Professor Juan Gómez has been teaching at Linfield for nearly three decades. Since 1984, Dr. Gómez has led elementary, intensive elementary and intermediate comprehension and conversation courses in Spanish. In 2005, he made a 1,000-kilometer spiritual journey from Seville to Santiago de Compostela, Spain over a span of 43 days. He learned about the pilgrimage after studying the Muslim influence on Spanish culture during his first sabbatical. In addition to teaching Spanish language, Dr. Gómez incorporates knowledge about the history, culture and literature of Spain into his lectures. He has also written several publications, including a classroom textbook titled “Como? Introductory Text for Proficiency.”
A native of Mexico, Dr. Violeta Ramsay has been a part of the Linfield faculty since 1990 and specializes in theoretical linguistics. In addition to teaching Spanish language courses, she leads advanced courses in culture, with emphasis on pre-Columbian cultures, the culture of Indian groups in Latin America, and approaches to “otherness.” Her main research interests include second language acquisition and the development of cultural competency. She also studies language program assessment, language learning and teaching, and the design of foreign language textbooks. In addition, Dr. Ramsay has published research related to the evaluation of study abroad programs and the development of language acquisition stages. She is currently the co-director of Linfield’s Language in Motion (LiM) program, which seeks to promote language and culture in McMinnville schools, and actively leads study abroad programs to Oaxaca, Mexico.
Dr. Sonia Ticas received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 2001 in Romance Languages and Literatures. She has been at Linfield since 2001 teaching courses in Spanish language at all levels, Latin American literature and culture classes including Latin American cultures through film, Latin American women writers and historical figures. She has directed and taught in the Oaxaca, México program and has taken students abroad for January term travel courses in Spain and Morocco to study Andalusian culture.
A native of El Salvador, her published work focuses on the history of women’s suffrage in the region and the study of women’s literature from the first half of the 20th century. She has published a number of articles studying the interplay of literature and women’s changing societal roles and is working on a book on the Salvadoran women’s suffrage movement. She also collaborates on a translation project of Costa Rican poet, Eunice Odio. Tavern Books of Portland Oregon has published the first translated volume in a series of four of Tránsito de Fuego (The Fire’s Journey, 2013).