Faculty Consultant and Director of Community-Based Language Initiatives, Duke Service-Learning; Assistant Professor of the Practice, Spanish Language Program, Romance Studies
As Director of the Community-Based Language Initiative (CBLI), Joan focuses on connecting Duke language students with diverse language groups in the community in order to deepen knowledge about our communities, to engage in intercultural and linguistic learning, and to work in solidarity to support organizations and individuals. Currently faculty and students in Arabic, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Japanese, Persian, and Spanish are participating in CBLI. Joan has been actively involved in service-learning since 2005 in a range of roles: teaching, training, consulting, and mentoring. She regularly teaches service-learning course in Spanish, such as Latinx Voices in Duke, Durham, and Beyond, and Community-Based Research with Spanish-Speakers. Joan has presented her work and research at national service-learning conferences and has been involved in community-based research. In 2012 she was the recipient of the Betsy Alden Outstanding Service-Learning Award for faculty.