Professional Service


Member of the Diversity Committee                                                                                                                           2009-present

Work with team of faculty, students and staff to serve the University’s goal of increasing the social diversity of the campus.

Member of the Informal Committee on Teaching                                                                                                  2006-present

Plan and schedule talks and round tables on issues concerning teaching at UPS, where guest speakers as well as members of the committee join in the discussions.

Member of Pierce Lecture in the Arts Review Committee                                                                                  2003-Present

Suggest and evaluate possible speakers for the Lecture series. Past speakers include Philip Glass, and Twyla Tharp, and Sherman Alexie will be the Spring 2009 speaker.

Member of multiple FL Search Committees                                                                                                             2000-present

Participate in selection of candidates, MLA and campus interviews, plan and attend teaching demos and scholarly talks, and other activities associated with the hiring of many permanent and temporary positions in Spanish and the other languages.

Freshman Adviser                                                                                                                                                                2000-present  

Offer freshmen direction in the choice of classes, and insight into the nature and importance of a University education.

Member of Latin American Studies Advisory Committee                                                                                  2000-present

Help create curriculum, design courses, and promote the minor throughout the campus. Team- taught LAS 100 with program director (2004 and 2005).

Participant in Spanish House Program                                                                                                                     1999-present

Help select students, meet with residents to plan and organize activities, attend conversation hours and other events, such as movie night and progressive dinner.


FLL Department Chair                                                                                                                                                      2006-2009

Managed the budget and the schedule; supervised staff and work study students; led faculty and staff searches, conducted class observations, headed faculty reviews, served as liaison between faculty and administration.

On-site reviewer of Study Abroad Programs                                                                                                          June 2009

Traveled to Quito, Perú and Buenos Aires, Argentina to review and evaluate existing programs in order to assess their continued suitability for Puget Sound students.

Member of review board for the Office of International Programs                                                              Spring 2009

Helped assess the effectiveness of the international education office and prepare the review report.

Member of evaluation committee for sabbatical applications                                                                        Fall 2008

Reviewed applications and approved sabbatical fellowships for 2009-2010

Prelude Program Instructor                                                                                                                                          Summer 2000, 2001, 2003, 2007

Help to initiate new students into the academic community at UPS, by critically engaging college-level materials drawn from a variety of disciplines.

Member of Academic Standards Committee                                                                                                          2004-2007

Reviewed academic policies, examined students’ records, and heard petitions.

Advisor to the Honor Court and Member of the Integrity Code Board                                                      2000-2006

Provided a setting to hear and establish the facts in case of a violation of the Code, determined responsibility for alleged violations, and recommended sanctions.

Presenter at Fall Family Weekend                                                                                                                              October 2005

Represented FLL department and gave presentation to parents and students

Participant on Site Visit for Study Abroad Program                                                                                           August 2004

Traveled to Oaxaca, Mexico and met with PLU and UPS faculty members to tour the Instituto Cultural Oaxaca and examine its suitability as site of study abroad program.

Faculty Sponsor for Student Internship                                                                                                                   Spring 2004

Sponsored a student’s initiative to do a cooperative education placement with the Centro Latino, discussing the experience and evaluating student’s learning.

Honor Thesis Reader                                                                                                                                                       2003- 2004

Read and provided suggestions to Demetra Panagakos ’04 on her thesis titled “Empowering the Latino Immigrant Community through Education”.

Honor Thesis Director                                                                                                                                                     2002-2003

Provided guidance and critical help to Kathy Heimann ‘03 on the writing of her thesis titled “Three generations: The Changing Roles of Women in The Back Room by Carmen Martín Gaite”.

Member of Faculty Planning Group                                                                                                                           Summer 2002

Met with president Pierce, dean Cooney and group of faculty to discuss initiatives geared to achieve goals proposed in the document “Strategic Priorities: Goals for this Decade”.

Textbook reviewer for McGraw-Hill Higher Education                                                                                    Spring 2002

Examined and wrote a critical review of Imágenes de España. Panorama de la formación de España y de las culturas hispánicas, a textbook on Spanish culture and civilization being considered by McGraw-Hill to be distributed in the U.S.

Participant in New Faculty Orientation Program                                                                                                 August 2001

Provided perspective of a third-year faculty member on what it is like to work at UPS.

Panelist at John Wiley’s Focus Group at AATSP Conference                                                                         July 2001

Discussed current issues and concerns in the field of introductory/Intermediate Spanish

Member of the Library, Media and Academic Computing Committee                                                       Spring 2001

Provided advice on the role of computing in support of the academic program; helped the library and academic computing plan the development and integration of their services.

Session Chair at ALFH Conference                                                                                                                            Fall 2000

Introduced speakers and led group discussion on “Representation, Fantasy and Cultural Identity in Ferre and Ocampo’ works” at the Toronto conference.

Student Teacher University Supervisor (UN Omaha)                                                                                      1996-1998

Observed student teachers in school activities and provided evaluation information to the coordinator of Student Teaching in the College of Education.

Member of the FL Department Language Lab Committee (UN Omaha)                                                   1996-1998

Held monthly meetings, and allocated the lab maintenance and purchasing budget.

Proctor for Spanish 202 (UN Lincoln)                                                                                                                     1995-1996

Supervised the formatting of all course materials, planned weekly meetings and coordinated the preparation of exams and quizzes.

Research Assistant to the Coordinator for Spanish 202 (UN Lincoln)                                                       Spring 1995

Participated in workshops, visited classes, held weekly meetings, coordinated practicum’s and wrote examinations.

Editorial Assistant for the Journal of Interdisciplinary Literary Studies (UN Lincoln)                      1995-97

Revised and corrected articles for publication in JILS.