My teaching is friendly and informal and hopefully fun ! (reduce anxiety about language learning ) yet comprehensive. It is important to learn grammar, writing, reading and speaking. It is important to make mistakes. That is how we learn.
I hold a PhD in Higher Education, have been a Dean and VP and concurrently have taught and tutored Spanish online and in person. Also hold certificate in English as a Second Language. Lived in Spain, France and Mexico.
Mary Beth Ginter, Ph.D.
Tucson, AZ • (concealed information)
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Education and Credentials
Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education Administration, Minor: Technology & Political Science, Center for the Study of Higher Education, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 2004
Dissertation: Students & Campus Activism: The Internet, Gender and Organizational Structure
Master of Arts in Spanish & International Trade, cum laude, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI, 1989
Thesis: Culture Shock: The Process of Change in a Cross-Cultural Context
Bachelor of Science in Human Resources & Development: Youth & Adult Services, Minor: Spanish, Oakland University, Rochester, MI, 1979
Certificate – Teaching English as a Second Language, Center for English as a Second Language, University of Arizona, 2019
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) – Passed ACTFL Spanish test for Department of State – Spanish Consular Adjudicator, 2018
Certificate – Harvard Institute for Management & Leadership in Education, 2012
Certificate in Advanced French, Universite d’Aix-Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, France, 1994
Certificate in Rassias Method, Immersion Method Training for Teaching Languages, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, 1991
Certificate in Advanced Spanish, Universidad Pontificia, Salamanca, Spain, 1989
Security Clearance, Department of State, pending
Higher Education Administrative Experience
PIMA COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Tucson, AZ, 2003 to 2018
Academic Dean, Business Division, Accounting, Logistics, Paralegal, Hospitality, and Human Resources, 2016 to 2018
Worked to strengthen instructional programs through a strategically-planned, standards-based approach with a focus on narrowing achievement gaps. Examined data organization from assessments and developed strategies for intervening with students experiencing difficulties. Implemented and supported the goals of the school and worked collaboratively with other educators to integrate educational initiatives and resources. Oversaw and evaluated 24 full-time faculty and 80+ adjuncts and supported their professional development. Assisted in program implementation and curriculum development and determined effective methods for the integration of curriculum standards, instructional strategies, and the developmental use of authentic assessment.
• Supported and implemented an annual budget of $3M.
• Upgraded and maintained various community and business partnerships, including a contract with Casino del Sol for Hospitality/Hotel & Restaurant Management training.
• Joined Arizona Technology Council, Jobs for the Future and Pathways to Prosperity.
• Co-led, monitored and documented occupational programs advisory committee meetings and initiated curricular changes based on meeting feedback, in addition to revising curriculum for Hospitality Development.
• Developed and delivered a presentation, which was accepted by Community Colleges for International Development (CCID) “Misses are Really Hits: Reframing Experiences for Success”.
• Served as a member of Pima Administrators Council and reorganized Business Division with new leadership structure and budget.
Academic Dean, Division of Business, Computers, World Languages, Social & Behavior Sciences, and Fitness & Sports Science, 2005 to 2016
Served as the academic leader of the school, responsible for the daily operation, scheduling of courses for 20+ discipline and 2000+ courses annually, overseeing of the academic advising and college counseling programs, and monitoring student academic progress. Oversaw and directed the activities of the department chairs, the sponsors of various student organizations and activities, and faculty committees. Ensured compliance with legal requirements of government regulations and agencies, to maintain the educational standards, and to provide for the academic guidance of students. Remained aware of and support faculty in professional development initiatives.
• Planned and oversaw an annual budget of $3M and completed evaluations for 25+ full-time faculty, connected to 50+ adjunct faculty.
• Nominated Administrator of the Year in 2015 and 2016.
• Obtained and administered various grants, including $200k Health Opportunities Grant, $150k Perkins Interpreter Training Laboratory, and $35k Fulbright International Scholar in Residence from Nigeria.
• Connected with community by initiating contracts with Community Partnership of Southern Arizona, Child Parent Center, Casino Del Sol and other local agencies.
