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When appropriate, my courses focus on Spanish Peninsular literature, history, and culture. At HPU, I have co-led short-term Global Experience (Maymester) courses to Sevilla, Spain, with a special emphasis on the tradition of flamenco dance. I teach a First-Year Seminar titled “Sport and Collective Identity,” in which students study the intersection of sports and politics in order to question what it means to be a fan. Finally, I am currently serving as an Honors Faculty Fellow (2020-23) and am enjoying working with students in the Honors Scholars Program.   My research has evolved to encompass two distinct but overlapping areas of specialization: representations of urban space in the literature and film of the 1940s and 50s, the first two decades of the dictatorship of Francisco Franco, and the cultural history of Spanish soccer and fandom during and after the Franco dictatorship. This period, which encompasses overt military conflict, brutal postwar repression, victorious exaltation and propaganda, and international isolation and eventual integration, continues to have an impact on Spanish society today.   Some of my personal interests include: cycling and swimming; baking bread; preparing yogurt and kefir; traveling with my wife; spending time at home with our cat; reading novels and poetry; playing trivia; and supporting Real Betis Balompié, manque pierda.   Articles in Refereed Journals   Winkel, Adam L. “National Dissonance: The Copa del Rey Soccer Final as a Site of Political Performance.” The International Journal of the History of Sport, vol. 37, nos. 1-2, 2020, pp. 135-54. Taylor & Francis, doi: 10.1080/09523367.2020.1722649   Winkel, Adam L. “The Tyrannies of the In-Between: Liminality in Antonio Buero Vallejo’s Historia de una escalera.” Symposium: A Quarterly Journal in Modern Literatures, vol. 73, no. 2, 2019, pp. 113-26. Taylor & Francis, doi:10.1080/00397709.2019.1608643   Winkel, Adam L. “‘Ya se aburren de tanta capital’: Leisure, Language, and Law in El Jarama.” Bulletin of Spanish Studies, vol. XCVI, no. 3, 2019, pp. 425-45. Taylor & Francis, doi:10.1080/14753820.2019.1570673   Winkel, Adam L. “The Spaces of Martín Marco.” Hispanic Studies Review, vol. 3, no. 1, 2018, pp. 206-20. hispanicstudiesreview.cofc.edu/hispanic-studies-review-vol-3-no-1-2018   Fellowships and Awards   Honors Faculty Fellow, High Point University, 2020-23.   Harold G. Jones Award for Best Essay of 2019, Symposium: A Quarterly Journal in Modern Literatures for “The Tyrannies of the In-Between: Liminality in Antonio Buero Vallejo’s Historia de una escalera.”   Edited Volumes   Kietrys, Kyra A., María Luisa Montero Curiel, Carmen T. Sotomayor, and Adam L. Winkel, editors. La tradición cultural hispánica en una sociedad global. Universidad de Extremadura (Spain), 2020.   Selected Conferences and Presentations   “Panem et Circenses: The Power of Memory in the Soccer Stories of Pablo Santiago Chiquero.” XXV Congreso Internacional de Literatura y Estudios Hispánicos. Lima, Peru. 2020.   “The Spanish Copa del Rey Final as a Site of Fan Performance.” North American Society for Sport History (NASSH). Boise, ID. 2019.   “No Limits! The City in Surcos and Los golfos.” Cine-Lit 9: Mujer y Género. The U of Oregon, Portland SU, and Oregon SU. Portland, OR. 2019.   “El fútbol contra el football, o, cómo enseñarles a los norteamericanos a apreciar LaLiga.” Hispanic Association for the Humanities (AHH). Cáceres, Spain. 2018.   “National Dissonance: Official Anthems in Spanish Football.” International Football History Conference. Manchester, UK. 2018.   “The Construction of Leisure in El Jarama.” XXI Congreso Internacional de Literatura y Estudios Hispánicos. Quito, Ecuador. 2018.   “The Tyrannies of the In-Between: Liminality in Antonio Buero Vallejo’s Historia de una escalera.” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. U of Kentucky. 2017.   “Fortress Madrid: The Plan Bidagor and the Disciplining of Space in Franco’s Urban Planning.” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. U of Kentucky. 2016.   “Tearing Apart the City in Tiempo de silencio.” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. U of Kentucky. 2015.   Professional Service   Treasurer, Asociación Hispánica de Humanidades/Hispanic Association for the Humanities (ahhumanidades.org) [post_title] => Adam L. 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Latin American Cuisine, volunteerism, woodworking, traveling, technology-based pedagogy. [post_title] => Jody Bowman [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => mr-jody-bowman [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-07-28 12:39:02 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-07-28 16:39:02 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.highpoint.edu/?post_type=faculty-staff&p=94482 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => faculty-staff [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [5] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 97965 [post_author] => 53 [post_date] => 2021-06-03 16:20:16 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-06-03 20:20:16 [post_content] => [post_title] => Mariana S. Murty [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => mariana-s-murty [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-08-06 10:28:20 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-08-06 14:28:20 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.highpoint.edu/?p=97965 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => faculty-staff [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [6] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 97662 [post_author] => 53 [post_date] => 2021-06-03 16:14:29 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-06-03 20:14:29 [post_content] => Teaching & Personal Interests I enjoy engaging with students and using a communicative approach in the second language acquisition classroom. Outside of the classroom, I love spending time with family and working in the yard and garden. [post_title] => Frank Freeman [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => frank-freeman [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-08-06 10:32:40 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-08-06 14:32:40 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.highpoint.edu/?p=97662 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => faculty-staff [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [7] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 97566 [post_author] => 53 [post_date] => 2021-06-03 16:10:52 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-06-03 20:10:52 [post_content] => Education Carmen joined the department in Fall 2017. Originally from Venezuela, Carmen graduated with a Law degree from Universidad Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho, Venezuela, in 2001 and a Master in Labor Law in 2003. The same year she moved to Greensboro, NC to attend Greensboro College where she completed her teaching certification in Spanish. In 2016, she graduated with a Masters of Arts (MA) in Romance Languages and Literatures with a concentration in Spanish at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.   Her teaching experience includes Distance Learning Spanish instruction, Spanish as a Second Language (all levels including adults), along with teaching grades 9-12 and beginning and intermediate levels at the university level. In addition, she has accompanied several groups abroad (Mexico, Costa Rica and Spain) from both high school and college. During her teaching career, she has been actively involved in study abroad programs, curricular material review committees, learning service projects, and research. Moreover, the foundation of her teaching philosophy stems from a student-centered approach: teaching across the curriculum, making use of technology, implementing communicative approaches, and adapting her classes to multiple learning styles. As a result, she has been involved in committees to review curriculum materials that are relevant for our diverse student population, including cross-curricular content, and the integration of technology aligned to the district and state standards.   “As an educator, I always look for opportunities to challenge my students by implementing in the classroom what I have learned in professional development workshops, graduate courses and research,” says Carmen. “In addition, I find it important to continue my education by attending conferences and workshops, nationally and internationally, that concentrate on second language acquisition. During my 16 years of experience as an educator, I have found that innovative approaches, along with rigor, have a positive impact on the way students view learning whether it be a second language or a literary text. Not only do they improve their oral, written and thinking skills, learning becomes a positive experience that will provide them with the necessary tools to excel as professionals and leaders. Likewise, I ensure a judgment-free classroom and establish a space where students are not afraid to experiment with a new language.”   Research and Publications Del grillete físico al moral: identidades divididas en la literatura antiesclavista cubana del siglo XIX (2016) [From Physical to Moral Shackles: Divided Identities in Nineteenth-Century Cuban Antislavery Literature].   Arbitraje laboral: Derecho y equidad como mecanismo de resolución de conflictos (2003) [Labor Arbitration: Law and Equity as a Mechanism for Conflict Resolution].   Dilación procesal en casos laborales. Ley Orgánica del Trabajo de 1997 (2001) [Procedural Delay in Labor Cases. Labour Act of 1997] [post_title] => Carmen Salama [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => carmen-salama [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-08-06 10:50:35 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-08-06 14:50:35 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.highpoint.edu/?p=97566 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => faculty-staff [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) )
Associate Professor of Spanish and Director of the Spanish Program

