Professor Emeritus of Spanish

Office Location 
Fine Arts 385
Mailing Address 
2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

Linda Materna

Linda Materna is Professor of Spanish and Director of the Rider Center for International Education. She received her Ph.D. in Spanish from The University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Materna’s research includes feminist re-readings of Spanish Romantic theater, studies on the theater of the Generation of 1927, and analyses of contemporary Spanish theater and film. Publications and conference papers include a monograph on the theater of Eugenio Hartzenbusch, articles on Don Alvaro and El trovador, on the plays of Alberti, Lorca and Salinas, on the theater of Juan Mayorga and José Ramón Fernández, and on the films of Almodóvar. Her current research focuses on the theater of Fernández and Andrés Ruiz López, and on immigration in contemporary Spanish cinema. In addition to courses in Spanish language, literature, composition, culture and translation, Dr. Materna teaches in the Baccalaureate Honors Program. She is co-founder of the Central Jersey-Penn Foreign Language Academic Alliance. She is the first director of the Rider University Theme Program and has served as the Director of Study Abroad, Chairperson of the Area Studies Task Force and Internationalization Task Force, and Chairperson of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Academic Policy Committee. Dr. Materna has received the Frank Elliott award for Distinguished Service and the Lindback Teacher of the Year Award.


  • 1980 Ph.D. Spanish, Minor in Comparative Literature. U. Wisconsin-Madison.
    Dissertation: "Poetry and Realism in Modern Spanish Theater: Pedro Salinas and Other Dramatists of the Generation of 1927"; Advisor: Dr. Roberto G. Sánchez
  • 1971 M.A. Spanish, U. Wisconsin-Madison
  • 1970 B.A. Spanish Honors; magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa; Beloit College

Administrative Positions: Rider University

  • 2009-10 Chair, International Education Coordinating Council (Administrative)
  • 2009-10 Chair, International Education Council (Academic)
  • 2008-10 Director, Center for International Education
  • 2007-09 Special Advisor to Provost for Study Abroad
  • 2007-2008 Co-Chairperson, Internationalization Task Force
  • 2007-2008 Chairperson, Area Studies Task Force
  • 2005-2007 Department Chairperson, Languages, Literatures & Cultures
  • 2000-2002 Director, Rider University Study Abroad
  • 1997-99 Designer/Director, Rider University Theme Program
  • 1994-96 Chair, Liberal Arts and Science College Academic Policy Committee
  • 1995-96 Chair, Middle States Subcommittee on Instructional Resources
  • 1989-94 President Honor Key Society of the College of Liberal Arts, Sciences and Education
  • 1989-91 Chair, Interim Studies Program Committee
  • 1990-91 Chair, Interim Studies Program Task Force

Teaching Experience

  • 1999- present Professor of Spanish, Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures; Rider University
  • 1993-99 Associate Professor of Spanish; Rider University
  • 1988-93 Assistant Professor of Spanish; Rider College/Rider University
  • 1987-88 Assistant Professor of Spanish; Trenton State College
  • 1985-87 Lecturer, Spanish; Princeton University
  • 1983-87, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Spanish: Rider College, Trenton
  • 1981-83, & State College, Mercer County Community College (NJ), Inver Hills
  • 1979 Community College (MN)
  • Fall 1977 Assistant Director, Beloit College Seminar; Granada, Spain
  • 1970-71 & 1972-76 Teaching Assistant, Spanish; U. of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Jan-Mar 1968 Instructor, English, Mangold Language Institute; Madrid, Spain

Teaching Courses, Theses & Internships, Student Writing Awards, Travel/Study Projects

  • Spanish: Beginning and Intermediate Spanish, Writing and Translating for the Professions, Advanced Grammar and Composition, Spanish for Business, Spanish Culture and Civilization, Introduction to Spanish Literature, The Golden Age, Modern Hispanic Poetry, Modern Spanish Novel, Hispanic Theater, Hispanic Film, Twentieth-Century Latin American Literature
  • Interdisciplinary Baccalaureate Honors Program: Freshman seminars on Great Ideas, Cultural Politics in Film, Spectacle and Literature, Political Culture of a High-Tech Society
  • Summer Institute Instructor: "Like Being There," (language immersion for high school teachers), Rider University, 1990
  • Thesis Supervision: Dept. of Languages, Literatures & Cultures, International Studies Minor, Baccalaureate Honors Program (10); Undergraduate Research Grant Recipient (2006-7)
  • Student Internship Supervision: Council Rock High School teaching internship (Pennsylvania), Mercer County Hispanic Association; State of NJ Court Translation/Interpretation Service
  • Student Writing Awards: 3 student honorable mentions in annual competition of The New Jersey Project for Undergraduate Feminist Scholarship (1990, 1992, 2000, 2003); Undergraduate Research Recipient Advisor (2007)
  • Travel/Study Projects: January Term/Break (1989-2005, 2007, almost every year) to Spain, France, Italy, Holland, Belgium, Prague, Vienna; Summer (2000) to Mexico

