University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1996, Ph.D. in Spanish, School of Arts and Sciences, secondary concentration in: Second Language Acquisition, Graduate School of Education, Dissertation: “How Can Multimedia Be Designed to Assist Reading Comprehension in the Foreign Language?”
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1993, Masters of Arts in Spanish
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 1985, Masters of Arts in Romance Languages
Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK, 1976, Bachelors of Arts in French, magna cum laude
La Sorbonne, Paris, France, (Junior year abroad: 1974-75) Mention: Bien
Awards & Honors
Fulbright Award, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, 2014
University Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, 1994-95
Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, Summer 1994
Teaching Assistantship-Spanish University of Pennsylvania, 1991-1994
Teaching Assistantship-French, University of Arizona, 1979-1981
Mention - Cours de Langue & Civilization, La Sorbonne, 1975
John Templeton Foundation, "fMRI Evidence for the Linguistic Nature of Glossolalia", approved May 2007, budget $193,000
Instructional Computing Development Fund, Con/textos project, University of Pennsylvania, 1998-1999
Linguistic Data Consortium, funding for language learning materials, University of Pennsylvania, 1997
The Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning (online listening comprehension materials), Yale University, 1996
American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP)
Centro Cultural Mexicano, Mexican Consulate, Philadelphia, PA Human Brainmapping Association
Modern Language Association (MLA)
North American Foreign Language Association (NACFLA) Penn-TESOL.
“Language Learning For Such a Time as This: The Importance of Arabic and Farsi for the Next Generation of Christian College Students. North American Christian Foreign Language Association (NACFLA), Westmont College, March 2012.
“A Neuroscientific Look at Glossolalia. Faculty Forum. Eastern University, January 2011.
“This is your brain on tongues: A Neuroscientific Look at Glossolalia. Urshan Graduate School of Theology. St. Louis, MS October 2010
“fMRI Activations in Glossolalia” – Human Brainmapping Conference, Barcelona, Spain, June 2010. (poster presentation)
“The Linguistic Nature of Glossolalia” – Empowered 21 Conference, Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK. April 2010.
“Assessing Oral Proficiency Inside and Outside the FL Classroom” - Montgomery County Association of Foreign Language Teachers, Fort Washington, Pa, Feb. 2010.
“fMRI Activations in Glossolalia” - Vanguard University, Costa Mesa, CA, Jan. 2010.
“fMRI Activations in Glossolalia” - Society for Neuroscience, Chicago, IL, October 2009 (poster presentation) “Using E-journals to Assess Students’ Language Awareness and Social Interaction During Study Abroad.” ACTFL Convention, Orlando, FL., November 2008.
“A Window on the Brain: The Use of fMRI for Linguistic Research.” Universidad de las Américas, Puebla, Mexico, October 2007.
“G.K. Chesterton and Jorge Luis Borges: Theologians of the Detective Story.” Eastern University Faculty Workshop – January 2007.
“The Impact of American Evangelicalism on Latin America.” China Scholar Dialogue Conference. Lafayette Hills, Pa., June 2006.
“Using the Literary Text to Engage Language Learners in a Multilingual Community.” PennTESOL-East. Pennsylvania State University-Abington campus. March 25, 2006.
“Performance Objectives for Foreign Language Curriculum Design”, Episcopal Academy, Merion, Pa., May 2004.
“North Philly Meets the Main Line: When I Was Puerto Rican.” American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Philadelphia, Pa. November 22, 2003.
“North Philly Meets the Main Line: When I Was Puerto Rican.” Community Partners. American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese Regional Conference. West Chester, Pa. October 12, 2002.
“Using Technology to Contextualize Foreign Language Reading”, North American Christian Foreign Language Association, Messiah College, April 2002.
“Foreign Language Reading Pedagogy and Multimedia”, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Washington, D.C., November 2001.
“Using Multimedia to Integrate the National Foreign Language Standards, The Governor’s Institute on the Arts and Humanities, Eastern University, August 2001.
“Interpreting the ‘New World’ in the Light of Scripture”: Fray Toribio de Benavente”. North American Christian Foreign Language Association, Wheaton College, April, 2001.
“Con/textos: Literatura hispanoamericana en multimedia” CALICO, Miami University of Ohio, June, 1999.
“Designing Learner Interfaces for Web Resources”, Penn Language Center, University of Pennsylvania, February, 1999. “Same Texts/New Delivery”, Modern Language Association, San Francisco, CA. December 1998.
“Teaching the Non-Traditional Learner”, ACTFL, Chicago, IL, November 1998.
“Con/textos: Incorporating Multimedia Technology in the Curriculum at Penn.”, The Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, October 1998.
“Can Computer Technology Facilitate Language Learning?. Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa. February 1998. “Developing Listening Skills with Authentic Conversations Online.” Linguistic Data Consortium, Philadelphia, Pa. October 1997.
“Integrating Web Resources into the Language Program” Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, New York City, N.Y. April, 1997.
“Con/Textos: A Multimedia Design for Foreign Language Reading”. Penn Language Center, Philadelphia, PA. Dec. 1996.
“How Can Multimedia Design Assist Comprehension of the Literary Text in the Foreign Language?” Modern Language Association, Chicago, Ill. December 1995.
“Humor in Crisis: Guadalupe Loaeza’s Caricature of the Mexican Bourgeoisie”. First International Conference on Hispanic Humor. Phila., Pa. September 1995.
“Este valle de lágrimas: La ficción y fotografía de Juan Rulfo. La Salle University, Phila., Pa. February, 1995.
“This Vale of Tears: The Fiction and Photography of Juan Rulfo”. (in conjunction with the Rulfo Inframundo exhibit) Consulate of Mexico, Phila., Pa. March 1995.
“Reading Strategies for Beginning Language Students, MEXTESOL Regional Chapter, Puebla, Mexico, November 1986.
“Cross-Cultural Strategies in Language Teaching”, MEXTESOL National Convention, Puebla, Mexico. October 1985.