Dr. María Quintero Aguiló Wins CEA Award

During this year’s 49th annual College English Association Conference, UPRM alumn and current adjunct faculty member, Dr. María C. Quintero, presented her paper “The Sands of Un-Certainty: Tidalectically Synthesizing Nature and Culture in Derek Walcott’s Omeros.” The theme of the CEA Conference was “Bridges” and hundreds of professionals and scholars from all around the academic English spectrum assisted and presented in the event. In a conversation with Dr. Quintero, she shared with us her personal and academic experiences, and explained why she became interested in participating in the event. What called my attention was the theme, “Bridges.” I really enjoyed … Read more…

Ricia Chansky: Fulbright Specialist at York University

Dr. Ricia Chansky has won a prestigious Fulbright Specialist Program grant to convene and participate in the IABA conference, lecture, and other related activities at York University in Toronto. Here’s the poster for a lecture she delivered yesterday, titled “Texts in Crisis: Esmeralda Santiago, Judith Ortiz Cofer, and the Case for Rereading Identity.” Thank you for representing us so well!

MLA 8th Edition Workshop

Having trouble with the new version of the MLA Handbook? Here is an excellent opportunity for you! UPRM’s English Writing Center (EWC) will be hosting a workshop to explain those changes brought by the MLA 8th edition.  Date: Thursday, February 2nd, 2017. Place: Chardón 222 Time: 10:30a.m. The workshop is open to students and faculty. Don’t miss this opportunity! For more information, visit The English Writing Center’s Facebook page.

A Cup of Coffee with Dr. Rosa Roman

Dr. Rosa Roman is currently an associate professor at the UPRM’s English Department, she also works with the Teachers Preparation Program, advanced undergraduate students, and new graduate students enrolling  in the Masters Program (MAEE). She offers INGL 5010 (Perspectives on Teaching of English as a Second Language) to undergrads, a course taken in conjunction with the Methodology course, which is required for the Teachers Preparation Program. Also, Dr. Roman teaches INGL 6010 which is a requirement for the MAEE. The professor also councils students who are completing either their intensive examinations or theses. The Methodology course she teaches, focuses on the rules, circular letters, and curriculum within the Department of Education of Puerto Rico. In addition, Dr. … Read more…

Digital Literature is Here to Stay: A Conversation with Prof. Leonardo Flores

We live in an era in which technology can’t be ignored. It has taken over our workplace, homes and generation. It has also taken over a big part on the way we communicate and study. So can you imagine yourself reading a poem that moves and changes, from being read from right to left to being read upside down? Three volumes of the Electronic Literature Collection and I ♥︎ E-Poetry offer that and much more. Dr. Flores was introduced to electronic literature during his first semester of doctoral studies at the University of Maryland, in a course taught by Prof. … Read more…

A Talk with Dr. Sandra L. Soto

Dr. Sandra L. Soto earned her B.A. in English Literature in 2007, and the M.A. in English Education in 2009, from our very own campus. She later went on to  pursue her PhD in Anthropology and Education in 2014, from the University of Arizona in Tuscon. Passionate about education from an early age, she originally wanted to be a Spanish teacher, later a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher, but eventually became an assistant professor at her alma mater. Her own experiences with transnationalism-– graduating from primary school in Puerto Rico; living and attending high school in Pennsylvania– shaped her current … Read more…

New Book: Translanguaging in Higher Education: Beyond Monolingual Ideologies

What if a teacher gives a class using multiple linguistic and non-linguistic features, cambiando simultáneamente de un idioma a otro in order to optimize communication? That’s called Translanguaging, a practice employed today by some teachers and professors in their classrooms by shifting between a language to any other. In Puerto Rico’s case, translanguaging can be found on a daily basis at University of Puerto Rico, Recinto Universitario de Mayagüez. Around five years ago, Dr. Catherine Mazak became interested in code switching and started a study with a USDA grant. The project consisted on investigating the role of English in agriculture … Read more…

Call for Proposals 2016 PRTESOL Convention

Attention Faculty and Graduate students! The deadline for proposals for 2016 PRTESOL Convention has been extended to September 15th.  This year the convention will be held on Friday, November 18 and Saturday, November 19 at University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez. The convention’s speakers will be Dr. Donaldo Macedo, Dr. Antonia Darder, and Dr. Pamela Konkol. Feel free to share with your colleagues and other institutions interested in submitting a proposal. For additional information, visit PRTESOL’s Facebook page. Here are the Proposals Form and objectives: 2016 PRTESOL CONVENTION Objectives extended date Presenter’s Registration Form 2016 Official extended date 2016 Call for Presentation Proposal Form … Read more…

Breakfast of Champions

Classes are over and finals are among us, yet throughout all the madness there was still time to celebrate a special occasion. On Wednesday, May 11, the English Department held a Breakfast for Champions to commemorate the students who completed either their Bachelor of Arts or their Master of Arts in English Education. Sadly, most of the students were not able assist, but it did not stop professors Rosita Rivera, Nancy Vicente, Gayle Griggs, Betsy Morales, Sandra Soto and Gabriel Romaguera from celebrating the accomplishments of the ones who did attend. The professors, in high spirits, got the graduation march as … Read more…

Meeting up with Dr. Gregory Stephens

“Critical thinking has a price.” Being open-minded and having different beliefs than the family one grows up with can lead one to distance oneself from them. This is something Dr. Stephens exposes in his essay “Father’s Day Blues”, where a variety of topics urge the reader to question themselves and their environment. Dr. Gregory Stephens discusses his own struggle with growing up in a family that had beliefs he didn’t necessarily agree with. He introduces the reader to the reality that humans have beliefs that are seldom, if ever, questioned.  His writings provide insight into a relatively new figure on the UPRM campus. So, … Read more…

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