Rita Tejada

Rita Tejada portrait
Associate Professor of Spanish

Office: Main 605

Phone: 563-387-1127

Email: tejadari@luther.edu


Education: Ph. D., Spanish, Florida State University; M.A., Spanish, Emory University; B.A., Education, Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra

Rita Tejada is an associate professor of¬†Spanish. A native of Santiago, the Dominican Republic, she holds a B.A. in Education with majors in Literature and Philosophy from Pontificia Universidad Cat√≥lica Madre y Maestra in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic; a Master’s Degree in Spanish from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia; and a Ph.D. in Spanish from The Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.

She has published Mujeres, Eros y Tanatos en el romancero dominicano (Winner of 2007 National Essay Award from the Dominican Republic Ministry of Culture), Pesimismo en tres novelas dominicanas de la posguerra and essays on Caribbean literature and culture.

Rita’s favorite classes include Conversation and Listening courses, Latin American literature seminars, and the January Term trips she leads to the Dominican Republic, Peru, Argentina, Chile, and Spain, courses where students explore the rich cultural and linguistic complexity of Spanish speaking countries. She has also led mission trips to Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and Panama.

Rita Tejada naci√≥ en Santiago de los Caballeros, Rep√ļblica Dominicana. Estudi√≥ una Licenciatura en Educaci√≥n en la Pontificia Universidad ¬†Cat√≥lica Madre y Maestra, donde ejerci√≥ como docente. En 1991 obtuvo una beca Fulbright para hacer una Maestr√≠a en Literatura en Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia y culmin√≥ sus estudios con un Doctorado en Literatura en Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida.

Es autora de los libros¬†Mujeres, Eros y T√°natos en el romancero dominicano (Premio Nacional de Ensayo del Ministerio de Cultura de la Rep√ļblica Dominicana en 2007), El pesimismo dominicano en tres novelas dominicanas de la posguerra y ha publicado ensayos sobre literatura y cultura caribe√Īas.¬†

Sus clases favoritas son cursos de conversaci√≥n, seminarios de literatura latinoamericana y los cursos de inmersi√≥n intensiva que tienen lugar durante el mes de enero en la Rep√ļblica Dominicana, Per√ļ, Argentina, Chile y Espa√Īa. En estos cursos se explora la rica complejidad cultural y ling√ľ√≠stica de los pa√≠ses hispanohablantes. Tejada tambi√©n es facultad acompa√Īante en viajes de misi√≥n a M√©xico, Rep√ļblica Dominicana, Nicaragua y Panam√°.¬†

Required for a major: Nine courses (36 hours), starting at SPAN 201 or above. Required courses are SPAN 303 and SPAN 346; either SPAN 450 or SPAN 460; plus additional hours above 300; language immersion experience. Students interested in teaching should see the education department for secondary minor requirements.

Recommended supporting courses for students majoring in Spanish: Courses in Latin American history; politics and anthropology; courses in another modern or classical language; courses in linguistics.

Required for a minor: Five courses (20 hours), starting at SPAN 201 or above. Required course is SPAN 303; language immersion experience.

Language immersion experience: For majors, a minimum of twelve weeks of academic study in a country where Spanish is an official language. For minors, at least three weeks of academic study or one January term of study in such a country, although a semester is strongly recommended. Those preparing to teach must complete at least twelve weeks of academic study in such a country. Program selection must be approved by the department for all majors and minors prior to departure. All majors and minors are encouraged to help maintain and advance their language skills by completing courses in the language during their final semesters at Luther.

SPAN 101, 102: Elementary Spanish I, II

Introduction to the basic skills needed for communicating in Spanish. Stress on both oral and written forms. Intended for those with no previous Spanish study.

SPAN 201: Intermediate Spanish

This course is for students who have successfully completed at least one year of college-level Spanish or the equivalent.

SPAN 302: Conversation and Listening Comprehension

This is a course for students who have completed intermediate-level coursework in Spanish and who have a solid background in Spanish grammar. Focus on developing speaking and oral comprehension skills, increasing proficiency in extended narration and dialogue and developing knowledge of Spanish-speaking cultures.

SPAN 303: Written Expression

This is a course for students who have completed intermediate-level coursework in Spanish and who have a solid background in Spanish grammar. Focus on developing skills in writing and reading comprehension in a variety of cultural contexts.

SPAN 304: Advanced Grammar and Translation

This course is for students who have completed Spanish 201 or the equivalent and who require more practice with advanced grammar structures. This course is especially recommended for those who plan to teach Spanish. Focus on advanced grammar functions and correcting common mistakes. Translation exercises reinforce grammar fundamentals.

SPAN 340: Language and Culture in the Spanish-Speaking World

This January Term study abroad course will introduce students to the culture of a Spanish-speaking country first-hand. Course locations may include Per√ļ, Dominican Republic, Spain, Ecuador, Mexico, Argentina and other countries where Spanish is an official language. In addition to language and culture instruction at a local institution, students will live with host families and participate in guided visits to sites that illustrate the diverse cultural history of the country. This course satisfies the immersion requirement for the Spanish minor.

SPAN 346: Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Literature

An introduction to the basic dramatic, narrative, and poetic forms of Hispanic literature utilizing representative works of Spanish and Spanish-American authors. The course will focus on critical approaches to literature, introduce bibliographic resources, and continue development of writing proficiency.

SPAN 460: Seminar in Latin American Literature and Culture

A seminar with rotating topics on Latin American literature and culture. Topics may include the short story in Latin America, Latin American poetry, memory and political violence, Latin American women writers and the representation of Latin America in literature and film. Significant practice in writing, including a research project. Formal assessment of speaking skills.

SPAN 490: Senior Project

A required course for Spanish majors who choose to do their senior projects in Spanish. Review of research methods and MLA-style documentation appropriate for reseach papers on topics in Spanish language and linguistics, Hispanic cultures and literatures, second language acquisition and language pedagogy. Periodic assessment of speaking skills in Spanish, including a formal presentation of project at end of term.

  • Ph. D., Spanish, Florida State University, 2000
  • M.A., Spanish, Emory University, 1993
  • B.A., Education, Universidad Cat√≥lica Madre y Maestra, 1986

‚ÄúTrayectos de mi vida‚ÄĚ/‚ÄĚJourneys of my Life.‚Ä̬†D√©jame que te cuente‚Ķ¬†Ed. Ana Mar√≠a Gonz√°lez. Seguin, Texas: Chiringa Press, 2012. Print.

‚ÄúUna isla imaginada y memorias del terru√Īo en Camilo Venegas.‚Ä̬†Aula L√≠rica. Revista sobre poes√≠a ib√©rica e iberoamericana.¬†12 July 2010.¬†http://aulalirica.org/index.html

‚ÄúAcomodaci√≥n versus asimilaci√≥n:¬†Nueba Yol¬†y¬†Nueba Yol III.‚Ä̬†Cinema Para√≠so:Representaciones e im√°genes audiovisuales en¬†el¬†Caribe hispano. Eds. Rosana D√≠az-Zambrana and Patricia Tom√©. San Juan, Puerto Rico: Isla Negra, 2010. Print.

‚ÄúManifestaciones literarias en torno a la ocupaci√≥n militar de los Estados Unidos en 1965.‚ÄĚ 12 February 2007. Web.¬†http://www.cielonaranja.com/ritatejadamanifiestos.htm