- Ph.D. Brown University (Providence, RI) Literature of the Spanish Renaissance 1981.
- M.A. Universidad de Valencia (Valencia, Spain) through Pacific Union College. Peninsular Spanish Literature 1968.
- B.A. La Sierra College Spanish major, English minor 1966.
- University of California, Los Angeles, California:
8 quarter hours postgraduate work in contemporary literature of Spain. Summer, 1976.
- Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México, D.F.
10 hours postgrad work in Spanish-American contemporary literature,linguistics, history of Spanish America, and folkloric music of Spanish America. Summer, 1974.
- Harvard University (Extension School), Cambridge, Massachusetts
3 hour grad course in Puerto Rican culture and history. Fall, 1972.
- Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont
6 hours methods courses and phonetics. Summer, 1969.
Principal Research Interests
Born in East Los Angeles, CA of Venezuelan father and Puerto Rican mother. Graduated from Ramona High School (Riverside, CA) with honors. Worked one year as a Spanish and English teacher at Fresno Adventist Academy and one summer as a social worker for a Headstart nursery program in Madera County, CA after which I traveled to Spain to study at the University of Valencia. Taught Spanish and English as a Second Language for 12 years at Atlantic Union College (MA). At AUC founded the English Language Institute and Lingua Domus (foreign language residence).
Taught Spanish to native Spanish-speakers for five years at Antillian College (now Universidad Adventista de las Antillas) and served as chair of the Spanish Department. Founded a drama program and ran annual Women's Weeks. Taught Spanish as a Second Language for eleven years at the University of Connecticut, Stamford campus, was president/founder of "Palabras de Vida" a weekly Spanish language religious television program that was seen in all North America and Central America, and was director and co-editor of El Taller Literario, an arts and literature journal for Latino artists and writers living in Connecticut.
Here at La Sierra University I have chaired the World Languages Dept. for nearly 20 years, teaching Spanish courses at all levels, an honors course on forgiveness and culture, organized Peace Weeks featuring renowned speakers, and run a summer Spanish program in Costa Rica. I have been president and co-founder of LEARN and executive committee member of ALCANCE,non-profit organizations that promote Christian education for Hispanic children and youth, and currently, president of the Assoc. of Adventist Women. I was instrumental in bringing the former president of Costa Rica and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Dr. Oscar Arias Sánchez, to our campus to be a graduation speaker in 2002.
Academic Interests/Research Area:
- Religious approaches to literature
- Latin American "Boom" novel
- Spanish-American women writers in Latin America and the U.S.
- Spanish Renaissance literature
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- Herbert A Kenyon Fellowship, Brown University Graduate School, 1977.
- Research Fellow, Yale University (Yale Divinity School), 1988-89.
- Phi Delta Kappa (Fairfield University Chapter(, 1989.
- University of Connecticut, Research Foundation mini-grant, 1989-90.
- State of Connecticut, Department of Higher Education Grant (co-director of a class-related, student volunteer program to serve French and Spanish-speaking children), 1992-1995.
- Woman of the Year, Atlantic Union of SDA, 1993.
- OLE and Hispanic Student Association awards, 1998, 2005, 2009
- One of 75 La Sierra University Alumnae honored during the 75th Anniversay of La Sierra University, 1998.
- "YMCA Everyday Hero" award for LEARNSuccess, an after-school tutoring program in a Riverside, CA neighborhood, 2006.
- __________."La nostalgia y el camino:fundamentos cristianos de la poesía original de fray Luis de León" in ACTAS DEL OCTAVO CONGRESO DE LA ASOCIACION INTERNACIONAL DE HISPANISTAS. (August, 1986):346-352.
- _________."Forma y teología salmódica en la poesía original de fray Luis de León". CIUDAD DE DIOS. Vol. CCI, No. 1 (January-April, 1988):133-149.
- __________."El Chaoskampf veterotestamentario y el mar tempestuoso en la poesía original de fray Luis de León". CUADERNOS PARA INVESTIGACION DE LA LITERATURA HISPANICA 12 (Verano 1990): 135-147.
- ___________."El jardín y la caída: Mito y parodia en El amor en los tiempos del cólera de García Márquez." CUADERNOS HISPANOAMERICANOS 492 (June 1991): 117-125.
- _________. “En busca del paraíso perdido: nostalgia metafísica en la poesía de Rita Geada.” ANALES LITERARIOS. 2 (2) (Summer, 1998): 50-61.
- _________. “Embracing the Stranger: Hispanics, Immigration, and the American Christian Church” FORUM ON PUBLIC POLICY (on-line journal of the Oxford Round Table), January 2009.
CHAPTERS IN BOOKS
- _________."Biblical Justice and the Military Hero in Two Novels of Gabriel García Márquez." (chapter) in Let My People Go: Biblical Justice in Third World Literatures, Susan VanZanten Gallagher, ed. (University of Mississippi Press, 1994). Reprinted in Stavans, Ilan, ed. Critical Perspectives: Gabriel García Márquez. Pasadena,CA: Salem Press, 2010: 282-300.
- _________."Making Peace with the Stranger." in Do Justice: Our Call to Faithful Living. Sidney, Australia: Signs Publishing, 2014: 148-153.
FOR CHURCH AUDIENCES
- __________, ed. Women and the Church: The Feminine Perspective. Andrews University Press, 1995. (book)
- __________. I Forgive You, But.... Nampa, ID: Pacific Press Publishing Association, 2007 (also available in Spanish, French, Portuguese, and German)
- _________.”Embracing the Stranger: Toward an Adventist Theology of Migration.” SPECTRUM. Vol. 38, Issue 1 (Winter 2010): 19-22 and 62-64.