Language Program Director, Spanish
Brianne is an Assistant Professor of Teaching (Spanish), and has taught in various capacities at UBC since 2010 (Assistant Professor (without Review), Lecturer, Arts One Instructor), and at universities in the United States prior to coming to Canada.
Brianne’s role in the FHIS Department focuses on undergraduate student engagement and intellectual growth in and outside of the classroom. She teaches across the undergraduate Spanish language curriculum and coordinates Beginner’s Spanish I & II (Spanish 101 and 102), which positions her to work directly with students during their first year at UBC and to see them through the Spanish major and minor programs. Brianne also teaches literature and culture classes in Spanish and in English (i.e., Spanish 280) that grapple with different aspects of the Hispanic context, with a particular focus on Latin American resistance literature.
Beyond FHIS, Brianne has also taught in the Arts One Program, a theme-based pre-disciplinary writing-intensive program for first year students, and she is a Faculty Fellow for Jump Start, UBC’s orientation program for incoming first-year students.
As a faculty member in the Educational Leadership Stream, Brianne aims to enhance the undergraduate learning experience through curriculum design and renewal, peer-peer extracurricular language support and development, and projects that build the foundations for intercultural competence in and for additional language and bilingual learners. Brianne has presented her research and teaching and learning initiatives at local, national, and international conferences, and is actively involved in the professional and pedagogical development of peers, TAs, and tutors in the FHIS Department and beyond.
Brianne is the Director of the Spanish Language Program and founding Director of the FHIS Learning Centre. The Centre, established in 2015, offers students enrolled in FHIS courses the opportunity to work closely with volunteer peer tutors on core language skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening), and communicative and (inter)cultural competencies, in a safe and encouraging learning environment. In addition to these roles, Brianne chairs the TA Training and Mentorship Program. In this capacity, she has designed a dynamic program and corresponding commendation, focused on essential TA skills for additional language and literature classrooms, professional development and leadership opportunities, and peer mentorship.
“Masking Revolution: Subcomandante Marcos and the Contemporary Zapatista Movement,” in Performing Utopias in the Contemporary Americas. Eds. Kim Beauchesne and Alessandra Santos. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. Pp. 111-129.
“From Machista to New Man?: Omar Cabezas Negotiates Manhood from the Mountain in Nicaragua.” Ciberletras (Winter 2009). http://www.lehman.cuny.edu/ciberletras/v22/orr.html
- UBC Killam Teaching Prize (2017-2018)
- Recognized as one of the “Top Instructors in the Arts” (2013-2016)
Special Professional Qualifications
UBC International Accredited Certificate for Faculty Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) [Emphasis on Online Teaching and Learning] (2020).
International Program for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) and the Scholarship of Educational Leadership (SoEL): UBC Certificate on Curriculum and Pedagogy in Higher Education (2015-2016).