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Immaculata University Names New Chair of Foreign Languages Department

West Chester resident Marisa N. Pereyra, Ph.D., joins the faculty of Immaculata University´s Foreign Languages and Literatures Department as chair and assistant professor of Spanish.
For the past four years, Dr. Pereyra served as assistant professor of Spanish at Peace College in North Carolina. In addition to her teaching duties at Peace College, she also coordinated their Spanish Program where she was in charge of hiring instructors, managing the budget, organizing class schedules, arranging events and activities, and serving as the Program´s spokesperson. Dr. Pereyra also was a full-time auxiliary instructor and visiting assistant professor in Spanish at Drexel University. For two years she was a lecturer for the University of Pennsylvania. During her teaching career, she taught Spanish at Temple University, Cabrini College, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and various K-12 schools throughout the United States.
Earning her BA degree in Spanish, Literature and Latin from the National Institute of Teaching of Rosario in Argentina, Dr. Pereyra moved to the United States and continued her education receiving a Master of Arts in Hispanic Studies from the University of Illinois. In 2002, she received her Ph.D. in Contemporary Latin American Literature from Temple University.
As a native Spanish speaker with near perfect English skills and proficiency in Italian, Dr. Pereyra keeps current in foreign languages by retaining memberships in the Modern Foreign Language Association, the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages, the Middle Atlantic Council on Latin American Studies, and the Asociaciόn de Literatura Femenina Hispánica. In addition, she contributes her expertise to various international publications and conferences and also continues to conduct research in her field.
"I´m very happy to join Immaculata University at this historical time of growth; it will be a pleasure to share my language, culture and my passion for cross-cultural understanding" commented Dr. Pereyra on her appointment to Immaculata University.
Immaculata University, a Catholic, coeducational institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.

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10.15.08