Ms. Katie Fowler-Córdova

  • Incorporating service learning into the Spanish classroom
  • Latin American diaspora in the United States


Katherine Fowler-Córdova is currently a Spanish instructor and the 202 coordinator in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Miami University. She received her Master of Arts in Latin American Studies and a certificate in college teaching from the University of Arizona. While she was pursuing her MA, she worked as a Spanish Teaching Assistant and as an intern at the Mexican Consulate. Since returning to Ohio in 2003, she has worked in the non-profit and educational fields. She served as the Health Promotion and Education Specialist at Su Casa Hispanic Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she managed their health and education programs. Moreover, she was the Program Assistant for the Latina Girls Health Initiative for Harmony Garden, an independent community research and education center, where she organized Latina groups for pre-adolescent girls and their female caregivers in the Price Hill, Springdale, and Hamilton areas. During her time at Miami University, she worked as the Program Manager of Visit America, a Korean scholar program. She is interested in incorporating service-learning into the Spanish classroom and connecting students to the immigrant community in the Cincinnati/ Dayton area.


  • Master of Arts in Latin American Studies, 2003. University of Arizona.
    Fields of concentration: Border Studies and Political Science
  • Certificate in College Teaching, 2003. University of Arizona
  • Bachelor of Arts, 2001. Ohio University. Honors: Magna cum laude
  • Study abroad: Mérida, México (Winter 1999) and Pamplona, Spain (Fall 1999)


August 2011-present. Miami University; Oxford, Ohio.

  • Teach intermediate, advanced-intermediate and advanced Spanish courses.
  • Coordinate all aspects of the Spanish 311 courses.
  • Train and supervise 311 instructors.
  • Write exams and answer keys to be used department-wide.
  • Create writing prompts and design rubrics based on ACTFL standards for in-class and take-home compositions.
  • Guide students through the courses that they need to complete in order to obtain a Spanish minor.
  • Develop the curriculum for Spanish 331, a service-learning course.
  • Co-direct the Summer Teachers Institute, “Ohio Hispanic/Latino Community: Literary, Cultural and Pedagogical Perspectives”.

Instructor; Course Coordinator
August 2010-August 2011. Miami University; Oxford, Ohio.

  • Taught intermediate and advanced-intermediate Spanish courses at the undergraduate level.
  • Coordinated all aspects of the Spanish 202 courses.
  • Trained and supervised instructors.
  • Monitored the creation and editing of exams for use department-wide.
  • Resolved student grievances and responded to their inquiries from all sections under coordination.
  • Consulted with the Basic Language Sequence coordination team to ensure continuity and consistency in policies, methodology, and course work between the introductory and intermediate levels.
  • Guided students through the courses that they need to complete in order to obtain a Spanish minor.
  • Developed and implemented a 300-level Spanish Service Learning independent study as a one credit option for my SPN 311 courses.

Bilingual Health Promotion and Education Specialist
June 2008-August 2010. Su Casa Hispanic Center; Cincinnati, Ohio.

  • Developed the English as a Second Language (ESL) and Adult Literacy programs.
  • Coordinated the Computer, Spanish, ESL and Adult Literacy programs.
  • Developed curricula and assessment tools for adult education programs.
  • Taught various classes including “Spanish for Police Officers”.
  • Supervised Vacaciones Útiles, a 10 week summer program for children ages 3-7, which aims to prepare the students for the upcoming school year.
  • Coordinated two health fairs a year.
  • Organized various workshops related to health and education topics.
  • Trained and supervised volunteers.
  • Participated in grant writing and development.

Spanish Instructor
January 2010-March 2010. The Art Institute of Ohio; Cincinnati, Ohio.

  • Taught Elementary Spanish at the undergraduate level.
  • Developed curriculum and assessment tools.

Program Assistant, Latina Girls Health Initiative
December 2008-December 2009. Harmony Garden; Cincinnati, Ohio.

  • Organized Latina groups for pre-adolescent girls and their female caregivers in the Price Hill, Springdale, and Hamilton areas.
  • Developed and implemented lesson plans to promote healthy behaviors and positive life choices.
  • Distributed needs assessment surveys in stores and apartment complexes.
  • Created reports of results and reported benefits.

Program Manager
May 2008-August 2008. Visit America 2008; Oxford, Ohio.

  • Supervised the Korean scholar program at Miami University.
  • Coordinated excursions.
  • Organized welcome packets and closing ceremony.

Spanish Instructor
August 2003-June 2008. Miami University; Oxford, Ohio.

  • Taught intermediate and advanced-intermediate Spanish courses at the undergraduate level.
  • Developed curriculum and assessment tools for Spanish 311.
  • Created syllabi and assisted with the development of departmental exams.

Advanced Placement Reader
June 2008, June 2007, and June 2006. College Board.

  • Assessed essays from the AP Spanish Language exam.

Spanish/English Interpreter
June 2004-August 2006. Conversa Language Center; Cincinnati, Ohio.

