Valerie Rider, M.A.
Lecturer in Spanish
Office: Leutze Hall 281
Telephone: (910) 962-2174
FAX: (910) 962-7712
B.A., University of Central Florida
M.A., Florida Atlantic University
It has been a productive –and global!—year for Valerie Rider and her students. Rider teaches beginning and intermediate level Spanish, and is also resident director of the summer study abroad program in Valparaíso, Chile. After finishing the UNCW 2012 spring semester, Rider began the first of three summer programs, walking with an Honors group across northern Spain on the ancient pilgrimage route, the Camino de Santiago. What an experience for all! Immediately after completing the Camino, Rider led 26 students to Chile for Study Abroad Chile, an exciting program now in its eleventh year. As recipient of an Office of International Programs Global Citizenship Grant, Rider left Chile for Peru to research an Honors program she will teach and lead in 2014. She and another intrepid group visited vibrant Lima, ancient Cuzco, and hiked through remote Quechua villages on the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu. In Nov. 2012 Rider and Honors colleague Bill Atwill presented at the National Collegiate Honors Council in Boston, MA, on the Camino course they created, ¡Ultreia! (ever westward). She has also participated in two UNCW College Days, one focusing on the history, language, and culture of the Camino de Santiago, and presented at the Cape Fear Foreign Language Collaborative on applied learning (in study abroad programs). Rider collected the Spanish section’s entries for the FLL website study abroad section and, along with colleagues Marianella Jara and Gina Kelley, edited last year´s and the present edition of the FLL newsletter. All of these activities are extremely rewarding, but the one closest to her heart is fostering in her students an appreciation of Spanish-speaking people and places through teaching her classes and directing study abroad!