Callie Ann DeBellis

Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures

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Areas of Expertise

  • Service-Learning Pedagogy
  • International Education
  • Contemporary Latin American short stories

Work Experience

Professional biography

Callie DeBellis graduated from Colorado College with a Bachelor’s degree in English literature. After studying for a semester in Chile then living and volunteering in Costa Rica and Mexico for a couple of years post-graduation she found that her true passion lies in Hispanic literatures and cultures, which is what she pursued in her graduate studies at UNC-Chapel Hill.  Professor DeBellis, a recipient of the Pauline Davis Perry Award for excellence in teaching, teaches all levels of beginning and intermediate Spanish as well as Advanced Conversation and Spanish seminar courses.  She is the director of the Language and Culture summer study abroad program in Costa Rica and has served on a variety of campus-wide committees, including Service-Learning and PRISM.  She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean.


Academic Credentials

MA in Hispanic Literatures: UNC-Chapel Hill, 2004
BA: English Literature: Colorado College, 1996


Research

  • Service-Learning Pedagogy in Foreign Languages classrooms and programs abroad
  • Assessment of cross-cultural competencies

Awards

April 2013: Pauline Davis Award for Excellence in Teaching
May 2008: Faculty Advisor Multicultural Award - Celebrating Multicultural Competencies in Academic Advising Certificate Program "For demonstrated knowledge and commitment to multicultural and diversity issues in academic advising."
April 2008: Access Award "For making significant contributions towards the advocacy, support, encouragement and success of students with disabilities within the Meredith Community."


Accomplishments

March 2013: Awarded Environmental Sustainability Initiative course development grant
April 2008: Faculty Development Grant for curriculum development in Costa Rica
April 2008: Travel Grant from the Office of International Programs to develop a new summer abroad program in Costa Rica.
Board member: Association of Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean,  2012-Present


Presentations

“Reflecting on Social Awareness: Global Communities in Study Abroad.”  Presented at the Association of Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean conference in Chiapas, Mexico.  February 2012.
“Connecting the Dots: Service-Learning, Critical Thinking and Leadership.”  Co-presented with Diane Strangis at 3rd Annual Stone Soup Conference: Meredith College, Raleigh, NC May 2012.
“Your Service-Learning Toolbox: An Instructor’s Guide to Language Classrooms.”  Presented at the American Council of Foreign Language Teachers Conference in Denver, Colorado.  November 2011.
“’Magical Neoliberalism’ as a Transculturating Force in the Narrative of Alberto Fuguet.”  Presented at the Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference at The College of Charleston.  October, 2003.
“The New Voice of Nancy Morejón.”  Presented at the International Symposium of Poetry at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  March, 2003.

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