Michelle Geoffrion-Vinci, Professor of Spanish, joined the Foreign Languages & Literatures faculty in September, 1998. A graduate of Wellesley College (A.B., cum laude, 1990) and Stanford University (M.A., 1993, Ph.D., 1998), Geoffrion-Vinci specializes in contemporary literature of Spain, language-teaching methodologies with emphasis on Spanish for Heritage Speakers. Her current areas of literary research interest include contemporary Hispanic poetries, Spanish women writers from 1800 to the present, and feminist translation. With respect to pedagogy, she is presently exploring electronic portfolios and badges for intercultural knowledge, communicative competence, and assessment.
In 2004, Professor Geoffrion-Vinci received Lafayette’s Thomas Roy and Lura Forrest Jones Lecture Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Teaching. In 2009, she was awarded the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching and Service. In 2011, she was named Teacher of the Year (University/College Level) by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP). In 2015, she was promoted to full professor and received Lafayette’s Marquis Distinguished Teaching Award.
Geoffrion-Vinci lives in Easton, not too far from the College, with her husband Richard Vinci, their two children, and their greyhound Hope.