Gabriela Cecilia Zapata

Dr. Gabriela C. Zapata received her PhD in Spanish (Linguistics track) from the Pennsylvania State University in 2002. She is an ADVANCE Administrative Fellow in the Office for Diversity and Associate Professor in the Department of Hispanic Studies at Texas A&M University. Her research foci are second (L2) and heritage language (HL) pedagogy, bilingualism, and teacher education. She is also involved in the development and implementation of inclusive open educational resources for the teaching of Spanish as a L2 and HL and Spanish for the Professions. Dr. Zapata has served as Director or Coordinator of six Spanish and Portuguese basic language programs in public and private universities in the United States and Canada. Throughout her career, she has published articles on bilingualism, L2 and HL pedagogy, and teacher cognition and practice in journals such as Computer Assisted Language Learning, Foreign Language Annals, The International Journal of Bilingualism, The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, Language, Culture, and Curriculum, Language Learning, and Language Awareness, among others, and in a variety of edited volumes. Dr. Zapata is the main author of the first Canadian edition of Puntos de partida and of both volumes of the OER L2 Spanish textbook Trayectos (published digitally by COERLL). She is also the co-editor (with Dr. Manel Lacorte) of the volume Multiliteracies Pedagogy and Language Learning: Teaching Spanish to Heritage Speakers (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). Her co-authored (with Dr. Mary Kalantzis and Dr. Bill Cope) book Las alfabetizaciones múltiples: Teoría y práctica was published in December 2019 by Editorial Octaedro. Dr. Zapata received her certification as ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview Tester in Spanish in 2014. She has also served as an ACTFL mentor and is the current Chair of ACTFL’s Spanish for Heritage Learners Special Interest Group. In 2019, she was awarded the SGA Open Education Champion Award by the Student Government Association at Texas A&M University. Dr. Zapata is also a CIMER Entering Mentoring Trained Facilitator

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My commitment

I will not tolerate, and I will denounce and act against discriminatory attitudes and behaviors based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, physical and/or cognitive differences, language, beliefs, and any and all forms of oppression. I recognize that the Hispanic world has a long and complicated history of slavery and racial exploitation, which it has taken a long time to come to terms with and whose deleterious effects are still felt. I believe we must work very hard to embrace Hispanism in its many forms as well as to strive to redress the injustices of the past. Through my teaching, research, service, and materials development, I commit to make visible the many contributions of Afro-descendants and of members of other underrepresented cultural, ethnic, and linguistic groups. I stand ready to listen and learn from my Black and African-American brothers and sisters. Black Lives Matter!

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    Poster designed by Texas A&M student Katie Satterlee. (Diversity Poster Contest, Fall 2019)


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Department of Hispanic Studies
Texas A&M University
219 Academic Bldg., MS 4238
College Station, TX 77843-4238

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