Samia Mathew

Part-Time Lecturer of Spanish

About

Samia Mathew is originally from Venezuela, but has lived in the United States since 2001. For over twenty-two years, her pedagogical experience includes teaching Spanish in France and the United States and teaching English in Venezuela. She has a Master’s degree in Spanish with subspecialty in Spanish Medieval Literature and a Master’s in Modern Languages with subspecialty in translation. She earned her Ph.D. degree at Temple University in 2012. Her dissertation research focuses on the teaching and learning of Spanish as a Heritage Language. Dr. Mathew has coordinated various levels of Spanish courses at Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania. Having had administrative and pedagogical experience has reinforced her interest in designing appropriate curricula to cater to the academic needs of heritage learners of Spanish. She relocated to Louisville in 2012 and has worked in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages at the University of Louisville ever since.

Areas of research: 

  • Paradox between academic proficiency and linguistic proficiency among Spanish heritage learners.
  • Academic settings that contribute to the success of heritage learners of Spanish in the U.S. context.
  • Curricular development and course design for Spanish as a heritage language at the university level. 

Teaching experience:
Covers more than twenty years of linguistic pedagogy at various levels in heritage and foreign language acquisition contexts.

Honors and Awards: 
  • Faculty Favorite Nominee, Academic year 2015-2016, Office of the Provost. University of Louisville. Louisville, KY, September 2016.
  • Nominee for Outstanding Teaching Award, Academic year 2011-2012, Department of Romance Languages.University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, PA, April 2012.
  • Outstanding Teaching Recognition, Academic year 2010-2011, Department of Romance Languages. University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, PA, April 2011.
  • Outstanding Teaching Recognition, Academic year 2009-2010, Department of Romance Languages. University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, PA, April 2010.
  • Outstanding Teaching Recognition, Academic year 2008-2009. Department of Romance Languages. University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, PA, April 2009.
  • Outstanding Teaching Recognition, Academic year 2007-2008. Department of Romance Languages. University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, PA, April 2008.
  • Visiting Faculty Outstanding Teaching Recognition, Academic year 2007-2008, Office of the Provost.Haverford College, Haverford, PA 19041.
  • Recipient of Certificate for Merit in Teaching, College of Liberal Arts. Temple University. Philadelphia, PA 2004.
  • Recipient of Award by the French Embassy earned by academic and teaching excellence, School of Humanities, Universidad de Los Andes. Mérida, Venezuela 1999-2000. 

Courses recently taught:
Span 325, Bridging Linguistic Registers for Heritage Learners of Spanish
Span 121, Basic Spanish (Face-to-face and online)
Span 123, Intermediate Spanish(Face-to-face)