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Andres Villagra


Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

Modern Languages and Cultures - NYC

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Dr. Andrés Villagrá, Associate Dean Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, holds a Ph.D. in Spanish Literature, Language and Culture from Syracuse University. He also earned a Master Degree in Counseling from the Psychology Department of Pace University in Pleasantville in 2007.

Dr. Villagrá areas of research include Hispanic Autobiography and Literature of Exile focusing on analysis of literary identity representation.

Dr. Villagrá collaborates with professional associations and international journals on Hispanic Literature, Computer-Assisted Language Instruction as well astextbook publishers like McGraw-Hill.

Dr. Villagrá has taken over several leadership positions in academic governance, including Vice-Chair of the Faculty Assembly and Chair of Dyson of the Curriculum Committee since 2008 to the present.

Dr. Villagrá has been also a pioneer in applying Web-based learning materials for language and culture courses and presented his work at international conferences, including Campus Technology, North East Modern Languages Association, and American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. Along with students, he has developed a number of interactive Web-based learning materials for language and culture courses. The educational and social networking site The Spanish Lounge de Pace University has received a number of educational awards and funding support, including the Thinkfinity/Verizon Grant in 2009. This current project has been featured in several national publications. In 2010, he was the recipient of the First Instructional Technology Award conferred by Dyson College


MA , Pace University , 2007

PhD , Syracuse University , 1992
Spanish Culture Literature Language

BA , University of Oviedo , Oviedo, Spain , 1986
Spanish Philology

MA , University of Oviedo , Spain , 1986
Spanish Philology

Awards and Honors

  • Pace University, January 2015 - Sabbatical Semester


Villagra, A. (2016, May). Foreign Language Education. Encyclopedia of Online Education .

Villagra, A. (2015, June). Competency-Based Modules in a College Preparatory Course 2013. International Journal of Humanities Education. Vol 13 (Issue 2) , pages 1-13. http://ijhe.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.245/prod.68

Villagra, A. (2015, March). Autor, autobiografía y ficción en Morir en Isla Vistaā€¯ de Víctor. Hispania. Vol 98 (Issue 1, March 2015) , pages 152-160. http://https://muse.jhu.edu/login?auth=0&type=summary&url=/journals/hispania/v098/98.1.villagra.html

Villagra, A. (2014, July (3rd Quarter/Summer)). PACEPrep: A Preparatory Course for Incoming First Year Students to Pace University. Faculty Resource Network. http://www.nyu.edu/frn/publications/reinventing.liberal.education/Villagra.html

Villagra, A. (2013, September). Developing Social Skills in the Foreign Language Classroom. FLLT Journal (Foreign Languages and Learning teaching). Vol 1 (Issue 2) , pages 36-54.


Villagra, A. EUROCALL 2012. Spanish App: Developing Content and Collaboration. EUROCALL, Goteborg, Sweden

Villagra, A. Hispanic Association of Humanities Annual Conference 2012. Todos los juegos el juego de la metaficción en Víctor Fuentes. Hispanic Association of Humanities, Madrid, Spain

Villagra, A. (2014, November 18). ITC for Language Learning International Conference. Implementation of Disruptive Technologies in Online Foreign Language Classroom. International Technology Conference, Florence, Italy

Villagra, A. (2014, June 29). VII International Conference of Association of Hispanic Humanities. Adaptive Learning and Massive Online Courses: Two Disruptive Technologies in Foreign Language Instruction. American Association of Humanities, Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Villagra, A. (2014, June 15). International Collaborations. New Directions, Pedagogies and Applied Technologies in Online Programs. Open University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

Villagra, A. (2014, June 12). Twelfth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities. PACEPrep 2014: Online College Preparation for the Liberal Arts. International Humanities, Madrid, Spain

Villagra, A., Hale, N. & Shakespeare, C. (2014, April 17). Dyson Day Conference. Professional Education @ iPace: A Lifelong Learning Unit Devoted to the Adult and Nontraditional Student. Dyson College at Pace University, Pleasantville, NY

Villagra, A. (2014, February 27). AAC&U Annual Meeting. AAC&U (American Association of Colleges and Universities, Portlnad, OR

Villagra, A. (2013, November 22). Faculty Resource Network. PACEPrep: A Preparatory Course for Incoming First Year Students to Pace University. Faculty Resource Network, Miami, FL

Villagra, A. (2013, November 12). Schoalrship Collaboration. Applied Technology in a Foreign Language Classroom. Confucius Institute at Pace University, Pace University, New York


Applied Technology in the Classroom; Adaptive Learning and Intelligent Tutors; Narrative of Spanish Exiles

Grants, Sponsored Research and Contracts

Villagra, A. (2015, January). Sabbatical Semester.
Pace University , Pace University . Funded,The sabbatical project will be used to develop a number of Liberal Arts templates that incorporate both competency-based modules and adaptive learning software to be used for online PACEPrep (College Preparatory course) and later in Dyson iPace courses. Communication skills, qualitative reasoning, critical thinking, integration and application of knowledge, intellectual depth and adaptability, understanding social and cultural values and ethics that are an integral part of the learning outcomes in the English, science, mathematics and communications modules of the PACEPrep. During the Fall 2014 semester, my purpose is to collaborate in developing more comprehensive adaptive learning projects (Stanford and Carnegie-Mellon Universities) and competency-based modules (Western Governors University) to develop nationally-accepted templates that focus on professional skills. These modules will be customized for PACEPrep and new courses, while students' knowledge can be demonstrated by traditional final exam. Competency-based and skill development is particularly attractive for higher education students and the adult population, particularly in our Dyson iPace degree.


  • Campus Technology [Internet], 2009
    Speakers at the conference http://campustechnology.com/microsites/campus-technlogy-09/conference-program/speakers.aspx


  • Computer Assisted Language Learning [Member] , September 2005
    Applied Technology in the Language Classroom
  • American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese [Member] , January 1992
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