Relevant Work Experience

  • Feb 2006 External Reviewer for 9-12 Foreign Language Curriculum. The Pennington School. Pennington, NJ
  • 2002-03, 1998 Consultant. K-12 Foreign Languages Curriculum Redesign: Redesigning Day School, Princeton, NJ
  • May 1992 Evaluator. Foreign Languages. Lawrence High, Lawrenceville, NJ
  • 1977-1979 Interpreter/Translator: Portec (Minneapolis, MN, U-W Dept. Vocational Rehabilitation, Oscar Mayer Co. (Madison, WI)

Foreign Languages

  • Spanish: Near-native (ACTFL, 1987)
  • French: Reading (good); Speaking (fair)
  • Portuguese: Reading (fair); Speaking (fair)

Selected Service Activities: Rider University

University and College of Liberal Arts, Education and Science

  • Director, Center for International Education,, 2008 – 2010
    • Responsibilities: providing leadership and vision to the University community regarding international outreach and opportunities; chair academic and administrative councils charged with supporting and fostering campus-wide internationalization; identify, implement and oversee study abroad and other international travel opportunities for students; assist in the identification, development and nurturing of dual-degree and other partnership programs between Rider and international institutions of higher education; work closely with Admissions in facilitating issuances of visas and handling all related regulatory matters regarding international students; supervise the assistant director, one of whose principal responsibilities is assistance to F-1 and J-1 students and faculty and maintenance of SEVIS, as well as development of international student organizations and activities; promote study abroad participation through communication with target audiences and development of marketing strategies and materials; act as a liaison with faculty and academic departments, staff and students on issues of international focus related to the University’s internationalization initiative; serve as chair of an international education council of faculty and key administrators to facilitate implementation of the five-year internationalization plan; create, convene and chair an international coordinating council to include representation from faculty, academic affairs, student affairs, finance, development and financial aid; develop faculty exchanges and visiting scholars and artists programs, with oversight responsibilities.
    • Accomplishments: Creation, building and opening of new Center for International Education in September 2008; staff hiring and training; quadrupling of semester enrollments from fall 2008 to fall 2009 and tripling of summer enrollments over same two-year period; site visits abroad; new exchange program, new direct enrollment program and new third-party affiliations; marketing and study abroad fairs; development of faculty collaboration in South Korean university; development of study abroad policies, documents and processes, and oversight of policies development for international student services; webpage and brochure development and design; student, faculty and parent outreach events; faculty development workshop (February 2009) on leading short-term programs abroad; development of comprehensive study abroad plan including affiliation principles; oversight of new international student orientation, advisement and development; creation of international student mentoring program and study abroad ambassadors program; support for new international residence community; International Week Committee; creation of faculty-led semester program in London; anticipated 2010 start-up of StudioAbroad software
  • Special Advisor to the Provost for Study Abroad, 2007-present. Assistance to past Director; assistance with program maintenance; search committee for new Director; leader in development of faculty-led semester abroad in London; committee to create Center for International Education; assistance with summer ’07 Fuzhou program; meeting with Arcadia study abroad personnel
  • Co-Chair, Internationalization Task Force, 2007-present. development of internationalization strategic plan (in progress); organizer of consultant visit recommendations to Freshman Experience Task Force on freshman infusion of international focus; co-author of university-wide international activities survey; invited author of article on Rider’s internationalization initiative for ACE Chairs and Faculty Website page; co-developer and deliverer of workshop for faculty development day (2007)
  • Chair, Area Studies Task Force, 2006-present. Principal author of draft Area Studies Program proposal; leadership in development of three area studies minors: European Studies, Chinese Studies and Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Selection Committee for International Programs Director. 2005 and 2007.
  • Study Abroad Director, 2000-2002
  • Ex Officio Member (as Director of Study Abroad) of Foreign Studies Committee, 1999-2002.
  • Designer/First Director, University Theme Program, 1997-1999. University-wide program linking academic and student life with 3 components: freshman experience, theme courses, co-curricular activities (1st theme: "2001: To the Millennium and Beyond/Forces of Change and the Human Spirit"). Activities: New Student Orientation, publication of Theme reading handbooks, faculty workshops, program lectures/exhibits (e.g. lectures by Edward Tenner, Freeman Dyson, Lee Silver, Alfonso Armada), student fora, fall Theme Week (1997-98), advisement to a student theme committee and student "Theme Café," student development of program Webpage, publicity.
  • Chair and Member, Liberal Arts and Science College Academic Policy Committee (Chair 1994-96; Member 1992-94) Activities: new CLAS Core Curriculum, Business Minor for non-business students, Law and Justice Minor; Forum on Academic Distinction; University Academic Policy Committee Rep. (Chair 1994-96; Member 1992-94).
  • Chair, Middle States Subcommittee on Instructional Resources, 1995-96.
  • President, Honor Key Society of the College of Liberal Arts and Science, and President, Faculty Phi Beta Kappa Club (1989-94) (developed key pin, banner and honorary membership category, designed society plaque) (1989-94).
  • Chair, Interim Studies Program (January Term) Committee, 1989-91.
  • Chair, ISP Task Force and Preparation Committees, 1990-91. Study led to elimination.
  • Member, Baccalaureate Honors Program Committee 1991-present. Activities: redesign freshman "Great Ideas" writing courses (with A. Wilner), BHP 100 Learning Community (2005), Freshman summer reading committee and organizer/MC of student workshop on reading (2005), program brochure, tours, lecturers, thesis director (9).
  • Member, Women's Study Committee Activities: Colloquia, curriculum, Lectures, 1991-1994.
  • Orientation Leader, Diversity and Sexual Harassment Workshops, 1997, 98.
  • Member, Information Technology Planning Group, 1991-92.
  • Member, ESL Committee, 1989-91.

Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures

  • Department Study Abroad Advisor 2010-present
  • Department Chairperson 2005-08: reorganization and supervision of Foreign Languages Media Center; creation of Fall Colloquium with outside speaker; creation of Chinese language program; development of foreign language scholarships for incoming freshmen majors; leader in departmental searches-2 Spanish, 1 Chinese; spearheaded creation of International Dormitory, department display case, brochure and T-shirt; author, department 5-year plan
  • Co-founder and Co-Director, Central Jersey-Penn Foreign Language Academic Alliance 1991-96. 25 high schools & 3 colleges. Director, Treasurer, workshops, video collection.
  • Judge and Exam Preparer. Rider University Foreign Language Forensic Tournament, 1989-2000. Competition with 800 high school students.
  • International Week 1988-present. Organizer/presenter: speakers; international films; foreign language student writing awards colloquium; student translation and staging of international theater; China panel (2007); "Women Writers and the Cross-Cultural Experience" (1991).
  • Department and Student Development: organizer Self-Study Retreat (1995); work-study supervisor student on Foreign Language Computer Database for Jobs, Careers, Internships and Graduate Education (1996); coordinator multi-media textbook selection for Spanish language course sequence (1996); workshop for Spanish faculty on teaching composition (1996); new course development (writing and translating for the professions, modern Spanish novel, Hispanic theater, Hispanic film); internships coordinator; feasibility report for new Madrid study abroad sites (U. Nebrija & U. Pontificia Comillas); advisor to Majors and Minors; advisor Sigma Delta Pi (1988-94); trips to Hispanic theaters, poetry readings, speakers, restaurants (New York, Rutgers, Princeton area restaurants); recruitment.
  • Organizer of Lectures by Invited Speakers: Julia Barella; Spanish Hispanist and poet, 2007. Walter Hölbling, Austrian American Studies scholar, 2006; Jacqueline Leebrick, photographer, 2006; Martín Casariego and Marta Rivera de la Cruz, Spanish novelists, 2006; Phyllis Zatlin, Rutgers Hispanist and scholar, 2005; Julia Barella, 2003.

Scholarly Activity

Administrative Positions

  • 2010 – present. Editorial Board. Estreno. Cuadernos del Teatro Español Contemporáneo.



  • The Theater of Juan Eugenio Hartzenbusch." in Major Spanish Dramatists, Vol. II ed.Mary Parker, CT: Greenwood Press, 2001.


