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Dr. Margaret Morales

Margaret Morales

Title: Coordinator of World Languages, Director of Costa Rica Program, Associate Professor of Spanish
School: Arts & Letters
Academic Department: Literature and Languages
Phone: 814-472-3193
E-mail: mmorales@francis.edu
Office Location: Scotus Hall 310


  • B.A. in Modern Languages at Wright State University in Fairborn, Ohio
  • M.A. in Romance Languages and Literature and a Ph.D. in Latin American Literature and Culture at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio


Dr. Margaret Morales, aka Señora, is a native of Ohio, but achieved her expertise in Spanish during the 13 ½ years she lived in Mexico City where she worked as a translator, an interpreter, and an ESL teacher. She has taught Spanish and culture courses at Saint Francis University since the fall of 1995. Prior to that, she taught at The Ohio State University and Denison University. She has been the Coordinator of World Languages at SFU since 1997.

She has designed four new minors at SFU –a Minor in Spanish for Health Sciences, a Minor in Spanish for Law Enforcement, a Global Cultures and Languages Minor, and a World Languages Minor. She created specialized courses for the first two of these minors: Conversational Medical Spanish, Advanced Medical Spanish, and Spanish for Law Enforcement.

She was also the director of a very successful and popular May in Mexico Program where she took 510 students for total immersion experiences from 1997-2012. She recently created a new Spanish in Costa Rica Program which will take place for the first time from May 11-June 8, 2014.

Dr. Morales loves teaching Spanish and culture and is committed to fomenting a respect for people of all cultures. Her other passions include peace and justice issues, reading historical novels, and of course, watching her Ohio State Buckeyes beat Michigan.

  • Dissertation for Ph.D. in Latin American Literature: Literary Nonfiction in Works by Isabel Allende and Guadalupe Loaeza, UMI Dissertation Services, 2002, 305 pp.
  • Revision of the Testing Program to accompany the third edition of ¡Ya verás! (Tercer Nivel), Ana Martínez-Lage and Concepción Barba, 282 pp., Heinle & Heinle, 1995.
  • Revision of Teacher’s Annotations (including addition of teaching hints, Answer Key, Additional Cultural Information) for Teacher’s Extended Edition of ¡Ya verás! (Primer Nivel), John R. Gutiérrez and Marta Rosso-O’Laughlin, 422 pp., Heinle & Heinle, 1993.
  • Testing Program to accompany ¡A conocernos!, Donna Long and Jan Macián, 164 pp., Heinle & Heinle, 1992.
  • Testing Program to accompany Poco a poco, 2nd ed, 161 pp., James Hendrickson, Heinle & Heinle, 1990.

Other Writing

  • Writer for Computer Adaptive Testing Program (Phase One in Reading Comprehension, Phase Two in Language in Context, and Phase Three in Listening Comprehension), sponsored by the federally funded MULTICAT Project conducted by the National Foreign Language Resource Center at The Ohio State University, June1996 - February1998.
  • Presented a panel discussion with power point presentation titled “Meeting the Other Through Study Abroad: Students from a Rural Appalachian University in Mexico” at the Appalachian Studies Conference at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio, on March 27, 2009
  • Presented a paper titled “La frontera entre la realidad y la ficción in Isabel Allende’s La casa de los espíritus” at Uninterlingua 2004, the 3rd annual Literary and Cultural Symposium at the Universidad Internacional in Cuernavaca, Mexico, on May 13, 2004
  • Presented a roundtable discussion on service learning and cultural immersion titled “Cultural Immersion Experiences: A Seamless Approach to Achieving General Education Outcomes,” with Dr. Kathleen McSharry and Dr. Michael McKale, at the AACLU Conference in Long Beach, California, on March 6, 2004
  • Presented a paper titled “La Crónica Mexicana y Guadalupe Loaeza” at Uninterlingua 2003, the 2nd annual Literary and Cultural Symposium at the Universidad Internacional inCuernavaca, Mexico, on May 23, 2003
  • Presentations on “Teaching for Communication and Culture and Testing in Context” to area high school Spanish teachers at SFU, in September 1999 and April 2000
  • Chaired a panel discussion at the XXIII Annual Hispanic Literatures Conference: En Torno al ‘98, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Oct. 17, 1997

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