Marketta A Laurila, PhD
Dr. Laurila has been teaching at TTU since the Fall of 1998. She holds the Ph.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and has taught at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater, Franklin and Marshall College, the University of North Carolina at Asheville, Louisiana State University, and North Georgia College and State University. Her area of specialization includes both Mexican and Southern Cone literature with an emphasis on literature in its socio-political context and applications of technology in foreign language learning. She has published articles on Isabel Allende, Elena Garro, and on revolutionary literature of Sandinista Nicaragua. Additionally she has examined culture and politics in Mexico and the Southern Cone in conference papers. She has conducted research in Mexico, Nicaragua, and Argentina, the latter with a Fulbright Seminar. In addition, to teaching Business Spanish, Latin American Culture and Civilization, and Latin American Literature, she teaches a Web-based version of Spanish 3550, "Latin America: The Countries and the Peoples," as part of the Regents' Online Degree Program. Since Fall 2003, Dr. Laurila has been serving as the Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages, and in Summer 2004 became co-director of the International Business and Cultures Program. Dr. Laurila is also a competitive ballroom dancer who has competed in Wisconsin, Colorado, Ohio and Tennessee.