RUDYARD J. ALCOCER, Ph.D.
Forrest & Patsy Shumway Chair of Excellence in Romance Languages
Associate Professor of Spanish
Department of Modern Foreign Languages & Literatures
(Updated on 11/2/15)
The University of Tennessee [o] 865-974-6996
Dept. of Modern Foreign Languages & Literatures [f] 865-974-7096
1115 Volunteer Blvd. firstname.lastname@example.org
616 McClung Tower https://rudyardalcocer.wordpress.com
Knoxville, TN 37996
Ph.D. University of Iowa May 2002 Comparative Literature
B.A. Emory University May 1991 Philosophy/English minor Magna cum Laude
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE IN HIGHER EDUCATION
Associate Professor of Spanish University of Tennessee, Knoxville 2013-present
Associate Professor of Spanish Georgia State University 2011-2013
Assistant Professor of Spanish Georgia State University 2005-2011
Assistant Professor of Spanish Luther College 2003-2005
Visiting Asst. Professor of Spanish Luther College 2002-2003
Teaching Assistant University of Iowa 1996-2002
RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS
- Contemporary Hispanic Caribbean Literature and Culture
- Afro-Hispanic Literature and Culture, Trans-Atlantic Relations
- Comparative Approaches to Spanish-American Literature and Culture
- Literature and Cinema of the Americas
- Interdisciplinary Approaches to Literature and Storytelling
SCHOLARSHIP AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
- Time Travel in the Latin American & Caribbean Imagination: Re-reading History. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
- Narrative Mutations: Discourses of Heredity and Caribbean Literature. New York and London: Routledge, 2005.
- Celluloid Chains: Slavery in the Americas through Film. Co-edited with Kristen Block and Dawn Duke
- (Experimental and Data-Driven Approaches to Literary Studies)
Chapters in Books
- “When Magical Realism Loses Its Spell: Revisiting Gabriel García Márquez’s Of Love and Other Demons. Magic Realism (Grey House Publishing), edited by Ignacio López-Calvo. October 2014, pp. 67-83.
- “The Ties that Bind? Rhythm, Writing, and the Question of Genetics in the Caribbean.” Music, Literature, and Cultural Unity in the Caribbean (Africa World Press), edited by Timothy J. Reiss. January 2005, pp. 91-110.
Journal Articles (Refereed)
- “Politically Escapist … or Engaged? History and Subversion in Leonardo Padura’s La novela de mi vida. Transmodernity: Journal of Peripheral Cultural Production of the Luso-Hispanic World 4 (2), pp. 25-37. Spring 2015.
- “The Ghosts of La Malinche: Trees and Treason in Gioconda Belli’s La mujer habitada.” (Reprint): Contemporary Literary Criticism: Criticism of the Works of Today’s Novelists, Poets, Playwrights, Short-Story Writers, Scriptwriters, and Other Creative Writers. Vol 359. New York: Gale Cengage Learning, 2014; pp. 63-72.
- “Three Burials, Two Countries, One Destiny: Borders and Visual Meaning in The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada.” Ometeca 18.1, March 2013; pp. 90-105.
- “From Amerindian to Slave to ‘True’ Caribbean: The Ten Incarnations of Adam Avatar and the End of Ethnicity in the Caribbean.” Caribbean Vistas: Critiques of Caribbean Arts and Cultures. Vol. 1:1, n. pag. Web. Fall 2012.
- “The Ghosts of La Malinche: Trees and Treason in Gioconda Belli’s La mujer habitada.” ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment (Oxford UP). Print: Autumn 2010; Vol 17.4 pp. 735-753. Online: doi: 10.1093/isle/isq118 (November 2010); pp. 1-19.
- “Word vs. Image in Afro-Hispanic Pedagogy.” PALARA (Publication of the Afro-Latin/American Research Association, Dartmouth College). Fall 2009; Vol 13, pp. 63-74.
