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PROGRAM PROFILE: Major Curricular Reform

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies is excited to announce the development of a brand new major, effective Fall 2019, which will be replacing the two current majors (Spanish, Portuguese) offered by SPS. The BA in Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literatures and Linguistics includes three possible tracks for students: 1) Spanish; 2) Portuguese; […]

Susana Braylan


Farewell to Susana Braylan Senior Lecturer Susana Braylan is retiring in May 2019. Susana first came to UF as an undergraduate student in 1980, earned her MA in Spanish Literature in 1990, and was hired as a full-time Lecturer in Spanish in 1997. She recalls with gratitude the influence of those professors who opened her […]

Lynn Scott


Dr. Lynn Scott followed a somewhat circuitous route into the then Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. At the “advanced age of 23,” as Lynn put it, she moved to Mexico with her English-speaking husband and only then began learning Spanish—primarily by having to shop for basic household necessities. Lynn had studied both French and […]

Kaley Barbara


Kaley Barbára believes that adding a Spanish minor at UF has impacted her life more than she would have ever thought possible. Learning about the language, art, and music of the Spanish-speaking world sparked a desire in Kaley to immerse herself in the culture. During her first two years of college, Kaley traveled to both […]



Dámaris was born in Alicante, in the southeast region of Spain. She grew up speaking valenciano with her grandparents and Spanish at home. Additionally, Alicante is a city on the coast, and so Dámaris grew up surrounded by people of different nationalities who vacationed in the summer, and by immigrants who decided to settle in […]

Dauer Hall

FACULTY SPOTLIGHT: SPS welcomes our new faculty

This year, SPS is thrilled to welcome three new faculty members to our department, and we are excited to introduce you to them here. Antonio Sajid López, Ph.D. Antonio Sajid was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico. He is an actor, an author, and a professor of Spanish and cultural studies. Antonio received his B.S. in […]

Seville, Spain


For this issue’s program spotlight, we take you to Seville, Spain and let you experience the first-hand reflection of Karla Geigel, who participated in this program in Summer 2018. A Gator in Seville “My decision to study abroad in Seville, Spain, was the best decision I could have made for myself. I got to fully […]

Clara Sotelo

¡Adiós, Clara!

This December, Dr. Clara Sotelo is retiring from a teaching career that has spanned the last 45 years, 23 of which have been at the University of Florida. Anyone who has passed through Dauer Hall in the past two-plus decades has surely interacted with Clara. She has taught all levels of Spanish language, literature and […]

Park Guell by architect Gaudi in a summer day in Barcelona, Spain.


UF in Barcelona is one of the department’s newest study abroad programs. Designed for beginners looking to fulfill their language requirement, the seven-week program offers an intensive language class as well as a content course in architecture or history, taught in English. Students immerse themselves in Spanish history and culture while studying the language. Many […]

Antonio Gil


Antonio Gil retires after 37 years of service at the University of Florida Antonio Gil has announced that he will retire at the end of summer 2018, precisely 37 years after beginning his career at the University of Florida in Fall 1981. Although Antonio (Tony) has spent his entire career as one of the pillars […]

Laura Henschel


Portuguese has changed the trajectory of Laura Henschel’s life in ways she never thought possible. The struggle to learn this beautiful language has given her much, from enduring friendships to career skills to life lessons. “Learning a second language is the best thing I have done in my life,” Laura writes. Laura started learning Portuguese […]

professional man in suit


Around 5 p.m. in downtown Washington, D.C., the city hits quitting time. Professionals stream out of large office buildings and many head to into the Capital’s (arguably) favorite pastime: happy hour. J.R. Denson ’09 (Spanish BA with a minor in Teaching English as a Second Language) leaves his work as a health policy analyst and […]