I am pleased to announce that Dr. Renee Gutiérrez will serve as the Assistant Director for the Center for Faculty Enrichment (CAFE) beginning Fall 2016.
Dr. Gutiérrez’s professional background, commitment to collaboration, and passion for continuous personal and professional growth made her a good fit for this position. She gained leadership, training, and project management experience from her decade-plus in the US Navy, and has worked with CAFE for the past two years as a member of the advisory committee and as a faculty writing coach. She has taught Spanish for years and joined the Longwood University faculty three years ago. Her own recent research publications include articles on eighteenth-century Hispanic epic poetry, as well as co-authored articles and a book on study abroad and interculturalism in teacher preparation programs. Her Scholarship of Teaching and Learning research currently focuses on improving student outcomes for the third semester Spanish course, SPAN 201. In this new position, she will be coordinating the New Faculty Program and helping to create professional development opportunities across the career spectrum to include not only new academic hires, but also mid and late-career professors. Dr. Gutiérrez volunteers at the Immigration Center in Farmville, teaching English with the help of Longwood students and professors. She has lived and travelled extensively abroad. She earned her MA and PhD in Spanish Literature at the University of Virginia.
Please join me in welcoming Dr. Gutierrez to the CAFE team.