Eduardo Zayas-Bazan is a native of Camaguey, Cuba. He holds an M.S. in foreign languages from Kansas State Teachers College, Emporia, KS, and a Doctor en Derecho degree from Universidad Nacional Jose Marti, Havana, Cuba. He is a Professor Emeritus in Foreign Languages from East Tennessee State University, where he was chair of the Foreign Language Department from 1973 to 1993. Over the course of his distinguished career, Zayas-Bazan has received numerous awards in recognition of his professional achievements and has held noteworthy positions within many organizations dedicated to teaching Spanish. In addition to writing numerous articles in regional and national journals, he is the co-author, co-editor, and translator of seventeen books, including UPSILONArriba!, a beginning Spanish program published by Pearson. Susan M. Bacon (Ph. D. Ohio State University) is Professor Emerita of Spanish at the University of Cincinnati and former Director of UC International Programs where she promoted and supervised all education abroad for the University. In the Department of Romance Languages she served at various times as Director of the Basic Spanish Program, Undergraduate Director, Graduate Director, and Assistant Department Head. In addition to her administrative duties, she taught Spanish language and culture, teaching methodology, and second-language acquisition. Her research interests include child and adult second-language acquisition, and the processing of authentic input. She is recipient of the prestigious Paul Pimsleur Award for Research in Education. She was Project Director for a four-year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in Mexico, and a Fulbright-Robles Scholar in Mexico. She is primary researcher for a considerable number of empirical studies, and has co-authored several elementary and intermediate-level Spanish texts including UPSILONArriba!, Conexiones, and Leyendas del mundo hispano, all published by Pearson-Prentice Hall. Her research for her books has led her to visit 20 Spanish-speaking countries, some several times. Dulce Garcia, PhD Georgetown University, is an Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the City College of New York, CUNY, where she specializes in late Medieval and Golden Age Spanish Literature, Spanish linguistics, critical theory, and foreign language pedagogy. She is the director of the CCNY-Spain Summer Program, and received CCNY's "Outstanding Teaching Award" for 2007.
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