Lisa Calvin

2010 Spanish Lisa Calvin, PhD
Associate Professor of Spanish
PhD, Indiana University-Bloomington
M.A.T., Indiana University-Bloomington
B.S., Taylor University, Upland, IN
Office: Root Hall, A-152
Phone: 812-237-2363
Email: Lisa.Calvin@indstate.edu

Dr. Calvin's latest award: The 2010 Distinguished Service award from the Indiana Network for Early Language Learning.
Biography Courses Interests Honors Publications Associations

Experiential Learning Clip: http://www.indstate.edu/news/news.php?newsid=3565

Biography

Dr. Calvin has taught Spanish to all ages, ranging from gifted and talented elementary students to graduate students. When she completed her B.S. in Education from Taylor University in Upland, IN, she was certified to teach Spanish, English, and sociology. She began her teaching career by teaching high school and junior high Spanish and English in Walton, IN. She went on to complete two degrees from Indiana University-Bloomington, an M.A.T. in Spanish and a Ph.D. in Language Education. For her doctoral dissertation Professor Calvin conducted an ethnographic case study, entitled " Culture Within and Around: Language Learning Stories of Adults in a Cross-Cultural, Instructional Immersion Setting." Experiencing other cultures is a passion for Dr. Calvin. She has worked with the Mexican-American migrant community in Marion, IN, taught adult ESL students at Indiana University, taught English composition at the Universitat de Barcelona, Spain, studied in Valencia, Madrid, and Santiago de Compostela Spain, conducted research in Wales, taught bilingual education aboard a ship which visited Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil and the Caribbean, and has taken student groups to Puerto Rico and Spain. During her sabbatical in 2006 she conducted ethnographic research about yerba mate in Argentina, from Patagonia to the Bolivian border. For her most recent sabbatical she walked and gathered data along the last 95-miles of the Camino de Santiago in northwestern Spain, and traveled to Barcelona and Bilbao to photograph Spanish graffiti for her research.

Dr. Calvin coordinated the department's graduate teaching assistants for over a decade, supervises student teachers, and acts as the departmental liaison to the College of Education. She represented International Studies on the board of the Interdisciplinary Studies Program for two years. She served for two years as the treasurer of the Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association and presents regularly at state and national conferences.  Her service to the profession includes acting as a frequent reviewer and focus group participant in discussions about introductory-level Spanish textbooks. She acted as a consultant to Evaluation Systems-Pearson in their development of a national exam for Spanish teachers. As an advocate of experiential learning combined with community service, she guided her students (Span311) in translations for exhibits at the Indianapolis Art Center’s Day of the Dead celebration from 2008-2011 (see photo above). She joined the ISU faculty in 1999 after teaching at a private, liberal arts college in North Carolina.


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Interests

Her current research interests include the intersection of medieval and contemporary culture along the Camino de Santiago, second language learning/pedagogy for students with learning disabilities, international graffiti, folk customs and material culture of Latin America and Spain, and cultural critical thinking. Her hobbies include traveling (particularly glacial destinations), photography, learning other languages, supporting the arts in Terre Haute, collecting folk art, and spending time with family, friends and her dog.

Honors

Keynote address, "Three R's of Dynamic Foreign Language Today" [reflection, research and reform], at the first International Conference on the Dynamics in Second/Foreign Language Teaching in the 21st Century, Nov. 25-26 at Pibulsongkram Rajabhat University in Pitsanulok, Thailand.

Indiana World Language Teacher of the Year: Collegiate level; Indiana Foreign Language Teacher’s Association (2006) 

Teacher of the Year: University Level; American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese-Indiana chapter (2006) 

ISU Experiential Learning and Community Engagement mini-grant (2008) 

International Travel Grant to Morocco, representing LLL (2008)

 

Publications  

“The Road beneath the Milky Way: Where Medieval Legends Meet Modern-Day Rituals and Pilgrims.” Image of the Road: Conference Proceedings of the Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery. (peer reviewed, national conference) (2012)

Co-translator, from Spanish into English of the novel, Good Hair, Bad Hair, Ex-Libris (Pelo Bueno, Pelo Malo) by Carmen Montañez. (2012)

“Three R’s of Dynamic Foreign Language Teaching.” Conference Proceedings. International Conference on the Dynamics in Second/Foreign Language Teaching in the 21st Century, Pibulsongkram Rajabhat University, Phitsanulok, Thailand (2010)

Speaking a New Language: An Innovative Program Promotes Discussions in Diversity with Foreign Language Learners. Book chapter in M. Ouellett (Ed.) Teaching Inclusively: Faculty Development and Diversity. New Forums Press. (2006)

"Graffiti, The Ultimate Realia: Meeting the Standards through an Unconventional Culture Lesson." Hispania (September 2005).

