Rosemary Feal

Rosemary G. Feal, Executive Director Emerita of the Modern Language Association of America, led the worldwide association of humanities scholars from 2002 to 2017, where she spearheaded several major initiatives dedicated to improving language teaching and programs and providing opportunities for doctoral students of language and literature. She earned a PhD in Spanish from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, where she is Professor Emerita of Spanish and was previously a chair of their Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. She has served on the Board of Directors of the National Humanities Alliance and the American Council of Learned Societies. Recently, she was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Commission on Language Learning, which wrote the 2017 report America’s Languages: Investing in Language Education for the Twenty-First Century in response to a bipartisan request from members of the United States Senate and House of Representatives. She is coeditor of the SUNY Series in Latin American Iberian Thought and Culture, an associate editor of the Afro-Hispanic Review and former senior consulting editor of the Latin American Literary Review. Her book publications include Isabel Allende Today; Painting on the Page: Interartistic Approaches to Modern Hispanic Texts; and Novel Lives: The Fictional Autobiographies of Guillermo Cabrera Infante and Mario Vargas Llosa, and her articles have appeared in Diacritics, MLN, Texto critic, and Letras femeninas, among others. Her keynote addresses at conferences have covered topics like the role of humanities at institutions of higher learning, trends in language study, fostering translingual and transcultural competencies, and financial literacy for department chairs. A dedicated teacher and mentor, she is the recipient of two awards for excellence in teaching.