July 6, 2011
Dr. Elena Foulis has been named assistant professor of Spanish at OBU. She will join the faculty of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences for the fall 2011 semester.
Foulis earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from The Ohio State University, Columbus, and a master’s degree in Spanish from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. She earned a doctorate in comparative literature and cultural studies at the University of Arkansas.
She has served as lecturer in Spanish at Ohio State since 2008, including teaching “Spanish in Ohio,” an advanced service-learning Spanish-language course focused on the Spanish-speaking communities of Columbus. She also has taught as an adjunct English faculty member for Otterbein College since 2008.
Foulis previously served as an adjunct instructor of Spanish at Northwest Arkansas Community College; English teaching assistant and Spanish teaching assistant at University of Arkansas; and bilingual first-grade teacher at Edison Hernandez Elementary School in Dallas, Texas.
From 2005-08, Foulis received the Southern Regional Education Board Doctoral Scholar Fellowship. Her scholarly interests include U.S. Latina and African American women literature; contemporary film and documentary as teaching tools in composition courses; contemporary Latin American writers; and women’s studies and cultural studies.