- “Going in Circles: Spanish American Identity and the Circular Motif in Nicolás Echevarría’s Cabeza de Vaca.” Literature/Film Quarterly. October 2008; Vol. 36:4, 250-58.
- “Along the Banks of the Amazon: Ethnicity and the Image in Jules Verne’s La Jangada.” AmeriQuests (Vanderbilt University) pp. 1-20. 2008; (5) 1.
- “Leyendo Reyita en Atlanta.” Proceedings of the XI Conferencia Internacional de Cultura Africana y Afroamericana., April 12-16, 2010. Ed. Marta Cordies-Jackson. CD-ROM. Santiago de Cuba, 2010.
- “Caribbean Literature in Spanish” in The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies. Forthcoming 2015.
- “Miguel Barnet” in World Literature in Spanish: An Encyclopedia. Editors Maureen Ihrie and Salvador Oropesa. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2011.
- “Abilio Estévez” in World Literature in Spanish: An Encyclopedia. Editors Maureen Ihrie and Salvador Oropesa. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2011.
- “Nancy Morejón” in World Literature in Spanish: An Encyclopedia. Editors Maureen Ihrie and Salvador Oropesa. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2011.
- “Nuestra América” in World Literature in Spanish: An Encyclopedia. Editors Maureen Ihrie and Salvador Oropesa. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2011.
- “Fernando Ortiz” in World Literature in Spanish: An Encyclopedia. Editors Maureen Ihrie and Salvador Oropesa. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2011.
- “Anselmo Suárez y Romero” in World Literature in Spanish: An Encyclopedia. Editors Maureen Ihrie and Salvador Oropesa. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2011.
- “Ana Lydia Vega” in World Literature in Spanish: An Encyclopedia. Editors Maureen Ihrie and Salvador Oropesa. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2011.
- “Lo fantástico: Norte y Sur. (Anales: Nueva época No. 11). Andrea Castro, Ana María Morales & José Miguel Sardiñas, Eds. Departamento de Estudios Globales, Universidad de Göteborg, Sweden, 2008, ISSN 1101-4148, 302 pp.” Hispanic Journal 31.2 (Fall 2010): 159-60.
Papers Read at Professional Meetings
- “Consuming Slavery: Santiago de Cuba’s ‘El Barracón” Restaurant.” 10th Cuban Research Institute Conference on Cuban and Cuban-American Studies. Florida International University, Miami, FL. February 2015.
- “Sustainability within the Context of Puerto Rican Literature: The Case of José Luis González.” 86th Annual South Atlantic Modern Language Association Convention. Atlanta, GA. November 2014.
- “Getting Real? The Caribbean and the Limits of Literary Magical Realism” 39th Annual Caribbean Studies Association Convention. Mérida, Mexico. May 2014.
- “Experiments and Latin American Fiction in the Classroom” 85th Annual South Atlantic Modern Language Association Convention. Atlanta, GA. November 2013.
- “Reyita and Race in Cuba and the U.S.: Shifting Paradigms.” American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting. Toronto, Ontario. April 2013.
- “A Political Novel? History and Subversion in Leonardo Padura’s La novela de mi vida.” 84th Annual SAMLA Convention. Durham, NC. November 2012.
- “Past and Present in Marcela del Río’s El sueño de La Malinche.” 37th International Symposium of Hispanic Literature. Los Angeles, CA. March 2012.
- “Travels with Heredia: History and Subversion in Leonardo Padura’s La novela de mi vida.” 15th Annual Conference on the Americas. Atlanta GA. February 2012.
- “K. B. Forrest’s Taíno Ti and the Puerto Rican Neo-Taíno Movement.” 83rd Annual SAMLA Convention. Atlanta, GA. November 2011.
- “Deathless Avengers: Fictional Travels to (and from) the Conquest of the Americas.” 32nd Annual International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts. Orlando, FL. March 2011.