  • “Mujeres en guerra: Memoria, Verdad y Compasión en Babilonia, de José Ramón Fernández.” In José Ramón Fernández. Babilonia. El que fue mi hermano (Yakolev). Monólogo de la perra roja. Madrid: Editorial Fundamentos, 2011.
  • “Mujeres académicas: la representación femenina en la Real Academia Española." in Homenaje a la Real Academia Española y a la Asociación de Academias de la Lengua Española. AATSP 88th Conference. Constitución del Capítulo de Salamanca. eds. Gómez Dacal, Gonzalo and Enrique Ruiz-Fornells. Miami, FL: Santillana, 2007.
  • “Staging History, Time and Memory: Two Plays by José Ramón Fernández on the 2006 Madrid Summer Stage.” Western European Stages, Spring 2007.
  • “Globalization and African Immigration in Spain: Chus Gutiérrez’s Poniente (West) 2002” in Reflections on Europe in Transition. Ed. Ursula Beitter. Peter Lang, 2007.
  • “Padres e hijos: el poder del padre y la libertad del artista en Cartas de amor a Stalin de Juan Mayorga.” Accepted for publication in forthcoming 2006 Estreno volume of selected proceedings: El Próximo Acto: Teatro Español en el siglo XXI. Ohio Wesleyan University. April 18-20, 2002.
  • “The Spanish Stage in Madrid and Seville: January 2002.” Western European Stages. April 2002.
  • "Mass Media, Popular Culture, and the Perversions of Simulacra Society in Democratic Spain: The Films of Pedro Almodóvar." CD-ROM. 4. österreichischer Zeitgeschichetetag '99. Ed. Manfred Lechner/Dietmar Seiler [Hg.] (Innsbruck, Austria: STUDIEN/Verlag, 1999).
  • "Prodigal Sons and Patriarchal Authority in Three Plays by Angel de Saavedra, Duque de Rivas: Lanuza, Don Alvaro o la fuerza del sino and El desengaño en un sueño," Letras peninsulares v11.2 (Fall 1998), 603-23.
  • "Lo femenino peligroso y el orientalismo en Los amantes de Teruel de Juan Eugenio Hartzenbusch," Actas del XII Congreso de la Asociación Internacional de Hispanistas. Tomo I: Del romanticismo a la guerra civil, Ed. Derek W. Flitter (Birmingham, UK: Department of Hispanic Studies, The University of Birmingham, 1998), 192-201.
  • "Female Eroticism in Democratic Spain: the Poetry of Ana Rossetti," CD-ROM.Selected Conference Proceedings of The International Society for the Study of European Ideas, 1998.
  • "La tecnología del poder y el incesto en El adefesio de Rafael Alberti," in De lo particular a lo universal. El teatro español del siglo xx y su contexto, Ed. John P. Gabriele (Frankfurt:Vervuert Verlag, 1994), 92-100.
  • "Ideología y la representación de lo femenino en Don Alvaro o la fuerza del sino," Modern Language Studies XXIV:3 (Summer 1994), 14-27.
  • "Resistance and Containment of the Feminine in Spanish Romantic Theater: The Example of Macías," Sexuality, the Female Gaze, and the Arts. Women, the Arts, and Society, Eds. Ronald Dotterer and Susan Bowers (Susquehanna: Susquehanna UP, 1992), 145-54.
  • "El episodio Venus-Adonis en Noche de guerra en el Museo del Prado de RafaelAlberti: intertextualidad linguística, pictórica e ideológica," Anales de la Literatura Española Contemporánea 15:1-3 (1990), 83-95.
  • "Ideology and the Vivification of Art in Pedro Salinas´ Los santos and Rafael Alberti´s Noche de guerra en el Museo del Prado," Hispanófila 100 (1990), 15-28.
  • "Los códigos genéricos y la presentación de la mujer en el teatro de Lorca," Estelas, laberintos, nuevas sendas. Unamuno. Valle-Inclán. García Lorca. La Guerra Civil, Coord. Angel G. Loureiro (Barcelona: Antropos, 1988), 263-77.
  • "The Dialogue of Pedro Salinas´ La fuente del arcángel: A Dialectic of Poetry and Realism," Hispanic Review 54:3 (Summer 1986), 297-322.


  • "La colmena cientifica o el café de Negrín. Obra escrita con motivo de los cien años de la Residencia de Estudiantes." José Ramón Fernández. Madrid: Residencia de Estudiantes, 2010. In Estreno. Cuadernos del teatro español contemporáneo.
  • John P. Gabriele, ed. "Los dramaturgos hablan. Entrevistas con autores del teatro español contemporáneo." Ed. John P. Gabriele. Ovideo: KRK Ediciones, 2009. In Estreno. Cuadernos del teatro español contemporáneo. Forthcoming.
  • José Ramón Fernández. "Nina." Trans. Sara Matlick. Madrid: Caos Editorial. In Estreno 2011.
  • Susan Polansky. "The Poet as Hero: Pedro Salinas and his Theater." Newark, DE: Juan de la Cuesta. 2006. In Bulletin of Hispanic Studies.
  • “Jerónimo López Mozo’s Ella se va at the Galileo Theater.” Estreno XXXI: 1 (Primavera 2005), 4-5.
  • Campos García, Jesús. "A ciegas." Intro. Cristina Santolaria (Murcia: U. de Murcia, 1997). In Estreno. Cuadernos del Teatro Español Contemporáneo XXVII:2 (Otoño 2001).
  • Jerónimo López Mozo. "Eloídes." Biblioteca Antonio Machado de Teatro (Madrid: Visor, 1996). In Estreno XXVI:1 (Primavera 2000).
  • C. Christopher Soufas, "Audience and Authority in the Modernist Theater of García Lorca." (Tuscaloosa: The University of Alabama, 1996). In Estreno XXIV:1 (Primavera 1998).
  • Andrés Ruiz López, Rosas iluminadas, Intro. A. J. Domínguez (Murcia: Universidad de Murcia, 1993). In Estreno XXII:2 (Otoño 1996).


  • English translation of selected poems of Spanish poet and academic Julia Barella.
  • Cain or a Scientific Glory © (Caín o una gloria científica) by Pedro Salinas. University Theme Handbook, Rider University 1998.

Edited Text

  • University Theme Handbook, Co-ed. with D. Cutts, Rider University 1998.
  • University Theme Handbook, Co-ed. with G. Barricklow, Rider University 1997.

