Patricia Amaral was awarded the Indiana University Institute for Digital Arts and Humanities Faculty Fellowship. She also received the 2021 Trustees' Teaching Award.
Anke Birkenmaier edited and wrote the introductory essay to Oswald Spengler's Moctezuma: Un drama (1897) (Iberoamericana-Vervuert). Professor Birkenmaier also published a second edited volume titled Caribbean Migrations: The Legacies of Colonialism (Rutgers UP).
Paul Coats was promoted to the rank of Senior Lecturer. He received an Active Learning Grant from the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning for a project to replace high stakes traditional assessments with many lower stakes, applied assessments at the 200-level. He also was awarded the Dr. James E. Mumford Excellence in Extraordinary Teaching Award 2021 by the Faculty Academy on Excellence in Teaching (FACET) which recognizes notably innovative, creative, and compassionate teaching in response to the extraordinary events of the academic year 2020-2021. Additionally, he was nominated for the 2022 IU FACET cohort.
Deborah Cohn received a research award from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for her project "Humanities Without Walls." Professor Cohn was also awarded the IU Bicentennial Medal for 2020 for her distinguished contributions and support of the university. A volume that she edited was published by Indiana University Press in May: International Education at the Crossroads. Eds. Deborah N. Cohn and Hilary E. Kahn. Indiana University Press, 2021.
Allen Davis has been selected for the 2021 IU FACET cohort. IU FACET (Faculty Academy on Excellence in Teaching) is a dynamic, collaborative community of distinguished Indiana University faculty who are dedicated to and recognized for excellence in teaching and learning. FACET advocates pedagogical innovation, inspires growth and reflection, cultivates the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and fosters personal renewal in the commitment to student learning. He also received the 2021 NTT Trustees' Teaching Award.
Melissa Dinverno presented a talk "Curating Literary and Cultural Studies: Scholarship in the Context of the Public Humanities." Professor Dinverno was awarded the CAHI Grant in Support of Research + Creative Activity to create a virtual tour of the exhibit From Exile to the Center: The Archive of Federico García Lorca, which she is co-curating with Andrew A. Anderson and Christopher Maurer at the Centro Federico García Lorca in Granada. Professor Dinverno also received an Emergency Equity Fund for Research Award and a Sabbatical Recovery Program Award in support of her monograph Deconstructing Lorca: Memory, Culture and Nation in Contemporary Spain.
Patrick Dove was awarded the IU Presidential Arts and Humanities Research, Creative Activity, and Scholarship of Teaching for his proposal Histories of the Present: War and Displacement in Contemporary Central American Culture. His project focuses on twentieth century events in El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Nicaragua.
César Félix-Brasdefer published two edited volumes: The Routledge Handbook of Spanish Pragmatics (co-edited with Dale Koike) and New Directions in Second Language Pragmatics (co-edited with Rachel Shively). Professor Félix-Brasdefer was also awarded the CAHI Grant in Support of Research + Creative Activity for his project Pragmatic Competence and The Intercultural Speaker Abroad. The Indiana University Working Papers in Linguistics published a special issue (May 2021) with nine contributions, authored by 16 Hispanic Linguistics students: "Teaching and Assessing Pragmatic and Intercultural Competence." These activities were tested with IU students (first- and second-year Spanish and French classes), and can be used by language instructors to teach different aspects of pragmatics and intercultural competence in the classroom. All contributions were written in Professor Felix-Brasdefer's graduate courses in Pragmatics. https://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/iulcwp
Kimberly Geeslin and two of our graduate students, Dr. Avizia Long and Dr. Megan Solon, have published a new book, The Acquisition of Spanish as a Second Language: Foundations and New Developments.
Ryan Giles edited two volumes: A New Companion to the Libro de buen amor (co-edited with José Manuel Hidalgo), Brill 2021, and The Routledge Hispanic Studies Companion to Medieval Iberia: Unity in Diversity (co-edited with E. Michael Gerli), Routledge 2021.
Laura Gurzynski-Weiss edited the book Cross-theoretical explorations of interlocutors and their individual differences and a special issue of the journal Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching titled "Pursuing the dynamic nature of learner individual differences." Professor Gurzynski-Weiss delivered the plenary address "Emerging bilingualism in elementary-level Spanish classes in the United States" at the International Symposium on Child Bilingualism. Professor Gurzynski-Weiss also received the Center for Rural Engagement Award and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research Award for her project "Emerging bilingualism in elementary-level FLEX Spanish." She received the International Association of Task-Based Language Teaching and Learning Award for "TBLT Language Learning Task Bank," the Institute for Advanced Study Individual Research Award for "Task-based Spanish Immersion in the US: The intersection of L2 research and pedagogy," and a Curriculum Development Award. Professor Gurzynski-Weiss also received the Outstanding Mentor Award from the department's Graduate Student Advisory Committee. Professor Gurzynski-Weiss was also elected Secretary General of the International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA).