"Speaking a New Language: An Innovative Program Promotes Discussions in Diversity with Foreign Language Learners." In M. Ouellett (Ed.) Teaching Inclusively: Faculty Development and Diversity. (New Forums Press, 2005)

Book review of Camino oral: Fonética, fonología y práctica de los sonidos del español by R. Teschner. Hispania (Sept. 2004).

"Not your Parents' Language Class: Curriculum Revision to Support Multicultural and General Education Requirements." Foreign Language Annals (Spring 2004). with N. Ann Rider.

"Language Learning and Cultural Adjustment: Information and Implications for ESL/Foreign Language Teachers," Teamwork in Foreign Languages: Selected Papers from the 2001 Central States Conference, eds. Larbi Oukada and Alan Garfinkel,Valdosta, GA: Valdosta State University. (2001)

 

Recent conference/workshop presentations

“Spanish Graffiti: A Product in Public Spaces for Teaching and Motivating,” e-poster session, ACTFL, Orlando, FL (2013, upcoming)

"The Road beneath the Milky Way: Where Medieval Legends Meet Modern-Day Rituals and Pilgrims," Conference of the Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery, Colorado Springs, CO (2012)

“Spanish Graffiti as Message and Culture,” Indiana Foreign Language Teachers’ Association (IFLTA), Indianapolis, IN (2011)

“Hearing Special Needs Students’ Voices: Teacher Training and the ‘Curious Dog’”; ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) National Conference, San Diego , CA (2009) 

“Creating a Buzz in the Community about Languages.“ ACTFL National Conference, San Diego , CA (2009) 

“More Best Practices in the Language Methods Classroom.” Round-table organizer/presenter, Indiana Foreign Language Teachers’ Association, Indianapolis, IN. (2009) 

“History of Language Methodology: Applying Techniques from Methods for the Classroom Today,” and “Teaching Language Learning Strategies” (half day sessions). Moroccan Association of the Teachers of English-Agadir branch and the American Language Center in Agadir. (2008)  

“Best Practices in the Language Methods Classroom.” Round-table organizer and presenter, Indiana Foreign Language Teachers’ Association, Indianapolis, IN. (2008) 

“Power and Prejudice in the Language Classroom.” Round-table Panelist, NACFLA Conference, Ann Arbor, MI. (2008) 

“Disabilities and the Foreign Language Classroom.” Panelist, NACFLA, Asbury, KY. (2007)  

“Yerba Mate and the Church, Yerba Mate  in the Church., NACFLA Conference, Asbury, KY. (2007) 

“Reaching the Vision of Language and Culture through Chicano Art.” ACTFL  National Conference, Baltimore, MD. (2005) 

"Beyond Fun Facts: Cultural Critical Thinking." Co-presenter, with Ann Rider, Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Columbus, OH. (2005)

Recent Community Service presentations

“Life Lessons Learned along the Camino de Santiago,” Women’s organization, Terre Haute, IN (2013)

“Architectural Icons, ‘Giants,’ and Stories of Route 66: A Travelogue in the Spirit of John Steinbeck,” Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield, IN (2013)

"Patagonia, Las Malvinas and Antarctica," Madison, IN (2013)

"Route 66 for Kids: 'Animals,' Eats and Icons," Girls, Inc., Madison, IN (2012)

Associations

American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP)

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)

Indiana Foreign Language Teachers' Association (IFLTA)

Honors/University grants

International Travel Grant to Spain for sabbatical research project, "An Analysis of Rural and Urban Graffiti: Internationalizing the Curriculum through Research in Spain" (2013)

Diversity Research Symposium Research Grant for 2013 (ISU Office of Diversity);“A Cross-cultural study of graffiti messages” (2012)

Council of Programs Travel Grant, conference of the Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery, Colorado Springs, CO; “The Road beneath the Milky Way: Where Medieval Legends Meet Modern-Day Rituals and Pilgrims,” (2012)