World Languages and Cultures
Ph.D. Spanish, University of Virginia; M.A., Middlebury College; B.A., Boston College
Lynn McGovern (Ph.D., University of Virginia, M.A. Middlebury College, B.A. Boston College) is the chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures and Academic Director of Study Abroad at Merrimack College where she teaches language, literature, and culture courses. She has directed and taught in Intensive Language Immersion Institutes at both the undergraduate and graduate levels at the University of Virginia, Dartmouth College, and Bennington College. She has also directed study abroad programs to Spain and Latin America. As the President of the Foreign Language Association of Virginia she helped launch initiatives to establish a seamless transition between high school and college language programs. As a scholar and former member of the executive committee of APUNE (Association of United States Programs in Spain) she is committed to building bridges between language and literature curricula in the United States and abroad. Her fields of interest are broad and range from Contemporary Spanish and Latin American Narrative and Poetry to language and culture, foreign language pedagogy and policy, and international education.
Her publications include her most recent monograph study entitled Contando historias: Las primeras novelas de Lourdes Ortiz(Telling Stories: the First Novels of Lourdes Ortiz(Pliegos 2005), in which she establishes the importance of this contemporary author, in the context of Spain’s transition to democracy, as well as over 20 scholarly articles, notes, and reviews on literature, culture, and foreign language advocacy and policy.
She is the recipient of numerous grants, including that of the National Endowment for the Humanities for Summer Institute study, the Jessie Ball DuPont Summer Seminar in the Humanities, the Charles Reid Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Mednick Fellowship of the Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges (VFIC). She has lived a great deal of her life abroad, and has taught English as a Second Language in Caracas, Venezuela and in Madrid, Spain.
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