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. She advises Spanish licensure students and plays a central role in undergraduate teacher education and program accreditation (CAEP). 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) and a reviewer for the journal Foreign Language Annals.
Dr. Fonder-Solano was awarded a sabbatical for fall 2014 to conduct research. During this time, she gave a presentation on Los colores de la montaña, a Colombian film, at the IV Congreso Internacional de Historia y Cinema in Barcelona, Spain, collected data for a research project in Granada, Spain, and finished the manuscript of an intermediate Spanish textbook, forthcoming January 2018 by Wiley Publishers. Since that time, she has made a joint research presentation on student perceptions of online language learning at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) in San Antonio and developed two co-authored articles on this topic. The first, published in ADFL Bulletin (December 2016) addresses issues related to online teacher education. The second addresses perceptions of language learning and proficiency in an online setting.