Assistant Professor of Spanish, World Language, ESL, and Bilingual Education

Office Location 
Fine Arts 354
Mailing Address 
2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
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Maria Villalobos-Buehner

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.

Education

  • ACTFL OPI Tester of Spanish with Full Certification , 2012
  • 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

Dissertation

  • “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.

Master’s Thesis

  • “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.

Publications

Conference Presentations

  • “Transportable Identities Workshop” Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia – July 9th, 2015, Cali, Colombia.
  • “Challenging the Brightest and Motivating the Disengaged: Success through Technology in a Diverse World Language Classroom” The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures of Rider University at the Central Jersey-Penn Foreign Language Academic Alliance Present – May 7, 2015. Rider University, New Jersey
  • “Transportable Identities and Motivation in the Language Classroom” Foreign Language Educators from New Jersey (FLENJ) – February 27th-28th, 2015, New Brunswick, New Jersey.
  • ‘Big Blue Button: Synchronous Web-based Communication in your Course” Rider University Faculty Development Days – January 20, 2015. Rider University Lawrenceville, New Jersey.
  • “Self, Identity, and Motivation in High and Low Performing Students” American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) – November 21-23, 2014.  San Antonio, Texas.
  • “Many Children, Many Languages: Teaching Today’s Bilingual Students” New Jersey Future Educators Association Conference (NJFEA) – October 23, 2014. Rider University, Lawrenceville, New Jersey.
  • Roleplaying: A Form of Authentic Assessment to Demonstrate Integration of Core Knowledge with Practice” Rider University Faculty Development Days – May 22, 2014. Rider University, Lawrenceville, New Jersey.
  • “Educreations and Doceri: Two Apps that Support Students’ Engagement in the Language Classroom” Rider University Faculty Development Days – May 22, 2014. Rider University, Lawrenceville, New Jersey.
  • “How to Help Low Motivated Students Succeed in a Language Class” Chair of Panel. Northeast Modern Language Association – April 3rd-6th,2014. Susquehanna University, Harrisburg, PA.
  • “Paving the Path to Success” Northeast Modern Language Association – April 3rd – 6th, 2014. Susquehanna University, Harrisburg, PA.
  • “Exploring Identity in the Language Classroom” Northeast Modern Language Association – April 3rd – 6th, 2014. Susquehanna University, Harrisburg, PA.
  • “Techno-Tools For Struggling Students In The Communicative Language Classroom”
  • The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, July 11th, 2013. San Antonio, Texas
  • “Keynote Speech during for the World Languages Honor Societies Induction Ceremony at Lawrence High School, June 06, 2013. Lawrenceville, New Jersey.
  • “Technology for World Language Teachers” Central Jersey – Penn Foreign Language Academic Alliance, May 9th, 2013. Rider University. Lawrenceville, New Jersey.
  • “Faculty Scholarship and Developmental Awardees Poster Presentation” AAUP, April 16, 2013. Rider University, Lawrenceville, New Jersey.
  • “Possible Language2 Selves and their Role in a Language Classroom” Northeast Modern Language Association – March 22nd, 2013. Boston, MA.
  • “From School Choices to Career Choices”  Keynote speech during Sophomore Career Day , November 20th, 2012. Hamilton Public Schools. Hamilton, New Jersey
  • “Understanding English Language Learners in your Classroom” Teacher Leadership Community Institute June 28th, 2012. Rider University
  • “Contextualization and Technology Workshop” The Pennington School – March 26th, 2012 in New Jersey
  • “World Language Education Poster Presentation” NCATE Visit -March 25th, 2012, Rider University
  • “Study Abroad Programs and The Development of Possible Selves” American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) conference - November 18-20, 2011 in Denver
  • “Teaching Strategies for English Language Learners” New Jersey Education Association Convention (NJEA) - November 10-11, 2011 in Atlantic City
  • “Cue the Culture Clash: Accents, Gender, and Assumptions” Gender and Sexuality Studies Panel Discussion - November 8, 2011. Rider University
  • “Technology in the ESL Classroom Workshop” Summer Institute for 21st Century Educators - June 27th, 2011. Rider University
  • “Study Abroad Programs and Their Effect On Possible Language 2 Selves Development and Language Learning Strategies” American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL) conference - March 25-29, 2011 in Chicago
  • “The Pace Model” Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey (FLENJ) spring conference - March 19th, 2011
  • “Practical Uses of Languages in Careers” Nottingham High School - World Languages Week - March 16th, 2011
  • “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

Academic Positions

  • 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
    Teaching Assistant
  • 2000- 2002: HOPE College - Michigan, USA
    Visiting Spanish Instructor
  • 1999 – 2000: HOPE College - Michigan, USA
    Spanish Adjunct
  • 1999 – 2000: Grand Valley State University - Michigan, USA
    Spanish Adjunct
  • 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
    English Faculty
  • 1991 - 1995: Sacred Heart School - Cali, Colombia
    English Teacher

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
    • EDU 460 /EDUC 560 Educating and Evaluating the Bilingual Child: This course is online and it was designed for those students getting ESL and Bilingual Certifications
  • 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.

Professional Affiliations

  • 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)