Julia Stewart, PhD

Dr. Julia Stewart, PhDChair of the Language and Cultural Studies Department
Professor of Foreign Languages
Office: McInnis 211
Email: juliastewart@eastern.edu
Phone: 610-341-5901
Read Dr. Stewart's CV


Ph.D. in Spanish and Second Language Acquisition, University of Pennsylvania
M.A. in Spanish, University of Pennsylvania
M.A. in Romance Languages, University of Arizona
B.A. in French, Oral Roberts University


Before coming to the Language & Cultural Studies Department in 1999, I taught at the University of Pennsylvania as Director of the Spanish Language Program and the Universidad de las Américas-Puebla as Assistant Professor of ESL and French, Drexel and West Chester University as an adjunct professor.

I fell in love first with French in an Exploratory Language course in 8th grade. Later I spent my junior year in college living with a Christian family in Paris and attending the Sorbonne. After graduation I visited my college roommate whose family had a mission on the border of Arizona and Mexico (Nogales where the show Border Wars) is filmed. Drugs weren’t an issue in those days but poverty was. I began teaching ESL in the junior high in Nogales and found my vocation as language teacher. A few years later I embarked on a séjour in Puebla, Mexico for five years where I taught ESL and French at the Universidad de las Américas. Upon my return I pursued a second M.A. and the Ph.D. Spanish at Penn to be able to teach university fulltime in the U.S. Ultimately, my goal is to further the Kingdom of God by helping students embrace other cultures and peoples. One of the things I most value as a professor is seeing how students arrive at Eastern with intermediate language skills and graduate as fluent speakers of Spanish and French. Their time abroad has deepened their walk with the Lord and their empathy for others from different cultures.

In 2014, I was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatan. It was a special moment to be able to provide professional development to Mexican ESL professors. Mexico is a beautiful country with warmhearted people. I felt honored to be able to represent the U.S. there. On a similar note, one of my favorite things is travel, but not the five-star hotel version! I just visited my 31st country (Cuba). It’s been a joy to visit so many parts of Europe and Latin America and most importantly to meet and worship with other believers.

Currently, I’m working on presentations and articles that report on using technology in the Spanish language classroom. I also have an interest in neuroscientific studies of bilingualism and of glossolalia.

Courses Taught

Intermediate Spanish, Latin America's Unbridled Reality, Colonial and 19th Century Latin America Literature, Modern Latin American Literature, Advanced Syntax and Translation, Hispanic Life and Worldview (senior seminar), Concepts of Health and Sickness in the Hispanic World, Methods of Teaching Foreign Language and ESL, Theories of Second Language Acquisition

Professional Experience

  • Eastern University, Professor of Foreign Languages (1999-present)
  • University of Pennsylvania, Director of Spanish Instruction (1995-1999)
  • University of Pennsylvania, Teaching Assistant/University Fellow (1991-1995)
  • University of Pennsylvania, Lecturer in Spanish (1989-1991)
  • Drexel University, Lecturer in Spanish (1987-1989)
  • Universidad de las Americas in Puebla, Mexico, Coordinadora academica (1985-1987)
  • Universidad de las Americas in Puebla, Mexico, Asst. Professor (1982-1985)
  • St. Gregory Preparatory School, Spanish and French teacher (1981-1982)
  • University of Arizona, Graduate Teaching Assistant in French (1979-1981)
  • Wade Carpenter Jr. High, ESL teacher (1977-1979)


  • “Borges and Chesterton: Theologians of the Detective Story.” republished in: Short Story Criticism, vol. 148, Gale, Cengage Learning, March 2011.
  • “Using E-journals to Assess Students’ Language Awareness and Social Identity During Study Abroad.” Foreign Language Annals. Vol. 43, No. 1, Spring 2010.
  • “Using the Literary Text to Engage Language Learners in a Multilingual Community.” Foreign Language Annals. Vol. 40, No. 1, Winter 2006.
  • “Humor in Crisis: Guadalupe Loaeza’s Caricature of the Mexican Bourgeoisie”, Journal of American Culture, Bowling Green, OH. Fall 2004.
  • “Borges and Chesterton: Theologians of the Detective Story.” Christianity and Foreign Languages. Vol. 4, Spring 2003.
  • Textos en Contexto: Literatura hispanoamericana en multimedia. Instructor’s manual. Ft. Worth: Texas: Harcourt Brace. 2002. *now Cengage Learning
  • Textos en Contexto: Literatura hispanoamericana en multimedia. Text and CD-Rom. Ft. Worth: Texas: Harcourt Brace. 2001. First Edition: 12,000 copies. *now Cengage Learning.
  • “El humor mexicano como desahogo”, Newsletter of the Int’l Society for Luso-Hispanic Humor Studies. Vol. 3, No. 1, Winter 1998.
  • “Por a’i me dicen”, Textos, Philadelphia, PA.: University. of Pennsylvania, (1992). Vol. I, No. 3.
  • “Otras cempazúchitls al pie del volcán”. Textos, Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania. (1991), Vol. I, No. 1.
  • “Banlieue Rouge: Une étude sur la chanson”, Réel, Mexico City: Instituto Francés de América Latina, (Feb 1986).

