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Jodie Parys

  • Office Location: Laurentide Hall 3130
  • Phone: (262) 472-5070
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  • Department(s): Languages & Literatures
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Jodie Parys is a Professor of Spanish in the Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she teaches courses in Spanish language, translation/interpretation, professional Spanish, and Latin American literature and civilization. She also helped develop and deliver the COBAO diplomados for ESL teachers, both in Oaxaca and here at UWW.  She is the author of Writing AIDS: (Re)Conceptualizing the Individual and Social Body in Spanish American Literature (Ohio State University Press, 2012), as well as numerous articles on the intersection of disease, narrative, and culture in Latin American literature and art, centered specifically on the AIDS epidemic. Drawing on her expertise as a nationally certified Spanish medical interpreter, Dr. Parys has developed several Professional Spanish course offerings, including a Spanish for Health Professionals course that incorporates a strong community based learning component. Dr. Parys also serves as the Coordinator of Community Based Learning at UW-Whitewater and has published several articles on the use of community based learning as a pedagogical tool. She is a co-leader for UW-Whitewater’s Re-Imagining the First Year Initiative, as well as ongoing academic innovation efforts across campus. 

Courses taught by Jodie Parys:

Spanish 321 (Advanced Spanish Grammar I)

Spanish 322 (Advanced Spanish Grammar II)

Spanish 360 (Latin American Civilization)

Spanish 333 (Latin American Literature-Conquest to the Boom)

Spanish 334 (Latin American Literature- Boom to Present)

Spanish 371 (Spanish for Health Professionals)

Spanish 375 (Translation and Interpretation)

Spanish 483 (Contemporary Spanish American Narrative)

Independent Studies on topics ranging from Medical and Business Spanish to Latin American literature.