María Jorquera Hervas

Lecturer of Spanish
NCH 466
Office Hours:
Tuesday & Thursday 4:00pm-5:00pm and by appt


M.A., Spanish Literature, The Pennsylvania State University (2015), magna cum laude

Teaching with Technology Certificate, The Pennsylvania State University (2014)

B.A., Translation and Interpretation, University of Valencia (2012)

Postgraduate Certificate in Secondary Education – Second Language Acquisition, Universidad Católica de Valencia (2009)

Year Abroad, Latin American Studies and English Linguistics, University College London (2008)

B.A., English Philology, University of Valencia (2008)

Research Interests

  • Applied Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition
  • Communicative and Proficiency-Based Pedagogy
  • Instructional Technology
  • Sociocultural Animation in Learning
  • Translation and Interpretation
  • 19th and 20th Century Peninsular Spanish Literature
  • Women’s Studies
  • The Avant-Garde
  • Literary Theory


United States

University of Virginia (2015-2017)

Pennsylvania State University (2013-2015)

  • SPAN 002 Elementary Spanish
  • SPAN 003 Intermediate Spanish

St. Bonaventure University (2012-2013)

  • SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish
  • SPAN 102 Intermediate Spanish

Study Abroad

University of Virginia – Hispanic Studies in Valencia (Summer 2015, 2016, 2017)

  • SPAN 3030 Cultural Conversations
  • SPAN 2020 Advanced Intermediate Spanish
  • SPAN 3050 Spanish for Medical Professionals


  • Españolé Instituto Cervantes Accredited Center, Valencia
    • Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced Spanish courses (Summer 2014)
  • Juan XXIII Middle and High School, Valencia
    • Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced English courses (2011-2012)
  • University of Valencia, Language Center
    • Intermediate and Advanced English courses (Summer 2011)
  • Gran Asociación Middle and High School, Valencia
    • Elementary and Intermediate English courses (2009)

Freelance Translation

International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW) Global monthly Newsletters (2013-2017)


“De Madres a Hijas: Mujer y Memoria en la Poesía de Juana Castro”, Congreso Internacional de Literatura Española Contemporánea (CILEC XVIII), Universidade Fernando Pessoa, Oporto, 2017.

“Imagen especular como superación del lenguaje en La hora de la estrella”, The Pennsylvania State University, 2015.

“Women in Spain”, St. Bonaventure University, 2013.

“Spanish Culture and History”, Allegany-Limestone Central School, New York, 2013.

“Sharing your culture”, Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants Conference, Washington, D.C. 2012.

Grants & Awards

Excellence in Teaching Award, The Pennsylvania State University, 2015

Translation and Interpretation Grant, Civil Society Forum, United Nations DESA and NGO Committee for Social Development, UNHQ, New York, 2013

Graduate Assistantship, Dept. of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, The Pennsylvania State University, 2013

Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program, IIE and U.S. Department of State, 2012

Translation Grant, Unit DGT.C.ES.01 “Law, citizenship, administrations and external relations”, European Commission, Directorate-General for Translation, Brussels, 2010

Erasmus Grant, University College London, 2007