The Spanish Department at High Point University helps students develop the skills needed for a successful professional career, both domestic and abroad. The program provides students an in-depth look into the Spanish-speaking cultures of Spain, Latin America and the United States.

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The Spanish Club and Sigma Delta Pi, National Spanish Honor Society.

The International Club and Phi Beta Delta, International Honor Society.

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Course Requirements 2022/2023
Bachelor of Arts in Spanish
Bachelor of Arts in Spanish
Degree Requirements Credits
Major Requirements 36-39
University Core Requirements 36-44
Electives 48-56
Total 128
Minor in Spanish
Minor in Spanish
Minor Requirements Credits
Course Requirements 22
Total 22
Requirements for B.A. in Spanish
Requirements for B.A. in Spanish
Course Course Title Credits
SPN 2020 Intermediate Spanish II 4
SPN 2090 Pronunciation 1
SPN 2130 Hispanic Cultures: Intermediate Readings and Conversation 4
SPN 2140 Grammer Review 2
SPN 3000 Advanced Conversation 4
SPN 3930, SPN/GBS 3940 Cultures and Civilizations of Spain or Spanish-American Culture and Civilization 4
SPN 4010 Advanced Grammar and Composition 4
Select one course from the following list:
SPN 4444 Independent Study 4
SPN 4810-4815 Student Internship 4
SPN 4020 Seminar in Hispanic Topics 4
One other 4000 level Spanish course (4).