Invited Manuscript Reviews

  • 2012 for Hispania: “Reexamining El trovador’s Azucena.”
  • 2011 for Estreno: “Militarism and Maternalism: Eugenics in Halma Angélico’s AK y la humanidad.”
  • 2011 for Letras femeninas: “Una lucha histórica: la reinscripción femenina en la literatura y en la sociedad española.”
  • Bucknell University Press:"The Structure of the Theater of Pedro Salinas: The Poet as Liberator" (Susan Polansky, author), October, 1992.

Manuscript in Progress

  • The Theater of José Ramón Fernández

Conference Papers

  • “I’ve never loved you”: Juan Mayorga’s “Últimas palabras de Copito de Nieve” and the Politics of Animal Captivity.” Estreno. Revista del Teatro Español Contemporáneo Conference: “Acto Seguido: El personaje del teatro español contemporáneo a escena.” Sherman, Texas. 13-15 October, 2011.
  • “Looking Beyond Spanish Particularism: Universal Themes and Intertextual Hybridity in José Ramón Fernández’s Nina.” South Atlantic Modern Language Association Convention. Atlanta. November 5-7, 2010.
  • “Women in War: Memory, Truth and Compassion in Babilonia by José Ramón Fernández.” Northeast Modern Language Association Convention. New Brunswick. April 7-9, 2011.
  • “The Technologies and Abuse of Power in the Theater of Juan Mayorga” International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities. Granada, Spain. June 7-11, 2011.
  • “Bringing Professors and Providers to the Table to Facilitate Faculty-Led Programming”; accepted for co-presentation with Anna Levinger of IEP; NAFSA Region X and XI Conference; Springfield, MA; November 2-5, 2009.
  • "El otro desestabilizador: representaciones del inmigrante africano en el cine español contemporáneo"; XXIX Simposio Internacional de Literatura. Los mundos posibles: nuevos paradigmas; Instituto Literario y Cultural. Luján, Buenos Aires, Argentina; August 6-11, 2007.
  • "Espacios inhóspitos: exilio y diáspora en 'Poniente' de Chus Gutiérrez." Northeast Modern Language Association Convention; Baltimore, MD; March 1-4, 2007.
  • “Fetishized Difference and the Destabilizing Other: Representations of African Immigration in Spanish Cinema." Modern Language Association of America; Philadelphia, PA; December 27-30, 2006.
  • “La representación femenina en la Real Academia Española.” Invited Plenary Lecture; Plenary Session in Homage to the Real Academia Española; American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese Convention; Salamanca Spain; June 27-July 2, 2006. To be published in session proceedings by Santillana Press.
  • “Poética y temática del teatro de José Ramón Fernández”; Asociación Hispánica de Humanidades Convention; Madrid, Spain; June, 2006.
  • “Elena Cánovas’ Theater of Liberation”; Northeast Modern Language Association Convention; Philadelphia, PA; March 2-5, 2006.
  • “Poética y temática del teatro de José Ramón Fernández”; invited presentation for panel dedicated to and attended by the playwright; Northeast Modern Language Association Convention; Philadelphia, PA; March 2-5, 2006.
  • “Globalization and African Immigration in Spain: Chus Gutiérrez’s Poniente (West) 2002”; The New Europe at the Crossroads IX. Adam Mickiewicz University. Poznan, Poland;” July 26-29, 2005. Accepted for publication in selected proceedings (Peter Lang).
  • “Globalization, Immigration and Identity in Spanish Film”; Northeast Modern Language Association Convention; Boston, MA; March 31-April 3, 2005.
  • “Madrid en el cine de Pedro Almodóvar”; III Congreso Internacional, “Madrid en la literatura”; Madrid, Spain; July 2004.
  • “Globalization and Immigration in Spanish Cinema,” 3rd International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities; Rhodes, Greece; July 2-5, 2003.
  • “Globalization and Its Discontents: Immigration and Gender in Rural Spain in Iciar Bollaín’s Flores de otro mundo”; Northeast Modern Language Association Convention; Boston; MA; March 6-9, 2003.
  • “Iciar Bollaín’s Flores de otro mundo: Immigration and Gender Issues in Rural Spain”; Annual Convention of The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese; Río de Janeiro, Brazil; July 30-August 2, 2002.
  • “Padres e hijos: el poder del padre y la libertad del artista en Cartas de amor a Stalin de Juan Mayorga”; El Próximo Acto: Teatro Español en el siglo XXI. A Symposium Sponsored by Estreno”; Ohio Wesleyan, Delaware, OH; April 18-20, 2002.
  • “ Un teatro fronterizo: la trilogía del escenario vacío de José Sanchis Sinisterra”; Northeast Modern Language Association Convention; Hartford CT; March 2001.
  • "Andrés Ruiz López: un teatro silenciado"; AATSP Annual Convention; San Juan, Puerto Rico; August 2000.
  • "Nation, Memory and the Responsibility of the Artist: ¡Ay, Carmela! on Stage and Screen"; 3rd International Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference; Birmingham, UK; June 2000.
