VA COOL Faculty Award (Virginia Campus Outreach Opportunity League, Corporation for National Service, currently Virginia Campus Compact).
Jonathan Arries, Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies, received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialty in Foreign Language Education. His dissertation title was “Ideology and Social Studies Textbooks Used in the Education of Hispanic Americans,” and his current area of research is the scholarship of teaching and learning, focusing on service-learning in two different locations: in the Latino community in the U.S. and also in Nicaragua. His most recent contribution to that field is an article titled Searching for Conscientização: Mentoring Fieldwork in International Service-learning, coauthored with alumna Lauren Jones and accepted by the online journal Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture. For the complete article, see http://reconstruction.eserver.org/091/contents091.shtml. Professor Arries was also associate editor of Juntos: Communty Partnerships in Spanish and Portuguese, Heinle, 2004. Professor Arries’ courses address such topics as action research in Nicaraguan schools, Hispanic Cultural Studies and service-learning in the Latino community, dialects of Spanish and national identity, farm worker culture and art, and medical interpretation for clinics that serve farm workers on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.