Brianne Orr-Álvarez

Associate Professor of Teaching | Associate Head of Spanish Studies | Director, FHIS Learning Centre
phone 604 822 4561
location_on Buchanan Tower - Room 804
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Education

M.A., Michigan State University

Ph.D., Michigan State University


About

Brianne is an Associate 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.  This course also introduces a new way of conceiving of “student engagement” in the classroom through a student-led activity called “The Assembly.”

Beyond FHIS, Brianne has also taught in the Arts One Program, a theme-based pre-disciplinary writing-intensive program for first year students.  She is currently one of the Academic Directors of the First Year Experience (FYE), and a Faculty Fellow for Jump Start, UBC’s orientation program for incoming first-year students.


Teaching


Research

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.

 

 

 


Publications

Selected Publications

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

 

 


Awards

  • 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).

 


Brianne Orr-Álvarez

Associate Professor of Teaching | Associate Head of Spanish Studies | Director, FHIS Learning Centre
phone 604 822 4561
location_on Buchanan Tower - Room 804
launch
launch
Education

M.A., Michigan State University

Ph.D., Michigan State University


About

Brianne is an Associate 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.  This course also introduces a new way of conceiving of “student engagement” in the classroom through a student-led activity called “The Assembly.”

Beyond FHIS, Brianne has also taught in the Arts One Program, a theme-based pre-disciplinary writing-intensive program for first year students.  She is currently one of the Academic Directors of the First Year Experience (FYE), and a Faculty Fellow for Jump Start, UBC’s orientation program for incoming first-year students.


Teaching


Research

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.

 

 

 


Publications

Selected Publications

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

 

 


Awards

  • 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).

 


Brianne Orr-Álvarez

Associate Professor of Teaching | Associate Head of Spanish Studies | Director, FHIS Learning Centre
phone 604 822 4561
location_on Buchanan Tower - Room 804
launch
launch
Education

M.A., Michigan State University

Ph.D., Michigan State University

About keyboard_arrow_down

Brianne is an Associate 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.  This course also introduces a new way of conceiving of “student engagement” in the classroom through a student-led activity called “The Assembly.”

Beyond FHIS, Brianne has also taught in the Arts One Program, a theme-based pre-disciplinary writing-intensive program for first year students.  She is currently one of the Academic Directors of the First Year Experience (FYE), and a Faculty Fellow for Jump Start, UBC’s orientation program for incoming first-year students.

Teaching keyboard_arrow_down
Research keyboard_arrow_down

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.

 

 

 

Publications keyboard_arrow_down

Selected Publications

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

 

 

Awards keyboard_arrow_down
  • UBC Killam Teaching Prize (2017-2018)
  • Recognized as one of the “Top Instructors in the Arts” (2013-2016)
Special Professional Qualifications keyboard_arrow_down

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).