Violeta Donovan [email protected]
Professional Objective: To support and empower students to learn Spanish and to teach them the skills necessary to be able to communicate in the language with fluency and confidence. Education: Doctorate in Modern Languages, Middlebury College, Vermont. August 2013 Dissertation: “La cognición del docente de lenguas sobre la corrección de errores orales: Un análisis de prácticas y creencias entre instructores de español como lengua extranjera”. Advisor: Dr. Manel Lacorte MA in Teaching Spanish, School for International Training, Vermont. July 2001 MA in Guidance and Counseling Andrews University, Michigan. May 1983 B.A. in Spanish, Universidad Adventista de las Antillas, Puerto Rico. May 1979 Professional Experience: Assistant Professor of Spanish University of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas VI. January 1997 – Present Modern Languages Area Coordinator University of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas VI. January 1997 – December 2011 & January 2013 – Present Spanish Professor, two weeks immersion program at Instituto Interdisciplinario y Multicultural Universidad de Puerto Rico. January 2012 Adjunct Faculty, University of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, V.I. August 1991- 1996 Spanish Teacher, Ivanna Eudora Kean High School, St. Thomas,V.I. August 1991 -1996 Spanish Instructor, University of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, V.I. August 1989- 1990
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University courses taught: SPA 131 – 132 Functional Elementary Spanish I & II SPA 231 Functional Intermediate Spanish SPA 305 Oral Spanish SPA 306 Advance Conversation Spanish SPA 321- 322 Studies in Spanish Language and Style I & II SPA 433 Spanish Literature of the Golden Age SPA 465 Del neoclasicismo al romanticismo ESL 100 -101 English as a second language I & II Workshops / papers presented: What Students are saying about Error Correction. The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, Puerto Rico, July 2012. What Students say about Error Correction. The Southern Conference on Language Teaching, April 2010. Como agua para chocolate: Its use in Intermediate Spanish Courses. The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, New York, July 2005. Attended the University of Minnesota’s Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition Summer Institute on Developing Assessment for the Second Language Classroom and later presented a recapitulation for foreign language instructors and teachers in the public school system. University of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, August 2002. La gastronomía en Como agua para chocolate: eje de la trama and Making Activities in FL Texts More Oral. The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, Puerto Rico, August 2000.
Cooperative Activities for the Modern Language Classroom. The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, Madrid, Spain, August 1998.
Travels with students: Traveled to Cuernavaca, México on a Mexican Immersion Cultural Experience with University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) students. August 2001, May 1999. Planned and traveled with UVI’s Spanish Club on a tour of several places in México. May 1990.
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Translation and Interpretation Services: Simultaneous interpretation from English to Spanish of Marketing Focus Groups sessions. October 2013. Translation of Street Addressing Initiative pamphlets. March 2013. Translation of Liga Atlética InterUniversitaria documents and simultaneous interpretation from Spanish to English of board meeting. February 2013 & 2014 Translation of documents pertaining to the Women’s Health and Relationships for African American and Afro-Caribbean Women Project. 2012 & 2014.
Services on committees: Board member of the St. Thomas Salvation Army and of the Friends of St. Thomas Public Libraries. 2009 - Present Served on the following University of the Virgin Islands committees: Faculty Integration, Hispanic Heritage Month, Academic Standards, Scholarship Committee, Catalog Committee, Early Admissions, Admissions Committee, Academic Awards, Ideas and Issues Forums Service rendered at different times during 1999 – 2014.
Chair of the Advisement, Recruitment and Retention Committee of our College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. 2013 - Present President of the Virgin Islands Modern Foreign Languages Association. 1999 – 2001. Assistant to the Title III Activity 2, General Education Reform Director, managing the $455,000.00 budget for the Project. 1999 – 2001. Co-leader of the Inter Disciplinary Inter Sector committee #8 charged with the reform of the general education modern languages and humanities courses. 1997 – 1999.
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Several projects accomplished: Secured a charter for the National Collegiate Foreign Language Honor Society. Celebrated the first induction ceremony in March 1998 and every year thereafter. At the ceremony students presented songs and poems in Spanish. 1998 – 2012. Organized the celebration of National Modern Foreign Language Week in which students prepared posters and recipes from different Spanish speaking countries. The UVI family and members of the community came together to celebrate and be entertained by cultural dances. March 2000 – 2010 Assistant coordinator for the Small Island Developing States University Consortium Development Workshop held at UVI. August 2004 As part of the Humanities Festival 2000 activities, arranged the participation of Paracumbé, a Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance Group. They gave a spectacular and informative presentation. October 2000. Organized a cultural evening with a Folkloric Dance Group, Gíbaro de Puerto Rico, and a local cultural group, Bamboula Dances, in celebration of Modern Foreign Language Week. March 1999. Sponsor of a Spanish Club which presented a variety program- Descubriendo talentos, that brought together other Spanish Clubs on the island and Hispanic performers in the community. November 1997. Professional Development workshops organized at UVI: Techniques for the communicative classroom - Dr. Terry Ballman August 2007 Designing and Implementing Interactive Foreign Language Instruction –Dr. Jonita Stepp-Greany -September 2004 Developing Assessment for the Second Language Classroom (recapitulation of workshop attended) –Prof. Violeta Donovan August 2002 Communicative Teaching –Mrs. Moira Gargano June 2001
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Affiliation with Professional Organizations: American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Modern Language Association Virgin Islands Modern Foreign Language Association
Computer competency: Microsoft Word, Power Point, Excel, Publisher, Outlook I also work with Blackboard and the textbook that we use has a Supersite that we utilize continuously.
Languages spoken: Spanish and English –bilingual French: Speaking, listening and reading – intermediate high Writing – intermediate low
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Dr. Patricia Harkins-Pierre Chair, English, Humanities, Modern Languages and Philosophy College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences University of the Virgin Islands #2 John Brewers Bay St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. 00802-9990 e-mail: [email protected]
340 693 - 1357 office
Mr. Roberto Terrasi Instructor of French University of the Virgin Islands College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences #2 John Brewers Bay St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. 00802-9990 e-mail: [email protected]
340 693 - 1353 office 340 227 - 0548 cell phone Mr. Terrasi was a student in my SPA 131 Functional Elementary Spanish class during the spring 2013 semester.
Mrs. Patricia Evans Adjunct instructor of Spanish University of the Virgin Islands College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences #2 John Brewers Bay St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. 00802-9990 e-mail: [email protected]
340 998-9907 Mrs. Evans teaches Spanish part time and has seen me teach.