Ms. Giti Farudi:
Ms. Farudi joined the department in 2010 as a non tenure track instructor, after earning an M.A in Spanish literature from West Virginia University and subsequently gaining extensive experience teaching Spanish. She has served as a faculty member in the Spanish departments at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock, El Camino College in Santa Monica, CA, and West Virginia University; in addition, she has also taught advanced Spanish to middle school and high school students in private preparatory secondary schools in Virginia and California, and in the Co-Op Upward Bound Program, an intensive six week course of Spanish study for underprivileged students in California. These experiences have helped to shape her teaching philosophy, which involves full immersion in the target language and intensive course work coupled with encouraging each student's progress through careful monitoring on an individual basis .
Among her accomplishments at Xavier, she was the co-developer of Xavier Languages department's first ever online Spanish courses, and she taught the first online course offering. During the summer of 2014, Ms. Farudi led Xavier's first ever faculty directed program abroad this summer in Costa Rica, in which she taught a Conversation and Culture class to Xavier students who also had the opportunity to take another Spanish course at Veritas University in San Jose. She brings to this role her own experience studying and living in Spain, Cuba, and Mexico.
Ms. Farudi makes a significant contribution to the department in administrating and handling the placement test procedures and policies for students. She has also served three summers as summer chair for the department of Languages. She serves on the Global Awareness Committee and helps to organize a Culture Night in the fall semester. She has participated in a Course Portfolio Working Group and is currently completing a Reading Course Portfolio Working Group. She developed Xavier’s first online Spanish courses and teaches both the 1010 and 1020 levels,