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Ana María González

Candidate for College/University Representative


Ana María González

Texas Lutheran University

Seguin, TX

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Summary of CV

Dr. González is a Professor of Spanish and French at Texas Lutheran University. She is from Mexico, where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Education. She received her Master’s and Doctoral Degrees from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

She is the President of the AATSP – San Antonio de Béjar Chapter; founding delegate of the Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española in Texas and member of the Southwest Council of Latin American Studies, the American Association of Teachers of French, LULAC, and the Seguin Art League, among other organizations. She has led community projects and study abroad trips to Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras and to Canada next year.
She teaches Spanish and French language, literature and cultures. She has served as department chair since 2009, as faculty advisor for Alpha Mu Gamma and she is the current advisor for Mariachi Oro y Negro to promote and celebrate TLU’s HIS status. In 2015, she received the LULAC National Educational Service Centers Award and in 2017, the Women in LULAC Leadership Award “For the Promotion of the Hispanic Culture through Education, Literature and the Arts”.

She has worked for the College Board since 2001 as Faculty Reader and she is an active participant at international conferences. She has created an outstanding professional network to support colleagues and students to publish their writings. Her publications are extensive and diverse, including academic articles, collections of poems, and the anthology “Déjame que te cuente…” on Hispanic immigration for which she received the International Latino Book Award in 2016.

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Statement of Candidacy

Reciban mis cordiales saludos.

Thank you for the opportunity to introduce myself and communicate to you my vision statement as candidate.

I am Ana María González, Professor of Spanish and French at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, Texas.

I qualify for the position of college/university representative of the AATSP board because I have been a language professor for more than 20 years. It is easy to say but it has been hard to accomplish! Why? Because many students no longer consider learning another language as a priority for their professional life and therefore, there is a tendency to consider foreign languages as a second-class subject. Consequently, departments across the country are being extremely affected by the lack of interest on behalf of the student population and the financial constraints that many colleges and universities are facing nowadays.

We all know that language is not merely a subject-matter, but an essential part of the human development as a whole. What can we do without languages in this increasingly connected world?

We need to consider the valuable contributions of technology that are facilitating language learning. It is very important to add technical tools to our teaching; however, we cannot let technology take our place! We are not teachers fighting for our jobs, we are educators working for a better society.

Let’s work together to preserve the humanistic component of language within the amazing frame of technology that is defining our daily life more than we ever expected.

Gracias! Muito obrigada! Thank you!

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