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Dr. Debra Lee-Distefano

Professor

dklee@semo.edu
Office:  Academic 208


I enjoy being around my students. I enjoy seeing a lightbulb go off as they learn something new.

What area do you teach?

Spanish/Spanish for Health Professions

Education/Degree(s)

BA (Spanish) Southeast Missouri State University
MA and PhD (Spanish and Latin American Literature) University of Missouri

Your philosophy of teaching:

The professor-student relationship is a synergetic one: we each need to be engaged for the learning process to happen.

Why did you decide to teach?

I enjoy being around my students. I enjoy seeing a lightbulb go off as they learn something new. I enjoy learning from them and their experiences.

Credentials/career path

I have shifted from literature to Spanish for Health, focusing on disparities in the US health care system. Teaching cultural competence and cultural humility have become a key focus in all my classes.

Professional Highlight

Publishing my first book incredible!

Award/Honor/Recognition

Civic Engagement

Organization with which you are involved

Student Organization of Latinos

Most Recent/Notable Published Work

AfroAsian Connections in Latin America and the Caribbean

Best advice for students

Listen and learn. Use your voice. College should be a life altering time for you. Have your beliefs but be open-minded to others.

Contact

commstudies@semo.edu
Academic Hall 213

Communication Studies
One University Plaza, MS 3225
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701