Spanish Faculty Awarded AATSP Travel Stipends

The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) awarded Martha Davis (AL) and Donna Clark (WO) with travel stipends to attend the 2018 AATSP Conference, which was held in Salamanca, Spain from June 25-28. AATSP’s 100th anniversary conference also commemorated the 800th anniversary of the founding of the Universidad de Salamanca and was attended by 800 AATSP members from 47 states and 15 different countries representing secondary schools, community colleges, and four-year colleges and universities. Prof. Clark and Dr. Davis were two of five association members to receive the generous financial awards in the “mid-career faculty” category. Stipends were also awarded to first-time faculty and graduate students. NOVA was the only institution whose faculty were awarded more than one stipend.

Dr. Davis proudly showcased her NOVA students’ videos in her conference session entitled “Interactuando con estudiantes, estudiantes interactuando: Proyectos de vídeos para todos los niveles del español,” which was held in the historic building of the Universidad de Salamanca’s Facultad de Traductores. Her student work included clips from SPA 101 through 202 video projects, including a QVC-style infomercial, newscast, advertisement for NOVA’s Spanish program and an original dramatic interpretation of a short story from Francisco Jiménez’s collection, Cajas de cartón. Several videos illustrated students’ use of the green screen technology made available through the Alexandria Campus’s TILT department.

Prof. Clark and Dr. Davis would like to thank the Alexandria and Woodbridge Campuses for providing additional financial support that enabled them to participate in the international conference. They were thrilled to be joined at the conference by their former colleague, Carmen Figueroa (WO-retired), who was enjoying retirement with a trip to Europe.

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