- “A Tale of Two Cultures: Reyita in Atlanta and in Santiago de Cuba.” 82nd Annual SAMLA Convention. Atlanta, GA. November 2010.
- “Leyendo Reyita en Atlanta.” IX Conferencia de Cultura Africana y Afroamericana. Santiago de Cuba, April 2010.
- “Teaching the African Diaspora in Puerto Rico: Reflections on a Study Abroad Course.” 81st Annual SAMLA Convention. Atlanta, GA, November 2009.
- “Past, Present, and Future in Homero Aridjis’s La leyenda de los soles.” 59th Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference. Furman U., Greenville, SC, October, 2009.
- “A Rebirth Along the Border: Mexico and the US in The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada.” Latin American Studies Association annual meeting, Rio de Janeiro, June 2009.
- “Brazil Imagined in Werner Herzog’s Cobra Verde.” Symposium on Latin American Studies at the Casa Ruy Barbosa, Rio de Janeiro, June 2009.
- “The Haunting Past in Daína Chaviano’s El hombre, la hembra y el hambre.” Negritud: Journal of Afro-Latin American Studies Conference, Clark-Atlanta University. Atlanta, GA. March 2009.
- “Past and Present in Gioconda Belli’s La mujer habitada.” 4th Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Spanish and Latin American Literatures, Linguistics and Cultures at the University of Florida. Gainesville, FL. February 2009.
- “From Indian to East Indian to West Indian: The Ten Incarnations of Adam Avatar and the End of Ethnicity in the Caribbean.” Conference on the Caribbean Artistic and Cultural Tradition in a Globalizing World. Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta Campus, June 2008.
- “Learning How to Read in Caribbean: Spanish-Language Pedagogy and the Case of Isla de luz.” Virtual Caribbeans: A Conference on Representation, Diaspora and Performance in and on the Caribbean. Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, February 2008.
- “What We Talk about When We Talk about ‘Race’: Written Word vs. Visual Image in the Hispanic Literature Classroom.” Midwest Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Cleveland, OH, November 2007.
- “Precedent, (Re)Presentation and Perception: Cultural Activations of El señor Presidente.” VI Congreso Internacional de Literatura Hispánica. Cancun, Mexico, March 2007.
- “ID Check/Reality Check: Ethnicity and Cultural Identity in Nicolás Echeverría’s Cabeza de Vaca.” Midwest Modern Languages Association Annual Convention, Chicago, IL, November 2006.
- “La raza y la historia en Cuba a través de Guatimozín, de Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda.” Panel entitled “Women and Literature in the Caribbean.“ Seventh Annual International Seminar on Caribbean Studies, Cartagena, Colombia, August 2005.
- “Still Images: Ethnicity, Modernization, and Representation in Jules Verne’s La Jangada.” Panel entitled “Word and Image in Latin America.“ American Comparative Literature Association Annual Convention, Ann Arbor, MI, April 2004.
- “Adrift in New York City: Heredity and Ethnic Identity in Novels by Cristina Garcia and Julia Alvarez.” Panel entitled “Envisioning a New World: Polycultural, Mestizo and Mestiza, and Creole Literatures.“ Modern Language Association Convention, NYC, December 2002.
- “El ritmo de la sangre: Música, literatura e identidad cultural en el Caribe.” 34th annual Congreso de Literatura y Otras Artes en América Latina. The University of Iowa, July 2002.
- “Heredity and the Mysteries of Hybridity in Caribbean Writing.” The Caribbean/ Diaspora/Atlantic Studies Program Spring Lecture Series. The University of Iowa, April 2002.
- “Heated Concerns: Climate and Character in Caribbean Narrative.” Annual Convention of the Midwest Modern Language Association, Cleveland, OH, November 2001.
- “Narrative Roots: Genetics, Literary Discourse, and the Caribbean.” The University of Iowa’s James F. Jakobsen Graduate Forum, March 2001.
