María Fernanda Villalobos-Buehner received her Ph.D. in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education from Michigan State University. Her dissertation explored the effect of study abroad programs in the development of a second language identity and second language learning motivation. Dr. Villalobos-Buehner research interests include foreign language pedagogy, the adult language learner, second language acquisition, language learning motivation, the role of technology in language learning, and study abroad programs and their influence in language learning.
- Ph.D. in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education, Michigan State University – USA, August 2009
- MA in Applied Linguistics and TEFL, Portsmouth University – England, 1998
- BA in Modern Languages with Emphasis in Spanish, English, and French, Universidad del Valle – Colombia, August 1991
- “Study Abroad Programs and their Effect on Possible Language 2 Selves Development and Language Learning Strategies”
This study explored the role of study abroad programs in the development of future images of a language learner as a L2 speaker and the effect of these images in the student’s language learning motivation.
- “IRC a New Way of Communication” – A semiotic analysis of the characters and acronyms used in the earlier stages of chat rooms.
Honors and Awards
- 2006 – Clyde M. Campbell Endowed Fellowship
- 2005 – Nomination to the Pew Teaching with Technology Award by Modern Languages Department at Grand Valley State University
- 2005 – Nomination to the 2005 Outstanding Adult Learner Award by the HALE Department at Michigan State University
- 2004 – King Chavez Parks Future Faculty Scholarship
- 2003 – Donald H. Nickerson Fellowship in Cultural Diversity and Minority Concerns given by Michigan State University’s College of Education
- 1995 – Spanish Teacher Assistantship in the United Kingdom given by the British Council.
- Academic Recognition through her studies at Universidad del Valle.
- The Board Of Examiners at Portsmouth University commended her Master’s Dissertation.
- “Uses of Wimba Voice Tools in a Language Classroom” Ninth Annual Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium. Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI. March 2010
- “Teaching grammar in context: Using authentic texts at all levels”. Michigan World Language Association. Michigan State University- Lansing, Michigan. October 2009
- “Study Abroad Programs and their Effect on Possible L2 selves Development and Language Learning Strategies- Exploring the Qualitative Research”. Universidad del Valle- Cali, Colombia. July 2009
- “The Use of the Skype Technology as a Tool for Cultural and Language Enrichment”. Michigan World Language Association. Michigan State University- Lansing, Michigan. October 2008
- “Skype, a New Tool for Cultural Exchange” Seventh Annual Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium. Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI. March 2008
- “Focusing on Change: Language Instruction in a Digital World”. Carleton College. Minnesota, USA. April 2002
- “Foreign Language Teaching, Opening doors of opportunity”. Michigan World Language Association. Michigan State University- Lansing, Michigan. October 2001
- “Total Immersion in English”. Incolda Institute. Cali, Colombia. May 1995
- “Creating Curricula”. Pontificia Javeriana University. Cali, Colombia. February 1995
- “English for Children”. Universidad del Valle. Cali, Colombia. January 1995
- “Classroom management” Centro Colombo Americano. XXIV National Congress of Asocopi for English Teachers. Medellín, Colombia. November 1994
- “Design of classroom material”. Centro Colombo Americano. XXIII National Congress Of Asocopi For English Teachers. San Andrés, Colombia. July 1993
- “Student centered curriculum”. Centro Colombo Americano. Bogotá, Colombia. XXII National Congress of Asocopi for English Teachers. August 1992
- 2010 – Present: Rider University – New Jersey, USA
Assistant Professor of World Languages
- 2002 – 2010: Grand Valley State University - Michigan, USA
Affiliate Spanish Professor and Co-coordinator of Spanish levels 1 and 2
- 2007 – 2010: Grand Valley State University - Michigan, USA
Guadalajara Study Abroad Program Director
- 2005: Grand Valley State University - Michigan, USA
Spanish Instructor - Continuing Education Department
- 2005 – Spring: Michigan State University - Michigan, USA
- 2000- 2002: HOPE College - Michigan, USA
Visiting Spanish Instructor
- 1999 – 2000: HOPE College - Michigan, USA
- 1999 – 2000: Grand Valley State University - Michigan, USA
- 1999 – 2000: Measurement Incorporated - Michigan, USA
Reader/ Evaluator for the MEAP test
- 1996 - 1998: University of Portsmouth - Portsmouth, England
Spanish Professor- Further Education
- 1996 - 1998: University of Portsmouth - Portsmouth, England
Spanish Professor- IWLP (Institution-Wide Language Program)
- 1995 - 1998: University of Portsmouth - Portsmouth, England
Spanish Assistant – School of Languages and Area Studies
- 1997: LSI (Language Specialist International) - Portsmouth, England
Latin American Spanish Language tutor
- 1994 - 1995: “Pontificia” Javeriana University - Cali, Colombia
Children’s English Program Coordinator
- 1993 - 1995: “Pontificia” Javeriana University - Cali, Colombia
- 1991 - 1995: Sacred Heart School - Cali, Colombia
Course Design and Instruction
- Rider University
- Teaching a Second Language, Foreign Language and ESL Methods of Instruction Course for Undergraduate and Graduate Education Certification Candidates (SED 420/EDUC 521)
- Instructional Linguistics, , Introduction to Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition and their correlation to second language teaching (EDU 320/EDUC 520)
- Beginning and Intermediate Spanish, SPA 100, 101, 200, 201
- Grand Valley State University
- Beginning and Intermediate Spanish, SPA 101, 102, 201, 202. Surveyed new textbook programs and co-coordinated program management for Beginning and Intermediate Spanish.
- Teaching Methods ED 331for student- assistants
- Mexican Culture SPA380 for students enrolled in the Mexico Study Abroad Program
- Spanish for the Professions
- Michigan State University
- Case Studies in Ed Leadership EAD867. Online course for Master and Doctoral students in the HALE Program.
- Portsmouth University
- Beginning and Intermediate Spanish.
- Latino American Spanish for LAS students
- Developing fluency in Spanish for majors, minors and students of other careers.
- Spanish for the community- developed different courses for the adult learner.
- Modern Language Association (MLA)
- American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
- American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP)
- Northeast Modern Language Association (NMLA)
- American Association of University Professors (AAUP)
- PHI KAPPA PHI
- Michigan Foreign Language Association. MFLA
- American Educational Research Association (AERA)