Dawn Smith-Sherwood, Department of Foreign Languages (Spanish), made two presentations at the 49th annual convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association, hosted by the University of Pittsburgh, April 12–15, 2018.
Smith-Sherwood proposed and chaired the session “MLA Professors/ACTFL Protocols: Promoting Proficiency in L2 ‘Content’ Courses,” for which she also presented the preliminary findings of her ongoing Scholarship of Teaching and Learning study, “Using the IPA to Teach Introduction to Hispanic Literature.”
The session also included Smith-Sherwood’s IUP Research Institute PI Mentorship Academy mentor, Mark Darhower, North Carolina State University, as the session’s respondent.
In a second, roundtable session, “Meta-retro Considerations: Our First Graduate Papers and What They Tell Us Today,” Smith-Sherwood teamed up with former SUNY Buffalo graduate school colleagues to share their reflections after 20 years in the profession. Her presentation, “Graduate Coursework: Professional Preparation and Scholarly Discovery,” explored the ways in which her graduate experiences, both in and outside her official field of study (20th century Peninsular Spanish narrative) prepared her for the diverse array of scholarly avenues she has explored and continues to develop.