• Initiated, marketed and monitored partnership with Congress Bundestag/German Exchange program (Cultural Vistas).
• Implemented support specialist training for a work unit that needed improvement; created an operations manual, consistent guidelines and cross-district collaboration.
• Initiated “Going the Extra Mile” employee award which positively impacted staff and faculty motivation and morale.
• Served on the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) self-study committees for the accreditation process, as well as committee for Academic Standards, Developmental Education, Professional Development, Strategic Planning, Marketing, Adjunct Faculty, Course Evaluations, Resource Allocation Model, and Social Media.
Interim Vice President of Instruction, 2009
Provided college-wide leadership, supervision, guidance, and direction for all educational programs, faculty and staff, and instructional policies and procedures. Developed and delivered a comprehensive process for the development of instructional programs and services to fulfill the institutional mission, in addition to planning student programs with Student Services department. Recommended, developed, and implemented instructional policies, procedures, and practices to foster and promote student learning within the Learning Center and Faculty Resource Center.
• Updated early childhood curriculum to align with state standards and initiated new program and curriculum development process.
• Reduced overall adjunct faculty costs by consolidating courses.
• Appointed to Governor’s P-20 Council.
Executive Assistant to West Campus President, 2003 to 2005
Performed significant and advanced administrative representation while remaining accountable for management of complex research, event coordination, and administrative duties. Maintained liaison with all levels of administration, faculty and staff to resolve problems and coordinate issues related to administrative matters of internal and external nature. Coordinated scheduling, special events, and meeting logistics, in addition to writing reports and preparing executive summaries.
• Demonstrated commitment to continuous quality improvement and provided outstanding service to a variety of internal and external stakeholders and maintaining an overall standard of excellence.
• Wrote and distributed an online news report, Profiles and Perspectives, which covered scholarship, academic initiatives, programs, and faculty and staff profiles.
• Implemented major events and programs, including Take Your Sons and Daughters to Work Day, the West Campus President’s Advisory Council, and professional development in Faculty Resource Center.
• Obtained grants from AmeriCorps training program and Kettering Institute for Civic Engagement training and presentations.
• Taught Spanish course in all formats, including online, as well as a translation course, and served as a Spanish language tutor in the Learning Center.
UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA, Tucson, AZ, 1995 to 2001
Graduate Research Associate, 1999 to 2001
Conducted academic research and literature reviews while collecting and analyzing data while collaborating with the Assistant Director for Center of Higher Education & Doctoral Committee Chairperson. Prepared materials for submission to granting agencies and foundations. Provided research for the Faculty Senate Taskforce for Labor & Human Rights. Attended project meetings, summarized project results, and prepared articles, reports, and presentations.
• Coordinated a successful conference, “The Future of Higher Education” in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Higher Education.
• Developed webpage for chairperson, faculty, and division after self-training in website design.
Translator / Interpreter, Mexican-American Studies, 1995 to 1998
Read and wrote technical documents in specified language, following established rules pertaining to factors such as word meanings, sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, and mechanics for research projects. Served as an interpreter at seminars, speeches, and meetings providing consecutive or simultaneous translation between languages.
• Translated and transcribed educational materials and research data (hundreds of taped interviews Spanish, English and French) for epidemiological border research study (Nogales, Arizona, USA and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico).
• Translated articles and grants that resulted in continued funding for research and publications (HIV and AIDS research).
UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT-MERCY, Detroit, MI
Executive Director, Cross-Cultural Training & Foreign Languages, 1990 to 1993
Developed and implemented strategies aiming to promote the program’s mission. Created completed strategic plan and marketing strategy for the attainment of goals and objectives and built an effective team of leaders by providing guidance and coaching to more than 60 adjunct teachers and translators. Ensured adherence of the organization’s daily activities and long-term plans to established policies and legal guidelines. Directed and oversaw investments and fundraising efforts. Forged and maintained relations of trust with stakeholders, partners, and external authorities.
• Recruited international students and marketed programs to corporations, governmental and educational institutions, nationally and internationally, resulting in 25% increase in revenue.
• Reduced expenses by 6% in the first year and oversaw a departmental budget of $500k.
