My Work Experience
in a nutshell
Professor of Spanish and Hispanic Studies
Ph.D. from Cornell University
MA and BA from Univ. of Kansas
B.J. in Journalism from Univ. of Kansas
Also, taught at SUNY Fredonia, Middlebury College, and Cornell University
Leadership in the Arts and Humanities
Co-Director of Center for Humanities Communication
Director, NY6 Think Tank
Principal Investigator, Mellon Planning Grant “Our Shared Humanities”
Vice President, Ithaca Fine Arts Booster Group (Non-Profit)
Key Leadership Positions (select)
Director, Faculty Development
Chair, Department of Modern Languages
Chair, Division of Arts & Humanities
Co-Chair, Scholar Program Redesign Task Force
Faculty Mentor. Posse Foundation
Director, Latin American & Caribbean Studies
Associate Director of Academic Programs
Associate Director, Academic Departments and Programs.
Editorial Board, Arizona Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies
Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Wellesley Institute.
American Council on Education (ACE) Southern Regional LeadershipForum for Women Administrators
Hybrid Storytelling @ Einaudi Center, Cornell University, with Debra A.Castillo
The Humanities & Engineering @ Union College (Mellon funded)
Most recent only
Palgrave Macmillan 2011
EDITED VOLUMES (most recent only)
co-edited with Alain-Philippe Durand
Lever Press, 2020
co-edited with Leah Henseler
Independent Publication, 2020
co-edited with Debra Castillo
Hispanic Issues Series, 2012
University of Minnesota's Digital Conservancy
co-edited with Randolph Pope
Hispanic Issues, 2007
co-edited with Alejandro Herrero-Olaizola
Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies. Vol. 9, 2005
JOURNAL & CHAPTER ESSAYS (most recent only)
“Sparking a Movement: Cross-Disciplinary Innovation and the Humanities.” In The Entrepreneurial Humanities: The Crucial Role of the Humanities in Enterprise and the Economy , edited by Alain-Philippe Durand and Christine Henseler, Routledge, forthcoming, June 2023. Pgs 15-26.
"Introduction: Humanities Rising: How the World Is . . . and Might Be"
Lever Press, 2020.
Finding Humanity: Social Change on Our Own Terms
The Scholar as Human: Research and Teaching for Public Impact.
Ed. Anna Sims Bartel and Debra A. Castillo.
Cornell University Press, 2020. Pgs. 129 - 142.
On the Fine Art of Being Portal:
Seeing a Greater Range of Possibilities for Higher Education
Leonardo’s Children: Stories on Creativity by Fine Arts Leaders that will Blow your Mind.
Co-edited by Aldemaro Romero Jr. and Steven J. Peters.
Publisher: International Council of Fine Arts Deans.
Taking the Future By the Horns:
Making Change Happen From The Ground Up.
Modern Languages Journal. Vol. 101. Issue 2. 436-39.I 2017.
The Future of Hispanic Studies: An Interactive Conversation with Journal Editors.
Co-edited with Benjamin Fraser.
Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies. Vol. 18, 2015. 135-180.
In/Authenticities: Movida Youth Culture in Motion
Towards a Cultural Archive of the Movida.
Edited by William Nichols and Rosi Song.
Ode to Trash: The Spam Poetics of Agustín Fernández Mallo.
Cuaderno Internacional de Estudios Humanísticos y Literatura.Vol. 16: Otoño 2011. 239-247
Commercial Contamination: The Economic Development of the Spanish Publishing Industry, 1960-2000
Arizona journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, 2005, Vol.9 (1), p.149-159
Spanish Mutant Fictioneers: Of Mutants, Mutated Fiction and Media Mutations
Ciberletras 24 (Dec. 2010)
NEWSPAPER ARTICLES (most recent only)
4Humanities Blog Jan. 13, 2023.
Social Change through Storytelling
with Kathleen Sinatra, Hayden Paneth, and Kate Osterholz
4Humanities, Feb. 17th, 2020
We Need More Men in the Humanities
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 2, 2018
Want Your Kids to Have a Secure Future? Invest in a Liberal Arts Education
Co-authored with Tal Leeds
Colleges of Distinction, Mar. 15, 2017
Arts and Humanities: A Tale of Two Crises
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 9th, 2016
Are the Arts and Humanities Worth Your Investment?: Making the Case for Our Shared Health and Wealth
Originally posted on the Academy Data Forum of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Oct. 2nd, 2015
Counting (on) Success: Does An Education in the Humanities Count in Today's Day and Age?
HuffPost, Aug. 24th, 2015
The Maker Movement and the Humanities: Giving Students a Larger Toolbox
Co-authored with John Rieffel, Dec. 18th, 2014
Minecraft Anyone?: Encouraging a New Generation of Computer Scientists and Humanists.
