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On July 15, Dickinson announced that the fall 2020 semester will be remote. Campus is closed to visitors who do not have an approved appointment. Face coverings must be worn at all times.

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Faculty Profile

Erin Diaz

Associate Professor of Spanish (2009)

Contact Information

Bosler Hall Room M9


Professor Erin Díaz received an M.A. in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) along with an M.A. and Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics with a concentration in Second Language Acquisition, Pedagogy and Sociolinguistics from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. She has co-authored several chapters about her research in acquiring the Spanish subjunctive and in delivering instruction in virtual contexts. She is a recent recipient of a Mellon Digital Humanities grant for her work on creating three websites focusing on the Spanish subjunctive/indicative, preterit/imperfect and object pronouns that serve as instructional interventions for learners and as a data collection tool for researchers. She has published in Hispania on her work in incorporating campus art museums into the foreign language curriculum and recently was part of a team that accepted an award from the PSMLA for the Trout Gallery’s innovative work with foreign languages. She teaches language classes and upper level linguistics courses in addition to running Dickinson’s Spanish language program.


  • B.A., Hillsdale College, 1990
  • M.A., Indiana University, 2005
  • Ph.D., 2011

2019-2020 Academic Year

Spring 2020

SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish
This course is a continuation of Spanish 102. The course focuses on all four langage skills: listening, reading, writing, speaking, with increasing emphasis on writing and speaking. Prerequisite: 102 or placement by department. This course fulfills the language graduation requirement.

SPAN 366 Intro to Span Sociolinguistics
This course will introduce students to the study of variation and change in Spanish based on a variety of sociological factors. The course will incorporate specific examples both in Spanish and in English. The course will be taught in English with a Spanish FLIC option. Advanced learners of other languages are welcome. Topics will include phonological variation, morphological and morphosyntactic variation, discourse analysis, and language in contact.Prerequisite: Spanish 305 or approval from the professor.