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M. Estrella Sotomayor

Spanish Senior Lecturer
 (414) 229-2828
 Curtin Hall 702

Education

  • MA, Foreign Languages and Literature (Spanish Concentration), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1996
  • BA, Spanish Literature and Women’s Studies (Certificate), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1994

Research Interests

  • Health, Social Services, and Law Enforcement in relation to Hispanics in the U.S.
  • Service Learning
  • Instructional and Professional Development
  • Culture, Gender, and National Identity
  • Online Instruction Pedagogy

Courses Taught

  • Spanish 103, 104, 203 and 204
  • Intensive Spoken Spanish 110, 111 and 210
  • Advanced Grammar
  • Advanced Composition
  • Advanced Capstone – Senior Thesis Conversation
  • Puerto Rican Culture
  • Spanish Weekend Immersion
  • Spanish for Health Professionals I
  • Spanish for Health Professionals II (On-line)
  • Health Issues in the Hispanic World
  • Expressing Independence: Politics, Art, and Women in Latin America (Freshman Seminar)
  • Bridging the Local and Global: Service Learning Milwaukee and Oaxaca (Overseas Program)
  • Language Immersion (School of Business Administration Chile Program)
  • EMMPAK Instructional Project (Language Instruction for Company Employees)

Other Relevant Activities

  • UWM Study Abroad Program in Madrid, 2010
  • Overseas Program, Bridging the Local and Global: Service Learning Milwaukee and Oaxaca (2004-2006)
  • Resident Director, The Chile Study Program (2002)
  • Organizer, “Teaching Professional Spanish: Challenges and New Directions” (2001)
  • Contributor, Curriculum Articulation Project, UW-System (2000-2001)

Awards and Honors

Scholarships and Fellowships

  • University of Wisconsin System, Office of Professional and Instructional Development: “Faculty College 2001”
  • American Association of University Women Scholarship, 1992

Awards and Honors

  • UW System- Women of Color in Education, 2011
  • UWM Academic Staff Outstanding Performance Award, 2007
  • Sigma Delta Pi Academic Honor Society, 2003
  • Phi Kappa Phi- Academic Honor Society, 1996

Publications

Essays

Writing in a Foreign Language: What Teaching Approach Helps Non-Native Students Acquire Better Writing Skills? Schroeder, C. and Ciccone, A. Eds. Learning in Context: The Diversity of SOTL Inquiry. UWM Center for Instructional and Professional Development, (2006): 21-38

Translations (editor)

“Milwaukee Transportation Partners.” I-94 North-South Corridor Newsletter. Multicultural Marketing & Communication, 2006.

“Foster and Williams Visual Communication Campus.” Trans. Noé Martínez. Technical Assistance & Leadership Center and Milwaukee Public Schools, 2004.

“Parent Checklist for Finding a School.” Trans. Noé Martínez. Technical Assistance & Leadership Center and Milwaukee Public Schools, 2004.

“A Self-Help Guide: Where to go in Milwaukee for Help with a Drug or Alcohol Problem.” Trans. Wilberto Álvaro and Wilda Rosario. Center for Addiction and Behavioral Health Research: A Wisconsin Non-Profit Public/Private Partnership. 2002.

Translations (solo)

Leal, Luis. “Mexico’s Centrifugal Culture.” Discourse 18 (1995): 111-121.

Manuscript Reviews

Vértice. Dehli, State University of New York Press, 2006.

Spanish for the Professions (Health Care). Prentice Hall, 2001.

Pueblos. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000.

Civilización y Cultura. Harcourt College Publishers, 2000.