Andrés Guzmán accepted a position as Associate Editor for IU's Chiricú Journal: Latina/o Literatures, Arts, and Cultures and joined the steering committee for The Center for Theoretical Inquiry in the Humanities. Professor Guzmán also received the 2021 MIND (Motivación, Inspiración, Dedicación) Award for Impactful and MIND-blowing Teaching to students of Spanish.
Israel Herrera was promoted to the rank of Teaching Professor. He also received the 2021 W. Goerge Pinnell Award for Outstanding Service. Professor Herrera also presented a webinar "Reach out to Lead Cultural and Social Justice Activities with Global Communities in Bloomington and in Indiana," in which he shared ideas and current practices to organize cultural and social justice activities in different languages in Bloomington and in Indiana more broadly. Professor Herrera also received the 2021 MIND (Motivación, Inspiración, Dedicación) Award for Impactful and MIND-blowing Teaching to students of Spanish.
Virginia Hojas was promoted to the rank of Teaching Professor.
Edgar Illas was promoted to the rank of Full Professor. Professor Illas also served as the Interim Director of The Center for Theoretical Inquiry in the Humanities for spring 2021.
Rhi Johnson had a translation published by Valparaíso Editions: Because I Want to See the Sea. This book is a bi/tri-lingual edition of poems selected from across the poetry of Rosalía de Castro.
Consuelo López-Morillas, Professor Emerita, published two translations: Muslims in Spain, 1492-1814 and The Nasrid Kingdom of Granada between East and West.
Kathleen Myers has received grant monies to complete two book projects during her upcoming sabbatical. The College of Arts and Humanities Institute awarded funds for her collaborative project (with Professor Alejandro Mejías-López and graduate students Beth Boyd and Justin Knight), Contemporary Colonialities: Mexico and Beyond. The Institute for Advanced Study at IU awarded a grant for A Country of Shepherds: Cultural Geographies and Pastoralism in Contemporary Spain.
Luciana Namorato received a research fellowship from CAHI for her project "The Literary Embrace: Transatlantic Exchange in the Portuguese-Speaking World, 1840-1910." Professor Namorato also received a grant from the FLAD (Fundação Luso-Americana para o Desenvolvimento) to conduct research at the Portuguese National Library and received a 2021 Fulbright US Scholar Grant to conduct research in Coimbra, Portugal.
Sandra Ortiz received the 2021 MIND (Motivación, Inspiración, Dedicación) Award for Impactful and MIND-blowing Teaching to students of Spanish.
Jonathan Risner received the 2021 MIND (Motivación, Inspiración, Dedicación) Award for Impactful and MIND-blowing Teaching to students of Spanish. Professor Risner also published an essay entitled "The Reach of Genre: The Emergence of Chilean Horror Cinema" in Chilean Film in the World (Wayne State University Press).
Darlene Sadlier, Professor Emerita, was recently elected sócia-correspondente and inducted into the Academia de Letras da Bahia, which is the oldest Academy in Brazil. Among its membership were internationally renowned writers such as Jorge Amado and João Ubaldo Ribeiro. Among current members is the novelist Antônio Torres. This is a lifetime membership in honor of her outstanding academic accomplishments. Read the full appointment letter here: https://academiadeletrasdabahia.org.br/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/ATO-PRESIDENCIAL-08-2021.pdf
Alina Sokol received the 2021 MIND (Motivación, Inspiración, Dedicación) Award for Impactful and MIND-blowing Teaching to students of Spanish.
Reyes Vila-Belda received the 2021 MIND (Motivación, Inspiración, Dedicación) Award for Impactful and MIND-blowing Teaching to students of Spanish.
Erik Willis received the 2021 MIND (Motivación, Inspiración, Dedicación) Award for Impactful and MIND-blowing Teaching to students of Spanish. Professor Willis and Ana Margarita Haché de Yunén of the Pontíficia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (Dominican Republic), co-organized the international congress "Retorno al Español del Caribe 2020." There were twenty-five presentations with two plenary talks. The congress was held virtually due to COVID-19. Participants in the congress came from many countries including, Spain, Mexico, Cuba, Venezuela, Switzerland, United States, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. https://sites.google.com/iu.edu/realec2020/home