Andres Villagra

Andres Villagra

Dyson College of Arts and Sciences
Modern Languages and Cultures - NYC

Andres Villagra

41 Park Row


Personal Quote

Learning by doing!!!

Faculty Bio

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

Awards and Honors

  • Pace University, 2015, Sabbatical Semester


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

Research and Creative Works

Research Interest

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

Grants, Sponsored Research and Contracts

Sabbatical Semester
January 2015 - June 2015. 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.

Courses Taught

Past Courses

DYS 499: Sen Yr Exp-Modern Lang/Culture
INT 198: Tpc: PACE Prep: A Prep Course
LAW 101: Business Law I
SPA 101: Elementary College Spanish I
SPA 102: Elementary College Spanish II
SPA 154: Tpc: The Splendor of Spain:Art
SPA 155: Spnsh Cltre & Idntty Art & Flm
SPA 263: Spanish for Native Speakers
SPA 264: Spanish for Native Speakers II
SPA 280: Intensive Review of Spanish
SPA 281: Intermediate Spanish I
SPA 283: Intrmdte Spanish Cnvrstn
SPA 284: Intrmdte Spanish Composition
SPA 285: Inter Spanish for Business
SPA 301: Spa Convrstn, Dctn, and Phntcs
SPA 302: Advanced Spanish Composition
SPA 303: Adv. Oral & Written Expression
SPA 304: Trnsltn, Intrprtn, & Cnvrstn
SPA 305: Spanish for Prfsnl Cmnctn
SPA 306: Spanish for Profl Comm II
SPA 309: Contemporary Hispanic Culture
SPA 310: Intro to Spanish Culture
SPA 311: Intro to Latin Americn Culture
SPA 323: Modern Latin American Prose
SPA 380: Sem: Culture of Spain in Film
SPA 390: Honors Project in Spanish
SPA 391: Spanish Internship
SPA 480: Contemp Hispanic Culture Film
SPA 480: Tradition & Change in Latin Am

Publications and Presentations


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

Competency-Based Modules in a College Preparatory Course 2013
(2015, June). International Journal of Humanities Education. Vol 13 (Issue 2) , pages 1-13.

Autor, autobiografía y ficción en Morir en Isla Vista” de Víctor
(2015, March). Hispania. Vol 98 (Issue 1, March 2015) , pages 152-160.

PACEPrep: A Preparatory Course for Incoming First Year Students to Pace University
(2014, July (3rd Quarter/Summer)). Faculty Resource Network.

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

The Spanish Exile Press in New York: History and Bibliography
(2011, September). Oviedo , Spain:. , pages 707-722.


Spanish App: Developing Content and Collaboration

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

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

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

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

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

Professional Education @ iPace: A Lifelong Learning Unit Devoted to the Adult and Nontraditional Student
(2014, April 17). Dyson Day Conference. Dyson College at Pace University,

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

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

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

(2013, January 23). AAC&U Annual Meeting. AAC&U (American Association of Colleges and Universities,

“Todos los juegos el juego de la metaficción en Víctor Fuentes
(2012, June). Annual Conference. Hispanic Association of Humanities,

(2011, December 5). Hanban Confucius Institute. Hanban,

The Future of Open Content Education is Now: Social Learning and Scholarship
(2011, April 8). NEMLA (North East Modern Language Association) . NEMLA,

Developing Social Skills in the Foreign Language Classroom
(2011, March 11). 2nd International Conference of Foreign Language and Technology. Thamasalat University, Bangkok, Thailand.

The Spanish Lounge de Pace University
(2009). Campus Technology 2009. Campus Techology,

Professional Contributions and Service

Professional Memberships

  • Computer Assisted Language Learning [Member]
  • American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese [Member]