Faculty Profiles

Raysa Amador

Professor, Chair
Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, College of Arts and Sciences

Alumnae Hall 109

General Information



Ph.D., New York University (1978)

M.A., New York University (1973)

B.A., Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, New York University (1972)

Certificate, Data Processing Programer, New YorK University (1979)

Personal Statement

Personal Statement

I define myself, always, as a teacher and researcher. I firmly believe that in order to be in the teaching profession one needs more than love. Every teacher must understand the context of their world and they must profoundly value learning, ideas, artistic expression as well as the caring dimension. I practice what I believe in the hope that my students will restructure their thinking and professional outlook with broader intellectual implications and pass along a renewed awareness and love of learning.

I work in the world of languages, cultures and literatures in the area of Spanish and Portuguese. I teach my students the art of communication in a foreign language, both verbally and in writing. I take them through the first steps of such learning carefully reminding them that learning Spanish involves more than the ability to communicate. I introduce them to the cultural particulars of Spanish civilization. I achieve this level of learning through the active participation of the student and through the target language. At a more advanced level, it is a reward to see how the students begin to explore the world of literature. I am proud to say that the students learn to evaluate the profound values and ideals of Hispanic culture as well as develop a deeper understanding of the language and analysis of literature. One of my goals is for the students to become culturally literate. This means having knowledge based not only on information possessed by them but also an awareness of the world and of Hispanic culture.

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