- “The Ties that Bind? Genetics and the Question of Culture in ‘Viaje a la semilla’ and Cuban Counterpoint.” Panel entitled “Literature, Music, and Cultural Unity in the Caribbean.” Modern Language Association Convention, Washington, D.C., December 2000.
- “Your Average Jane? Inter-textualities and Inter-colonialisms in Ana Lydia Vega’s Miss Florence’s Trunk.” Seventh Annual Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference at Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA, May 1998.
- “Mistaken Identities: Alejo Carpentier, Hybridity, and the Other in Western Theory.” African Literature Association Annual Conference, Austin, TX, March 1998.
- “Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Transatlantic World.” Midwest Modern Languages Association Annual Convention, Chicago, IL, November 2006.
- “Hispanic Caribbean Literature.” Literary Theory and Cultural Criticism permanent section. Midwest Modern Languages Annual Convention, Milwaukee, WI, November 2005.
- “Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Latin America” Special Session, SAMLA Annual Convention. Atlanta, GA. November 2013.
- “Sports and Nationalism in Latin/o America” panel at annual CLALS symposium. Georgia State University. Atlanta, GA. March 2012.
- “Transnational Modernities and Latin America.” 83rd Annual SAMLA Convention. Atlanta, GA. November 2011.
- “De Asturias al boom latinoamericano.” VI Congreso Internacional de Literatura Hispánica.“ Cancun, Mexico, March 2007.
- “Caribbean Studies.” First Annual Graduate Student Conference on Transatlantic and Cultural Studies. Georgia State University, February 2007.
- “Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Transatlantic World.” Midwest Modern Languages Association Annual Convention, Chicago, IL, November 2006.
- “The Caribbean, Regional Integration, and Globalization.” GSU CLALS (Center for Latin American and Latino Studies) Symposium: “The Caribbean and Globalization,” February 2006.
- Chair/discussant of panel on Mexican-American Migration Issues, North Central
Council of Latin Americanists 38th Annual Conference, Luther College, October 2004.
Leadership Roles in Major Conference Divisions
- Secretary of Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Latin America division, SAMLA. 2013-present
- Chair of “Literary Theory & Hispanic Criticism” Permanent Section, Midwest Modern Language Association. Fall 2005-2008.
- Founding director of the inaugural GSU/MCL Undergraduate Research Forum, Atlanta, GA, April 2013.
- Co-organizer for GSU CLALS (Center for Latin American and Latino Studies) Symposium titled “The Caribbean and Globalization,” February, 2006.
- Co-organizer, North Central Council of Latin Americanists 38th Annual Conference, Luther College, October 2004.
- South Atlantic Modern Language Association
- Modern Language Association
- Latin American Studies Association
- Caribbean Studies Association
- Sigma Delta Pi (National Hispanic Honor Society)
- Alpha Mu Gamma (National Foreign Language Honor Society)
Honors, Awards, Grants/Fellowships
- GSU Center for Instructional Innovation E-Portolio Development Grant, 2011.
- Department of Modern and Classical Languages Summer Research Grant, 2011.
- Center for Latin American and Latino Studies Professional Activity Grant, 2010.
- Center for Latin American and Latino Studies Professional Activity Grant, 2009.
- Center for Latin American and Latino Studies Professional Activity Grant, 2007.
- Department of Modern and Classical Languages Summer Research Grant, 2009.
- Department of Modern and Classical Languages Summer Research Grant, 2008.
- Department of Modern and Classical Languages Summer Research Grant, 2007.
- Department of Modern and Classical Languages Summer Research Grant, 2006.
- Program development grant for the Dominican Republic, Study Abroad Office, GSU, 2006.
- Professor Development Grant for attendance at MOPI (Modified Oral Proficiency Interview) training at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. Luther College, 2005.
- Professor Development Grant for research on Rastafarianism conducted in Jamaica. Luther College, 2003.
- Iowa/Presidential Fellowship. University of Iowa, 1995-2000.
