Faculty members chosen to teach in this program must have a combination of applied experience working as a translator as well as an advanced degreee in Linguistics, Translation or Spanish.
Amira Plascencia-Vela currently teaches Translation and Spanish as a Heritage Language at the Hispanic Studies Department of the University of Houston. She completed her undergraduate studies in Mexico (Tecnológico de Monterrey) and Master's Degree in Canada (University of Calgary). She earned her Ph.D. in Spanish in 2010 at the University of Houston. Her main research areas are US-Hispanic Literature, Spanish as a Heritage Language in the US, Translation Studies and Translation Pedagogy. She has worked as a translator, proofreader and language expert for various institutions in the United States and Latin America.
Flavia Belpoliti is an Instructional Assistant Professor at the Hispanic Studies Department and the Director of the Spanish Language Program (L2 track). She completed her undergraduate and graduate studies in Argentina (Universidad del Salvador and Universidad de Buenos Aires), and her PhD at University of Houston. Her main research areas are Spanish as Second Language and Heritage Language, Spanish in the US, Discourse Analysis and Discourse Linguistics. She is the recipient of the Hispanic Studies Department Teaching Excellence Award 2008 (Teaching Fellow category) and the University of Houston Teaching Excellence Award 2012 (Group category).