Associate Professor of Spanish
Leah Fonder-Solano holds a Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of Arizona. She enjoys teaching all levels of Spanish language and culture, beginning through graduate courses. Her research centers on contemporary Spanish and Latin American writers, film, and Spanish language education. She is an active member of the American Council on the Teaching of Languages (ACTFL), a member of the Technology Advisory Board for Cengage publishers and a reviewer for the journal Foreign Language Annals.
Dr. Fonder-Solano was awarded a sabbatical for fall 2014 to conduct research on North African Spanish writers. During this time, she will give a presentation on Los colores de la montaña, a Colombian film, at the IV Congreso Internacional de Historia y Cinema in Barcelona, Spain. She will continue to develop a manuscript for a second-year Spanish textbook while she collects submissions and interviews authors for an anthology of North African Spanish writers in Granada, Spain. Upon her return, she will co-present on student perceptions of online language learning at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) in San Antonio and develop an article on this topic for publication.
Recent research collaborations include the co-presentation “Confronting the Myths of Online Language Teacher Education” at the Educators Connect conference (February 2014) and at the International Conference on College Teaching and Learning in Jacksonville, FL (March 2014).