Spanish School Will Have New Director in September 2008

April 14, 2008

In fall 2008 the Language Schools will make the transition to a new director of the Spanish School, saying adiós to Susan Carvalho after six years of exceptional service and welcoming her successor, Jacobo Sefamí, who will become director in September.

Carvalho has held various administrative positions in recent years, beginning as acting chair of the political science department at the University of Kentucky. She was selected by the American Council on Education as an administrative fellow, serving a one-year internship in the Office of the Chancellor and Office of the Provost at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, during academic year 2005-2006.

Upon returning to the University of Kentucky, Carvalho was named associate dean for faculty affairs. This year, she became assistant provost for international programs, spearheading the process of campus-wide internationalization. In this capacity, she is working to connect the international research agenda with opportunities for student mobility, both for Kentucky students who want to study abroad and for international students interested in coming to Kentucky. Muchas gracias y adiós, Susan!

Sefamí is well known to many of you through his association with the Spanish School in Vermont, where he has taught during several summers since 1987 and, most recently, with the program in Guadalajara.

He received his Ph.D. in Spanish and Latin American literature from the University of Texas at Austin and now serves as chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of California, Irvine, where he is professor of Spanish. A respected scholar in the field of Latin American poetry, his publications include nine books of criticism, anthologies, five poetry editions, many articles and book reviews, and Los dolientes, his novel about a Jewish family of Syrian origin living in Mexico City.

Sefamí is associate editor of Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicano, contributing editor of the Handbook of Latin American Studies, and a member of the editorial boards of other journals. He has taught an array of courses, juggled roles as an administrator and professor, and received many academic honors, awards, and grants.

A native of Mexico City, Sefamí is conversant in French and Hebrew and will add a new chapter to the distinguished history of directors of our Spanish School, now in its 91st year. While it is hard to imagine the Middlebury Spanish School without Susan Carvalho, we are confident that in Jacobo Sefamí we have found a most worthy successor.