María I. Ortiz Ph.D.
Assistant Professor - Educator of Spanish
Dr. María I. Ortiz was born in San Germán, Puerto Rico. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Humanities, with a specialization in Comparative Literature at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, where she graduated Suma Cum Laude in June of 2000, and received the UPRM Donald Marshall Award as Outstading Humanities Student. Following graduation, she went on to teach at a local high school after completing the 33-credit Professional License and Certification, as a Certified Spanish High School Teacher of the Department of Education of Puerto Rico. For her graduate studies, María went to the University of Cincinnati, where she completed her Master’s degree in Spanish in 2004, and in June of 2007, she received her doctorate degree on Romance Languages and Literatures.
Currently, she is an academic professor teaching Spanish as a foreign language at the University of Cincinnati, Blue Ash College, teaching courses focused in grammar, communication, culture cinema and literature. In 2020, she was awarded with the University of Cincinnati's Mrs. A.B. Dolly Cohen Award for Excellence in Teaching (the University’s highest level and honor that recognizes achievements and contributions to teaching -- and a student nominated award) that recognizes individuals committed to excellence in teaching, demonstrating creativity, respect for diverse opinions and experiences, and provides an atmosphere that fosters self-confidence, positive self-concept and mutual respect. Also, Dr. Ortiz was recgonized with the 2017 UCBA Innovative Teaching Award for implementation of the integration of mindfulness practices and technology for teaching Spanish language. Also, she has shared her love for languages by teaching English Comparative literature during the summer of 2019, as part of the expert faculty exchange at Xi’an International Studies University in Xi'an, China.
In 2017, Dr. Ortiz led efforts to assist Puerto Rican college students with online courses after Hurricane Maria devastated the island. She worked with the UC Provost Office and colleagues nationwide to recruit and develop Sagrado Online Collaboraitve, a network of Spanish-speaking professors who remotely taught students through the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón in Puerto Rico.
Her publications and areas of interest include using the cultural studies perspective and literary theory to analize the relationship and interactions between identity, Thirdspace, gender, performance, race, post-colonial studies and food representations in literature, film and other cultural manifestations, with a focus in Puerto Rican literary works.
Her service works include: commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion programs and practices, and to providing multicultural acknowledgement and support for the needs of underrepresented groups.
Avid photographer, peer-reviewed and published researcher of the meaning of food in literature and culture, world traveler, alto sax player, and forever learner.
Ph.D., Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH, 2007 (Caribbean and Latin American Literature Spanish Literature 20th Century Cultural Studies: Food, Identity and Literature)
Master of Arts in Spanish, University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH, 2004 (Spanish and Latin American Literature Teaching Spanish and Second Language)
Bachelor of Arts in Humanities, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, 2000 (Concentration in Comparative Literature Suma Cum Laude)
Certified High School Teacher of the Department of Education of Puerto Rico, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, 2002 (Certification as Spanish High School Teacher Completed all 33-credits required on Fundamentals and Specialized topics in Education)
- Assistant Professor - Educator of Spanish, University of Cincinnati, Blue Ash College, Blue Ash, OH
- Spanish Adjunct Assistant Professor, Raymond Walters College (UCBA), Blue Ash, OH
- Spanish Adjunct Assistant Professor, Sinclair Community College, Dayton, OH
- Spanish Instructor, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
- 9th Grade Spanish Teacher, Ramón E. Rodríguez Díaz Junior-High School, Hormigueros, Puerto Rico
Peer Reviewed Publications
Ortiz, María (2017. )“El discurso gastronómico como símbolo de cohesión ante la fragmentación de la identidad de la 'Borinquen trasplantada' en la novela Trópico en Manhattan de Guillermo Cotto-Turner.” .Cuadrivium: ACTAS Primer Programa Académico del Festival de la Palabra., ,
Ortiz, María (2015. )“Cocinando identidades: Un análisis del performance gastronómico y la fragmentación del sujeto femenino en ‘Recetario de incautos’ de Carmen Lugo Filippi”. Cuadernos de Literatura del Caribe e Hispanoamérica: El Caribe en tiempos de Post-Boom. , ,
Ortiz, María (2012. )“La consolidación del libro de cocina como espacio narrativo El libro de los afectos culinariosde Carmen Vázquez Arce.” .Argus-a: Artes y Humanidades., ,
Ortiz, María (2011. )“Paradigmas del performance gastronómico en ‘Marina y su olor’ de Mayra Santos– Febres.” .Hispanic Culture Review., ,
Ortiz, María (2009. )“La comida que nos une y la geografía que nos separa: El discurso gastronómico como elemento de cohesión de la identidad puertorriqueña en Trópico en Manhattan de Guillermo Cotto-Thorner.” .CENTRO: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies., ,
Ortiz, María (2008. )“Antígona furiosa: Paradigma de la sociedad argentina regida por el terror.” .Grafemas: Boletín electrónico de la Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica. , ,
Ortiz, María (2008. )“Gastronomía, humor y lenguaje en Historia de la vida del Buscón de Quevedo.” .Hispanic Culture Review., ,