  • "Pedro Salinas y su compromiso político: 'Cero' y la bomba atómica"; Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA) Convention; Buffalo; April 2000.
  • "Toward a Critique of Europeanizing Tendencies in Contemporary Spanish Cultural Expression: Cinema and Literature"; The New Europe at the Crossroads Conference; Berlin, Germany; July 1999.
  • "Mass Media, Popular Culture and the Perversions of Simulacra Soceity in Democratic Spain: the Films of Pedro Almodóvar"; 4th biannual Austrian convention on contemporary history at Graz; Graz, Austria; May 1999.
  • "Back to the Future: The Spiritual and Ethical Dilemmas of Technology and Free-Market Capitalism in the Theater of Pedro Salinas," NEMLA; Pittsburgh, PA; April 1999, and at Conference: "Milenarismo y Fin de Siglo"; Bucknell University; April 1999.
  • "Exit Stage Right: Conservatism, Consumerism and the Marginalization of Political Compromise: The Case of the Theater of Andrés Ruiz López"; Northeast Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, Drew University; October 1998.
  • "Eros and Capital: The Evolution of Cultural Expression in Democratic Spain"; Crossroads in Cultural Studies, Second International Conference; Tampere, Finland; June/ July 1998.
  • "Identity, Eroticism and Power in the Theater of Andrés Ruiz"; Entre Actos: Diálogos sobre teatro español entre siglos. A Symposium sponsored by Estreno; University Park, PA; September 1997.
  • "The Domestication of the Romantic Heroine in Don Juan Tenorio"; Northeast Modern Language Association Convention; Philadelphia; April 1997.
  • "Sadomasochism, Eroticism and the Exercise of Power in Andrés Ruiz´s Rosas iluminadas"; Louisiana Conference on Hispanic Languages and Literatures (LA CHISPA); New Orleans; March 1997.
  • "Female Eroticism in Democratic Spain: the Poetry of Ana Rossetti"; Conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas (ISSEI); Utrecht, Netherlands; August 1996.
  • "Lo femenino peligroso y el orientalismo en Los amantes de Teruel de Juan Eugenio Hartzenbusch"; Congress of the Asociación Internacional de Hispanista; Birmingham, UK; August 1995.
  • "Prodigal Sons and Patriarchal Authority in Three Plays by Angel de Saavedra, el Duque de Rivas: Lanuza (1822), Don Alvaro o la fuerza del sino (1835) and El desengaño en un sueño (1842)"; NEMLA; Boston; April 1995.
  • "La tecnología del poder y el incesto en El adefesio de Rafael Alberti"; Conference: De lo particular a lo universal: el teatro español del siglo xx y su contexto; The College of Wooster; Wooster, Ohio; April 1993.
  • "El incesto y el ejercicio del poder en El adefesio de Rafael Alberti"; Northeast Modern Language Association Convention; Philadelphia; April 1993.
  • "Ideología y la representación de lo femenino en Don Alvaro o la fuerza del sino"; Congreso of the Asociación Internacional de Hispanistas; U. of California-Irvine; August 1992.
  • "Sequencing Writing Assignments in the Spanish Literature Classroom"; Conference: Bridging Theory and Practice in the Foreign Language Classroom; Loyola College in Maryland; October 1991.
  • "Estructura e ideología en el teatro de la Generación del `27"; Northeast Modern Language Association Convention; Hartford; April 1991.
  • "Empowerment and the Contemporary Woman Writer of Spain: Eroticism in the Poetry of Ana Rossetti"; Panel: "Contemporary International Women Writers: Developing an Interdisciplinary Course on Contemporary World Literature by Women"; 8th Annual Celebration of Our Work Conferenc; Rutgers University; May 1990.
  • "El episodio Venus-Adonis en Noche de guerra en el Museo del Prado de Rafael Alberti: intertextualidad linguística, pictórica e ideológica"; Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Convention; Las Vegas; October 1989.
  • "Angels of Death: The Heroine in Spanish Romantic Theater," Northeast Modern Language Association Convention; Wilmington; April 1989.
  • "Resistance and Containment of the Feminine in Spanish Romantic Theater: The Example of Macías"; Women, the Arts, and Society Conference; Susquehanna University; November 1988.
  • "The Vivification of Art in Pedro Salinas´ Los santos and Rafael Alberti´s Noche de guerra en el Museo del Prado: Idealism versus Marxist Ideology"; Conference Northeast American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese; Fordham; September 1988.
  • "Romantic Elements in the Theater of García Lorca"; Notheast Modern Language Association Convention; Boston; April 1987.
  • "Gender Codes and the Presentation of Women in Lorca´s Theater"; Conference: Spain `36: A Five College Symposium; Mount Holyoke College; October 1986.
  • "Poetry in a Realistic Form: La casa de Bernarda Alba"; Northeast Modern Language Association Convention; New Brunswick; April 1986.

