About the Department: A Word from the Chair

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Colorado at Boulder offers undergraduate courses in Spanish, Luso-Brazilian language, literary traditions and culture, Catalan language and culture, and Hispanic linguistics. We also teach an extraordinary number of advanced graduate seminars in Latin American and Peninsular Literature and Hispanic Linguistics, so that our degree programs range from the Bachelor's to the Doctoral level.

In the 2010 National Research Council Report the graduate program in Spanish ranks eight nationally in a group of sixty PhD programs in the United States.

Our mission as classroom teachers is carried out by nearly eighty individuals ranging in training and experience from Teaching Assistants to senior Full Professors. The MA and PhD candidates constitute an important part of our language teaching professionals. Both groups are led by a dedicated and experienced team of coordinators. A regular corps of Instructors and Lecturers, whose numbers vary according to enrollment needs and pressures, fill out the remainder of our language posts. Another distinct program of our department is the area of Linguistics. The Portuguese section continues to thrive and will be further strengthened by new appointees Prof. Tania Martuscelli and Marcelo Schincariol.

Classes in medieval and early modern literaturemodern and contemporary Latin American literature, as well as in modern and contemporary Peninsular literature, are taught by a group of professors who have been on campus anywhere from one year to over twenty years. Professors Julio Baena, Esther Brown, Juan Pablo Dabove, Peter Elmore, Leila Gómez, Juan Herrero-Sénes, Javier Krauel, Ricardo Landeira, Tania Martuscelli, Nina Molinaro, Andrés Prieto, Javier Rivas and Núria Silleras-Fernández teach these classes at both the undergraduate and the graduate seminar level. We are three Full Professors, four Associate Professors and eight Assistant Professors.

These diverse teaching fields reflect very closely all of our research interests. The papers we read, the articles we write and the books we publish complement and complete our professional lives as educators in one of the most active and exciting departments on the Boulder Campus of the University of Colorado.

Professor Peter Elmore
Chair, Department of Spanish and Portuguese