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Department of

Languages and Literatures

Faculty

Kevin Guerrieri

Kevin Guerrieri, PhD

Chair (All Languages)
Associate Professor, Spanish
kevin2@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-7827

Office: Founders 130

Office Hours: M/W, 5:15-6:45; T, 2:30-5:00; or e-mail for an appointment

Kevin Guerrieri, PhD, teaches courses on Latin American literature and culture and on the Spanish language, from beginning to advanced levels. His research is focused on Latin American literature, specializing in Colombian narrative, with interests in cultural discourses of modernity and national formation, displacement and testimonio, and urban literature and culture. Guerrieri is actively involved in Community-Service Learning, is a former co-chair of USD’s Social Issues Committee, and currently serves on the University Senate.

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Erin Bolivar

Supervisor, Spanish 102
Adjunct Instructor
ebolivar@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-7801

Office: Founders 142

Office Hours: M/W/F, 7:15-7:45 & 10:10-11:10 or by appt.

Erin Bolívar teaches courses in Spanish. Her specializations are Romance Languages and Latin American literature.

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Maricarmen Cedillo

Maricarmen Cedillo, EdD

Lecturer, Spanish
mcedillo@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-7872

Office: Founders 120

Office Hours: W/F, 5:40-6:40 or by appt.

Maricarmen Cedillo has been an adjunct member of the faculty since Fall 2008. She teaches core-curriculum Spanish courses at USD and undergraduate levels of Spanish at other community colleges in the San Diego area as well as French and English as a second language.

Cedillo is a San Diego Professional Tour Guide Association (SDPTGA) tour guide and interpreter in San Diego county and Tijuana. She has worked as an interpreter and translator for the International Olympic Committee, sport events, businesses and educational associations. Cedillo has a license as a Notary Public (Loan Specialist). She worked in a hospital in Mexico, three years as head of Public Relations and later as the Hospital Administrator. She also taught the staff classes in both business and medical English.

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Margaret Rose Don, EdD

Adjunct Instructor, Spanish
mardon@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-2398

Office: Founders 120

Office Hours: M/W, 12:15-1:15

Margaret Martínez-Don, Ed.D, teaches lower-division Spanish courses as well as advanced composition. Her specializations include the appropriate use of technology in foreign language instruction and her research focus has been on Spanish online instruction.

 

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Kimberly Eherenman

Kimberly Eherenman, PhD

Professor, Spanish
kime@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4068

Office: Founders 134

Office Hours: M/W/F, 11:10-12:10; M/W, 1:25-2:25 or by appointment

Kim Eherenman, PhD, has been a member of the faculty since 1990. Her specializations include Latin American poetry, pre-Columbian literatures and cultures, colonial and nineteenth century Latin American literature, and Mexican literature. Her research focus is Latin American poetry and translation. Formerly, she served as coordinator of the Latino Studies Program, executive director of the Guadalajara Summer Program, coordinator of the Spanish Area, and chair of this department. In addition, she has served as an external program reviewer for world language and literature programs at the university level. She is also a bilingual poet whose works have appeared in literary journals nationally and abroad.

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Aldara Fernández Sierra

Lecturer, Spanish
afernandez@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-2860

Office: Founders 128

Office Hours: M/W, 4:30-5:30

Rebecca Ingram

Rebecca Ingram, PhD

Assistant Professor, Spanish
rei@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-2716

Office: Founders 123-A

Office Hours: T/Th, 1:30-3:30 & 5:30-6:00

Rebecca Ingram, PhD, joined the faculty in 2009. She teaches courses in modern Spanish cultural studies and literature, in addition to Spanish language at all levels. Her research focuses on food cultural studies in Spain, specifically on how cooking and other culinary discourses serve as modes for understanding Spain’s modernization, feminist theory, and consumer culture.

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Julia Medina

Julia Medina, PhD

Director of Spanish
Assistant Professor
jmedina@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-2751

Office: Founders 144-H

Office Hours: M/W, 12:00-14:00; Th, 13:30-14:30

Julia Medina, Ph. D., joined the USD faculty in 2010. She has taught various courses on Latin American, Latino/a and TransAmerican literatures, cultures and film. She also teaches Spanish language courses of all levels. Professor Medina specializes in 19th and 20th century Latin American Literature and Culture as well as in Critical Theory and Cultural Studies.  Her current research focuses on the intersection between visual culture, non-fiction, resistance and intellectual representations in Central America.

 

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José Mendoza

José Mendoza

Supervisor, Mesas de conversación
Adjunct Instructor
jmendoza@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-7836

Office: Founders 142

Office Hours: F, 2:20-4:20

José L. Mendoza has been teaching in the Department of Languages and Literatures since 1994. He teaches the basic courses of beginning and intermediate Spanish. In the past, Professor Mendoza has taught both at USD and at other academic institutions a variety of Spanish courses.

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Alejandro Meter

Alejandro Meter, PhD

Associate Professor, Spanish
Director, Latin American Studies Program
ameter@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-7417

Office: Founders 132

Office Hours: T/Th, 1:00-2:00 & 4:00-5:30

Alejandro Meter, PhD, teaches courses on Latin American literature of the twentieth and twentieth-first centuries. His specializations include dictatorial and post-dictatorial fiction of the Southern Cone, migration and exile, and Latin American Jewish studies. His most recent research focuses on memory, trauma, and reconciliation. He currently directs the intersession Buenos Aires Program. He was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Gabriela Moya

Lecturer, Spanish
gmoya@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-5944

Office: Founders 120

Office Hours: W/F, 3:30-4:30

Professor Moya  teaches elementary and intermediate language classes at USD, UCSD, Miramar College, Southwestern College and Grossmont College.

