Dora B. Ramírez, Ph.D., Lecturer in Modern Languages and Classics (Spanish)


Dora B. Ramírez, Ph.D. University at Albany, Lecturer in Modern Languages and Classics (Spanish)
Spanish Dialectology; Spanish for Heritage Speakers; Bilingualism
Office: Kiernan Hall 223
Phone: (518)782-6964

Dora B. Ramírez joined the Department of Modern Languages & Classics as a Spanish instructor in August, 2009. She earned her Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies at SUNY Albany. She also earned her Master’s Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at SUNY Albany. She holds a B.A. in Modern Languages with a concentration in English and French from the Universidad del Valle in Cali, Colombia.

Before coming to the United States, Dr. Ramírez acquired several years of experience in Colombia. Besides teaching, she was the academic director of an English language center (Centro Colombo Americano) in Armenia, Colombia for five years. She was in charge of the recruitment and training of English teachers, and the implementation and evaluation of programs. She also worked at the graduate level in the Master’s program of Universidad Distrital in Bogotá, Colombia teaching English Language Methodology to English teachers of the Capital District of Bogotá.

Locally, Dr. Ramírez has gained an extensive experience teaching Spanish both at public and private universities. Prior to Siena, she worked at Skidmore College, The College of Saint Rose, and SUNY Albany where she taught Spanish courses at all different levels. At SUNY Albany, she also taught Advanced Spanish Grammar and Spanish for Heritage Speakers.

At Siena, Dr. Ramírez has taught Fundamentals of Spanish I & II (SPAN 101 / 102), Intermediate Spanish I & II (SPAN 201 / 202), Communication in Spanish I & II (SPAN 301 / 302), and Spanish Civilization (SPAN 305). Although she teaches Spanish language and culture courses for students at all different proficiency levels, her area of specialization is Spanish Sociolinguistics. She focuses on the dialectal variations of Spanish and the use of Spanish in the United States.