- T. Anne Cleary International Dissertation Research Fellowship for research at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. University of Iowa, Fall 1999.
- Stanley Fellowship for research on Mesoamerican society. University of Iowa, Summer 1996.
Courses Taught (E = Taught in English)
Spanish 484 Race, Ethnicity, & Nation in Hispanic Literature UT
Spanish 480 Social Forces in Hispanic Literary Expression UT
Spanish 461 Special Topics: Science & Spanish American Literature UT
Spanish 8885 Viajeros: Time & Space in Hispanic Caribbean Literature & Culture GSU
Spanish 8885 Race, the Plantation, and the Legacy of Slavery in the Hispanic Caribbean GSU
Spanish 8885 Cuba: Past, Present, and Future GSU
Spanish 8842 Afro-Hispanic Literatures and Cultures GSU
Spanish 4469 Afro-Hispanic Literatures and Cultures GSU
(cross-listed with English & African-American Studies Depts.) (E)
Spanish 4468 Hispanic Caribbean Literature and Culture GSU
Spanish 4452 Traditional Latin American Novel GSU
Spanish 3395 Mexican History & Culture (in Guadalajara, Mexico) (E) GSU
Spanish 3395 Afro-Hispanic Studies in Puerto Rico (in Río Piedras, PR) (E) GSU
(cross-listed with Honors Program)
Spanish 3314 Survey of Latin American Literature GSU
Spanish 3307 Introduction to the Study of Literary Texts GSU
Spanish 3305 Advanced Conversation GSU
Spanish 2203 Intermediate Spanish III GSU
Spanish 2002 Intermediate Spanish II GSU
Spanish 2001 Intermediate Spanish I GSU
Spanish 1002 Elementary Spanish II GSU
Humanities II Rastafarianism & Social Protest in the Caribbean (E) Luther C.
Humanities I Introduction to the Humanities (E) Luther C.
Spanish 465 Latino Literature of the United States Luther C.
Spanish 461 Hispanic American Literature (1492-1880) Luther C.
Spanish 460 Cinema of the Americas: “Close Encounters: Natives, Foreigners, Luther C.
and the Perpetual ‘Discovery’ of America” (E)
Spanish 364 Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Literature Luther C.
Spanish 201 Intermediate Spanish I Luther C.
Spanish 102 Elementary Spanish II Luther C.
Spanish 012 Intermediate Spanish II Iowa
Spanish 011 Intermediate Spanish I Iowa
Spanish 005 Elementary Spanish Review Iowa
8G8 Literatures of the Latinos in the United States Iowa
8G6 Narrative Literature (E) Iowa
8G1 The Interpretation of Literature (E) Iowa
- Haley Osborn. Director of Committee. UT. Fall 2014-present
- Patricia Coloma, Dept. of English, “Foot Tracks on the Ocean: Zora Neale Hurston and the Creation of an African-American Transcultural Identity.” Third Reader, Fall 2008-Spring 2012.
- Rachel Denton, M.A. 2014: “Hablo español, You Know.” M.A. thesis committee member, UT.
- Jason Holloway, M.A. 2013: “El etnocacerismo en el Perú.” Mini-thesis Director, GSU.
- Racheal Mixon, M.A. 2010: “El africano volador en la literatura latinoamericana.” Mini-thesis Director, GSU.
- Olga Patricia Flores Caro, M.A. 2008: “La sincronicidad entre el Romanticismo y la búsqueda de la identidad cubana en La novela de mi vida de Leonardo Padura.” Mini-thesis Director, GSU.
- Heather Sabel-Sowers, M.A. 2007: “Las imágenes bellas: ideas de nacionalismo en los poemas “Mulata antilla” de Luis Palés Matos y “Piedra de Sol” de Octavio Paz.” Mini-thesis Director, GSU.
- General student adviser, Dept. of Modern Foreign Languages & Literatures, UT. 2013-present.
