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Elvira Ramírez, PhD

Chair of the Language and Cultural Studies Department
Associate Professor of Spanish
Office: McInnis 213
Email: eramirez@eastern.edu
Phone: 610-225-5076

Education

Ph.D. in Spanish, Temple University
Master of Arts, Temple University
Master of Arts in Cross-Cultural Communications, Wheaton College Graduate School
Master of Arts in Sciences of Education (and certification to teach at Secondary and Terciary Levels), Universidad de Morian in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Bachelor in Theology, Instituto Biblico Buenos Aires

Biography

I have been teaching in the Language & Cultural Studies Department since Spring 2000. Before coming to I taught as Teaching Assistant in the Spanish Department at Temple University and later, as Lecturer in the Romance Languages Department at the University of Pennsylvania.

One of the things I enjoy the most about teaching at Eastern is the opportunity to integrate my Christian faith with the teaching of all subjects. When the teaching of a specific subject is isolated from life as a whole, it becomes hollow and lacks lasting value. Guiding students in the development of certain skills, or leading them in the process of intellectual reasoning, is meaningful only when the students are given the opportunity to connect those experiences with their life as a whole. To me, the integration of Christian faith with academic work means to guide the student in the development of a Christian worldview and then, intentionally and creatively bringing that Christian perspective to all issues of study.

My areas of research are primarily those related with the courses I teach. First, I consider Spanish culture. Through reading, film and travel, I continually seek to learn and understand current Spanish cultural trends and the particular historical context in which the Spanish identity was formed. I consistently research these trends and ways to guide my students in the interpretation and evaluation of these cultural realities from the Christian worldview. Second, I consider Spanish Literature. As previously stated, my interest is to enrich my teaching, facilitating the integration of Biblical perspective into the subjects of discussion. For this purpose, Spanish plays like La vida es sueño (by Calderón de la Barca), La casa de Bernarda Alba (by García Lorca), novels like Misericordia (by Pérez Galdós), historical writings like Bartolomé de las Casas´Historia de las Indias and the mystical poems of Santa Teresa de Jesús represent examples of Spanish literature on which I focus my research.

Languages of Proficiency

  • Spanish: Superior level in all the language skills (comprehension, speaking, reading, writing
  • English: Advanced high level in all the language skills
  • Ukrainian: Speaking and oral comprehension at advanced high level; reading and writing at advanced low level
  • Russian: Speaking and oral comprehension at intermediate high level
  • Portuguese: Speaking and oral comprehension at intermediate high level

Academic Honors

  • Temple University Graduate School Fellowship ('93-'94, '94-'95, '95-'96)
  • Temple University, Certificate of Merit in Teaching ('93-'94)
  • Wheaton College Graduate School, Master of Arts with honors ('78)

Teaching Experience

  • Eastern University, Language Department (2000-present)
  • University of Pennsylvania, Lecturer of Spanish Language (1996-2000)
  • Temple University, Teaching Assistant, Spanish Department (1993-1998)
  • Philadelphia School District High School, Teacher of Spanish Language (1990-1993)
  • Saavedra Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Christian Education Director (1985-1989)
  • Instituto Biblico Buenos Aires, Lecturer in Christian Education and Student Advisor (1978-1986)
  • ECEA in Buenos Aires, Argentina, High School Teacher of Spanish Literature and Argentine History (1978-1980)

Professional Activities

  • Faculty Supervisor for the following societies at Eastern University: Phi Sigma Iota (National Foreign Language Honor Society, World Languages Club, and Spanish Club (2001-2007)
  • Member of the following committees: Student Development Committee, Doctoral Advisory Committee and the Dissertation Examining Committee of a doctoral defense in the Spanish Department at Temple University, Faculty Development Committee, and Faith and Learning Paper Committee (2002-2015)
  • Chair of the Language Department at Eastern University (2003-2006, 2009-2012, 2013-present)
  • Speaker at Baccalaureate Service at Eastern University (May 2008)

Publications

  • 1976-1980: Contributor to Certeza (the IFES Latin American magazine for college students and faculty), Buenos Aires
  • 1982-1989: Columnist for Mision (Buenos Aires), a quarterly Spanish publication of IFES
  • 1997-2001: Writer of daily notes for Encuentro con Dios, a Spanish publication of daily devotionals. Scripture Union in the Americas
  • 2002, March: Uh estudio de la variacion de numero, persona y aspecto verbal en la interlengua de los aprendices de espanol. Jitanjafora, revista de literatura y linguistica hispanica (an online publication of Temple University Spanish and Portuguese Department)
  • 2011, Fall: Metaficcion y parodia de El amor en los tiempos del colera. Encuentros, Journal of the Congreso Internacional de Literatura Hispanica