Ortiz, María (2006. )“La materialización, manifestaciones y significados del “tercer espacio” en el film de Como agua para chocolate.” . Divergencias: Revista de Estudios Lingüísticos y Literarios. , ,
Ortiz, María (2005. )“Historia de Arroz con Habichuelas: Un convenio gastronómico de la identidad puertorriqueña desde la perspectiva de Ana Lydia Vega.” .Monographic Review: Feasting, Fasting and Gastronomy in Hispanic Literature., ,
Ortiz, María (2008. )“Aproximaciones del “Reader Response” a los poemas “La sardina”, “La habichuela”, “La cebolla” y “Oda al Hambre” de Rosa Chacel.” .Espéculo: Revista de estudios literarios., ,
Ortiz, María (2007. )“Discurso gastronómico, discurso del poder: Una crítica a la dictadura franquista en Nada de Carmen Laforet.” .Espéculo: Revista de estudios literarios., ,
Ortiz, María (2005. )“Espectáculo y gastronomía en el Quijote: Una crítica a la sociedad española en el episodio de las Bodas de Camacho.” .Espéculo: Revista de estudios literarios., ,
Ortiz, María (2018. )“Distopías en la cocina: un análisis de los orígenes de la puertorriqueñidad a través del discurso culinario en las Crónicas de Indias”. .Revista Estudios Latinoamericanos, Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos (CELA). Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM): Facultad de Ciencias Políticas y Sociales., ,año XXXIII, núm. 42, julio-diciembre 2018 (42 ),139-158
Ortiz, María (2020. )“Puesta en escena: Las manifestaciones de la hibridez cultural y el performance como medios interpretativos en las obras de ‘La pasión según Antígona Pérez’ de Luis Rafael Sánchez; ‘Yo también hablo de la rosa’ de Emilio Carballido; ‘Entre Villa y una mujer desnuda’ de Sabina Berman y ‘Postestad’ de Eduardo Pavlosky. .Contexto, Revista de Estudios Literarios Universidad de Los Andes , ,24 (26 ),64-78
Ortiz, María & Annette Redmon (2020. )“Creating a Culture of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Through Active Learning Using Student-Created Infographics.” .Association for University Regional Campuses of Ohio (AURCO) Journal, ,Volume 26 ,
Ortiz, Maria, Ruth Benander & Brad Mallory (2018. )“Language Perceptions and Identity: Responses to linguistic microaggressions from one community’s conversation.” .Journal for Research and Practice in College Teaching (JRPCT) What works in the classroom, ,Vol. 3.1 ,47-64.
Ortiz, María, Lizzie Ngwenya-Scoburgh & Annette Redmon (2017. )“The Next Crusade: Combating Workplace Microaggressions to Avert Employment Litigation.” .The 53rd Annual MBAA International Conference, (Proceedings) March 22–24, 2017. , ,1-16
2020 Mrs. A.B. Dolly Cohen Award for Excellence in Teaching. The Mrs. A.B. "Dolly" Cohen Award for Excellence in Teaching at the University of Cincinnati is the University’s highest teaching honor, as it recognizes achievements and contributions in university teaching. It has been awarded since 1961. University of Cincinnati Status:Recipient Level:University Type:Recognition
2017 Innovative Teaching Distinguished Teaching Award UC Blue Ash College 2017 Innovative Teaching Distinguished Teaching Award for implementing innovative techniques that positively affect student learning and Contributing to the scholarship of teaching and learning. 17SS Recognition Recipient College Teaching University of Cincinnati, Blue Ash College Status:Recipient Level:College Type:Recognition
University of Cincinnati – Blue Ash College: Diversity and Inclusion Committee Chair 05-16-2017 -05-15-2018
Mindfulness for Educators Program 2017, Program designed to help educators build the inner resources to handle complex multi-faceted challenges, manage personal stress, and build resilience while enhancing professional effectiveness. , Harvard Graduate School of Education, ,Cambridge, Massachussets
Distance Learning Design Seminar, An intensive seminar that takes place online with only one face to face meeting for Quality Matters Applying the Rubric training which results in QM recognition., University of Cincinnati, Blue Ash College, ,Blue Ash, OH
Faculty Development & Diversity Boot Camp Sponsorships Program for Spring 2017, National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) Faculty Success Program. Funded by the Office of the Provost, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, University of Cincinnati, ,Cincinnati, OH
UCBA Diversity Faculty Learning Community, Explored and engaged more personally with diversity issues, after completing pre-and post-Intercultural Development Instrument (IDI) assessment. The result of reflections, activities and conversations is noted on the blog-websites., University of Cincinnati, Blue Ash College, ,Blue Ash, OH
Geography 2011: Geography of Latin America, Geography of Latin America is a study of the regional geography of Latin America. There are two course foci. The first is thematic, a topical study that provides a basic understanding of important underlying themes: an introduction to the history of the region, physical geography, population growth and ethnicity, urbanization, and the changing structure of the Latin American economy- agricultural systems, industrialization, tourism and the informal sector. The second focus is an in-depth regional analysis of Latin America: Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, northern and southern Andean nations., University of Cincinnati, Blue Ash College, ,Blue Ash, OH
-SPAN-1011 EXTENDED SPANISH 1
-SPAN-1012 EXTENDED SPANISH 2
-SPAN-1013 EXTENDED SPANISH 3
-SPAN-1014 EXTENDED SPANISH 4
-SPAN-1001 BASIC SPANISH I
-SPAN-1002 BASIC SPANISH II
-SPAN-2015 SP COMP AND CONV I
-SPAN-2016 SP COMP AND CONV II
15-SPAN-301 SPEAKING IN SPAN
15-SPAN-302 SPANISH TEXTS
15-SPAN-313 HISPANIC CULTURE US
"Food, Identity and Culture" Level:Undergraduate