Select one course from the following list:
SPN 3050 Hispanic World Today 4
SPN 3140 The Caribbean Mix: People, Music, and Folklore 4
SPN/GBS 3150 Hispanic Culture Through Film 4
SPN 2881 Special Topics in Culture and Language 4
Select one course from the following list:
SPN 3020 Contemporary Hispanic Literatures 4
SPN 3060 Hispanic Short Stories 4
SPN 3230 Literary Genre in Latin American Literature 4
SPN/WGS/GBS 3280 Latin American Women Writers 4
SPN 3881 Special Topics in Literature 4
Select one course from the following list:
SPN 3210 Spanish Literature I: The Birth of the Spanish Nation 4
SPN 3220 Spanish Literature II: Centrism and Diversity in Contemporary Writers 4
SPN 3240 Spanish-American Literature I: In Search of an Identity 4
SPN 3250 Spanish-American Literature II: Voices of the Writers 4
SPN 3260 Caribbean Literature: Images of a Region 4
Course Descriptions
Note: the major requires 36 credits if a student begins at a level higher than SPN 2020.
Requirements for Minor in Spanish
Requirements for Minor in Spanish
Course Course Title Credits
SPN 2020 Intermediate SPN II 4
SPN 2130 Hispanic Cultures: Intermediate Reading and Conversation 4
SPN 2140 Grammar Review 4
Select one of the following culture courses:
SPN 2881 Special Topics 4
SPN 3050 Hispanic World Today 4
SPN 3140 The Caribbean Mix: People, Music, and Folklore 4
SPN/GBS 3150 Hispanic Culture Through Film 4
SPN 3930 Cultures and Civilizations of Spain 4
SPN/GBS 3940 Spanish-American Culture and Civilization 4
SPN 4020 Seminar in Hispanic Topics 4
Select one of the following literature courses:
SPN 3020 Contemporary Hispanic Literatures 4
SPN 3060 Hispanic Short Stories 4
SPN 3210 Spanish Literature I: The Birth of the Spanish Nation 4
SPN 3220 Spanish Literature II: Voices of the Regions 4
SPN 3230 Literary Genres in Latin American Literature 4
SPN 3240 Spanish-American Literature I: In Search of an Identity 4
SPN 3250 Spanish-American Literature II: The Voices of the Writers 4
SPN 3260 Caribbean Literature: Images of a Region 4
SPN/WGS/GBS 3280 Latin American Women Writers 4
SPN 3881 Special Topics 4
One elective above SPN 2020 (4)
SPN 2090 Pronunciation 1
SPN 2141 Spanish for the Medical Professions 4
SPN 2142 Spanish for Social Services and Non-Profit Professionals 4
SPN 3000 Advanced Conversation 4
SPN 3010 Spanish Phonetics and Phonology 4
SPN 3180 Business Spanish 4
SPN 4010 Advanced Grammar and Composition 4
SPN 4444 Independent Study 1-4 each semester
SPN 4810-4815 Student Internship 3-12
Course Descriptions
Note: The minor requires 18 credits if a student begins at a level higher than SPN 2020.
Career Opportunities
The majority of the students in our program combine their Spanish major with other disciplines, the most popular being Spanish Education. One hundred percent of our graduates with a Spanish Education certificate are working in the high school system. For example, Katelyn Rhodes, a 2011 graduate in Spanish and Education, is currently teaching Spanish at Southern Guilford High School. Brooke Hayworth, who graduated in 2007 with a degree in Spanish with K-12 certification, is now teaching Spanish at Ledford High School in Davidson County. And Jairo López, a 2008 graduate, is currently teaching at The Middle College at Guilford Technical Community College.

Other students go directly into the workforce. Eric Fortin, a 2011 graduate with majors in Spanish and Finance, is currently working at Emerging Global Advisors, where he uses his Spanish to advise investors in the Latin American market. Rachel Davis, who graduated in 2009 with degrees in Spanish and International Studies, joined the AmeriCorps NCCC program where she was able to travel on the East and Gulf coasts doing relief work and teaching ESL. Currently she is back in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she works for the city’s Parks and Recreation and ESL Departments.

Another route for our graduates is to work abroad using their cultural and language expertise. For example, Gabriel Alison, a 2006 graduate with degrees in Spanish and Human Relations, traveled to Spain, Korea, Argentina, and Brazil, where he taught English. He is currently working in Seoul as Writer, Editor & Global ELT Marketing Assistant at e-future. Seon McLaughlin completed her master’s degree in Teaching Elementary Education in December 2011 and now she will be going to China for 15 months to teach English for the Disney English company.

Finally, some of our graduates choose to pursue graduate work in their second area of expertise. For example, KiYonna Brown, a 2009 graduate with majors in Spanish and Human Relations, just finished an MBA and MA program in Healthcare Administration at Pfeiffer University in Charlotte, North Carolina. Kara Williams, who graduated in 2008 with a major in Spanish and the prerequisites for Nursing School, is currently completing a BSN Program at Duke University School of Nursing. Others pursued success at locations including the following:
Student Outcomes
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At High Point University, our emphasis on global perspectives is designed to provide students with opportunities to enhance their international awareness and to develop their cross-cultural communication skills. Study abroad is strongly encouraged as a part of this emphasis on global studies. With a variety of extraordinary options at some of the most prestigious universities in the world, students at High Point University are encouraged to study abroad as early as the summer after their freshman year. Employers are looking for more than just a degree; they want well-rounded individuals who have familiarity with diverse cultures, special skills, and knowledge of the world around them.
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