Carmen Alicia Martinez
Visiting Instructor of Modern Languages
Office: Dieter-Porter 206H
Degrees: M.Ed. Higher Education Management & Students Affairs, University of Pittsburgh; B.A. Psychology & Pedagogy, The National Pedagogic University (Colombia)
Carmen Martinez is finalizing her doctoral degree in Higher Education, with a minor in Applied Linguistics from the University of Pittsburgh. She has extensive experience as a Spanish language teacher, counselor, curriculum developer, program coordinator, and administrator for undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University and Duquesne University.
Her teaching approach focuses on empowering students to become critical thinkers, who develop an awareness and appreciation of the diverse nature of the Hispanic world. She was recently one of the two awardees the Duquesne Creative Teaching Award 2017. This award recognizes faculty who use creativity and innovation in their teaching methods and demonstrates the impact these methods have on student learning.
She is also co-leader of a summer study abroad program at The Pontificia Universidad de Salamanca-(Spain), since 2017.
Along with her professional career in higher education, she has contributed to the arts and multicultural scene in Pittsburgh providing educational music-related workshops and interactive cultural training sessions in Andean music and culture for diverse student audiences.