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Martha Oregel

Martha Oregel

Supervisor, Spanish 103
Adjunct Instructor
marthat@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-7836

Office: Founders 142

Office Hours: M/W/F, 11:10-12:10 or by appt.

Martha T Oregel has been a member of the faculty since 1999. She teaches lower division Spanish courses, including a specialized “bridge” course which begins with a review of first semester Spanish and then moves on to complete the second semester.

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Yadira Ortega-Ocádiz

Yadira Ortega-Ocádiz

Supervisor, Actividades culturales
Adjunct Instructor
yadirao@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-7801

Office: Founders 142

Office Hours: M/W, 2:30-3:30

Yadira Ortega-Ocádiz has been a Spanish Instructor at USD since fall 1998. She teaches lower division courses introducing new vocabulary and grammar concepts emphasizing oral proficiency using a variety of methods.

 

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Amanda Petersen

Amanda Petersen, PhD

Assistant Professor, Spanish
Advisor, Sigma Delta Pi
apetersen@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4237

Office: Founders 144-C

Office Hours: M/W, 1:30-2:30 & 5:30-7:00

Amanda L. Petersen has been a member of the faculty since 2008. She teaches Spanish language and Latin American literatures and cultures courses. Her areas of expertise include 20th and 21st century Latin American women authors and Latin American literature, with an emphasis on Mexican narrative. Her research interests focus on the literary representations of gender and violence in contemporary Mexican short stories by female authors.

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Micaela Ramos

Supervisor, Spanish 101
Adjunct Instructor
ramosm@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-5982

Office: Founders 142

Office Hours: M/W, 10:05-11:05 or by appt.

Professor Ramos has been a member of the faculty in 2001. She participated as an instructor for the San Diego Police Department Spanish Program as well as Spanish for Educators. To remain current, she attends workshops in and out of San Diego.

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Martin Repinecz

Martin Repinecz, PhD

Assistant Professor, Spanish
mrepinecz@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-7645

Office: Founders 144-H

Office Hours: M, 11:15-2:30; W, 1:15-2:30; F, 2:00-2:30 or by appointment

Martin Repinecz, Ph.D., joined the faculty at USD in 2013. His research focuses on questions of race and migration in modern Spain and Italy, as well as postcolonial, Mediterranean and Southern European cultural studies. At USD, he teaches courses on Spanish literature and film, as well as all levels of Spanish language.

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Cecilia Ruiz

Cecilia Ruiz, PhD

Associate Professor, Spanish
mruiz@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4072

Office: Founders 136

Office Hours: T/Th, 10:45-12:00; W, 12:30-3:00

Maria Cecilia Ruiz, PhD, has been a member of the faculty since 1990.

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Sister Alicia Sarre

Professor Emerita, Spanish

Leonora Simonovis

Leonora Simonovis, PhD

Associate Professor, Spanish
simonovis@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4139

Office: Founders 144-G

Office Hours: On sabbatical; returning fall 2014. Her advisees should contact Prof. Medina.

Leonora Simonovis, PhD, has been a member of the faculty since 2007. She teaches courses on Latin American and Caribbean literature and culture, as well as all levels of Spanish language. Her teaching and research interests deal with issues of race and gender, the role of popular music in the construction of cultural identities, social mobility, and marginality in the Pan-Caribbean region.

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Eugenia Velázquez

Lecturer, Spanish
eugeniav@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-2398

Office: Founders Hall 120

Office Hours: M,W, 3:30-4:30

Prof. Velázquez has been teaching beginning and intermediate Spanish at USD since 2000.

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Alex Villalobos

Lecturer, Spanish
alexv@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-5944

Office: Founders 120

Office Hours: W, 4:30-5:30

Alex Villalobos joined our faculty in 1998 and over the past 10 years, he has taught all elementary and intermediate language courses. Recently he enjoyed teaching advanced conversation, which offers non-native speakers an opportunity to put their years of book studies to practical use.

He also teaches full time in the Invention & Design Educational Academy at Crawford High School, where his teaching assignment includes Advanced Placement Spanish Language. As a Director of Student Activities, he is responsible for the organization of student dances, school festivals, and support for all school-wide clubs. He serves on the Area G Council for the California Directors of Activities promoting Student Activities in Middle and High School in California.

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Íñigo Yanguas

Íñigo Yanguas, PhD

Language Coordinator
Associate Professor, Spanish
inigoyanguas@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-7849

Office: Founders 128

Office Hours: T/Th, 1:00-3:30

Íñigo Yanguas, PhD, joined the faculty in 2012 as an Associate Professor and Language Coordinator. He teaches Spanish and Linguistics classes in the department. His research interests include computer assisted language learning (CALL) and instruction, heritage language acquisition, and second language acquisition. Currently, he is investigating different aspects of computer-mediated interaction. In addition, he is experimenting with several programs and applications in order to foster student involvement and L2 production.

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Victor Zambrano

Victor Zambrano, PhD

Supervisor, Spanish 201
Adj. Assistant Professor
zambrano@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-7801

Office: Founders 142

Office Hours: M/W/F, 10:15-11:15

Víctor Zambrano joined the faculty in 1988. He has taught the core curriculum courses, upper-division classes in conversation, and Spanish for business. He coordinated the Spanish Intensive Language Model (ILM) program and continues to coordinate Spanish 201 coursework.

He has a solid theoretical and practical background in curriculum design and evaluation. His research interests include studying how information and communication technologies are incorporated into the teaching/learning processes.

Professor Zambrano also has an appointment in the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California, San Diego to teach Spanish for Professional Proficiency.

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