HISP Faculty Focus, August 2018: Dr. Silvia Rodríguez Sabater

Dr. Silvia Rodríguez Sabater

Professor Rodríguez Sabater earned her Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics at Indiana University prior to starting her career in the College of Charleston’s Department of Hispanic Studies, where she is currently an Associate Professor.  Since joining the College’s faculty in 2000, she has taught at every level in the Spanish curriculum to include basic language through graduate courses for the M.Ed in Languages (Spanish) program, and she has taught for the Honors College.  In addition to her impressive teaching record and tireless dedication to students, she has an extensive and sustained record of successful leadership with curriculum management and development through her past roles as Basic Spanish Language Program Coordinator (2009-2011), Director of the M.Ed. in Languages Program (2015-2018), and her current assignment as Chair of the Hispanic Studies Distance Education Committee, which has been responsible for the department’s proactive response to the growing demands for online learning.

Of Dr. Rodríguez Sabater’s countless contributions at the College of Charleston during her 18 years to date, her initiative with curriculum development and pedagogical innovation has been especially noteworthy and impactful.  In 2015, for example, she co-founded the Hispanic Studies Teaching Discussion Series as a professional development platform for language teachers in the School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs, and she has distinguished herself as one of the department’s foremost experts on distance education.  As a pioneer of second language teaching, Professor Rodríguez Sabater’s ongoing work is leading us all through the ever-changing academic landscape of the 21st century.  In her own words:

I am an advocate for learning languages and cultures at all levels. I enjoy teaching because of the close connection I develop with students and faculty in Hispanic Studies and other disciplines. But what I love the most is the creative process of teaching! I enjoy reflecting on my teaching, developing new curriculum, helping students in the learning process, and creating realistic assessments. I also have a passion for adapting the use of new technologies to the learning of languages and cultures.  I am also particularly proud of my time as Director of the M.Ed. in Languages. I have been fortunate to serve this program and its students during a period of growth and achievement when we implemented several changes and initiatives such as the digital portfolios, the new online ESOL program, the expansion of the curriculum, and more efficient communication with students.

The Department of Hispanic Studies congratulates Dr. Silvia Rodríguez Sabater for being selected for our August 2018 “Hispanic Studies Faculty Focus.”  Stay tuned for September 2018’s feature…

The Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program welcomes new faculty

We are happy to welcome Noa Weinberg to Charleston as our Hebrew Instructor. Noa has a long background in Hebrew instruction, teaching at various ulpanim in Israel. Noa has degrees from the University of Haifa (Media Studies) and Tel Aviv University (Language Instruction). Noa is joined in Charleston by her husband Ori and their young daughter, Ella. Bruchim habaim!

 

Dr. Ezra Cappell is joining the College of Charleston this fall in a joint appointment as Professor of Jewish Studies and Professor of English. Dr. Cappell comes to the College following a career at the University of Texas at El Paso, where he was instrumental in starting a Jewish Studies Program. Dr. Cappell holds degrees from NYU (M.Phil and Ph.D.) as well as City College (M.A.) and Queens College (B.A. magna cum laude). His publications include American Talmud: The Cultural Work of Jewish American Fiction (SUNY Press 2007) and his current project under contract, Off the Derech: Leaving Orthodox Judaism in the Modern World. He is joined by his wife Ilisa and their three young children, Nathan, Aviva, and Liat. Welcome!

Dr. Avendaño Presents Research in Salamanca, Spain

Professor Nadia Avendaño presented her study “Viet Nam and the Chicano/a Casualties of War in Names on a Map” at the XI International Conference on Chicano Literature and Latino Studies in Salamanca, Spain, May 28-30, 2018.

Global Scholars Recognizes 3 HISP Faculty Members

Dr. Joseph Weyers (3rd from left), Co-Director of Global Scholars, with new members from Hispanic Studies.

On March 10, 2018, Professor Joseph Weyers, Co-Director of the College of Charleston’s Global Scholars Program, recognized three new Global Scholars members from the Department of Hispanic Studies: (left to right in photo above): Professors Lauren Hetrovicz, Antonio Pérez-Núñez and Ricard Viñas-de-Puig.

Drs. Carrillo Arciniega and Del Mastro Represent CofC at the 71st KFLC

At the 71st Kentucky Foreign Language Conference held at the University of Kentucky on April 19-21, 2018, Professors Raúl Carrillo Arciniega and Mark P. Del Mastro collaborated in numerous venues:

Drs. Carrillo and Del Mastro were panelists in the session “Strategies for Academic Journal Publishing” that was hosted by  Hispanic Studies Review, the international refereed journal of the College of Charleston’s Department of Hispanic Studies. Professor Del Mastro organized and chaired the session.

Professor Del Mastro also organized and chaired two other sessions: the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society’s Graduate Research Symposium and Special Informative Session.

Dr. Del Mastro Presents at the 99th Annual AATSP Conference

Professor Mark P. Del Mastro participated and presented in various capacities during the 99th Annual Conference of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish & Portuguese (AATSP):

  1. Co-panelist in the session “Hispania: Publishing your works in academic journals”
  2. Member of the AATSP Board of Directors/Collaborator in Board Meetings
  3. Organizer and Chair of the Sigma Delta Pi Best Practices and Informative Session
  4. Presenter of the 7th Annual Mario Vargas Llosa Award, joint recognition of Sigma Delta Pi and the AATSP
  5. Member of the AATSP Executive Director Search
  6. AATSP Finance Committee Chair
  7. Launch of Sigma Delta Pi’s new honor society for 2-year colleges.