- General student adviser, Department of Modern & Classical Languages, GSU. 2005-present.
- Senior Paper Adviser, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Luther College. 2002-2005.
- Faculty adviser, student-created interdisciplinary major in Latin American Studies, Luther College. 2004-2005.
Instruction-Related Professional Development
- Certificate of Completion: University of Tennessee New Faculty Teaching Institute. August 2013.
- Participant in numerous instruction-related workshops organized through the Center for Instructional Innovation (formerly the Center for Teaching & Learning). Workshop topics have included interdisciplinary teaching, online learning, and classroom management, GSU. 2007-present.
- Participant in numerous workshops relating to the teaching of writing organized by the directors of the Critical Thinking through Writing program, GSU. 2007-present.
- WAC (Writing Across the Curriculum) Faculty Workshop, GSU. May 2006.
- MOPI (Modified Oral Proficiency Interview) Certification. Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. 2005.
- Member, Executive Committee: Humanities Representative on the UT Foundation’s Big Orange Family fundraiser, Fall 2014-present.
College of Arts & Sciences Level
- Representative of Spanish Program/MFLL, Sophomore Step Up event. February 2015.
- Founding Director, Research Seminar on Latin America & the Caribbean. UT Humanities Center. 2014-present.
- Faculty judge, Eureca Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Research Competition. April 2014.
- Member, Undergraduate Advisement Committee, GSU. 2012-2013.
- Member, Curriculum Committee, GSU. 2008-2010.
- Founding faculty advisor, Vernacular: New Connections in Language, Literature, & Culture (the e-journal managed by MFLL’s graduate students), UT. 2014-present.
- Member, Ad-hoc committee for defining administrative positions. Spring 2014.
- Member of Communications Committee & co-leader of new website initiative. 2014-present. UT.
- Member, Assessment Committee. Fall 2014-present. UT.
- Developer & Lead coordinator, Graduate Student Professionalization workshops. Fall 2014-Spring 2015. This task has been assumed by the Director of Graduate Studies. UT.
- Temporary Replacement: Departmental Library Liaison. UT. December 2014.
- Member of French Medievalist Search Committee. Fall 2013-Spring 2014. UT.
- Member, Lecturer Promotion Committee. 2014-present. UT.
- Director of Undergraduate Studies. Summer 2012-2013. GSU.
- Member, Promotion and Tenure Committee. 2011-2013. GSU.
- Member, LARC (Language Acquisition Research Center) Advisory Committee. 2013-present. GSU.
- Chair, Curriculum Committee. 2006-2010. GSU.
- Critical Thinking through Writing (CTW), advisor to the Chinese section. 2011. GSU.
- Member, Visiting Instructor Search Committee. 2010, 2011. GSU.
- Faculty advisor and founder, GSU Chapter of Alpha Mu Gamma (National Foreign Language Honor Society. 2009-present. GSU.
- Internal Reader, departmental self-review document. Fall 2009. GSU.
- Observer for Graduate Instructor Training Program. 2006-2007. GSU.
- Exam evaluator for Teacher Training Program. 2007-2009. GSU.
Spanish Section Level
- Primary Faculty Mentor, Postdoctoral Student in Spanish (Julio Enríquez-Ornelas). Fall 2014-present. MFLL UT.
- Head of Search Committee, Postdoctoral Student in Spanish. 2013-2014. MFLL UT.
- Member, Graduate Admissions Committee. Fall 2013-Spring 2014. UT.
- Ambassador, Critical Thinking through Writing (CTW), GSU. 2007-2013.
- Member: Doctoral Program in Hispanic Studies internal planning committee, GSU. Fall 2008-2013.
- Member, GSU in Málaga, Spain, admissions committee. 2009-2013.
- Member, Graduate Admissions Committee, GSU. 2006-2013.
- Service to colleagues: guest lecturer in Dr. Bill Nichols’s graduate course on detective fiction, GSU. March 2012.