Conference Administrative Positions

  • Chair, Northeast Modern Language Association convention session: “Women Playwrights of Modern and Contemporary Spain”; Philadephia, PA; March 2-5, 2006. Substitute Chairperson NEMLA session: “El teatro español en los albores del siglo XXI,” with Spanish Playwrights Inmaculada Alvear and Raúl Hernández Garrido. Boston, MA; March 31-April 3, 2005.
  • Chair, NEMLA session: “Issues in Contemporary Spanish Cinema”; Boston; March, 2003.
  • Session Chair, “Culture and History in Contemporary Spanish Cinema.” Annual Convention of The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; July 30-August 2, 2002.
  • Session Chair, “El teatro de Jaime Salom.” El Próximo Acto. Estreno Symposium. Ohio Wesleyan University. Delaware, OH. April 18-20, 2002.
  • Executive Council, Northeast Modern Language Association, 2000-03.
  • Nominating Committee, NEMLA, 1996-99.
  • Chair, NEMLA session: "Spanish Theater Into Film"; Pittsburgh; April 1999.
  • Chair, NEMLA session: "The Spanish Generation of 1898 and Modernism"; Montreal; April 1996.
  • Chair, NEMLA session: "Contemporary Spanish Theater"; Boston; April 1995 (Session Secretary at Pittsburgh Convention; April 1994).
  • Session Moderator: "Self-Image Among Hispanic Women"; Conference: Encountering America´s Cultures; Rider College; October 1992.
  • Chair, NEMLA session on Neoclassicism and Romanticism; Buffalo; April 1992 (Session Secretary at Toronto Convention; April 1991)
  • Chair, NEMLA session on García Lorca; Boston; April 1987.

Invited Seminars and Lectures


  • Invited Round Table Panelist on Spanish Film: IV Curso (course) de Literatura y Cine. Cursos de Verano. Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, Spain; July 7, 2004.
  • Session Leader, "Salons de Philosophie" of the 16th International Conference of the Network of Principals' Centers; Principals' Center of the Garden State; Princeton, NJ; April 1999.
  • "El sexo y la política en el teatro romántico español"; Departamento de Filología Española, U. Alcalá de Henares; March 1997.
  • "Isabel Allende´s The House of the Spirits: Text and Context"; Baccalaureate Honors Program Lecturer; Trenton State College; March 1991.


  • “Nina de José Ramón Fernández: ‘un combate entre la desesperación y la voluntad de vivir.’” Grupo de Mujeres Latinoamericanas de Princeton. March, 2011.
  • “Language and Culture”; lecture for gifted students at Neshaminy High School (PA); April 3, 2006.
  • “La libertad artística y el poder: Cartas de amor a Stalin de Juan Mayorga”; El Grupo de Mujeres Latinoamericanas de Princeton; March 29, 2006.
  • “The American University Today: Realities and Challenges”; Departamento de Filologías Inglesa y Alemana, Universidad de Granada, Spain; May 13, 2004.
  • “Flamenco and Car Bombs at Bilbao’s Guggenheim: Democratic Spain at the Twenty-first Century.” Lunch Lecture Series of Employees of New Jersey Courts. Trenton, NJ; October 2001.
  • Doctoral Lectures on Spanish Romantic Theater. University of Alcalá de Henares, Spain. Departamento de Filología. May 2001.
  • "El cine de Pedro Almodóvar como expresión de la España democrática"; El Grupo de Mujeres Latinoamericanas de Princeton; February 2000.
  • "La domesticación de la heroína romántica en Don Juan Tenorio de José Zorrilla"; El Grupo de Mujeres Latinoamericanas de Princeton; October 1997.
  • "Spanish Painting: El Greco, Velázquez, Goya"; Prado Museum, Princeton Day School Student Home Stay; Madrid; March 1997.
  • Slide Presentation on Spanish Art and Architecture; "Spain Day" The Chapin School; Princeton; January 1997.
  • "Literature as Salvation"; Alpha Lambda Delta Induction Honorée; Rider University; March 1996.
  • "Foreign Languages and Careers," Lecture at High Schools and Colleges: St. Joseph´s Academy, (NJ), May 1996; North Arlington High School (NJ), June 1994; Bucks County Community College (PA), October 1993, 1991,1989; Lawrence High School (NJ), May 1993; Hamilton West High School (NJ), June 1988; South Hunterdon High School, NJ, March 1988.
  • "Sex and Politics in Spanish Romantic Theater". Mryna Zwillenberg Lecture, Baccalaureate Honors Program; Rider University; November 1996.
  • "La representación de la mujer en el teatro de García Lorca: simpatía "feminista" por su represión social, pero visión tradicional y auto-limitadora de quien es la mujer". El Grupo Latinoamericano de Mujeres de Princeton; March 1994.
  • "Gender and Subject in Modernism: the Theater of the Spanish Generation of 1927"; English and Foreign Languages Colloquium, Rider College; April 1992.
  • "Empowerment and Eroticism in the Poetry of Ana Rossetti"; Women´s Studies Committee Brown Bag Lunch Series, Rider College; February 1991.
  • "A Feminist Re-Reading of García Lorca´s Theater: Conventional Limitations in Female Characterization"; Women´s Studies Lunch Series, Rider College; October 1986.