Huffpost, June 29, 2014
My Ongoing Projects
Co-Leading with Alan Liu
Additional project leaders include Anke Finger and Isabell Sluka (UConn)
The mission of the Center for Humanities Communication is to curate and contribute to an open-license digital clearinghouse of quality humanities advocacy and communication materials, and to mentor “new voices” of humanities communicators able to enter organizations, professions, and media roles that bring the humanities to the public. We believe that a widely sourced and centrally coordinated Center for Humanities Communication can directly and effectively support individuals, groups, and organizations, locally and nationwide, in their work advocating and communicating about the humanities.
Advocating for the Humanities
4Humanities is an advocacy initiative for the humanities focused on placing the value of the humanities before the public. We draw in particular on the expertise of the international digital humanities community. Digital methods now play a key role in showing why the humanities must be part of any vision of a future society. Advocacy viewpoints, projects, and research by 4Humanities and its local chapters use today’s means to shout out for the humanities
This project features blogs, extracts, and quotes meant to provide concrete examples and further dialogue about the applicability of the Arts and Humanities in all professional fields. On these pages readers will discover that deep and thoughtful learning in literature, art, classics, history, philosophy, languages, music, theatre, and more, has lasting and positive effects on a person’s professional future as well as on global economic competitiveness, civic engagement, ethical responsibility, innovation, exploration, knowledge building and understanding.
Don't Leave College Without Them
This guide expands students understanding of the professional opportunities through the Arts and humanities. This guide includes concrete examples about possible career options and opportunities through personal essays, student interviews, portraits of young professionals, information about career choices, facts and figures, and answers to some of your most commonly asked questions.
+ Crucial Info You Should Know
+ Stuff You Might Be Curious About
+ Information about Majors
+ Essays by Students and Young Alums
+ Portraits of Young Professionals
+ GIGS - What can you do with these degrees?
+ Interviews & Odds and Ends
Who am I ?
I am a parent, partner and professor who is passionate about empowering our young.
What do I do?
I teach, mentor, and advocate for the importance of a balanced and holistic education through which students expand their thinking into new and creative directions.
What problem am I trying to solve?
Despite an ever-increasing need for more human-centered solutions, the Liberal Arts and the Arts and Humanities get a bad rap, and as a result fewer kids are enrolling in these programs.
What is my solution?
I am passionate about reimagining and refreshing, as well as assessing and designing new curricular programs that integrate and apply the arts and humanities across a wide variety of professional fields, in theory and in practice.
I build bridges between professional and academic communities to enhance communication and share mutually beneficial ideas and solutions.
I engage and empower students and young professionals to share their own understanding of what the arts and humanities are and how they can lead to more innovative, profitable and purposeful careers.
What makes my work different?
Like many, I want to show students and parents the wondrous world of the arts and humanities and the cross-disciplinary opportunities they afford. But I do so with an eye toward the future and the needs of the future workforce. I include the voices and visions of the next generation through a holistic approach to our work-lives and to the building of diverse and inclusive communities.
Why do I do what I do?
Because my dream was to be graphic designer or a set designer. But I had no mentor, no money, no understanding of what I could do with a degree in the arts. So I took a different path. Today, I want every young person—especially first generation students—to understand how they can turn passions into meaningful and creative careers.
And because I believe that to reimagine tomorrow, we need more education about global citizenship, intercultural communication and understanding, and tolerance of one another through constant self-reflection and authentic expression.
Here's Some of What I Teach
in English and in Spanish
For me, academic institutions are where students gain the tools to build successful experiences, careers, and futures. Take a look below to learn more about my educational path and achievements along the way.
Sustainable Travel in the Hispanic World
Students Call for Social Change
Challenging Times: Global Citizenship and Creative Engagements
Sustainable Living: Be Part of the Solution
Arts and Humanities: Don't Leave College Without Them
Youth Culture and Protest in Spain
Social Innovation in Spain
Digital Storytelling & Electronic Literature of the Hispanic World
Narrative and New Media in Contemporary Spanish Literature
Change your World through Storytelling
But, Who Am I really?
What Drives Me?
My passion? Develop change makers and empower the next generation. I love being part of positive change, making a difference in other people's lives and coming up with creative solutions. Want to brainstorm ideas? Count me in. I have many! Want to think big? I'm there.
Let's reimagine how we work, learn, live together. Let’s make it happen. I’m an optimist. A constant innovator. A do-er. I listen. I learn. I empower. I teach. I get things done. And I can work organically and strategically to accomplish big and impactful visions for 3-5-10 years down the road, one day at a time. Because when it comes to supporting our children, making their lives better, building more balanced, healthy, and meaningful environments, I would give everything.
With compassion, lots of love, support, and a good sense of humor and daily laughter (and yes, some play too), I wish to empower others to be all they wish to be.
If you'd like to contribute or collaborate, I'd like to hear from you.
If you need a consultant to evaluate and collaboratively redesign an arts and humanities program, please reach out.
If you are working to elevate the arts and humanities across communities and professional fields, I'm all ears.
Or, if you just feel like connecting, send me an e-mail.