• Recouped $10k in prior debts and developed and implemented a new financial system to improve tracking of costs and profits.
• Initiated and negotiated the first Saudi Arabian English language program.
• Became certified as Rassias Method world language instructor, and successfully trained instructors in total language immersion.
Additional Professional Experience
LANGUAGE MATTERS, LLC, Tucson, AZ
Owner / Director, 2019 to Present
Teach English as a Second Language (ESL) and provide tutoring in Spanish, English, and French. Offer translation, transcription, medical scribing, proofing, and editing.
TRANSWORLD GROUP, LLC, Tucson, AZ
Director / Owner, 1989 to 2003
Developed company with 30+ business clients and individual clients to offer domestic and international translation and transcription services in all major languages. Developed and retained clients including Veterans Center, University of Arizona Medical Center, international students and faculty, and speech pathologists.
ANNUITY SERVICES RETIREMENT PLANNING & FINANCIAL SERVICES, Southfield, MI
Financial Agent, 1988 to 1991
Highlighted financial planning programs and retirement and savings options to teachers and administrators. Maintained an average of 200+ clients with $1M of assets while concurrently registered full time in master’s program. Recognized as Salesperson of the Month three times.
OAKLAND / HENRY FORD COMMUNITY COLLEGES, Michigan
Instructor, 1986 to 1990
Developed Spanish course syllabi that clearly outlined the requirements, rationale, goals, and objectives. Increased corporate student enrollment from 25% to 35% yearly and worked with Ford Motor Company, General Motors, and AT&T clients by adapting foreign language methods. Highlighted business terminology and concepts to tailor to target audience.
Notable Fundraising Accomplishments
• $100,000 Video relay service/ (VRS) award Innovative Funding
• $200,000 Health Opportunities Grant/Social Services for Social Services/Community Health Worker (promotora) program
• $150,000 Perkins Grant for Interpreter Training laboratory
• $3000 Marana Health Center/Community Health Advisor scholarships
• $2000 Kettering Institute service grant for public health presentations
• $6000 Project Ayuda/AmeriCorps student employment & training
• $25,000 - $35,000 Fulbright International Scholar in Residence
Selected Professional Activities, National & International
• Volunteer Tutor – Spanish – Learning Center Pima Community College.
• University High School Site Council board member
• Translator & Interpreter Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
• Counselor - Hospice of Southeastern Michigan, residential facility Counseled terminally ill patients and their families.
• On-air volunteer reader for visually impaired WDET Radio, National Public Radio, Detroit, MI
• Host for international homestay visitors, SERVAS, Inc., New York, (concealed information)
• Member: Compassion & Choices - Arizona
• Coordinated trilateral (US, Mexico, Canada) annual conference “Globalization and 21st Century Competencies: Challenges for North American Higher Education,” February 2001. Presented and moderated international student panel presentation for Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration - Mexico, U.S. and Canada (CONAHEC) .
• Managed online site/Elnet for CONAHEC.
• Summer Homestay Leader, School for International Training, World Learning – Spain and Mexico. Brattleboro, Vermont 1988 and 1989 - Group leader for homestay and educational summer experiences.
• Nominated Administrator of the Year by faculty – Pima Community College (2015, 2016)
• Scholarship Award from Graduate School (University of Arizona) in conjunction with the Graduate and Professional Student Council funding travel for presentation of original article at the Pacific Sociological Association (April 2002)
• Grant/award from Faculty Senate Taskforce for Monitoring Labor and Human Rights Issues to support research, dissertation and final report (2003)
• Research Associate grant/position as part of Science & Technology and Higher Education (Grant from National Science Foundation/NSF), (1999-2000)
• Volunteer translation award– Arizona Sonora Desert Museum
• Cum Laude (M.A. Spanish)
• Nominated as Boss of the Year/ University of Detroit Mercy (1993)
Elected Commissioner of Tucson Women’s Commission (2014 – 2016)
Board Member-Secretary of Arizona State University Social Work Advisory Board (2013 – 2016)
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
American Association of University Women (AAUW)
American Educational Research Association (AERA)
Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)
American Translation Association (ATA)
Michigan Association of Social Workers
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