- Head of Spanish section, Luther College. Spring 2005.
- Library acquisitions adviser for Spanish section, Luther College. Fall 2002-2005.
- Faculty adviser, Sigma Delta Pi (National Hispanic Honor Society), Luther College chapter. 2005.
- Faculty adviser, Casa Hispana, Luther College. 2002-2005.
Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS/GSU)
- Organizer and host for visit by Álvaro Torres-Calderón, poet and professor of Spanish at the University of North Georgia, GSU. April 2013.
- Organizer and host for visit by María Constanza Ceruti, professor of archaeology at Catholic University, Salta, Argentina, GSU. March 2013.
- Member, Budget Committee, GSU. 2007-2013.
- Organizer and moderator of public film screening: Che, Part One: The Argentine, GSU. 2010.
- Member, CLALS self-review committee, GSU. 2009.
- Organizer (along with Prof. Michael Janis of Morehouse College) and host for visit by Maryse Condé, novelist, playwright, and professor emerita at Columbia University, GSU. March 2008.
- Organizer and host for visit by Juan Carlos Galeano, poet, filmmaker and professor of Spanish at Florida State University, GSU. February 2008.
- Director, UTK in Costa Rica, UT. Fall 2013-present.
- Co-founder and co-director, Spanish Studies in Costa Rica and Panama, GSU. Summer 2012-present.
- Co-director, Spanish Studies in Guadalajara, Mexico, GSU. 2007-2010.
- Participant, Study Abroad Fair, GSU. 2007-present.
- Director and planner, Afro-Hispanic Studies in Puerto Rico, GSU. 2007-2008.
- Assistant Director, January term in Chile, Luther College. 2005.
Service to the Profession
- Article Evaluation for Transmodernity: Journal of Peripheral Cultural Production of the Luso-Hispanic World. September 2012.
- Article Evaluation for ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment. September 2010.
- Article Evaluation for South Atlantic Review, June 2006.
Miscellaneous Service to the Profession
- Juror, NEH Selection Committee, Latin American Studies (Washington, D.C.). August 2015.
- Editorial Board, Transmodernity: Journal of Peripheral Cultural Production of the Luso-Hispanic World. 2012-present.
- Reader, Advanced Placement (AP) Spanish Literature Exam. 2007-2008, 2010.
- Member (Chair 2013), SAMLA (South Atlantic Modern Language Association) Annual Scholarly Book Award selection committee. 2009-present.
- Assistant Editor, Torre de Papel, the University of Iowa’s refereed journal on Luso-Hispanic Literature, culture, and language. 1998, 2001.
- Member, Graduate Senate Planning Committee, African Literature Association. 1997-98.
Miscellaneous Service to the University Community
- Member, Fulbright Scholarship application committee for Brian Kane, GSU. 2012-2013.
- Member, Successful Fulbright Scholarship application committee for Richard Hurd, GSU. 2011-2012.
- Mentor, Latinos on the Fast Lane, GSU. 2006-2009.
- Chair, Fulbright Scholarship committee for Sara Khalili Tehrani, GSU. Fall 2008.
- Co-chair, General Education Literature Textbook Committee, University of Iowa. 1997-98.
- One of three graduate students selected to address the Iowa Public Universities Board of Regents on the status of graduate education at the University of Iowa. Fall 1998.
Outreach / Miscellaneous Service to the Local Community
- Departmental Representative, Centro Hispano Latino Awards, Knoxville, TN. Sep. 2014.
- Member, Evansdale Elementary School Council, Dekalb County, GA. 2011-2013.
- Secretary, Evansdale Elementary School Council, Dekalb County, GA. 2011-2012.
- Spanish-speaking liaison, Evansdale Elementary School, Dekalb County, GA. 2011-2013.
- Spanish interpreter, Prime Time Reading Program, Gwinnett County Public Library, Norcross, GA. August 2011 and October 2012.