Papers Presented

  • “Language Learning For Such a Time as This: The Importance of Arabic and Farsi for the Next Generation of Christian College Students. North American Christian Foreign Language Association (NACFLA), Westmont College, March 2012.
  • “A Neuroscientific Look at Glossolalia. Faculty Forum. Eastern University, January 2011.
  • “This is your brain on tongues: A Neuroscientific Look at Glossolalia. Urshan Graduate School of Theology. St. Louis, MS October 2010
  • “fMRI Activations in Glossolalia” – Human Brainmapping Conference, Barcelona, Spain, June 2010. (poster presentation)
  • “The Linguistic Nature of Glossolalia” – Empowered 21 Conference, Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK. April 2010.
  • “Assessing Oral Proficiency Inside and Outside the FL Classroom” - Montgomery County Association of Foreign Language Teachers, Fort Washington, Pa, Feb. 2010.
  • “fMRI Activations in Glossolalia” - Vanguard University, Costa Mesa, CA, Jan. 2010.
  • “fMRI Activations in Glossolalia” - Society for Neuroscience, Chicago, IL, October 2009 (poster presentation)
  • “Using E-journals to Assess Students’ Language Awareness and Social Interaction During Study Abroad.” ACTFL Convention, Orlando, FL., November 2008.
  • “A Window on the Brain: The Use of fMRI for Linguistic Research.” Universidad de las Américas, Puebla, Mexico, October 2007.
  • “G.K. Chesterton and Jorge Luis Borges: Theologians of the Detective Story.” Eastern University Faculty Workshop – January 2007.
  • “The Impact of American Evangelicalism on Latin America.” China Scholar Dialogue Conference. Lafayette Hills, Pa. June 2006.
  • “Using the Literary Text to Engage Language Learners in a Multilingual Community.” PennTESOL-East. Pennsylvania State University-Abington campus. March 25, 2006.
  • “Performance Objectives for Foreign Language Curriculum Design”, Episcopal Academy, Merion, Pa., May 2004.
  • “North Philly Meets the Main Line: When I Was Puerto Rican.” American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Philadelpia, Pa. November 22, 2003.
  • “North Philly Meets the Main Line: When I Was Puerto Rican.” Community Partners. American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese Regional Conference. West Chester, Pa. October 12, 2002.
  • “Using Technology to Contextualize Foreign Language Reading”, North American Christian Foreign Language Association, Messiah College, April 2002.
  • “Foreign Language Reading Pedagogy and Multimedia”, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Washington, D.C., November 2001.
  • “Using Multimedia to Integrate the National Foreign Language Standards, The Governor’s Institute on the Arts and Humanities, Eastern University, August 2001.
  • “Interpreting the ‘New World’ in the Light of Scripture”: Fray Toribio de Benavente”. North American Christian Foreign Language Association, Wheaton College, April, 2001.
  • “Con/textos: Literatura hispanoamericana en multimedia” CALICO, Miami University of Ohio, June, 1999.
  • “Designing Learner Interfaces for Web Resources”, Penn Language Center, University of Pennsylvania, February, 1999.
  • “Same Texts/New Delivery”, Modern Language Association, San Francisco, CA. December 1998.
  • “Teaching the Non-Traditional Learner”, ACTFL, Chicago, IL, November 1998.
  • “Con/textos: Incorporating Multimedia Technology in the Curriculum at Penn.”, The Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, October 1998.
  • “Can Computer Technology Facilitate Language Learning?. Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa. February 1998.
  • “Developing Listening Skills with Authentic Conversations Online.” Linguistic Data Consortium, Philadelphia, Pa. October 1997.
  • “Integrating Web Resources into the Language Program” Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, New York City, N.Y. April, 1997.
  • “Con/Textos: A Multimedia Design for Foreign Language Reading”. Penn Language Center, Philadelphia, PA. Dec. 1996.
  • “How Can Multimedia Design Assist Comprehension of the Literary Text in the Foreign Language?” Modern Language Association, Chicago, Ill. December 1995.
  • “Humor in Crisis: Guadalupe Loaeza’s Caricature of the Mexican Bourgeoisie”. First International Conference on Hispanic Humor. Phila., Pa. September 1995.
  • “Este valle de lágrimas: La ficción y fotografía de Juan Rulfo. La Salle University, Phila., Pa. February, 1995.
  • “This Vale of Tears: The Fiction and Photography of Juan Rulfo”. (in conjunction with the Rulfo Inframundo exhibit) Consulate of Mexico, Phila., Pa. March 1995.
  • “Reading Strategies for Beginning Language Students, MEXTESOL Regional Chapter, Puebla, Mexico, November 1986.
  • “Cross-Cultural Strategies in Language Teaching”, MEXTESOL National Convention, Puebla, Mexico. October 1985.


  • Fulbright Award, Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan (2014)
  • University Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania (1994-1995)
  • Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania (Summer 1994)
  • Teaching Assistantship-Spanish, University of Pennsylvania (1991-1994)
  • Teaching Assistantship-French, University of Arizona (1979-1981)
  • Mention - Cours de Langue & Civilization, La Sorbonne (1975)


  • John Templeton Foundation, "fMRI Evidence for the Linguistic Nature of Glossolalia", approved May 2007, budget $193,000
  • Instructional Computing Development Fund, Con/textos project, University of Pennsylvania, 1998-1999
  • Linguistic Data Consortium, funding for language learning materials, University of Pennsylvania, 1997
  • The Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning (online listening comprehension materials), Yale University, 1996

Professional Affiliations

  • American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
  • American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP)
  • AP Reader
  • Centro Cultural Mexicano, Mexican Consulate, Philadelphia, PA
  • Human Brainmapping Association
  • Modern Language Association (MLA)
  • North American Foreign Language Association (NACFLA)
  • Penn-TESOL
  • Society for Neuroscience

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