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Note: Due to the COVID-19 situation the University at Albany is now delivering classes online for summer 2020, summer 2020 on-site meetings and gatherings have been canceled, and the physical LLC Office is closed, but we continue to work and respond to emails.  For more information please see the univeristy's COVID-19 page.


The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University at Albany (, State University of New York, seeks a Visiting Assistant Professor in Hispanic Linguistics for one year to begin in Fall 2020, teaching 3/3. PhD in Hispanic linguistics in hand by August 15, 2020.  Primary areas of specialization in Spanish phonology and second language acquisition. Preference will be given to candidates that better complement existing strengths in the program. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated evidence of high-quality research and teaching. Native or near native fluency in Spanish and English are required. Review of applications will begin 7/1/20 and continue until the position is filled. Submit cover letter, CV, 3 letters of recommendation and writing sample to the Spanish Linguistics Search Committee at:  Applicants must address in their application their ability to work with and instruct a culturally diverse population.  Degree must be from a university accredited by the U.S. Department of Education or an internationally recognized accrediting organization.  UAlbany is an EO/AA/IRCA/ADA employer.

Congratulations to Marina Bonilla
(ABD in Spanish linguistics) who has been selected for a Karen R. Hitchcock New Frontiers Fund Award made available through UAlbany’s Initiatives for Women. The award is to support her dissertation research on sociolinguistic variation in Málaga, Spain.

It is with deep sadness that we share the passing of Charles Rougle, UAlbany Russian Professor, colleague, friend and so much more.  More details here.

Congratulations to Juanita Reyes
ABD in Spanish linguistics, who has just accepted a full time position at Dominican College in Orangeburg, New York!

LLC shares our heartfelt congratulations to all our graduates and best wishes for their future success!

Please join UAlbany in celebrating our graduating seniors Saturday 5/16/20 at 7pm. While we must do this virtually for now, the University anticipates an in-person event later (more info to follow).

UAlbany Podcasts
Join UAlbany students here as they share their stories! New podcasts continue to be uploaded.

Congratulations Anthony Scalise
(SPN) who won the presidential award for undergraduate research!

Congratulations to Patricia Keyes
(ITA lecturer) who was among the select group of 80 faculty members from the entire campus who were nominated by a graduating senior for the 2020 Faculty Student Engagement Award. The award recognizes a faculty member who has had a positive impact on their academic and personal success.

Congratulations to Mary Beth Winn
on her latest publications, Tristan, chevalier de la Table Ronde Roman printed in 1489 by Jehan Le Bourgois for Anthoine Vérard, Volume I and Volume II!

Congratulations to graduate student Juanita Reyes
who just published a book chapter co-authored with Cecily Corbett (PhD Spanish, 2017) and Professor Lotfi Sayahi: Use of the Present Perfect Indicative in New York Dominican Spanish. In: Hispanic Contact Linguistics: Theoretical, methodological and empirical perspectives, Edited by Luis A. Ortiz López, Rosa E. Guzzardo Tamargo and Melvin González-Rivera, pp. 164–178. 

Spanish Professor Lotfi Sayahi
just published a new post on the Oxford University Press blog. Read it here.

Congratulations to Carmen Serrano
on receiving tenure and being promoted to Associate Professor!

LLC Study Group
Everyone interested in foreign language teaching and learning is invited to the LLC Study Group to read current articles, discuss theories and practices, create partnerships, and share experiences. Fridays 1-2pm in Feb 14, March 6 and April 3 in HU 290. Click here for more info and readings.


The PhD Foreign Language Translation Exam

The PhD Foreign Language Translation Exam is offered twice each year (usually November and April). The next exam will be April 8, 2020 in HU290 (6pm for Advanced Competency examinees). Read the announcement here. Frequently asked questions about the exam and Guidelines for the exam are available at these links.


Congratulations to Jesús Alonso-Regalado
UAlbany's Romance Languages Subject Librarian, on his well-deserved national award.

Dr. Veronqiue Martin’s French conversation class
utilizes videoconferences with native speakers in France to fine tune skills.

Congratulation to Professor Alejandra Aguilar
whose article “Activismo, literatura y cambio social en el Caribe hispano: aproximación en tres movimientos” was awarded the 2019 Adela Zamudio Prize for Best Published Article by a member of Feministas Unidas in the areas of feminist studies, gender studies, queer studies and studies related to works of literature and cinema by female authors. The award will be presented at the 2020 MLA Annual Convention in Seattle.

Congratulations to Dr. Cecily Corbett
(PhD in Spanish Linguistics, 2017) who has just published an article in the Journal Spanish in Context, "Short-term accommodation as a function of addressee language proficiency".

Congratulations to Lotfi Sayahi
for the new edition of his book Diglossia and Language Contact  Language Variation and Change in North Africa.

Congratulations to Elise Bouhet
(UAlbany FRE MA and PhD) who won the 8th Annual Lawrence R. Schehr Memorial Award competition! The prize is awarded to the best conference paper submitted by a junior colleague in the field of contemporary French and Francophone civilization and cultural studies. Her essay investigates the role of dance performance and choreography in the representation of the French revolts of 2005 through JR’s ballet performance and subsequent short film Les Bosquet and argues that JR’s works of art offer a different perspective on the French riots.

Congratulations to Averill Park High School Students
Frédéric Meni of CLIC serves as judge on Averill Park High School Seal of Biliteracy committee for French-speaking seniors