Prof. dr. Domnita Dumitrescu

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Prof. dr. Domnita Dumitrescu


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Before coming to the United States in 1984, Domnita Dumitrescu taught Spanish language, linguistics and literature at the University of Bucharest (Romania), as an Assistant, then Associate, Professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, founded by the great Romanian linguist Iorgu Iordan, of whom she was a close disciple. She also taught Spanish on public Romanian television, and she earned a reputation as one of the best translators and interpreters from Spanish into Romanian in her native country.


She came to California State University, Los Angeles, in the Fall of 1987, while still working on her doctoral dissertation at USC, which she completed in December 1989 with the help of a CSU Forgivable Loan/Doctoral Incentive Program for Minorities and Women. She was awarded early tenure and promotion in 1990, and became full professor in 1995.


In addition to her teaching assignments and her numerous professional activities, between 1989 and 1999, she assumed leadership of the local chapter of the Hispanic Honor Society Sigma Delta Pi, and resumed this activity between fall 2003 and spring 2005. She coordinated the supervision and training of the Spanish Teaching Associates until 1994, and served, between 2000 and 2002, as coordinator of the Spanish section, a task for which she has been reelected in fall 2004.

Her committee service includes the most important personnel committees in the department and at the college level, and a number of university subcommittees of the academic senate, as well as service on the academic senate itself on several occasions. She also served, for two years, as Director of Teatro Universitario en Español.

In 2004-2005, she served as Head of the Task Force for developing a new Subject Matter Preparation Program for prospective teachers of LOTE (Languages Other Than English).

She is the recipient of a Fulbright Senior Scholar Lecturing Award in Argentina (1993), of the José Martel Prize for her activity as a Sigma Delta Pi adviser (1995), and of the Orden de los Descubridores, and Orden de Don Quijote, awarded by Sigma Delta Pi to outstanding Hispanists (in 1997 and 2003, respectively), and she is listed in several Who's Who volumes, including Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Education, Who's Who of Romanian-Americans, and the International Who's Who of Professional and Business Women. Inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi in 1997, she won the Teacher of the Year Award from the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese in 2000, and was included in 2000 Outstanding Scholars of the 20th Century, published by the International Biographic Center, Cambridge, U.K.

In 2002, she earned the California State University Los Angeles Distinguished Woman Award, and in 2007 she was the CSULA nominee for the Wang Family Excellence Award (in the category of Visual and Performing Arts and Letters). In 2004, CSULA bestowed upon her its Outstanding Professor Award for 2003-2004, and in 2007 she was the recipient of the CSULA President's Distinguished Professor Award.

Between 1996 and 2001, she served as associate editor of Hispania, the official journal of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP), preparing -four times a year-the section entitled “The Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian World.” Between 2002 and 2005, she served as associate editor of the Southwest Journal of Linguistics, the journal of the Linguistic Association of the Southwest (LASSO), on whose Editorial Board she is serving now. She has also served, on several occasions, as faculty consultant at the Spanish Advanced Placement Reading, in San Antonio, TX, and on the California Teacher Credentialing Advisory Panel.

To learn more about dr. Dumitrescu's:

•  Educational background

•  Teaching experience and interests

•  Research interests, and projects

•  Publications

•  Books

•  Selected Chapters In Books and Proceedings Volumes

•  Selected Journal Articles

•  Some recent book reviews

•  Some Translations From Spanish Into Romanian

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