Translation, Editorial and Writing of Bible Reading Notes

  • 1996-2007: Scripture Union Language Coordinator for Regional Conferences in Quito, Siguatepeque, Lima and Kingston with Scripture Union in the Americas. Translated documents for each Conference and interpreted for the audience from English to Spanish and from Spanish to English.
  • 1996-2007: Editor of Encuentro con Dios (Bible reading guide in Spanish) and Coordinator (for five year program of systematic Bible reading and notes). Philadelphia: Scripture Union in the Americas.
  • 1996-2007: Contributor to Encuentro con Dios with notes for daily Bible reading and reflection. An estimated readership of 15,000 participate in this daily Bible reading program of Scripture Union in the Americas.
  • 1995-1996: Translator, from Spanish into English of the series "The 50 Day Adventure Campaign" produced by Chapel of the Air
  • 2001: Formando el futuro por medio de una educacion transformadora. La perspectiva del rector, translator from English to Spanish. Original title The Provost's Perspective, Harold C. Howard, Ph.D. Eastern College, 1999
  • 2002-2009: Interpreter (from English to Spanish) at the yearly Women of Faith Conference. Philadelphia
  • 2007: Volunteer for Wycliffe Bible Translators (translation of pamphlets and brochures from English to Spanish)

Articles Reviewed

  • 2008: Reviewer of the Manuscript "Ethnographic Perspectives on Education in the Dominican Republic," submitted for publications by the International Journal of Multicultural Education, Eastern University, 2008
  • 2010: Reviewer of the Manuscript "Understanding How the Teaching Practices in Mexico Can Impact the Schooling of Mexican English Learners in the United States," submitted for publication by the International Journal of Multicultural Education, Eastern University, 2010
  • 2012: Reviewer of the Manuscript "Spanish Heritage Language: Perspective from High School Graduates on their Spanish for Spanish Speakers Classes," submitted for publication by the International Journal of Multicultural Education. Eastern University, Dec. 2012

Papers Presented

  • 2002: The Hispanic Cultural Heritage and the Biblical call to Redeem the Culture. Presented during the Hispanic Week at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Philadelphia, October 2002
  • 2003: Realism and Spirituality in Galdos. Paper presented at the XIII Conference of the North American Christian Foreign Language Association. Azusa Pacific University, April 2003
  • 2003: Courtly Love in Grimalte y Gradissa. Paper presented at the XXVIII International Conference on Patristic, Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Villanova University, September 2003
  • 2004: The Irony in La vida del Lazarillo de Tormes. Paper presented at the Patristic, Medieval and Renaissance Conference. Willanova University, September 2004
  • 2005: El casamiento enganoso de Cervantes, analizado segun el modelo morfologico de Vladimir Propp. Don Quijote at 400 Conference. Villanova University, March 2005
  • 2005: Mensaje del Prologo de la Historia de las Indias. Fifteenth Annual Conference of the North American Christian Foreign Language Association. Trinity Christian College
  • 2005: Variation in the Interlanguage of Spanish Learners. Twelfth International Conference on Methods in Dialectology at the University of Moncton, Canada, August 1-5,2005
  • 2007: The Concept of Love in Grimalte y Gradissa. NACFLA 2007, the 17th Annual Conference of the North American Christian Foreign Language Association, held in Asbury College, Wilmore, KY from March 29-31, 2008
  • 2008: La ironia en la vida de Lazarillo de Tormes. NACFLA 2008, the 18th Annual Conference of the North American Christian Foreign Language Association, hel at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan from March 27-29, 2008
  • 2010: Interpretacion metafisica y parodica de El amor en los tiempos del colera. IX Congreso Internacionla de Literatura Hispanica, Lima, Peru, March 17-20, 2010
  • 2011: Spiritual Formation in the Baroque Tradition. Paper presented at the Patristic, Medieval and Renaissance Conference. Villanova University, October 2011
  • 2012: La parodia en El amor en los tiempos del colera. 35th Colloquium on Literature and Film. West Virginia University, Sept. 13-15, 2012

Professional Society and Honor Society Membership

  • MLA Modern Language Association
  • ACTFL American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages
  • PMR Patristic, Medieval and Renaissance Studies Conference
  • CILH Congreso Internacional de Literatura Hispanica
  • Sigma Delta Pi (Hispanic National Society) (1994-present)
  • Phi Sigma Iota (the National Foreign Language Honor Society) (2002-present)

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