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SPPO Department Resources

SPPO Department Resources


Departmental Committees and Administrative Positions for 2023-24

Administrative Positions

John Grinstead

Vice Chair & Director of Undergraduate Studies
Eugenia Romero

Director of Graduate Studies
Ana Del Sarto

Director of Language Studies
Holly Nibert

Constituted and Elected Committees

Departmental Council
Voting Members
All Tenure Track/Tenured Faculty (Columbus and regional campuses)
All A&P Personnel
All Senior Lecturers
Graduate Student Representative: Nikolas King
Associated Faculty Representative: Manuela Olaru

Advisory Committee
Elected Members
2023/24: Laura Podalsky, Jonathan Burgoyne, Catalina Iannone
Professor of Teaching Representative: Becca Mason-Vergote
Graduate Student Representative: Alfonso Roca
Associated Faculty Representative: Kristin Hawkins
Ex Officio: Christiana Whitesel

Appointed Committees

Awards Committee
Jonathan Burgoyne, Chair
Holly Nibert & Elvia Andia Grágeda

Communications and Library Committee
Ulises Juan Zevallos, Chair
Laura Stigliano, Ignacio Corona (Fall), Ana Puga (Spring)
Library Liaison: Pamela Espinosa de los Monteros
Graduate Representative: Maria Vitoria de Rezende Grisi
Ex Officio: Elizabeth Wigal

Graduate Studies Committee & Admissions Review
Ana Del Sarto, Chair
Fernando Martínez-Gil, Michelle Wibbelsman, Paloma Martínez-Cruz, Scott Schwenter
Graduate Student Representative: Mikel Bermello
Ex-Officio: Rachel Sanabria

Language Studies Committee
Holly Nibert, Chair
Ulises Juan Zevallos, Stephanie Aubry, Elvia Andia Grágeda
Ex Officio: Nicole Sedor, Ana Carolina dos Santos Marques
Graduate Student Representative: Josmary Medina Heredia
Lecturer Representatives: María Morado Vasquez

Lectures and Events Committee & Colloquia Coordination
Fernando Martínez-Gil, Chair
Eugenia Romero & Ulises Juan Zevallos 

Outreach Committee
Paloma Martínez-Cruz, Chair
Javier Jasso (Spring) & Fernanda Díaz-Basteris
Graduate Student Representative: Lauren Miranda
Ex-Officio: Stephanie Aubry

Research Committee
Michelle Wibbelsman, Chair
Scott Schwenter, Ulises Juan Zevallos, Lúcia Costigan

Undergraduate Studies Committee
Eugenia Romero, Chair
Rebecca Haidt, Fernanda Díaz-Basteris, Becca Mason-Vergote
Undergraduate Student Representative: TBD
Ex Officio: Brooklee Boots & Rachel Sanabria

  • Assessment
    Becca Mason-Vergote, Coordinator
  • Graduation and Awards Ceremony Task Force
    John Grinstead, Chair
    Fernanda Díaz-Basteris & Michelle Wibbelsman
    Ex Officio: Elizabeth Wigal
  • Honors Coordinator/Advising
    Eugenia Romero (IB), Chair
    Ana del Sarto (LA) & Rebeka Campos-Astorkiza, Fall (HL)
  • Interdisciplinary Initiatives 
    Latinx Languages, Literatures and Cultures: Paloma Martínez-Cruz
    Andean & Amazonian Studies: Ulises Juan Zevallos
  • Recruitment Coordinator Ad Hoc Committee
    Eugenia Romero, Chair 
    Rebeka Campos-Astorkiza (Fall), Ana Carolina dos Santos Marques
  • Sigma Delta Pi - Advisor
  • SPPO Club Advisor
    Ricardo Sosa

Other Assignments

Section Heads
Iberian Studies: Jonathan Burgoyne
Latin American: Laura Podalsky
Hispanic Linguistics: Scott Schwenter
Portuguese: Isis Barra-Costa

Coordination Assignments:

PORT 1101, 1102, 1103: Ana Carolina dos Santos Marques
SPAN 3401: Anna Babel
SPAN 3403: Becca Mason-Vergote
SPAN 3404: Rebeka Campos-Astorkiza
SPAN 3450:  Laura Podalsky
Heritage Language Courses: 
LA GEs: Ulises Juan Zevallos
PO GE: n/a

SPPO Representative in ASC Senate
Rebeka Campos-Astorkiza, senator
Michelle Wibbelsman, Alternate senator   

SPPO Representative on University Senate
Maria Vitoria de Rezende Grisi                                                                                                                   

Graduate Student Officers 2023-24
Co-President (Literatures and Cultures): Gabriel Guzmán
Co-President (Hispanic Linguistics): Pedro Antonio Ortiz Ramírez
Co-President (Lusophone Studies): Maria Vitoria de Rezende Grisi
Spanish Student Life Group Treasurer: Victoria Cataloni
Portuguese Student Life Group Treasurer: Victoria Cataloni
SPPO Delegate to the Council of Graduate Students: Open
Secretary: Tara Hazel

International Students Committee: Adriana Rojas Castro and Laura Trenta
Mentorship Coordinator: Ileana Perez

Symposia Organizer Committee:
Hispanic Linguistics/OSUCHiLL: Tara Hazel and Ellie Kaiser
OSUHALSS: Nathanial McBride, Cesar Santos, and Rob Lassche

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Document provides a brief description of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, as well as a description of its policies and procedures.


Document which outlines criteria and procedures for faculty appointments, promotion, tenure, and rewards, including salary increases for the Department of Spanish & Portuguese. 


Important Dates for P&T Timeline 


Spring 2024

Unless noted differently, all scheduled meetings are held on Monday afternoons between 2:20-5:00pm. 

Administrative Resources & Forms



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Use the following forms to make updates to the website.  

 Online form for submitting reasoning/substitute arrangements for TLC Absence.

Forms to be submitted to express teaching and service preferences for the upcoming term. 

The Department of Spanish & Portuguese (SPPO) seeks to recognize outstanding commitment to Second Language Teaching and Learning by one full-time Associated Faculty member of Spanish and/or Portuguese. 

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Graduate School Handbook

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Graduate Assessment: Oral Evaluations for the Integrated M.A./Ph.D. Program for Spanish and Portuguese
Form for the three oral evaluation events in the Integrated M.A./Ph.D. Program for Spanish and Portuguese: the Research/M.A. paper presentation at the end of the second year, the oral portion of the candidacy exam, and the oral portion of the dissertation exam.

Graduate Assessment: Research Paper/Dissertation Evaluation for the Integrated M.A./Ph.D. Program for Spanish and Portuguese
Form for the two written evaluation events in the Integrated M.A./Ph.D. Program for Spanish and Portuguese: the Research/M.A. paper at the end of the second year and the dissertation.

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