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Domnita Dumitrescu

Candidate for President-Elect

 

Domnita Dumitrescu

Emerita, California State University, Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

 

 

Summary of CV

Domnita Dumitrescu (Diploma in Spanish from the University of Bucharest; MA and PhD in Hispanic linguistics from the University of Southern California) taught at California State University, Los Angeles from 1987 to 2016. She is currently an emerita professor of Spanish linguistics. Before coming to the US, she was a tenured associate professor of Spanish at the University of Bucharest, Romania, and she also taught, as an invited lecturer, at the University of California at Irvine and the University of Southern California. She was a Fulbright scholar in Argentina, in 1993, teaching at several Argentinian institutions of higher education, including the Universities of Buenos Aires, Tucumán, Del Comahue, (in Patagonia), and San Juan, and she lectured at several universities abroad, including the University of Costa Rica, the University of Alicante, Spain and the University of Stockholm, Sweden, as well as in the United States. Her areas of expertise are Spanish pragmatics, language contact between English and Spanish in the US, socio-pragmatic aspects of Spanish politeness, and comparative studies between Spanish and Romanian, her native language (for example, she recently published an article about the influence of English on both the Spanish and the Romanian languages spoken in the US). In Romania, she published, among other things, two book, one on the grammar of Spanish (Gramatica limbii spaniole prin exercitii structurale, Bucuresti, Editura Stiintifica si Enciclopedica, 1976) and the other one on translating from Romanian into Spanish (Indreptar pentru traducerea din limba romana in limba spaniola , Bucuresti, Editura Stiintifica si Enciclopedica, 1980) that enjoyed a big success. In fact, the former book was republished in Romania, with the addition of practical exercise s by Dan Munteanu (professor at the University of Las Palmas, Spain), under the title: Limba spaniola: 1850 de exercitii rezolvate & explicatii gramaticale, Bucuresti, Editura Niculescu, 2005.


Her US publications include several scholarly books, the most recent of which is L2 Spanish Pragmatics: From Research to Teaching (co-edition with Patricia Andueza, Routledge, 2018). Other books are Roles situacionales, interculuralidad y multiculturalidad en discursos en español (co-edited with Diana Bravo, Buenos Aires: Dunken, 2016), Aspects of Spanish Pragmatics (Peter Lang, New York 2011), El español en los Estados Unidos: E Pluribus Unum? Enfoques multidisciplinarios (co-edition with Gerardo Piña-Rosales, ANLE, New York, 2013) and Hablando bien se entiende la gente (Santillana 2014, in co-autorship). She has also authored almost one hundred and fifty book chapters and scholarly articles in peer reviewed journal, in her areas of expertise, as well as numerous literary translations (from Spanish into Romanian), and book reviews. Her editorial work includes being first an Associate Editor (in charge of the section on Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian world) and then, since 2011, the Book/Media Review Editor for Hispania, the scholarly journal of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP). She is also on the editorial boards of Journal of Spanish Language Teaching (Routledge), Pragmática sociocultural/Sociocultural Pragmatics (De Gruyter) and Language and Dialogue (John Benjamins).


She participated in hundreds of professional conferences in the United States, Canada, Europe and Latin America, reading papers, and/or organizing and chairing panels or whole conferences. She is a member of the most prestigious scholarly organizations in her field (often holding elected offices in these organizations, such as, for example, President of the Romanian Studies Association of America, President of the AATSP Southern California chapter, and President of the Linguistics Association of the Southwest ); and she received numerous recognitions and awards, including the highest awards from Cal State LA (Outstanding Professor and President’s Distinguished Professor in 2004 and 2008), the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 2000) and the Hispanic Honor Society Sigma Delta Pi (the Orders of the Discoverers and of Don Quijote). Her name is included in several Who’s Who reference works, and she is a Full Member of the North American Academy of the Spanish language, and a corresponding member in the United States of the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language in Spain. She is currently a member of the inter-academic commission working on the next (24th) electronic edition of the Dictionary of the Spanish language (DLE), representing the North American Academy of the Spanish Language, and a member of the commission working in the Glossary of grammatical terms. She is also actively collaborating with the Cervantes Institute’s Observatory of the Spanish Language and Hispanic Cultures in the US, at Harvard University, where she recently co-directed the creation of an electronic bibliography of all the linguistics publications on US Spanish.

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Statement of Candidacy

Hi, my name is Domnita Dumitrescu and I am running for president elect of the AATSP. I joined the organization in 1985, freshly arrived in the US to start a new life, and a new career, and the AASP quickly became a big, welcoming family in which I learned again the ropes of the profession and I grew to became the accomplished teacher and scholar they say I am today. I have always been involved in the activities of the organization, both at the local and national levels, presenting papers, organizing sessions, doing editorial work for Hispania (first as associate editor in charge of a section and then as book /media review editor, a position I still hold), and also as part of the Executive Council for 3 years in the past.

However, I feel that I can contribute more to the AATSP which has been doing so much for me over so many years. I strongly believe that, with our stepping into our second centenary, we are at a turning point in the life of the organization, and that, in addition to consolidating all the achievement we have reached so far, we can and should think about innovations in the spirit of “Looking Forward/Forward Looking,” the motto of the centennial Salamanca conference. If I earn your vote and win in October, I will make every effort to increase our membership especially by recruiting more two year college instructors, graduate students, middle and elementary school teachers, both in Spanish and Portuguese, and I will fight for expanding the study of these languages at all levels in the US. Moreover, I will work hard to expand AATSP resources and services for the largest segment in our membership—the AATSP’s all important base: our US high school Spanish teachers! I will especially encourage the use of the most innovative technology in teaching and assessment, and I will continue to strive for excellence in all our publications, starting with our flagship journal Hispania. I will strengthen the links with our partners, in particular Sigma Delta Pi, the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica and the Sociedad Hispánica de Amistad, the ANLE, the SIELE, and all the other organizations with which we share the common ideal of promoting the study of Spanish and Portuguese in this country, including the Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian communities .

As José Martí once said, “Es pecado no hacer lo que uno puede hacer.” Therefore, please join me in taking our beloved organization into the future by building on our strong foundation and embracing innovation to serve the next generation of teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. Thank you!

PS. If you need to know more about my credentials and expertise, you can consult my profile in the Lifetime Achiever section of Marquis Who’s Who.

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