Work History

Work History
Aug 2013 - Present

Adjunct Instructor

Lee University

Adjunct Instructor – Lee University

  • SPAN 111, Elementary Spanish: Fall 2014
  • SPAN 211, Intermediate Spanish: Fall 2014
  • SPAN 213, Hispanic World: Communication in Context: Fall 2014

 

Part-time Instructor – Lee University

  • SPAN 111, Elementary Spanish: Fall 2013, Summer 2014
  • SPAN 112, Elementary Spanish: Summer 2014, Spring 2015
  • ENGL 090, English as a Second Language: Fall 2013
Aug 2008 - May 2013

Graduate Teaching Assistant

University of Alabama

Instructor on Record - The University of Alabama:

  • SP 101, Elementary Spanish: Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Spring 2011
  • SP 102, Elementary Spanish: Fall 2012
  • SP 103, Intensive Spanish Review: Spring 2010
  • SP 201, Intermediate Spanish: Fall 2011, Spring 2012
  • SP 202, Intermediate Spanish: Spring 2013
  • SP 356, Advanced Grammar & Composition: Spring 2012

 

Co-Instructor – The University of Alabama:

  • SP 102, Elementary Spanish: Spring 2009
  • SP 103, Intensive Spanish Review: Fall 2008

Research Assistant - The University of Alabama

  • Translation of academic papers and abstracts (Spanish to English)
  • Research and future class preparation
  • Assisting with the coordination of the Spanish Club Convention (Spring 2009)
Apr 2007 - Jul 2008

Sales Associate

LifeWay Christian Resources

As a Sales Associate with a background in the Spanish language, I was responsible for completing and maintaining inventory within the Spanish Department.  In addition, I translated order forms and informational fliers (English-Spanish), interpreted customer service calls, and aided Spanish-speaking customers with their in-store needs. 

Feb 2008 - Apr 2008

Spanish Translator & Interpreter Intern

University of Mississippi Medical Center

As an intern, I worked hand-in-hand with the Spanish Translator & Interpreter on staff.  The job involved both the tasks of translation of medical documents and the interpretation of medical appointments and procedures within the hospital.  I was given the opportunity to work with a wide variety of individuals from various cultural backgrounds, ranging in age from four years to seventy. 

The translation demands of this position included:

  • Patient forms (registration, medical and family history, etc.)
  • Discharge instructions for patients (treatment instructions, pharmacy prescriptions, etc.)
  • Informational brochures (containing information on hospital procedures and disease prevention)

The interpretation demands of this position included:

  • Patient registration & discharge
  • Routine medical consultations and doctors' appointments (including but not limited to pre-operation and post-operation consultations)
  • Emergency Room procedures
  • Minor surgical procedures

Education

Education
Aug 2010 - Present

Ph.D.

University of Alabama

Modules Included:

Literatures:

  • Golden Age (emphasis on Cervantes' Quixote)
  • 19th Century Peninsular
  • 20th/21st Century Peninsular (post-Civil War)
  • 20th/21st Century Transatlantic
  • U.S.-Latino
Aug 2008 - May 2010

Master of Arts

University of Alabama

Modules included:

Linguistics:

  • Spanish-English Contrasts
  • Survey of Applied Linguistics
  • Spanish Phonetics and Dialectology
  • Introduction to Spanish Linguistics (History of Spanish, Morphology, Phonology, Syntax)

Literatures:

  • Golden Age Peninsular (Poetry; Short Fiction)
  • 20th/21st Century Peninsular
  • Colonial Latin American
  • 19th Century Latin American (emphasis on Modernism)

TESOL:

  • Theory and Methods of TESOL
Aug 2004 - May 2008

Bachelor of Arts

Mississippi College

Major: Spanish

Major: International Studies

Certification: TESOL

Jan 2007 - Mar 2007

Universidad de Alicante

I spent one academic semester abroad in Alicante, Spain.  While there, I was enrolled in a series of three Spanish Language and Culture courses.  I resided with a Spanish family throughout the entire duration of the semester. 

Skills

Skills

Computing

Extensive experience with MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel, experience with Blackboard, Banner, ILRN/Quia, Moodle, Portico and MySpanishLab.

Languages

Advanced to Near-Native Proficiency in Spanish, reading proficiency in Portuguese, and a limited working knowledge of Italian, French and .Mandarin Chinese.

Interest

Academic:

  • 20th/21st Century Spanish Peninsular Literature (emphasis on the Post-Civil War years)
  • U.S.-Latino Literature
  • Collective voice, collective identity, and historical memory in literature
  • Identity formation in trans-national and transitive societies as portrayed through fiction and memoirs (testimonial literature)
  • TESOL/FLL methodology and practice

Personal:

  • Traveling (have traveled to Spain, United Kingdom, Mexico, Dominican Republic, British Columbia, Honduras, Philippines)
  • Humanitarian work (both local and abroad)
  • Art (acrylic, mixed media, burgeoning interest in watercolors)

Memberships

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese

Modern Language Association

Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica

Conferences and Publications

Conference Presentations:

Forthcoming: “Forever Marked: Scars and the Human Body as Problematic Archives of Memory in Felipe Matarranz’s Manuscrito de un superviviente.” 2015 Conference on Transatlantic Studies. University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. 26-28 Mar. 2015.

"(Re)Constructing the Past: Jorge Semprún's Use of Fragmentation in El largo viaje." Carolina Conference on Romance Literatures. University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC. 4-6 Apr. 2013.

"La música: una forma individual y colectiva de identificación, memoria, y rebelión en Voces inocentes (2004) de Luis Mandoki." Alabama Modern Language Conference. The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 1-2 Mar. 2013.

"Una ruptura con el pasado: La deconstrucción del patriarcado y la reconstrucción de la masculinidad en Todo sobre mi madre y Solas." Carolina Conference on Romance Literatures. University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC. 22-24 Mar. 2012.

"Una conversación intertextual: el desconocido diálogo novelística en la España del siglo XIX." Alabama Modern Language Conference. The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 23-25 Feb. 2012.

"Incorporating Meaningful Reading in the Spanish Classroom." Alabama Association of Foreign Language Teachers Conference. University of Auburn-Montgomery, Montgomery, AL 3-4 Feb. 2012.

"El silencio, el ruido y la música: imágenes de la sociedad en transición en la novela Crónica del desamor de Rosa Montero." 61st Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference. Auburn University, Auburn, AL 29 Sep.- 1 Oct. 2011.

"Una figura de mil voces: la representación colectiva de la mujer encarcelada a través de la estructura fragmentada." University of Chicago Graduate Student Conference. University of Chicago, Chicago, IL. 15-16 Apr. 2011.

"Making Language Relevant: Personalizing Activities in the Foreign Language Classroom." Alabama Association of Foreign Language Teachers Conference. University of Montevallo, Montevallo, AL 4-5 Feb. 2011.

Teaching Portfolio

Certifications

Certifications
May 2008 - Present

ELL Certification

Mississippi College

This is a four course program that meets the required guidelines for an add-on endorsement by the Mississippi Department of Education for English as a Second Language.