Irina Rodriguez, Ph.D.

Irina Rodriguez has taught Spanish at the University of Dallas since 2010. Fluent in Spanish, Italian, French and Portuguese in addition to her native Russian and Ukrainian, she is greatly interested in world literature. Irina has extensive experience working in university-level teaching, international marketing and interpreting. She holds a Masters degree in Philology and Foreign Languages and an M.S. in Journalism.

Education

  • Ph.D. (Student), English Literature, Texas A&M University
  • M.A., Spanish and Spanish/Latin American Literature, Texas A&M University
  • M.S., Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Kansas
  • M.S., Philology and Foreign Languages, Kharkiv State Univesity of Kharkiv, Ukraine
  • B.S., Philology and Foreign Languages, Kharkiv State Univesity of Kharkiv, Ukraine

Academic Appointments

  • Affiliate Instructor of Spanish, French, Italian
  • Spanish Lower-Division Coordinator
  • Lyon, France Study Abroad Director

Professional Experience

Taught Italian in the University of Kansas and for several years worked in international marketing and got the opportunity to travel to many countries. She also has extensive experience as an interpreter.

Recent Courses

  • First Year Spanish I (MSP 1301)
  • First Year Spanish II (MSP 1302)
  • Second Year Spanish I (MSP 2311)
  • Advanced Spanish Communication and Grammar (MSP 3323)
  • Advanced Spanish Composition and Grammar (MSP 3324)
  • First Year French I (MFR 1301)
  • First Year French II (MFR 1302)
  • ST/Intro to Russian Literature (ENG 3357)
  • First Year Italian II (MIT 1302)

Selected Publications

  • “Specifics of Contemporary Foreign Language Education in the Higher Institutions of the United States: Challenges and Opportunities” in XI International Scientific Conference: Problems and Perspectives of Linguistic Preparation of the International Students Conference Proceedings (Kharkiv, Ukraine) October 2016
  • “Problems and Advantages of Long-Distance and Online Platforms in Language Education” in VI International Scientific and Methodical Conference Linguistic Training for University Students of Non-Philological Specialties Conference Proceedings (Odessa, Ukraine) October 2015
  • “Using Films in the Spanish-Language Classroom” in X International Scientific Conference: Problems and Perspectives of Linguistic Preparation of the International Students Conference Proceedings (Kharkiv, Ukraine) October 2015
  • “Intertextuality and Normalcy/Abnormality Trends in Almodovar’s Films” Revista Destiempos 45 (June 2015): n. pag.
  • Russian-Portuguese Conversation Book Kharkiv: Torsing Publishing House, 2004

Presentations

  • “Specifics of Contemporary Foreign Language Education in the Higher Institutions of the United States: Challenges and Opportunities” in XI International Scientific Conference: Problems and Perspectives of Linguistic Preparation of the International Students Conference Proceedings (Kharkiv, Ukraine) October 2016

Awards & Honors

  • 2000 Best Graduate Instructor of Italian Award from the University of Kansas French and Italian department
  • 1997 Kharkiv State University Honors Award
  • 1995 University of Kansas Award of Excellence in Advanced Italian
  • 1994-1995 ACTR/ACCELS University Exchange Scholarship to the University of Kansas