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Dr. Marina Llorente is promoted to full professor

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures proudly announces that Dr. Marina Llorente’s promotion to full professor was approved by the Board of Trustees on May 18, 2013.  Since she was tenured in 2003, Dr. Llorente has continued to do outstanding work in all three of the professional areas generally considered mandatory for this promotion.

By the time she was tenured, Dr. Llorente had already well established her reputation as an outstanding teacher.  In 2009 the campus community recognized her achievements by granting her the Maslow award which not only recognizes outstanding teaching but also genuine concern for the students as a whole. The public Poetry for Peace readings, which Dr. Llorente founded in 2003, are a direct reflection of her engagement with students above and beyond her own classrooms. Her excellent work as three-time director of the SLUPA in Spain showed the same genuine concern for students. Since her tenure, Dr. Llorente has brought her research interests--the role of ethics in 20th century Spanish poetry--into her upper-division courses and the multiple independent studies, honors projects and international research grants that she has advised.  In the past few years, she has been analyzing the works of a group of contemporary Spanish poets who have devoted themselves to writing poetry focused on the social and political problems of contemporary Spanish society.  This approach to poetry intrinsically appeals to young people, especially to the growing number who are developing a sense of social responsibility and a more critical sense of social justice. Dr. Llorente has produced a documentary film, Poesía social (Social Poetry) (2004), and several articles and publications based on this research;  last April she presented her Piskor lecture related to this topic, and she is about to publish Poesía en accción: poemas críticos en la España contemporánea (Poetry in Action: Socially Engaged Poems in Contemporary Spain), a monograph consisting of critical essays dealing with  the work of these politically engaged poets.

As chair, and lately, co-chair of the department, Dr. Llorente displayed the same enthusiasm and energy that we have seen in her research and teaching.   Largely because of her efforts, the Department of Modern Languages is now better integrated into the academic program of the university.

The department deeply appreciates Dr. Llorente’s service, her qualities as a teacher, and applauds her research accomplishments. We extend our sincere congratulations and wish her well in the continuation of her stellar career at St. Lawrence.