Vialla Hartfield-Méndez

Vialla Hartfield-Méndez has served as Director of Engaged Learning at Emory since 2009, first in the Center for Community Partnerships, and now in the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence.  As Professor of Pedagogy in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, where she continues to teach, Vialla has developed robust partnerships with the Latino/Hispanic community and created courses and course components that integrate community engagement into the curriculum. Among the courses she teaches are Spanish 317 ("Writing, Context, and Community") and a senior seminar, "Drawing the Line:  The Mexico-U.S. frontera and Its Stories." She previously directed the Emory Scholars Program, including the summer Scholars and Service Program, and has established a national reputation in community engaged learning, especially through her leadership of Emory’s hosting of the 2014 conference of Imagining America, a consortium of universities and organizations dedicated to advancing the public and civic purposes of humanities, arts and design.

Vialla Hartfield-Méndez holds a BA from the University of Southern Mississippi, and an MA and PhD in Spanish from the University of Virginia.  She is the author of Woman and the Infinite:  Epiphanic Moments in Pedro Salinas's Art (Bucknell UP), and numerous articles on Hispanic literature and culture as well as campus-community engagement.