Dosinda García Alvite

Associate Professor of Spanish

"Teaching is the highest form of understanding."
"Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all."

"Yo sólo sé que no sé nada."




DosyWhen I reflect on what I enjoy most about teaching my answer comes immediately: I am in the business of thinking. I view teaching as a multidirectional learning process especially successful at the liberal arts college, where we connect all fields of knowledge to establish intellectual foundations for life-long learning. Teaching at Denison University has given me a renewed desire to learn as I feel inspired by my colleagues’ examples and the students’ demands for excellence.

There are three goals that animate my teaching: I put students at the center of the learning process, I help them develop their self-awareness and intrinsic motivation (which I think are indispensable for life-long learning), and I provide collaborative learning environments as I see them critical to educating responsible citizens.

Specific themes that I incorporate into my classes are:
  • Critical thought, active intellectual and social engagement, collaborative learning.
  • Global and local identities: migration movements, nationalism.
  • Gender identity. Representation and power of religious groups. Ethnic/race identification.
  • Service learning pedagogy.

My teaching at Denison University is enhanced by my specialization in contemporary literatures and cultures of Spain. These are some topics I examine in my research, and that we analyze in most of my classes:

  • 20th Century Peninsular literature, especially novel, with a cultural studies approach.
  • Spanish peninsular film and women studies.
  • Literature and cultures of Equatorial Guinea.
  • Africa-Spain and Trans-Atlantic connections in history of thought.
  • Sefarad.
  • Service learning philosophies.

Ph. D. in Spanish, University of Michigan.

Dissertation: Literatura y música de Guinea Ecuatorial: Procesos de negociación de la
identidad cultural en el exilio en España.
[Literature and Music of Equatorial Guinea: Processes of Negotiation of Identity in Exile in Spain].

Masters of Arts in Bilingual Education, Eastern Michigan University.

Licenciatura Degree in Spanish Philology, Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Spain.


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