Dr. Reyna Vergara
M.A. Spanish Language and Literature, SUNY Buffalo 2012
Ph.D. Spanish Language and Literature, SUNY Buffalo 2015
Dr. Vergara has eight years of university teaching experience at Baylor University and SUNY at Buffalo. In 2012, she had the honor of being nominated for the Excellence in Teaching Award by faculty members from SUNY at Buffalo's Romance Languages and Literatures (RLL) Department. She also remains up-to-date in academia. She has attended and presented at conferences, and organized two workshops in the areas of literature, language, culture, and gender. Furthermore, in 2014, she offered a Webinar for The Association of Boarding Schools titled "Preparing Students for the College Experience." In addition, she was a member of the editorial board for the 2014 SUNY at Buffalo Romance Studies Journal. She has been inducted into Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, the 2000-01 Dean's List at Baylor University, and The Beta Nu Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Spanish Honor Society chapter at SUNY at Buffalo.
Dr. Vergara has traveled with Gow students to Spain (2x), Peru, Denmark, and Guatemala as part of the Foreign Language Department's culture and language immersion program. She has also been awarded two grants through the Gow Faculty Enrichment Fund. In 2016, she collaborated and consulted with faculty and administration from three learning disabled (LD) friendly schools in Guatemala and organized and led a workshop. In the summer of 2018, the same funds allowed her to conduct research at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.
In her time off, Dr. Vergara enjoys spending time with her husband, reading, and writing. Currently, she's working on a book manuscript whose working title is The Redemption of the Pen: Writing Violence and Oppression. One of its short stories, Mami me marca, has been published in the 2018 Summer volume of Ámbitos Feministas, a peer-reviewed journal. In terms of pedagogy, Dr. Vergara has submitted a chapter proposal, which was accepted, for the upcoming book Engaging Teacher Candidates and Language Learners with Authentic Practice. This is an edited volume for future language educators at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her chapter is tentatively titled “Addressing the Dual Mind in Education.” Although the United States is her permanent home, Dr. Vergara was born in Honduras, Central America.