Upcoming Talks

January 30, 2018

Latin American Association State of Latinos Conference

“Latino Education Summit: Issues and Trends Facilitated Panel”

Higher education leaders from the greater Atlanta area will join me on Tuesday, January 30th as we present on the Issues and Trends Panel during the Latino Education Summit of the Latin American Association State of Latinos Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, Georgia.

The panel will address themes of state policy around access to higher education for Latino/Hispanic students, operational and cultural changes that allow for full participation of Latinos in university life, strategic and mutually beneficial partnerships between institutions of higher learning and the community, and strategies for student short and long-term student success.

My fellow panelists include:

Dr. Dana Rickman, of the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education;

Dr. Vialla Hartfield-Mendez, Director of Engaged Learning in the Center for Faculty Development and Education and Professor of Pedagogy in the Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese, Emory University

Eric Cuevas, Director of Student Success, Georgia State University

Dr. Adolfo Santos, Dean of the School of Liberal Arts, Georgia Gwinnett College



January 4-7, 2018

Modern Language Association Convention

CHAM, the plans“What’s Next?: Opportunities in Higher Education Beyond the Tenure Track”

Do you remember those Choose Your Own Adventure novels, the ones where one decision could lead you to possible glory, treasure, or infinite happiness, while another could lead you to ruin, despair, or potentially being eaten by a shark? For doctoral candidates, the decision not to pursue a tenure track position upon degree completion can provoke similar feelings of uncertainty and trepidation about the road ahead: What reality awaits a newly minted PhD beyond the tenure track? Will that reality be better or worse than having just stayed the course? What options even exist for PhDs hoping to choose their own next adventure? Why can’t you, in real life, just flip to the end of the book to see how it all works out??

Deviating from the tenure track doesn’t have to derail your life; in fact, my contribution to the MLA Graduate Student Futures Special Session will rely on storytelling and my own notes from the trenches to demonstrate how graduate students can best prepare themselves for a future beyond the professoriate. More specifically, my talk will focus on opportunities in higher education in particular and seeks to go beyond recent conversations about alternative academic (Alt-Ac) positions, to explore the possibility of creating hybrid academic roles.

Although I don’t know how the adventure will end, I do hope to cast new light on the valuable role PhDs can play in higher education—on the track of their choice.


July 6-9, 2017

American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP)

“Language for Specific Purposes and the Liberal Arts: A Sustainable Union” 

This session explores best practices for uniting the liberal arts with Language for Specific Purposes courses in a way that not only enhances the LSP classroom, but also sustains interest in modern language study. Rather than being excluded from these courses, literature, film, and other cultural texts can enrich the LSP experience and challenge students to enhance their cultural knowledge, empathy, and cross-cultural communication skills.


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“Lessons from Roberto: An Undergraduate Professional Development Symposium”

I will lead a half-day professional development symposium for Atlanta-area undergraduates covering topics topics like building your brand on social media, effective networking strategies that don’t make you feel like a shark, and perfecting your pitch for career home runs, all based on the life of Roberto C. Goizueta, former Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company and namesake to Goizueta Business School.


Sept. 22-24, 2016

University of West Georgia Interdisciplinary Conference in the Humanities: http://www.westga.edu/forlangconf/

“Beyond Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands: Uniting Culture and Commerce in BusiKiss, Bow, or Shake Handsness Spanish”

“Don’t discuss local politics” often leads other advice in business etiquette. My talk, as part of a roundtable titled “Nature/Culture/Commerce in the Spanish Curriculum and Beyond,” diverts somewhat from this commonly held belief and maintains that, while it may be bad for business, discussing current political, economic, and cultural events enhances teachings on cross-cultural communication and frames business Spanish pedagogy within the liberal arts.



Pero, ¿what are you going to do con eso? Notes from a fellow Spanish major”

I will make use of storytelling and statistics to share my insights on best practices for identifying, positioning oneself for, and obtaining opportunities available to Spanish majors, to assist UWG seniors in answering the question: “What are you going to do with that?”

Monday, March 30, 2015

University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA

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