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Elisa Baena

Associate Professor of Instruction

Ph.D. University of Illinois, Chicago

Elisa Baena, Associate Professor of Instruction, received her Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2004. In her 13 years at Northwestern University, she has taught a wide variety of classes and now teaches Spanish 203, Individual and Society through Written Expression; Spanish 280, Introduction to Spanish Linguistics; and Spanish 302, Advanced Grammar. She is a certified tester of the Spanish Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) of the American Council of Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) since 2017.

While at Northwestern, she has been named to the Faculty Honor Roll by the Associated Student Government in 2007 and in 2015; and received the Weinberg Arts and Sciences Alumni Teaching Award in 2014.

She also serves as the Director of the Spanish Language and Culture Study Abroad Program in Barcelona, working in this capacity with the Study Abroad Office since 2008.

In addition to teaching and being the course coordinator for Spanish 203, she is a Fellow at the Humanities Residential College and serves in several committees across the university. Since 2015 she is the chair of the Weinberg Language Proficiency committee and since 2016 she co-chairs the Forum for Languages and Cultures in the Buffett Institute.

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