would be an honor to serve as the College / University Representative on the Executive Council of AATSP. I have been in the teaching profession for more than 30 years, have attended and presented papers at numerous AATSP conferences, and contributed to the planning of the AATSP 10th Biennial Northeast Regional Meeting. I have had numerous leadership positions, including department chair at two universities, lower-division language coordinator, chair of several university committees, including a committee on service learning, and chair of the board of a community organization. These experiences have given me a deeper insight into foreign language issues and related concerns. In addition to advocating for our profession and promoting the teaching and learning of Spanish and Portuguese, I plan to: a) promote the wider implementation of service learning projects in our foreign language classes. Through the many years implementing service learning projects in my courses, I have learned that service learning helps students improve their language skills, gain a greater cultural awareness of the community, and also enables students to become more involved citizens. My passion for service learning will aid me in more effectively promoting this teaching methodology; b) support AATSP initiatives and efforts to diversify professional development opportunities for our membership; and c) promote the hiring of more linguists in our foreign language departments, as well as an increase in the teaching of linguistics and applied linguistics courses, keeping in mind that linguistics is fundamental for the teaching of foreign languages.

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