T.R. Porter

  • Professor of Spanish
  • Spanish Program Coordinator

Education

  • Ph.D. in Spanish, minor in Philosophy, Pennsylvania State University, 1995
  • M.A. in Spanish, minor in Humanities, Brigham Young University, 1982
  • B.A. in Humanities, minor in Spanish, Brigham Young University, 1980

I have loved the Spanish language since I began to learn it in seventh grade. Besides being useful—as the second most spoken language in the U.S. and fourth in the world—the cultural awareness that comes with learning another language is invaluable. I believe there is great benefit in understanding how language works, and I love to help students have those “aha” moments. I love all aspects of the Spanish language, including the literature, and have focused on the linguistic and cultural aspects of language teaching over the last several years.


Education


  • Ph.D. in Spanish, minor in Philosophy, Pennsylvania State University, 1995
  • M.A. in Spanish, minor in Humanities, Brigham Young University, 1982
  • B.A. in Humanities, minor in Spanish, Brigham Young University, 1980

Courses


  • Spanish Major: Spanish I & II, Medical Spanish, Culture of Spanish America, Advanced Studies in Spanish Linguistics, Spanish Translation & Interpretation, Culture of Spain
  • Travel Study: Costa Rica

Teaching Positions & Professional Experience


  • Joined the Southern Virginia University faculty in 1997
  • Taught first- and second-year Spanish and Spanish at Southern Utah University, 1992-1994
  • Taught first- and second-year Spanish and introduction to literature at the University of Wyoming, 1989-1992

Scholarship & Creative Work


  • “Confessions of a Mediochre Foreign Language Teacher or How the Textbook fails us and the Students.“ FLAVA Conference, 2015
  • “Sentence building and the importance of understanding the concepts of function and distinction.” Presented at the Foreign Language Workshop sponsored by Washington and Lee in conjunction with Southern Virginia University and Virginia Military Institute.  October, 2008
  • “What Is a Proper Noun: Name Games in Two Cuban Novels.”  Presented at the Shenandoah Language and Linguistics Symposium, 2000
  • “Playing with Language: Tres tristes tigres as Language Analysis.”  Presented at the Shenandoah Language and Linguistics Symposium, 1999
  • “Fantomas contra los vampiros multinacionales: un ensayo latinoamericano al estilo barroco.” Ariel 4. (1987): 27-34.

Awards, Leadership & Service


  • Spanish Program Coordinator, 1997-present
  • Member, Curriculum committee, 2018-present
  • Member, Policy committee, 2017- 2018
  • Chair, Division of Humanities, 2014- 2017
  • Chair, Curriculum committee, 2014- 2017
  • Chair, Division of Humanities, 2007-2010
  • Chair, Policy Committee, 2007- 2010
  • Member, Policy Committee, 2006- 2007 
  • Member, Exceptions Committee, 2005- 2006
  • Head, Faculty Development Committee, 2003- 2005
  • Head, Continuing Status and Promotion Committee, 2002- 2003
  • Head, Research Committee (Replaced Grants Management Committee), 2001- 2002
  • Member, General Education Committee, 1999- 2000
  • Head, Grants Management Committee, 1998- 2001
  • Member, Institutional Effectiveness Committee, 1998- 2000
  • Member, Search Committee for Executive Vice President/Provost, 1997
  • Member, Faculty Affairs Committee, 1997-1998
  • Member, Accreditation Committee, 1997-1998