Esperanza Román-Mendoza, Ph.D. in Spanish Linguistics and General Linguistics, is Associate Professor of Spanish at George Mason University. She has developed interactive Web-based learning materials for language and culture courses, and for training of language teachers. She has also taught, and authored two handbooks for, courses on social web tools and Web 2.0 pedagogy. She has co-authored several textbooks and published various articles on the instructional use of Web-course management tools and social media services and is the author of Corto y cambio, a blog about instructional technology and its impact on learning and research. Esperanza Román-Mendoza collaborates with professional associations, journals and international publishers such as the American Studies Association, CALICO, Online Information Review, Miríada Hispánica, Edelsa, Edinumen, and Hueber Verlag.
Esperanza Román-Mendoza is also very active in the field of Spanish for heritage speakers and has participated with Professors Rabin and Leeman in several service learning projects with GMU students. In addition, in her role as Associate Chair (2009-2016), Prof. Román-Mendoza led several assessment projects at George Mason University, including the Academic Program Review and the SACS assessment for her department.
Furthermore, she has taught a wide variety of courses at all levels of instruction. She has developed Spanish online courses at the basic and intermediate level, and in the spring of 2014 developed and taught the online version of SPAN 370: Spanish Writing and Stylistics, the required written-intensive course for Spanish majors at GMU. In 2014, she taught an online Spanish for beginners course, developed in collaboration with a team of three instructors. She has also directed study abroad programs in Ecuador, Spain, Italy, Mexico, Cuba and Argentina.
In 2009, she was awarded the first GMU Teaching Excellence Award in Teaching with Technology. She has recently been awarded a research grant from the Center for Global Studies to do research on the relationship between elearning technologies and globalization.
During the academic year 2016-2017, she was a visiting professor and scholar at the prestigious Universidad de Salamanca in Spain, where she worked at the Cátedra de Altos Estudios del Español and the Centro Internacional del Español.
Colleen Klausner Sweet, Term Assistant Professor of Spanish and Undergraduate Academic Advisor, began teaching as a full-time Term Instructor of Spanish at George Mason University in fall 2007. She received her PhD in Spanish from the Catholic University of American in Washington, DC in 2012. Her doctoral dissertation, "Silenced Through Representation: La Malinche as Christian, Mistress, and Conquistadora" combined her interests in Postcolonial Latin American Studies, Latin American Literature, and Film Studies. She currently teaches Spanish Writing and Stylistics and Spanish in Context at GMU, while also serving as the undergraduate academic advisor for Foreign Language majors and minors.