The 2019 Excellence in Teaching award recipient for Morris College is Karen R. Hébert, assistant professor of Spanish. She joined the Morris faculty in 2014, and currently is acting chair of the Division of Religion, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Hebert has completed doctoral studies in Hispanic literatures and cultures at the University of Illinois-Chicago. She earned an M.A. in Spanish literature from Florida International University and B.A. in Spanish from Iowa State University.
Hébert’s research interests include the role of women of African descent within the canon of Caribbean and Latin American literature and Latin American music. Ms. Hébert has participated in an International Study Abroad Program in Valladolid, Spain as a student and as a research assistant to the director, tutoring English to Spanish speakers, and providing scholarly translations.
Prior to joining the Morris faculty, Hébert taught at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, and served as adjunct faculty at Iowa State University, Florida International University, and the University of Illinois-Chicago, where she also received an Excellence in Teaching Award.
Ms. Hébert is a member of the Modern Language Association (MLA) and the Iowa State Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, La Sociedad Nacional Hispánica. Ms. Hébert has presented papers at professional academic conferences, and is a freelance copy editor of foreign language textbooks for McGraw Hill Publications.