  • Provided Spanish-English medical interpreting services.

Spanish Teaching Assistant
August 2001-May 2003. University of Arizona; Tucson, Arizona.

  • Taught beginning and intermediate Spanish classes at the undergraduate level.

Intern, Mexican Consulate
August 2002-December 2002. Tucson, Arizona.

  •  Researched information and organized data concerning issues that affect the Mexican population in the United States.

Survey Research
July 2002-August 2002. Mexico City, Mexico.

  • Distributed a survey about the relationship between politics and economics to the Mexican population.
  • Presented the results at a conference at the University of Arizona.


  • Summer Humanities Institutes for Teachers Grant. “Ohio Hispanic/Latino Community: Literary, Cultural and Pedagogical Perspectives”, Awarded December 2011.
  • Howe Center for Writing Excellence Faculty Grant. “Incorporating Proficiency Writing into Spanish 311”, Awarded May 2011.
  • Center for the Enhancement of Learning, Teaching, and University Assessment Minor Teaching Grant. “Spanish for Community Work”, Awarded October 2011.


  • ACTFL 2011 Annual Convention, Empowering Language Educators Through Collaboration. Denver, Colorado. November 2011.
  • Culture in the Foreign Language Classroom. University of Cincinnati, Blue Ash Campus, October 2011.
  • Integrating Art in the World Language Classroom. Cincinnati Collaborative of Foreign Language Teachers, January 2011.
  • Miami University Conference on the Teaching of Languages. October 2010.
  • Latino Talent & Leadership Conference. Columbus, Ohio. October 2010.
  • OKI Regional TESOL Conference. Mayerson Academy, May 2010.
  • Project Management. The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati, Dec. 2009.
  • Healthy Communities Healthy Youth. Search Institute, Nov. 2008 and 2009.
  • Immigration Program Management. Catholic Immigration Network, Aug. 2009.
  • Using Adobe Photoshop. The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati, Apr. 2009.
  • Web 2.0. The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati, Feb. 2009.
  • ESL CASAS Implementation Training. Ohio Department of Education, Oct. 2008.
  • Think Outside the Slide. The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati, Sept. 2008.
  • Sugar and Spice: Raising a Bilingual Child. Jewish Family Service, Sept. 2008.
  • Working with the Pre-Literate Populations. Jewish Family Service, Sept. 2008.
  • Youth Suicide Prevention. Kentucky Convention Center, Sept. 2008.
  • Lead 101 Train-the Trainer in Spanish Courses. June and August 2008.
  • Alliance for Battered & Abused Women. Interpreter Training, Aug. 2006.
  • Cross Cultural Health Care Program. Medical Interpreter Training, June 2004.


  • “Integrating Technology into the Jigsaw Approach: A Cultural Exploration of Uruguay.” The Enliving and Enriching the Language Classroom. Miami University. January 2011.
  • “Elementos Fundamentales: Translating Assets to Latino Communities in Greater Cincinnati.” Search Institute Conference. November 2009.
  • “Successful Outreach to Hispanics.” Duke Energy Community Services Workshop. August 2009.
  • “Politics and Neoliberalism: Mexican Public Opinion.” Latin American Brown Bags Series. University of Arizona. November 2002.
  • “Teaching Tools for Learner-Centered Instruction.” Graduate Assistant in Teaching Orientation. University of Arizona. August 2002.


  • Advisory Committee, Latin American Studies. August 2011-present.
  • Instructor Search Committee. Spring and Summer of 2011 and 2012.
  • Department Newsletter Committee. January 2011-May 2012.
  • American Culture and English Program Committee. September 2010-May 2011.
  • Advisory Board, Healthy Women Healthy Lives, TriHealth Women’s Health Services, Good Samaritan Hospital, August 2008-June 2010.


  • Editing of Cuidándonos. Manual de Capacitación para el Programa de Promotores de Salud. Santa Maria Community Services. Feb. 2010.
  • Translation of “City of Hamilton Roundtable Points on Fair Housing & Affordable Housing.” Miami Valley Fair Housing Center. Nov. 2007.
  • Translation of “Survey of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice and Affordable Housing in the City of Hamilton.” Miami Valley Fair Housing Center. Nov. 2007.


  • Graduate Tuition Scholarship Award, University of Arizona, 2001.
  • Sigma Delta Pi, Spanish Honor Society, 2001.
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 2001.
  • Ohio University Dean’s List, 1997-2001.


Teacher of ESL, Su Casa Hispanic Center
Cincinnati, Ohio, August 2010-present.

  • Teach Level II ESL course to the immigrant community.

Teacher of ESL, Faith Community United Methodist Church
West Chester, Ohio, 2006-2007.

  • Taught English classes to small groups and individuals.

Tutor, Berry Middle School
Lebanon, Ohio, 2003.

  • Assisted Spanish speaking students with their homework during an after-school program.