In addition to Peninsular literature, Geoffrion-Vinci also investigates language acquisition in heritage speakers of Spanish. Her 1998 article “Chicano Spanish: The Problem of the Underdeveloped ‘Code’ in Bilingual Repertoires” (Modern Language Journal 82.4 (1998)), co-authored with Stanford University Professor Guadalupe Valdés, was the result of ongoing investigations in this field. Her textbook, ¡Sí se puede! Un curso transicional para hispanoparlantes nativos [Yes You Can! An Transitional Course for Native Speakers of Spanish] (Boston: Cengage, 2008), co-authored with Professor María Carreira (State University of California, Long Beach) is based on this early research and on many years teaching Spanish for Heritage Learners. In the area of language pedagogy, Geoffrion-Vinci has participated in several projects aimed at enriching the classroom language-learning experience through technology. She has developed interactive computer programs for Spanish courses at beginning, intermediate and advanced levels using iMovie, Facebook, ComicLife, PowerPoint, and Skype. She is one of the primary architects of the Lafayette World Languages e-Portfolio Initiative, currently underway in the FLL Department. She represented Lafayette as a plenary speaker at the 2009 2nd annual Patriot League Academic Conference at Bucknell University where she presented the department’s cutting edge research in e-portfolios.
Geoffrion-Vinci is currently working on a variety of research projects on such topics as ecofeminism and gendered constructions of national identity in the poetry of 19th-century Spanish writer Rosalía de Castro (Padrón, 1837-1885). In 2014, she published a feminist translation with scholarly introduction of Castro’s renowned final poetry collection En las orillas del Sar (1884). Entitled On the Edge of the River Sar: A Feminist Translation (Castro, Rosalía de. Ed. and trans. Michelle Geoffrion-Vinci. Teaneck, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2014), this work offers a scholarly introduction to Castro’s life, political and poetic ethos, and her literary works. It also describes the theoretical underpinnings of feminist translation as a means by which to highlight the female, feminine, and feminist aspects of a work in another language. Her book, Between the Maternal Aegis and the Abyss: Woman as Symbol in the Poetry of Rosalía de Castro (Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2002), examines key symbolic components of Castro’s poetry and the ways in which the author employs her works to construct radical new parameters for feminine subjectivity, cultural identity and political protest. Geoffrion-Vinci has also published essays on female antiheroes, food and identity construction, and formations of l’ècriture féminine (distinctly female text) in the short narrative of contemporary Spanish author Cristina Fernández Cubas (Arenys de Mar, Barcelona, 1945-). Feminist thought and literary constructions of gender, Spanish history and politics, and Spain’s complex national and regional identities, languages and cultures figure prominently in Professor G-V’s research.
At Lafayette, Geoffrion-Vinci teaches courses on Spanish literature and civilization from the 18th-century to the present and such language classes as Intermediate Spanish (Span111), Advanced Composition and Conversation (Span211), Spanish for Heritage Learners (Span 215), and Business Spanish (Span 225). In addition, she is proud to contribute to the Women’s and Gender Studies program having taught such courses as Introduction to WGS, and Mapping the Self: Gender, Race and Nation in Modern World Literatures, an experimental course of her own design. An avid food enthusiast, Professor G-V has contributed to Lafayette’s First Year Seminar series with her course On Cooking, Culture, and Cinema. She serves as the faculty advisor to Lafayette’s chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, and to the HOLA (Heritage of Latin America) Floor student living group on campus. She is proud to have served as a Posse Mentor to Lafayette’s fabulous DC Posse #5, Class of 2014.
For a more complete list of Professor G-V’s activities, please see her Curriculum Vitae (available on this site).
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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.