Latin America Staff in Chile


Jeffrey Lee Stevenson

Associate Professor and Director of the C.V. Starr-Middlebury School in Latin America, Chile
M.A., Ph.D., Linguistics, University of Washington

Jeff started his career in international education interning with Food for the Hungry in La Paz, Bolivia in 1989 where he collaborated in health education/prevention programs among the Aymara of the Bolivian Altiplano. In 1990 he moved to Santiago, Chile where he lived for five years. In Chile, he first worked with Youth with a Mission and then taught English at the Instituto Chileno-Norteamericano de Cultura. After finishing an M.A. in TESOL from Central Washington University in 1996, he taught English for three years in Tokyo, Japan at Asia University. In 1999, he returned to his native state of Washington where he completed an M.A. in Romance Language Linguistics and a PhD in Linguistics at the University of Washington. Before accepting his current position of Director of the Middlebury School in Latin America (Chile and Mexico), Jeff was a member of the faculty of Seattle Pacific University where he coordinated a study abroad/service learning trip to Santiago, Chile and taught Spanish and graduate-level courses in Second Language Acquisition and Sociolinguistics. Of his love for Latin American cultures he states, “I went to Chile in 1990 with a 10-month plane ticket and stayed for five years.” He is passionate about helping students gain the second language and cross-cultural competence that will allow them to make significant contributions as global citizens.


Juan Pastene

Assistant to the Director, and Course Coordinator and Instructor for the Writing for Linguistic and Cultural Competency Course
M.A., Communications, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso

Juan is Professor of Writing at Adolfo Ibañez University at Viña del Mar in the Journalism major. Furthermore, he teaches both a course and a workshop of Communication in the M.A. in Public Administration at the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso (PUCV). He has also worked for the Middlebury program in Chile since its beginnings as professor of the Writing for Linguistic and Cultural Competence course. He is a Spanish Teacher and Journalist from Playa Ancha University, where he began his academic career. He has obtained an M.A. in Communications from the PUCV, and has studied at SUNY-Plattsburgh and McGill University as well. Critical discourse analysis, transnationalism and hegemony are among Juan’s academic interests.

Daniela Santana

Program Coordinator & Executive Assistant to the Director

Daniela is trained as a Bilingual (Spanish-English) Public Relations Officer, Licensed in Marketing and Communication from the University of Arts and Sciences of Communication (UNIACC).  She holds a post-bac Diploma in Marketing, Communications and Image Consulting. She also obtained a post-baccalaureate Diploma in Social Responsibility from the UN Global Compact in Chile in alliance with University Andres Bello (UNAB). Daniela has had experience working as an academic coordinator in a variety of universities in Chile and the U.S. before joining the School in Chile in 2015. With the School in Chile, she primarily has contact with the students in Santiago, helping them with academic issues, visa documents, and administrative procedures, and accounting for the program in Chile.

Paulina Solís

Internship Coordinator and Student Support

Paulina serves as a consultant on environmental science. She studied the environment at the Federico Santa María Technical University (UTFSM). Her focus is on environmental management, sustainable development, and ecology, and her academic interests include climate and disaster resilience, indigenoues peoples and development, human rights and peacebuilding, and water governance. She also has specific expertise on biodiversity and the ecosystems of Chile. Paulina has had experience working as advisor on environmental management for projects of the Ministry of Environment of Chile, as technical advisor on sustainability projects and desertification for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and with partnerships on biodiversity in Chile for the Fauna & Flora International Organization of London. She also collaborates on environmental education projects for local social and environmental NGOs.

With the School in Chile, she primarily has contact with the students in Valparaíso and internships for the program

Patty Duffy

Instructor, Writing for Linguistic and Cultural Competency (Santiago)
Ph.D., Linguistics, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Patricia Baeza Duffy is Professor of Spanish for Foreigners at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. She holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics. Her interests include critical analysis and multimodal discourse, systemic functional linguistics and educational linguistics, especially in regard to the teaching of Spanish as a Second Language. Her doctoral thesis focused on the discursive construction of narratives about the last Chilean dictatorship and reports on the violation of human rights in that historical period. She has recently published articles on this topic as well as on intersemiotically constructed valuation prosodies in film, such as The Reconstruction of Memory in 'La Hija del General,' Sang Woo and his Grandmother: A Meeting of Two Worlds in Korean Cinema, among others.


Marco Rosales Tapia

Instructor, Writing for Linguistic and Cultural Competency (Valparaíso)
M.A., Communication and Journalism, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso

Marco Rosales Tapia is a Spanish Teacher with a Bachelor's Degree in Education at the Playa Ancha University. He has a Master's Degree in Communication and Journalism at the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso. He has obtained the "Assignment of Educational Excellence" and the "Directors of Excellence" scholarship, both granted by the Chilean Department of Education. Nowadays, he teaches at both the secondary and university level. His topics of interest include reading and writing with youth and adults, media and communication in organizations, and leadership in educational institutions, which he has developed in his classes, specializations, research and publications.


Roberto Casanova Seguel

Instructor, Writing for Linguistic and Cultural Competence (Valdivia)
M.A. Education, Universidad Austral de Chile

Roberto is a Language and Communication Teacher with a Bachelor's Degree from the Universidad Austral de Chile. He also has a Master Degree in Education from the Universidad Austral de Chile. He currently teaches at the university level. His topics of interest include literacy, genre-based literacy and academic writing. He specializes in academic writing in his research and publications.