  • “Leading Short-Term International Travel Projects”; February 2009.
  • “Internationalization at Rider University”; May, 2007.
  • “Using Power Point to Teach Film. Flores de otro mundo”; Central Jersey-Penn Foreign Language Academic Alliance; Rider University; May 3, 2003.
  • “Perceptions of Americans Abroad.” Rider Student Leadership Conference, Sovereign Bank Arena; October 2001.
  • "Cross-Cultural Awareness for the 21st Century: A Cross-Cultural Values Game"; Conference of the Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey; March 1999.
  • University Theme Program: "How to Lead Orientation Discussions with New Students Courses," "Strategies for Creating Theme Courses"; 1997-99. on the Summer Theme Handbook Readings," "Models for Theme Program
  • "Cross-Cultural Awareness for the 21st Century"; Rider Student Leadership Conference, David Sarnoff Center; November 1997.
  • "Teaching Composition" Rider Spanish Faculty; October 1996.
  • Tutoring Strategies Workshops for Rider University Spanish and Foreign Language Tutors; Learning Center; Spring 1996.
  • "Using Foreign Language Feature Films to Teach Culture"; Central Jersey-Penn Foreign Language Academic Alliance; Rider University; October 1993.
  • "Collaborating for Better Student Teacher Preparation" (Moderator); Central Jersey-Penn Foreign Language Academic Alliance; April 1993.
  • "Using the Foreign Language in the Classroom" (Moderator); Lawrence High; January 1992.
  • "Sequencing Writing Assignments for Literature Courses" (Presenter); Writing-Across-the-Curriculum Workshop, Rider College; January 1989.

Selected Professional Development (1989-Present)

NAFSA Training Academy Trainee, 2009; ACE Chairs Workshop, San Diego, 2007; Forum on Education Abroad Conference 2009; IIE Passport Best Practices Seminar 2009; NAFSA (International Educators Association) Annual and Region X Conventions 2000, 2001, 2007, 2008, 2009 including workshops on Managing the Study abroad Office (2009), Integrating Study Abroad into the Curriculum; Funding for Study Abroad; Faculty Development for Short-term Programs Abroad; J1 Visas and Developing the Study Abroad Office (2000, 2001) and internationalization (2007); NAFSA Region X Conference, 2008; K-12 world languages conferences of the NJ Dept. Education 2003-7 ; Rider Blackboard webcourse workshop and other Technology workshops; Workshops on service learning; NAFSA workshop for new study abroad directors; Rider critical thinking workshop, Bridge workshops and May Faculty Development Days; North East Association for Learning Laboratories Meeting on Distance and International Issues in Foreign Language Education; Rider College Symposium for Teacher Preparation; FLENJ Grant Writing Workshop; Conferences on Second Language Acquisition and Techniques for Teaching Communicative Competency; National Governors´Conference "Beyond Our Borders": Perspectives in Other Cultures; Seminar participant in Rider's Writing-Across-the Curriculum program

Awards, Grants, and Distinctions

  • 2009 NAFSA Training Academy Trainee
  • 2008 Distinguished Employee Award, Rider University
  • 2011, 2006, 2002, 1999, 1992 Summer Research Fellowships, Rider University
  • 2004, 1997 Sabbatical Leaves, Rider University
  • 2006, 2005, 2004, 2001, 1998 Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers
  • 2004, 2000, 98-96 Faculty Honorée of Andrew J. Rider Scholars
  • 2001 Lindback Teacher of the Year Award, Rider University
  • 2001 Invited External Examiner, Swarthmore College Honors Program
  • 2000 Recognition in "Looking Beyond the Top 20" (Edward Tenner) in US News & World Report "America's Best Colleges" (9/11/2000)
  • 1999 Invited External Examiner, Swarthmore College Honors Program
  • 1998 Frank N. Elliott Service Award for Distinguished Service, Rider University
  • 1998, 97, 96 Nominee, Woman of the Year, Rider University
  • April 1997 Honorary Membership, Honor Key Society, Rider University
  • March 1996 Faculty Honoree, Alpha Lambda Delta, Rider University
  • Fall 1977 Vilas Travel Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Professional Affiliations and Honorary Memberships

  • Alpha Lambda Delta, Honorary Member, Rider University Chapter
  • American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese
  • Central Jersey-Penn Foreign Language Academic Alliance (Co-Founder)
  • Estreno. Cuadernos del Teatro Español Contemporáneo
  • Feministas Unidas
  • Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey
  • Modern Language Association
  • Northeast Modern Language Association
  • Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Phi Sigma Iota, Foreign Language Honor Society
  • Sigma Delta Pi, National Spanish Honor Society
  • Twentieth-Century Spanish Association of America