People

Mariana Tejeda

Mariana Tejeda

Title/Position
Graduate Teaching Assistant
MFA in Spanish Creative Writing Student, Teaching Assistant in Spanish. Mexican stage manager born in Ciudad de México. Mariana started her writer career at seventeen at the Writer's School in Mexico City, where she got some of her short stories published in compilations and magazines. Then she chickened out and exiled herself in the Theater. After over a decade hidden backstage, Mariana is finally putting down the headset to come out as a writer (again), and Iowa seems like the perfect location to do so.
Azul Trejo Zetina

Azul Trejo Zetina

Title/Position
Graduate Teaching Assistant
MA in Spanish Student, Teaching Assistant in Spanish
Sabina Urraca

Sabina Urraca Garcia

Title/Position
Graduate Fellow
MFA in Spanish Creative Writing Student. Sabina Urraca is Basque by birth, was raised in Tenerife, and has lived in Madrid for over twenty years. She has been an insurance salesperson, a waitress, a scriptwriter, reporter, TV and advertising creative, presenter. She has written for media publications such as El País, Eldiario.es, Vice, and Cinemanía. She is the author of the novel Las niñas prodigio (Fulgencio Pimentel), winner of the Premio Javier Morote.
 

Diana Vélez, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor Emeritus
Diana Vélez is Associate Professor Emeritus in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at the University of Iowa, specializing in contemporary Spanish American narrative, Carribean literature, Chicano literature & culture, translation studies, and women's studies.
Suzanne Wedeking

Suzanne Wedeking

Title/Position
Lecturer
Phone
Suzanne has lived, worked, and studied abroad extensively. In addition to Iowa, she has lived in South America, Africa and Europe and speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French, with a considerable background in Arabic as well. She is associated with the Union des Français à l’Étranger and leads a weekly French conversation group through the organization. Her passion for her UI teaching is inextricably tied to her countless international experiences and linguistic endeavors. She deeply believes in the power of language and cross-cultural experiences and brings that frame of reference to the classroom each day, while inspiring students to follow a unique path of their own.
Ruth Westfall

Ruth Westfall, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Lecturer
Phone
Ruth Westfall is a lecturer in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Her areas of academic interest include linguistics, applied linguistics, pedagogy and course development. At Iowa, she teaches a variety of courses, including Spanish Language Skills: Writing, Spanish Language Skills: Speaking, Spanish in the U.S., and Spanish Pronunciation. She currently developing a new online version of Advanced Spanish Grammar.
 

Irene Wherritt, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor Emertius
Phone
Irene Wherritt is Associate Professor Emertius in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Iowa, specializing in Portuguese and Spanish Sociolinguistics and in Applied Linguistics.
Guadalupe (Lupita) Zavaleta Vega

Guadalupe (Lupita) Zavaleta Vega

Title/Position
Graduate Teaching Assistant
MFA in Spanish Creative Writing Student, Teaching Assistant in Spanish. MFA in Spanish Creative Writing student. During 2019, she was part of the International Writing Program's Women's Creative Mentorship Project, with Karen Villeda as her mentor for a fiction project. Her work has been published in Mexican magazines such as Este país and Tierra adentro. Currently, she is working in a short story collection inspired by her hometown Oaxaca, Mexico. She likes to include short fiction as a tool for second language acquisition in her Spanish classes.
Giovanni Zimotti

Giovanni Zimotti, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Director of Spanish Language Instruction
Lecturer
Phone
Giovanni Zimotti is the Director of Spanish Language Instruction at the University of Iowa.