Message from the Chair
Welcome to the first edition of our departmental newsletter! We take this opportunity to let you know about some exciting developments in the Department of Hispanic Studies. Enrollments are at capacity in lower division, which is undergoing a deep transformation based on the latest research-based pedagogy. In addition, we continue to have strong enrollments in upper division and our graduate students continue to distinguish themselves on several fronts. Read more…
Our lower division program has implemented a program based on Integrated Performance Assessment, Learning By Design, and the ACTFL World-Readiness Standards for Language Learning. These changes have led to an even more effective task-based pedagogy that emphasizes communication over form, achieves better results in interpersonal communication skills. Read more…
New People in 2016
We are pleased to introduce three new faculty members this academic year
Gabriela C. Zapata
This last Fall we welcome new five Graduate Teaching Assistants to our Department
Senior Academic Advisor
This past summer we were saddened by the unexpected passing of Dr. Rosalinda Aregullín Valdez, our departmental advisor. Rosalinda started working in the Department of Hispanic Studies as an advisor in 2007. Before that, she had worked as a lecturer and she had been among the department’s first doctoral graduates. Over the years, she was responsible for the advising of countless majors and minors. She was also a friendly face to many graduate students over the years. Her office was a hub of activity and a home away form home to many Hispanic students on campus, especially those who, like her, hailed from the Rio Grande Valley. Read more…
Interview With a Spanish Major
Jorge Vela de la Cruz is currently working on his Bachelors’ of Arts in Psychology and Spanish at Texas A&M University. He works in the Applied Linguistics Lab in the Department of Hispanic Studies investigating the writing process in L2 Spanish students and heritage speakers. He is also a mentor for the Century Scholars Program and the Aggie Collegiates Ready to Explore the World organization.
Study Abroad 2016
Our program allowed students to complete both Spanish 201 and 202 in five weeks led by Dr. José Villalobos. The trip began with a one week cultural tour of Andalucía in southern Spain, during which students visited cultural sites in Málaga, Sevilla, Granada, and Córdoba. Then they headed north to Toledo, located 50 minutes from Madrid. In Toledo, students lived with host families and took classes that cover the grammar, reading, listening, and conversation content of Spanish 201 and 202.
This last summer, Prof. Eduardo Espina led a group of students to Santiago de Chile. These “Aggies in the Andes” took two courses and some also participated in an internship.
During Parents’ Weekend 2016, our Department hosted an Undergraduate Student Award Ceremony where several undergraduate students were recognized. Read more…
Dr. Eduardo Espina was named one of the recipients of a 2016 Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award for Research, one of six awardees from the entire university this year, and one of only two from the College of Liberal Arts. This outstanding achievement is amply deserved and a source of much pride for our department. ¡Felicidades, Eduardo!
Dr. Hilaire Kallendorf was awarded a Folger Shakespeare Library “Hispanic Shakespeare” Teaching Grant, a collaborative project with Professors Laura Estill from the Department of English and Kathryn Santos from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Dr. Kallendorf was also named Vice President of the TAMU Chapter of the National Academic Honor Society Phi Beta Kappa for a term that began in fall 2016. ¡Felicitaciones, Hilaire!
Dr. Sarah M. Misemer was appointed as the new Associate Director for Undergraduate Research for LAUNCH, effective Sept 1, 2016. Dr. Misemer will serve in LAUNCH, while continuing in her role as Associate Director of the Glasscock Center for Humanities Research for 2016-2017. ¡Enhorabuena, Sara!
Hispanic Studies Events in 2016
From the visit of linguist Ana Celia Zentella to the roundtable with film-maker Albert Serra, there were many highlights of this past year in the Department of Hispanic Studies. Read more…
Cervantes Exhibition at Cushing Memorial Library & Archives
During the fall 2016, the Cushing Library held the exhibit “Printing Cervantes: A Legacy of Words and Images”, featuring rare items from the Eduardo Urbina Cervantes Project Collection. This exhibit was curated by Dr. Fernando Moreno, University of Castilla-La Mancha (Spain); Anton duPlessis and Kevin O’Sullivan, Cushing Library.
Graduate Students News
During this last academic year, many of our graduate students have received prestigious grants to advance their dissertation research. Read more…
Among our graduate students, there are also excellent instructors whose dedication have been recognized by different organizations. Read more…
New Ph.D. Awarded
We are very pleased to announce that six of our graduate students successfully defended their dissertation in 2016: Dr. Alicia Zavala, Dr. Carlos Rodríguez, Dr. Héctor Weir, Dr. Javier Marimón, Dr. Michael Hernández, and Dr. Nancy De Honores. ¡Enhorabuena a todos!
Coming soon in 2017
Find out what is going to happen in Hispanic Studies in 2017.
“On the Politics of Politics”
Lecture “Scatter 2.0”, by Geoffrey Bennington
Workshop on Scatter I. The politics of Politics in Foucault, Heidegger, and Derrida
Organized by Alberto Moreiras
Language Matters Talks
“Past Tense Variation: Evidence from Shakespeare.”
Professor Larry Mitchell
March 23rd, 1:30-3pm GLA 308
“The writing process in L2 Spanish students and heritage speakers: A keystroke study.”
Dr. Patrick Bolger and Dr. Gabriela C. Zapata
April 20th, 1:30-3pm GLA 308
Read about books from our Faculty published in 2016. Read more…