The World from all Views

Department Faculty Profile - Dr. Uchenna P. Vasser

Uchenna P. Vasser  Dr. Uchenna Vasser

Associate Professor, Department of World Languages and Cultures

Phone: (336) 750-2415
Fax: (336) 750-2180
vasseruc@wssu.edu

Department of World Languages and Cultures
329 Hall-Patterson
601 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Winston-Salem, NC 27110
Background 
• Ph.D. in Romance Languages with a concentration in Portuguese from
  the University of North Carolina at Chapel-Hill
• M.A. in Romance Languages  from the Ohio State University in
  Columbus, Ohio
• B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Spanish from Schiller International
  University in Madrid, Spain
Position Responsibilities 
Teach and design courses for program requirements and for the majors and minors in Spanish

• advise and mentor students
• serve as Academic Advisor to two summer study abroad programs in
  Mexico and Spain
• serve on various department and university committees including the
  Retention and Recruitment, and the International Programs
  Committees
Credentials

Curriculum Vitae

Courses Taught: SPA 1311 - Elementary Spanish I; SPA 1312 - Elementary Spanish II; SPA 2311 - Intermediate Spanish I; SPA 2312 - Intermediate Spanish II; SPA 3309 - Advanced Spanish Conversation; SPA 3311 - Hispanic Civilization; SPA 3323 - Cultures of the Spanish-speaking World; SPA 4310 - Advanced Spanish Composition
Research Interest
My current research hinges on an in-depth investigation of women in the environment through the lens of ecofeminist discourse. Specifically, I have researched and written on Black women and the environment in the African Diaspora of the Spanish-speaking world. My research studies works by writers like the Afro-Colombian Manuel Zapata Olivella who have written much about the marginalized segments of the collective Latin American society amid environmental degradation.
Philosophy
My personal and teaching philosophy might be summed up by Ludwig Wittgenstein's opinion when he intones that "the limits of my language mean the limits of my world." I believe that learning a foreign language broadens the scope of one's existence to embrace different ways of life and incite exciting ways of looking at the world. My role as a teacher is to make my students understand the possibilities inherent in learning a foreign language.

Winston-Salem State University

601 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

Winston-Salem, NC 27110

Phone: (336) 750-2000



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