Zaida Villanueva García

Lecturer of Spanish
New Cabell Hall 417
Office Hours:
Monday & Wednesday 10:00am-11:00am and by appt



M.A. in World Languages, Literatures, & Linguistics. West Virginia University, USA

M.A. in Secondary School Teaching, Vocational Training and Language Teaching. The National Distance Education University (UNED), Spain

M.A. in Diplomacy and International Relations. Diplomatic School of Madrid, Spain

B.A. in Translation and Interpreting. University of Salamanca, Spain

B.A. in Tourism, graduated first in class. University of Oviedo, Spain


Professional Development

Fundamentals of Project-Based Language Learning Online Institute & Online Symposium: The Power of Project-Based Language Learning. University of Virginia, VA

Teaching with Technology Summit. University of Virginia, VA

Certificate in University Teaching. West Virginia University, WV

Kognito Training modules: At-risk Students, Veterans on Campus, and LGBTQ on Campus. West Virginia University, WV

WVU Children on Campus Training Certificate. West Virginia University, WV

Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE) A1-C2 Examiner. Cervantes Institute, on-line


Research Interests

Language Teaching

Second Language Acquisition

Travel Literature

Women Studies

International Relations



  • At the University of Virginia
    • SPAN-2010 (Intermediate Spanish)
    • SPAN-2020 (Advanced Intermediate Spanish)
  • At West Virginia University
    • SPAN-101 (Elementary Spanish I)
    • SPAN-102 (Elementary Spanish II)
  • At the Spanish Cultural Center of Bata (Equatorial Guinea) associated to the Instituto Cervantes
    • Intermediate Spanish
    • Elementary Spanish
  • Other teaching experience
    • English Teacher at the Spanish School of Bata in Equatorial Guinea (High School level students)


Selected Presentations

“Reivindicación del deseo sexual femenino en Luna Caliente de Mempo Giardinelli y Ardiente Paciencia de Antonio Skármeta” presented at the KFLC: The Languages, Literatures and Cultures Conference, University of Kentucky. Lexington, KY. April 2016

“Cuando el Margen Becomes el Centro: función semiótica en La Virgen Cabeza de Gabriela Cabezón Cámara” presented at the Cincinnati Conference on Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Cincinnati. Cincinnati, OH. April 2016

“Cooking Spanish Tapas” presented at the Spanish Immersion Day Project C.H.I.S.P.A. Hedgesville High School, Hedgesville, Berkeley County, WV. October 2015

“Webquest: An Adventure in Learning” presented at the TESOL Conference, Marshall University. Charleston, WV. April 2015

"Vocabulario: La tecnología y las comidas.” Sabor Hispano: Fin de Semana de Inmersión 2015. American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, Morgantown, WV. March 2015.


Grants and Awards

Grant from the Institute of World Languages for the Spanish Tertulia, University of Virginia (2017)

Merit-based grant for studying a summer course of German at the University of Heidelberg, Germany (2005)

Jose Riera Foundation Award for the best academic record for the 2002-2003 academic years as part of the Bachelor of Arts in Tourism at the University of Oviedo, Spain (2004)


Professional Associations Membership

Implicadas no Desenvolvemento, Galician feminist NGO that promotes gender equality as base for sustainable human development supporting various projects in India

Alma Clásica, International Association that seeks to improve the education of young people's knowledge of the Classical Culture

eXFERA, Association of Alumni from the Master of Arts in Diplomacy and International Relations of the Diplomatic School of Madrid

Hispanic Honor Society Sigma Delta Pi, society that promotes a deeper understanding of Spanish and Hispanic Culture among college and university students