I have a PhD in Arabic Language and Literature from Indiana University and PhD in French Language and Literatures from McGill University. I teach both French and Arabic and my research interests are in the French and Arabic literature of North Africa, in particular Tunisia, where I served two years in the Peace Corps. I am also actively involved in teaching methods and creative use of instructional technology.
I have taught at the University of Maine, Canton College, Potsdam High School, Saint Lawrence University, and played many roles at SUNY Potsdam since 1981, from Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences, to Director of International Education, while always offering courses in French, Arabic, and ESL. Since 2006, I have devoted my time to teaching in the Modern language Department.
I have won a number of grants to provide professional development for language teachers in New York State, as well as grants to bring international scholars to SUNY Potsdam, including a MEPI Middle East Program Initiative, and I am currently organizing an annual conference, with a colleague at Saint Lawrence University, for language teachers of the North Country.
Committed to the importance of international exchange and immersion experiences in language and culture for our students, I have organized a field trip to Montreal every semester for our language students. I have taught six short-term travel courses to North Africa, three to Tunisia and three to Morocco, winning a Chancellor's Award for the last Morocco course on Women and Democracy in Morocco. My team-taught January 2020 course with Allonah Ezrowill took students to Spain and Morocco and explored the flourishing of cultures in Moorish Spain and contemporary issues in Morocco.
Courses at SUNY Potsdam
Arabic 101, 102, 103, 203
English as a second language
Publications and recent articles & presentations
The Childhood of a Muslim Girl Growing up in Pre-Independent Tunisia, a translation from French into English of the novel Les Jardins du Nord, by Souad Guellouz, 2016.
The Potsdam Reader, Ginn Publishing Company, editor; an interdisciplinary text for the Freshman Seminar program, 1982.
Recent papers and panels on language teaching and articles on North African Literature and Culture
Associated Colleges, 2018 "Tech Tools for Teaching."
SUNY Chancellor's Award for Internationalization, 2014.
Professor and Dept. Chairsarmieod@potsdam.edu
I have a Ph.D. in Romance Languages from the University of Oregon and a B.A. from Universidad de Chile. My scholarly interests are, contemporary Latin American and U.S. Latino poetry, Latin American and U.S. Latino short fiction, translation studies, and creative writing.
My article "Mad Love: Martín Espada's homage to Frank Espada's photographic legacy" published in the Latino Studies journal resulted from my interest in the work of U.S. Latino poet Martín Espada and his father's documentary photographic work on the Puerto Rican diaspora.
My edition of Chilean poet Jorge Montealegre's Cuenta Regresiva. Antología de Poemas 1978-2010 was published by LOM in 2017.
My book of interviews El otro Lihn: La práctica cultural de Enrique Lihn was published by University Press of America in 2001, and my articles on contemporary Latin American poetry can be found in a number of scholarly journals.
I was poetry editor for the Chilean poetry chapter of the Handbook of Latin American Studies of the Library of Congress from 1993 until 2000, and I am currently on the editorial board of the Blueline literary magazine.
A few of my own poems plus translations of poems by Jack Agueros, Todd Davis, Mark Doty, Maurice Kenny, Li-Young Lee, Philip Lopate, and Kathleen Sheeder Bonano can be found on the Letras de Chile literary website.
Carta de Extranjería, a collection of my own poems, was published by Asterión in 1992.